Poetry volume launch honours lecturer's legacy

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Colleagues of a University of Dundee lecturer who died in 2016 will celebrate his life this week by publishing a volume of his poetry. Staff of the University’s English Programme in the School of Humanities hosted a crowdfunding campaign to raise the £2,000 needed to publish ‘THIS’, a collection of work by Dr Jim Stewart. Despite having shown little interest in making his poems public during the early stages of his career, Jim was in the process of producing a volume of his work when he received his cancer diagnosis. However, after succumbing to his illness at the age of 64, colleag...

Frankenstein Returns 'home'

| Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

The University of Dundee will next month host a series of events celebrating Mary Shelley in the city that inspired the teenage pioneer of science fiction to become a writer. Frankenstein Returns takes place at venues throughout Dundee from Friday 16 to Saturday 24 November as part of Being Human 2018, the national festival of the humanities that has this year expanded to include events in Australia, France, Italy, Singapore and the United States. One of the flagship events will be a recreation of the wildly popular Gothic shows that thrilled huge crowds around the time Shelley was writing Frankenstein. &l...

"Most dangerous philosopher" to deliver Dundee lecture

| Humanities, Philosophy

The man dubbed ‘the most dangerous philosopher in the West’ will next month visit the University of Dundee to talk about Samuel Beckett, terror, politics, persecution and everything in between. Slavoj Žižek will deliver his lecture at the University’s Dalhousie Building on Thursday 8 November. The world-renowned Slovenian academic, who was ranked by Foreign Policy magazine as being among the Top 100 Global Thinkers, has also been described as a celebrity philosopher and ‘the Elvis of cultural theory’. He has written or co-authored dozens of books in several languages coverin...

Student catalogues treasure trove of comics

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

An American student was delighted to find rare comics, some dating back to the 1800s, amongst thousands of comics she catalogued at the University of Dundee. Hailey Austin says she has found comic gems including Punch magazine, first issues of rare DC and Marvel comics, as well as drafts and proofs of early DC Thomson comics amongst the materials donated to the University’s Archives. Hailey, a 24 year-old PhD student from Colorado, said that the mammoth task of cataloguing the majority of the collections took over three months but she would happily do it all over again because of the value these...

Students create suicide awareness comic to address the stigma of mental health

| Comics, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities, Students

Students and staff from the University of Dundee have produced a comic to raise awareness of suicide in an attempt to reduce the stigma around mental health. ‘Let’s Talk About Suicide’ will launch on Wednesday 10 October to coincide with World Mental Health Day. The dynamic storybook deals with a sensitive and under-resourced health issue in an engaging way. The visually driven publication addresses inequality, stereotypes and other factors associated with mental health and suicide. By using the comic style, potential barriers in traditional healthcare communications, such as sight, liter...