culture

1509, 2017

Social media homicide confessions – stories of killing in digital culture

By |September 15th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Social media homicide confessions – stories of killing in digital culture

Criminologist Professor Elizabeth Yardley discusses the relationship between violent crime and social media use, ahead of her new research being published later this month.

On Easter Sunday earlier this year, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Senior went out for a walk in east Cleveland in the US state of Ohio. It was a sunny day and he was […]

2505, 2017

Can this beloved 80 year old ever be stopped from killing people?

By |May 25th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Can this beloved 80 year old ever be stopped from killing people?

Head of Psychology at Birmingham City University, Professor Craig Jackson, joins in the celebrations of the 80th Birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic and symbolic engineering achievements in the United States. He asks if current measures proposed to tackle the bridge’s darker reputation as a suicide hotspot will do enough […]

205, 2017

The tip of an iceberg: Madeleine McCann and the shameful realities of missing children

By |May 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The tip of an iceberg: Madeleine McCann and the shameful realities of missing children

by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

Ten years ago, three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz. Though physically absent, she became a permanent presence in mainstream media and public consciousness. Both visible and invisible, seen and unseen, clear and blurred.

She […]

2004, 2017

To wear or not to wear? Shakespeare and his interest in fashion

By |April 20th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on To wear or not to wear? Shakespeare and his interest in fashion

by Professor David Roberts, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University

Playwrights and actors trade in illusion. They draw you into thinking that pretence is the real thing. If they’re like Shakespeare, they also love reminding you that acting really is only pretending, and that it’s not only actors […]

211, 2016

Lovable Rogues: The Public Fascination of Gangsters

By |November 2nd, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Lovable Rogues: The Public Fascination of Gangsters

by Mohammed Rahman, PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

On Monday, it was announced that British actor Tom Hardy is set to play Al Capone in a forthcoming film, focusing on the final years of the Chicagoan mobster.  Once on the FBI’s most wanted list, Al Capone’s criminal activities of bootlegging, protection […]

2005, 2015

Will Spotify’s rumoured venture into video streaming see them start to make profits?

By |May 20th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Will Spotify’s rumoured venture into video streaming see them start to make profits?

Today we expect we will finally see the announcement of whether Spotify will launch a video streaming service or not.  Over the past few weeks rumours have been flying around music, entertainment and tech worlds regarding Spotify’s plans to launch “Spotify Now”, its new on-demand video service, if a recent CNBC report turns out to […]

1205, 2015

Let’s give Mr Whittingdale a little licence

By |May 12th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Let’s give Mr Whittingdale a little licence

Bob Calver, senior lecturer in Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University

Much has been made of the impact on the BBC of the new man in charge of the Department of Culture Media and Sport. John Whittingdale is on record as saying the BBC Licence Fee is ‘worse than the poll tax’ and that the current […]

1803, 2014

When the cure is acceptance, understanding and empathy

By |March 18th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on When the cure is acceptance, understanding and empathy

By Sonia Hendy-Isaac – Senior Lecturer, Curriculum Design for Employer Engagement. 

As well as teaching and researching, Sonia is a published poet with a keen interest in contemporary poetry, revisionary fiction, feminism and gender studies, postcolonial theory, linguistics and the construction of meaning, and creativity and culture. 

Some might argue it’s been a landmark few years for […]

1009, 2013

The true impact of Black popular cultures on young Black women’s sense of self

By |September 10th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on The true impact of Black popular cultures on young Black women’s sense of self

Dionne Taylor – Lecturer in Criminology, PhD researcher  

“They speak about us as ‘bitches’ and refer to us as ‘whores’ – but we are always there, when they need you” – this unwitting quote is taken from  some of the young women in the study I Wanna Love –  an exploration into the role Hip […]

2009, 2011

Big City Culture – Where Next?

By |September 20th, 2011|Opinion|Comments Off on Big City Culture – Where Next?

Professor David Roberts, Head of the School of English at Birmingham City University

Over the past few years Jo Birch in RIES has been working her socks off promoting the University’s contribution to Birmingham’s artistic and cultural scene. She was the mastermind behind the New Generation Arts Festival, which saw students and graduates from across the […]