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Welcome to February in the School of English and Drama.
We’ve already had so much happen in January 2022 including:
- Celebrating our graduates at graduation ceremony for our class of 2020 and 2021.
- Our Head of English Suzanne Hobson talks about Modernism on Radio 4 – listen here.
- Our first in person offer holder day where we welcomed over 70 guests to see what makes English and Drama at Queen Mary so inclusive and special.
We would like to take this opportunity in the year to remind students and staff them of support available inside and outside the college.
Undergraduate Offer Holder Days
Our offer holder days are a great chance to meet students and staff from the course to get a feel for the course and inspiring community you could join.
Saturday 12 February 10:30-15:30 In Person – Limited availability
Saturday 13 March 10:30-15:30 In Person – Good availability
Wednesday 14 April 10:30-15:30 – Virtual – Booking opens soon
Postgraduate Open Evening
Come to our friendly Master’s event to hear about what’s on offer for September 2022 entry and talk to us about:
MA English Literature:
- MA English Literature
- MA English Literature: Literature and Culture 1700-1900
- MA English Literature: Modern and Contemporary
- MA English Literature: Postcolonial and Global Literatures
T.MUDD. A Performance-Lecture on Messianic Themes with Associate Professor Brandon Woolf (NYU)
Wednesday 9 February – Soft start at 18:30 GMT with a presentation starting at 19:00 GMT via Zoom
For a few years now, I’ve been reading and re-reading six particular pages of the Babylonian Talmud, which confront some confounding questions of messianism. I’m not a scholar of Talmud; I really have no business digging around in this foundational tome of rabbinic Judaism. And yet, these six pages persist in their invitation – again and again – to consider catastrophe, caesura, mourning, and morning joe via dialogue, debate, parable, mathematical calculation, geopolitical commentary, conspiracy theory, and seemingly dadaist non-sequitur. T.MUDD is a performance-lecture with new music that moves back and forth between these varying Talmudic registers and modes of address in the hopes of moving us just a little bit closer to (or perhaps way further away from) answering the persistent questions: Just what are we waiting for? And what should we do while we wait – for the end without end?
Brandon Woolf is a theater artist and clinical associate professor at New York University, where he directs the Program in Dramatic Literature. www.brandonwoolfperformance.com
‘Vegetable monsters and curiosities’: Plant Horror in the Palm House at Kew
Thu 10 February 2022, 17:00 – Zoom
Dr Kate Teltscher
Completed in 1848, Kew’s Palm House was associated with both plant magnificence and plant monstrosity. From the start, the Palm House attracted considerable attention from journalists and the popular scientific, educational and religious press.
The White Review Presents: Art and Literature in Conversation
Thu 10 February 2022, 19:00 – Whitechapel Gallery
Head to Whitechapel Gallery for a discussion to celebrate the latest issue of leading arts and literature magazine The White Review.
Experimental writer Irenosen Okojie, author of the award-winning novel, Butterfly Fish, will be in conversation with editor Izabella Scott (QMUL).
Dyspraxic Approaches to Teaching Live Art in a ‘Neurodivergent’/ ‘Normodivergent’ classroom
Mon 7 March – Online via Zoom with Live Captioning
a talk by Daniel Oliver and Sumita Majumdar
In this session Daniel and Sumita will be reading from, and expanding on, their co-authored chapter ‘Dyspraxic Approaches to Teaching Live Art in a ‘Neurodivergent’/‘Normodivergent’ classroom’, published in Petronilla Whitfield’s edited collection Inclusivity and Equality in Performance Training: Teaching and Learning for Neuro and Physical Diversity (NY: Routledge, 2021). They will share their experiences, detailed in the chapter, of neurodivergent/normodivergent teaching and learning, and build on their argument that these experiences and approaches are ideal when working with Live Art and experimental performance practices.
- SED Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Student Initiative Fund Find out more & apply
- Suzanne Hobson talks about Modernism on BBC Sounds Listen on BBC now
- Congrats to Balraj and all our other students at #QMULGrad Discover our grad tips
BLOC – New Research a new Film & Drama Practice research facility at QMUL
The project will create an integrated suite of facilities that support our research into Film, Drama and associated post-production activities.
We’re calling it “BLOC” to speak to building blocks, the grid, connectivity.
One of our aims is to create the most accessible Cinema in a London University, that will make it inclusive for everyone, whether they require physical or neurodiverse support or not.
Wasafiri Craft Podcast
We now have a dedicated page for Craft on the Wasafiri website! Go to http://wasafiri.org/article/podcast/… for all things Craft including full transcripts of every episode and exclusive bonus outtakes.
Listen to the latest episode with Daniel Mella here: https://t.co/EJqxTn4yTa
Phakama have a new project for 16-21 year olds this February: Our Stories
Rise Up is a FREE opportunity for young people aged 16- 21 to create, learn, collaborate and express themselves. This is a unique experience for up to ten young people, who will be led by Phakama’s Young Creatives, to take part in a one-week cross-arts project. Using different art forms such as drama, music, creative writing and movement, you will have the opportunity to create your own show and share it with a live audience at Graeae Theatre in East London. No previous arts experience necessary.
Julie Rose Bower new projects in ASMR for 2022
In February, for Valentine’s Day, a dance film that Julie Rose has sound designed (dir. Jo Bannon for Candoco Dance Company) is going to have its international debut at Sadlers Wells Digital Stage. Candoco are a disability-inclusive dance company and she has written about my approach to creating a tactile sound design and cultivating an inclusive sound practice for Performance Research’s forthcoming issue ‘On Touch’. This is a very beautiful and erotic piece exploring relationships with objects. My sound design has an ASMR aesthetic and features innovative use of contact microphones.
Souradeep Roy published in new Routledge Anthology
Souradeep Roy’s (PhD Drama, 2nd Year) essay, “Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay, Nandikar, and the World,” which was first published in South Asian Review (2020), was published in the anthology of essays Global South Asia: South Asian Literatures and the World (2022) published by Routledge.
If you have any news for our March edition, spot any errors or notice we missed anything please do let me know: email@example.com.
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