SED Opportunity Digest – 12 November 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

Stepney Words 50 Years On

Free event this Sunday in the People’s Palace Great Hall

The remarkable story of 1971’s Stepney Words, with Chris Searle, Stepney Words poets, historians, activists and today’s young voices.

In 1971, English teacher Chris Searle was sacked from a school in Stepney for publishing his students’ poems about their perspectives on the world around them. His students, joined by others from local schools, went on strike and marched from the East End to Trafalgar Square to demand justice. Fifty years later, Chris and his pupils, with historians and grassroots activists, reflect on Stepney then and now, student strikes then and now, and the continuing radical potential of poetry. The afternoon will end with performances from today’s young poets.

Speakers include: Chris Searle, Alan Gilbey, Tony Harcup, Judith Suissa, Ken Worpole, Julie Begum, Rob Waters, Tom Woodin, Angela Hancock, Alan Dein, Nadia Valman with poets Dillon Kalyabe and Becksy Becks.

  • 1400 The Stepney Words Story with Chris Searle and the Class of 71
  • 1445 Changes with Rob Waters, Judith Suissa and Tom Woodin
  • 1530 Down in the Basement with Alan Gilbey and the Basement Writers
  • 1540 Tea
  • 1600 Grassroots with Tony Harcup, Ken Worpole, Julie Begum and Angela Hancock
  • 1645 Poetry with Chris Searle and the Class of 71, Dillon Kalyabe and Becksy Becks, poets, and the Class of 21
  • 1815 End

QMUL English Seminar-Prof. David Kurnick “The Erotics of Large Numbers”

18 Nov, Thursday, 5pm, GMT

Want to know how literary realism renders quantitative facts qualitatively perceptible? Don’t miss Prof. David Kurnick’s talk on “The Erotics of Large Numbers” next week!

All are welcome – Register here:

Karen Christopher duets event Tuesday 23 November, 6.30pm

Please join us for the launch of a new book Entanglements of Two: A Series of Duets, edited by Karen Christopher and Mary Paterson, and published by Intellect Books. The event will include contributions from Karen Christopher, Mary Paterson, David Berman (Physics, QMUL), Andrea Milde and Jemima Yong.

Tue, 23 November 2021 | 18:30 – 20:00 GMT | Add to calendar


Electric Shock: Art School Performance and the Making of Fad Gadget

with Gavin Butt (Northumbria University)

Wednesday 24 Nov, 18:30 GMT on Zoom or in-person in RR2, ArtsOne building at Queen Mary University of London. 

In-person booking:

Online booking:

QUORUM committee is excited to invite you to a free seminar hosted by QUORUM at Queen Mary University and online on 24 November: This lecture will explore the formative influence of art school education within post-punk music culture. It will address the work of electro-pop and industrial music pioneer Fad Gadget (a.k.a. Frank Tovey) as a response to the avant-garde shock tactics of experimental performance by staff and students in the Fine Art department at Leeds Polytechnic in the mid-1970s. The presentation is based upon Butt’s forthcoming book No Machos or Popstars: When the Leeds Art Experiment Went Punk (forthcoming Duke University Press, 2022).

For more, visit QUORUM Twitter (@QuorumQMUL) or our website:

Imperial Nostalgia: a conversation

Thursday 25 November, 7.00pm – 8.00pm UK timeOnlineFree, but booking is essential  

A strong emotional attachment to the memory of empire runs deep in British culture. In recent years, that memory has become a battleground in a long-drawn ideological war, inflecting debates on race, class, gender, culture, the UK’s future and its place in the world. Peter Mitchell’s Imperial Nostalgia surveys the scene of the imperial memory wars in contemporary Britain, exploring how the myths that structure our views of empire came to be, and how they inform the present. Taking in such diverse subjects as Rory Stewart and inter-war adventure fiction, man’s facial hair and Kipling, the Alt-right and the Red Wall, Imperial Nostalgia asks how our relationship with our national past has gone wrong, and how it might be improved.

Peter Mitchell will be discussing his book and the issues it raises with Nadine El-Enany, Reader in Law at the Birkbeck School of Law, and Gargi Bhattacharyya, Professor of Sociology at the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, UEL.

Kathryn Yusoff Reading group: Week 8 Monday 15 November 1-2:30pm

We’ll be reading “Inhumanities” from A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None (U of Minnesota P, 2018). A brief introduction will be given by Ananya Mishra. Chair: Charlotta Salmi. 

