In The City

In The City

Thursday 1 May – Thursday 5 June 2014

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Arts Enterprise have recently announced the full listings for this year’s In The City public engagement festival. It’s an extensive programme that encompasses the whole spectrum of the arts and humanities in an exciting variety of ways.

Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jackie Labbe, has described the programme as “fascinating”, and says: Faculty Office 5 In the City

“This year’s events showcase the wide variety of approaches towards the urban landscape, city living, and human relationships that are facilitated by the arts and humanities. For more than a month, participants will find opportunities for learning and for sharing their knowledge across borders, both tangible and imagined”.

The series is a celebration and exploration of urban existence, heritage, and experience, with a variety of themes including modernist housing, forgotten places, activism, musical heritage and personal narratives.

Alongside contributions from our own academics and others based in Sheffield, the Faculty has invited a host of acclaimed writers, thinkers and artists into our city to provide insights into aspects of urban life. These include John Grindrod, Anne C Fogarty, Iain Sinclair, WJT Mitchell, Desiree Reynolds, and Tristram Hunt MP, amongst many others.

The full listings can be found on the In The City website, alongside an exciting programme of student-led fringe events. Additional information can also be found on the Arts Enterprise Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Below are some of the highlights from the programme.

This is Our City: Sheffield on Film

12 May, 6.30pm–8.30pm at The Showroom

This is Our City is an exciting selection of short films that showcases the work of some of the many filmmakers working in Sheffield to document our city. Films include a vivid story about a forgotten event on the River Don; a portrait of a Sheffield band which has played together for 30 years; a powerful human story of the last days of a small factory in the city; and other films which explore the lives and places of Sheffield.

The event includes a talk by award winning British writer and filmmaker, Iain Sinclair. Much of his work focuses on London, its history, spirit and surroundings, and his books are widely regarded as foremost examples of psychogeography. He will be delivering a talk on the ‘forgotten places’ of the London Overground’s railway arches.

The Arts of Occupation

Saturday 24 May, 7.00pm

Lecture Theatre 1, Sir Frederick Mappin Building, The University of Sheffield

W J T Mitchell is Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago and editor of the ground-breaking interdisciplinary journal, Critical Inquiry.

In this lecture, he gives a survey of the way the Occupy movement employed a variety of images, media, and performative acts to take possession of symbolic urban spaces. The talk will attempt to examine the spatial tactics of Occupy in relation to the long history of revolutionary public ‘spaces of appearance’, including the Champ de Mars, Washington Mall, Tienamnen Square, Parliament Square, Zucotti Park, Rothschild Boulevard and Tahrir Square.

The Dead

Tuesday 20 May, 8.30pm at The Showroom

This event celebrates the June 2014 centenary of James Joyce’s short story collection, Dubliners, with a screening of John Huston’s adaptation of ‘The Dead’ introduced by Dr Katherine Ebury of the University of Sheffield and Professor Anne Fogarty, Professor of James Joyce Studies at UCD. The centenary itself and Joyce’s struggles to publish the stories in the face of censorship will also be discussed. Huston’s thoughtful adaptation highlights tensions between the space of the home and the wider city space, as, following a family party, Gabriel and Gretta Conroy find their marriage haunted by ghosts from the past. A Q&A will follow the film.

Sheffield’s World War 1: Your Objects & Stories

Saturday 10 May, 11.00am–3.30pm at Weston Park Museum

Do you have any objects or heirlooms that can help us understand life in Sheffield during the first world war? Did your grandfather join the City Battalion? Was your grandmother a ‘Woman of Steel’ in the munitions factories? Bring along your objects and tell us your stories at Weston Park Museum. Experts, curators and a professional photographer will be on hand to document and record this people’s archive, and perhaps give you some extra insight into your objects. The day will also feature an exciting variety of talks from experts based at the museum, and the University of Sheffield.