South African Modernism news

The South African Modernism project continues to go from strength to strength with appearing at the Being Human festival and sourcing new University of Salford funding for decolonising the curriculum work. On Saturday 11 November, the team ran their Being Human Festival 2023 event, ‘Make a Zine! (Inspired by DRUM Magazine)’ workshop at the Clifford Whitworth Library on

Jack Wilson featured in International Association for Study of Arabia journal

Jack Wilson On 26th April 2023 Dr Jack Wilson co-delivered a lecture by Zoom on ‘Language and Ecology in Southern and Eastern Arabia’ (with Profs Janet Watson and Dawn Chatty), an event jointly organised by the British Yemeni Society, the International Association for the Study of Arabia (IASA) and the Mohamed Bin Issa al Jaber

Arts for the Blues wins new AHRC grant funding

Arts for the Blues, an evidenced-based creative psychological therapy developed by Prof Scott Thurston as a collaborative partnership between the University of Salford and Edge Hill University, has been awarded £50,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) package. The two-day course, supported by a website and

English Research Seminar: Sindiswa Busuku

We are delighted to announce the latest English Research Seminar, taking place in person and online on Wednesday 8th November between 2:30 and 3:30 on the University of Salford campus. If you wish to attend as a member of the public, please contact Scott Thurston on The seminar is also available to online participants.

Southern Voices

Lecturer and Knowledge Exchange Fellow Dr Emma Barnes recently collaborated with Manchester-based community group, Southern Voices, to host public engagement event ‘Exploring legacies of Empire – Perspectives from the Global South’. The event was held on 28th June 2023 at the Working Class Movement Library (WCML) in Salford. The event was comprised of two 3-hour

Arts for the Blues at the American Psychological Association Convention in Washington DC

Prof Scott Thurston and colleagues Dr Joanna Omylinska-Thurston (Salford, Health and Society) and Prof Vicky Karkou (Edge Hill) of the Arts for the Blues team recently presented at the American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual convention held in Washington DC on 2-6 August. Arts for the Blues was featured twice, amongst the 2000+ presentations in this

Jade Munslow Ong hosts New Thinking: Writing the NHS

Jade Munslow Ong has recently hosted a ‘New Thinking’ conversation as a part of a series of 5 episodes of the Arts and Ideas podcast marking the 75th anniversary of the NHS, focusing on new research in UK universities which explores links between the arts and health. Jade’s guests on the show were Kim Wiltshire

Latest from the South African Modernism blog

Why not visit the South African Modernism blog for the latest on key project events? See here for an article on the team’s latest visit to SA and their many adventures… And see here for an article about the Karoo Writers Festival Visual Text Workshop!

English success at the Celebration of Innovation Awards!

English colleagues were recognised at the University’s recent Research and Innovation Awards, a ceremony for which was held on 3 July. The categories in which our researchers were awarded are as follows: Best Cultural Sector Collaboration Best Community or Public Engagement Initiative Congratulations to colleagues!

Alicia Rouverol’s Dry River on tour

Alicia Rouverol has been touring her new novel Dry River with a series of in-person and online events. The next event will be on 6 August (8pm BST) International Book launch/Zoom event. Please register your interest using this Eventbrite link. To find out more about Alicia’s book you can find two recent interviews below. The