#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 14 March 2018

Here’s our digest #7 of events and opportunities in and outside the School.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.


Book ahead

Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) | 15-19 May 2018 | 7.45pm | £5-18

Support the WOW Women in Creative Industries award-winning Professor Lois Weaver at the Barbican in May!

“Combining a Dr Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, this show explores ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the future is uncertain.

The stage features a round table, doomsday images projected on a screen, echoing the War Room in Stanley Kubrick’s film. In our Situation Room, twelve audience members are invited to become a Council of Elders to discuss the global issues of the day, as the company weave in satirical insights and spirit-lifting humour.

Adopting the characters of a bombastic general and ineffectual president, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches lace this interactive piece with both playful urgency and lethargy, encouraging discussion about the political landscape.”

The week ahead

World Literature and the Archives of Criticism | 17 March 2018 | QMUL – Mile End | Free

A one day colloquium, which includes panels with interests such as:

  • Adhira Mangalagiri (Queen Mary University of London), ‘Imagining the World in 1950s Chinese Literature’
  • Becky Roach (Kings College London), ‘World Literature: World Computing’
  • Angus Brown (Birmingham), ‘The World History of Close Reading’
  • Graham Riach (Oxford), ‘Freak Time and Spatial Form in Bruno Schultz and Tamura Taijirō’
  • David James (Birmingham), ‘World Fiction and Critical Humility’

And a keynote by guest Stefan Helgesson (Stockholm) on:

‘Southern Itineraries: The Fate of Literature in the Archives of Criticism’

Download the schedule here


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Jobs, Careers Events & Paid Internships

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Programming Assistant (p/t) at The Albany | Deadline: 19 March 2018

A London-based performing arts venue that work around cultural diversity and creativity are looking for a Programming Assistant to join their team. Could it be you? >>


2 roles: Participation Producer and Administration Assistant at Pacitti Company | Deadline: 3 April 2018

“We are pleased to announce two new job opportunities with Pacitti Company.

Participation Producer
The Participation Producer is responsible for supporting the development of SPILL Festival’s mass participation public engagement events and the Think Tank public programme. The Participation Producer will work to deliver an exceptional year-round programme of work that engages, educates and invigorates the local community and ensures meaningful development for local audiences.

For more information and to apply please download an application pack along with an equal opportunities form.

Administration Assistant
As the Administration Assistant, you will play a pivotal role in the Company, helping the running of a wide range of administration duties, occasionally acting as the first point of contact for enquiries for SPILL Festival, the Think Tank or Pacitti Company overall.”


Opportunities, Calls for Participation & Volunteering

Call for participants in RIFT theatre project | 17-18 March

RIFT Theatre’s Void – call for participants in audience research project

17th and 18th March


How can audiences contribute to the future of theatre?

How should new technologies be used to shape the way theatre appears and feels for audiences?


If you’re a theatre-goer who is interested in how audiences might play a part in the future development of the form, then we would like to invite you to participate in a project run jointly by Queen Mary University of London and RIFT theatre company. We are looking for 20 audience members to take part in a study of immersive theatre experience centred on RIFT’s VOID, a performance for a solo spectator commissioned for this year’s Vault festival. 


What will it involve

We are looking for 20 audience members to participate in piece of immersive theatre for a solo spectator. You will receive a free ticket for the performance, and a £10 theatre voucher. In return we ask that you agree to some limited video and data recording of your experience, and a post-performance interview with a member of Queen Mary’s research team. Following the performance, you will also receive a copy of the recordings as a unique record of your experience.


If you would like to be involved, please email your name and contact details to: stagingatmospheres@gmail.com stating your preference for attending a performance on either 17th or 18th March. As the performance can only accommodate one spectator at a time, there are a variety of slots available between 18.00-20.00 on Saturday 17th March and between 18.00-21.15 on Sunday 18th March. If you have a particular preference, please let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Please be aware that some of the performance includes accounts of consent issues and sexual trauma.


How long will it take

The performance lasts thirty minutes, and each interview will take no longer than twenty minutes.


Will my responses be confidential 

The interviews will contribute to a research project funded by the Arts an Humanities Research Council; this process has been scrutinised by QMUL’s ethics committee, and all details will be fully anonymised in any public or academic material. You will be free to withdraw if you wish to.


Calls for papers

No listings this week.

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