SED Opportunity Digest – 15 October 2021

Welcome to our digest full of interesting events, opportunities and schemes that may help you meet collaborators, improve their career prospects or simply broaden your horizons.

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From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Winners Announced for the 2021 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Find out the winners here

There Are Plenty of Businesses like Show Business: Launch Event for ‘Marxist Keywords for Performance’ — 20 October 2021, 7:30 PM (BST) with a soft start at 7 PM

This year we return to QUORUM with a research group Performance and Political Economy. 

This year, we will be hosting events both online and in person whenever possible. Tickets are free but please RSVP. 

For in person ticket, click here.

For online ticket, click here.

Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2021 – Tuesday 19 October 2021

Nicole Aljoe (Northeastern): Racing the Rise of the Novel: Black Lives and the Development of the English Novel from 1688-1832 

This talk comes from a larger study that aims to analyze the complex relationships between the development of the novel and narratives of Black lives in Britain during the long 18th-century (1688-1837), as well as contribute to conversations about the impact of notions of race and empire on the development of the novel in Europe during this time. Tracking the representations of Black lives across novels and other texts throughout the century highlights the ways in which Black and White writers used these representations to engage particular questions not only about the aesthetics and form of the new genre, but also important attendant questions about notions of subjectivity and human rights. The appearance of a range of black characters and protagonists in early European writings over the course of the century provides a useful framework for revealing an/Other story of the development of the novel that complicates the often nativist and frequently exclusive narratives of the “rise” of the genre that continue to dominate in the field. In essence, this talk aims to explore what happens when Watt’s “rise of the novel” model is “recast” with a focus on Black texts. 
Chair: Markman Ellis

All welcome

Time: 17:15–18.30pm. GMT.
Venue: Online via ZOOM and IN PERSON.

If you wish to join this seminar ONLINE Please register here —

If you wish to join this seminar IN PERSON please come to the Francis Bancroft Building, Room 109, Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS (no. 31 on this map If you are attending in person, please e-mail to confirm this, so we can keep track of numbers for social distancing and refreshments. 

All About Inclusion: In Conversation with Black Alumni on Wed, 20 Oct 2021, 17:30 – 19:00 

At this event, a panel of Black alumni will speak about their journey as a Black person looking for work and their personal experiences in the workplace. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about our speakers. 

Click here to self enroll to our QMPlus module, which you will need access to to view the event. If you are a graduate, please contact 

If you require captioning for online events, we recommend using the Google Chrome extension. Find out how to do this by clicking here.

English Postgraduate Research Seminar – Thursday 21 October

“Shakespeare and Dickinson at the White Heat

Prof. Ivy Schweitzer (Dartmouth College)

Get Zoom Link Here (Registration Needed)

The Last Gasp: A Recalibration by Split Britches – Tue 19—Sat 23 Oct 2021, The Pit at Barbican

Equipped with some know-how and a touch of irony, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver (Queen Mary Drama) use spoken word and movement to respond to a world turned upside down. How do you survive a loss? First you recalibrate…

Little Wimmin by Figs in Wigs at Battersea Arts Centre – 20-28 October

Drama Grads Figs in Wigs are coming out of isolation and this time they’ve got their period

Presenting a live art, feminist ‘adaptation’ of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. Wild, irreverent and cosmically comical, this production dismantles the traditional canon to make way for the doomed future of humankind.

Freedom and Independence Theatre Festival – From 5 November

For many years, Tower Hamlets Council and Queen Mary University of London have been proud to support A Season of Bangla Drama, an annual festival which brings the borough’s communities together each November to celebrate the magic of theatre as well as the arts and cultural traditions of Bangladesh.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Bangladesh, this has been renamed the Freedom and Independence Theatre Festival.

The themes in the title have inspired the plays and events that make up this year’s programme. We are delighted that we are continuing to profile British Bangladeshi theatre as an important way to spotlight key events of 1971, tell untold stories, and reach out to new audiences.

The variety of plays on offer cover topics including the plight of women, the tales of freedom fighters, the journeys of refugees such as the Rohingya and Vietnamese, as well as the power of protest. 

There will be a fringe programme of events including a Bengali heritage walk, film screenings, an international youth writing project, talks and exhibitions.

The festival will also provide opportunities for audiences to participate through Q&As, and to be immersed in the richness of poetry, music and dance.

This is a fantastic way to learn about the history, legacy and impact of what unfolded half a century ago.

For the full programme listings, please visit our What’s On page.

Outside QMUL

Roots at Wilton’s Music Hall – Until 30 October

1927’s Roots is a medley of these rarely-told stories, an anthology of ancient folk tales by anonymous authors. Tales of tyrannical ogres, magic bird’s hearts and very, very fat cats are brought to life with 1927’s signature fusion of handcrafted animation and storytelling.

Flairbox – Performing Arts Pro Workshops

I wanted to let you know about FlairBox’s Workshop Week, an exciting opportunity for your students to learn from industry Professionals through online masterclasses, at a discounted price.
Places are going rapidly, but we want to do everything we can this year to support graduating and recently graduated students by giving them as much support as possible in entering the industry. 

I’m delighted to be able to offer the students of Queen Mary University a 20% discount on all of our workshops! (including masterclasses with Casting Director Nancy Bishop, United Agents’ Olivia Jones, and viral comedy sensation Jonny Weldon). All your students need to do is apply the discount code: DramaSchoolRef  when purchasing a workshop space through our website FlairBox.


For young people aged 16+

Thu 28 – Sat 30 Oct; 11.30am – 1pm; £4.50 each + Booking Fee

Want to start your own podcast, write your own music or create your own solo show? We’ve got a series of workshops this month from amazing artists to help get your creative juices flowing. 

Apphia Campbell
Thursday 28 October
Cherise Hamilton-Stephenson
Friday 29 October
Lilly Pollard
Saturday 29 October

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | Creative Access (Jobs) | JournoResources | Lectures.London | MediaBeans (media jobs) | QMUL Careers | Presspad | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

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