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Durham University

Research & business

Tune into our arts and humanities podcasts

(26 May 2020)

We’ve launched a new five-part podcast series that shines a light on our world-class arts and humanities research.

Across five episodes, our academics give a unique insight into the ideas behind their research and explore the positive impact it has on culture and society in the North East of England and beyond.

Each episode gives listeners a chance to hear about the fascinating range of Durham’s arts and humanities research projects, including Life of Breath, a five-year project which explores the relationship between breathlessness and art.

Our researchers are joined by a number of guests, including local artists who talk with our Music Department about why music has a special power to connect people to their memories.

We also delve in the world of censored literature with our Classics Department to explore censorship in the past and the impact this has on marginalised groups, including the LGBT community.

Closer to home, we look at how the North East of England inspires a unique song writing culture in an episode led by our Sociology Department with local folk musicians.

The podcast series has been produced and hosted by Paul Drury-Bradey, Durham’s Entrepreneur in Residence in the Arts and Humanities Faculty.

Since March 2019, Paul has been working with Durham academics, students, and professional support staff on a wide range of entrepreneurial and impact-focused ideas. These have included Durham Soup, a series of ideas-pitching events; leading sessions on social enterprise; and one-on-one coaching for staff and students.

Making sure our research connects with people beyond the University is really important. Right now keeping connected is more important than ever. That’s why we’re really pleased to bring these podcasts to listeners at this time.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all podcasts have been recorded and produced without face-to-face contact.

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