The seminar will be IN PERSON in Laws: 3.08-D and ONLINE. Please register via the following link: 

Ed Charlton (QMUL) “Blueing Toronto: Dionne Brand’s Melancholy Utopianism”.

Week 10 Monday 29 November 1-2:30 pm – Chair: Rehana Ahmed

The seminar will be IN PERSON in Scape Canalside TR1 and ONLINE.

Outside QMUL

Free Online Event: The Future of Storytelling    

Thursday 18 November 2021
6-7pm GMT | 7-8pm CET | 1-2pm EST

The enduring power of storytelling is undeniable and the printed book has proved resilient, even in the face of digitization and the global pandemic. So what does the future have in store for reading, storytelling and the ‘text’ in a world where visual media is increasingly dominant? How do advances in digitization change the way we read and experience texts? And how does this change the way that books and other kinds of textual media are made?

Our esteemed panellists will draw on their own research projects to explore these questions and to demonstrate how important research from across the humanities is in shaping our understanding of the past, present and future of our cultural heritage and production. Register for the event here.

New Possibilities for Performance @ Eastside Projects 

New Possibilities for Performance Eastside Projects

ONLINE: Saturday 4 December, 11am–1pm
Pay what you can (£7 suggestion), Free to EOP

BSL interpretation and live captioning What is at stake in experiencing performance? How is this experience mediated, live and direct in close physical contact or mediated and transmitted via technology and screens? What does it mean to make performance, now in a pandemic and post-pandemic world? Where is performance made and shown, and by whose authorship?

This event will explore what is currently at stake in performance across all live contemporary art forms, reflect on the current climate for making and sharing performance and build collective conversations in response to a series of urgent questions and provocations by guest contributors. Guests include Barak adé Soleil artist, dancer and co-director of Live Art Development AgencyJoe Moran choreographer and director of Dance Art Foundation, Louise O’Kelly curator and founder of Block Universe, Lucie Mirkova, Head of Artistic Programmes at DanceXchange, and SERAFINE1369 dancer and artist. 

The event will start with a series of provocations exploring ‘what is at stake in performance now’. With responses engaging with current concerns within choreography, contemporary art, live art, artistic practice and beyond. We will explore what is at stake in the live experience, and what a removed viewing through a screen or device may add or take away from the observer. 

This event is “pay what you can” to allow for flexibility depending on your income, the suggested amount for those with secure income is £7  READ MORE

Half Moon Young People’s Theatre – Creative Learning Assistant (Internship)

Are you keen to gain a year’s experience working in a theatre for young people? Half Moon Theatre is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Creative Learning Assistant to support all aspects of the company’s extensive programme working with young people in Tower Hamlets.

Each year, Half Moon works with around 26,000 workshop participants and has around 25,000 audience members. Half Moon is a theatre for young audiences which tours nationally and specialises in artform development and new writing. Our participatory work and professional theatre programme have equal status and are mutually enriching.

The post is a fixed term one-year contract, paid at the London Living Wage, funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation Internship Programme.

The Jack Petchey Internship development programme is designed for young people who are leaving further or higher education and starting out in the youth/charity sector – or young people who have done one or two years of employment and are looking to transfer into, or take their next career step in, the youth/charity sector.

We particularly welcome applications from residents of Tower Hamlets.

Please email a CV and covering letter (maximum 1 side A4) demonstrating your experience and abilities to :
(Please also send your completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form)

Closing date for applications: Friday 26 November 2021 at 10am
Interviews: w/c Monday 29 November 2021
Starting date: Monday 10 January 2022

Computacenter roles are now open and they have some awesome opportunities for both placement years and graduate programs. 

What do Computacenter do? In simple terms, you’d be joining a company who delivers digital tech solutions to some of the biggest organisations in the world. They have opportunities across Business Management, Project Management, Technical Consultancy, and Sales.

Placement Years – £17k, Locations across the UK, Add real value from Day 1, Hands on experience and the opportunity to learn and work on innovative solutions for our customers.

Graduates – £30k starting salary, Locations across the UK, Structured support programme designed to fast track your learning and development in a business that really cares about it’s employees.

Interested? Follow the link below to their Future Careers page to find out more.

  • Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | BBC Academy | 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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