Free Thinking, Eco criticism

Professor Harriet Tarlo, from the Humanities Research Centre, recently joined Lisa Mullen along with other guests on BBC Radio 3 analyse links between literature and nature as an increasing number of university departments offer eco-criticism courses focusing on the way writers past and present have thought about the environment.

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Playponics pilot playground installed in Uttar Pradesh, India


This week sees the installation of the Playponics pilot at a school in Uttar Pradesh, India. The prototype, which harness energy from physical activity to grow crops, has been designed by Lab4Living researchers. It will be presented by principal researcher Heath Reed at the Designing for Children conference in Mumbai today. The pilot will enable the team to test how […]

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‘Dust & Metal’ – Professor Esther Johnson awarded British Council’s Digital Collaboration Fund

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Update The great news that Dust & Metal has been awarded the Digital Collaboration Fund has been covered by international film industry news resource Screen Daily. Click here to find out more. The British Council have announced that DUST & METAL (Bụi và Kim loại), the second feature from director and Professor of Film and Media Arts Esther Johnson, will receive […]

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The mystery of the monoliths

Diane Rodgers, senior lecturer in media, arts and communications from the Centre for Contemporary Legend, has been speaking to Sile Sibanda at BBC Radio Sheffield about the appearance of a mysterious monolith in Parkwood Springs which was spotted on New Years Day. Listen from 1:15:00.  

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Dr Ruth Deller: A review of 2020

Dr Ruth Deller, reader in media and communications spoke to BBC Radio Sheffield (listen again from 1.48.43) about the most successful TV shows of 2020. The interview discusses the important role TV played during the difficult year the nation faced. Top picks included the Netflix original The Crown, This Country, and Ghosts. Deller says the standout show of the year was […]

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Professor of Design and Design history part of BBC 4 documentary

Paul Atkinson, professor of design and design history spoke to BBC Radio Sheffield [listen again from 2:18] about his part in tonight’s BBC 4 documentary about a group of makers and players of cigar box guitars. The half-hour film, Cigar Box Blues – The Makers of a Revolution, directed by Virginia Heath, Professor of Film, and written by Paul Atkinson, Professor of Design and Design […]

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Human rights and social justice – can lullabies save lives?

Sheffield Hallam researchers are tackling poverty, inequality and discrimination across the globe. This week we’ve been celebrating their achievements to mark Human Rights Day. Design researcher Dr David Swann and team have discovered that traditional lullabies are a memorable, zero-cost and zero-carbon way to spread important health information to young mothers in Zambia.   You can learn more about this […]

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Survey launched for Anandi Ramamurthy’s documentary on nursing and workplace racism

A new survey has been launched to help inform an upcoming documentary on nurse experiences of workplace racism, both during and before the coronavirus pandemic. It is part of a Sheffield Hallam led project running in partnership with film company Migrant Media titled Nursing Narratives: Racism and the Pandemic. They are seeking to learn more about the different forms of […]

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Cigar Box Blues – The Makers of a Revolution by Paul Atkinson & Virgina Heath to screen on BBC4

On Friday 18 December, the BBC are broadcasting a documentary by two Sheffield Hallam Professors from the Art & Design Research Centre. The half-hour film, Cigar Box Blues – The Makers of a Revolution, directed by Virginia Heath, Professor of Film, and written by Paul Atkinson, Professor of Design and Design History, portrays the passionate makers and players of cigar box guitars. Many […]

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