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Welcome to March in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.
We are very excited to announce our new courses are open for applications for this September:
We are also excited to relaunch:
- MA English Literature: Literature and Culture 1700-1900
- MA English Literature: Modern and Contemporary
- MA English Literature: Postcolonial and Global Literatures
- MA Theatre and Performance
Main image: Patricia Hamilton at Tate Britain’s Life Between Islands – Caribbean-British Art 1950s-Now. Another image from the day is on display on third floor of ArtsOne and features Althea McNish‘s Tobago as a background for Patricia.
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 March 10:30-15:30 In Person – Last few places
Wednesday 14 April 10:30-15:30 Virtual – Booking Now Live
Postgraduate Open Evening
Thursday 24 March – In Person at QMUL Mile End and Online
Come to our friendly Master’s event in person and online to hear about what’s on offer for September 2022 entry and talk to us.
English Postgraduate Research Seminar – Spring Festival
The PGRS Committee is delighted to invite you to our final three online talks of the semester, featuring Oscar Wilde’s stories for children, the ‘cognitive ecologies’ of reconstructed theatres like Shakespeare’s Globe, and the original food, drink, and pamphlets of early modern theatre.
17 March – Prof. Michele Mendelssohn (Oxford)
‘Nasty, Brutish Short Stories: Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince Reconsidered’Register
24 March – Prof. Evelyn Tribble (UConn)
Reconstructions and Reunions: Cognitive Ecologies, Space, and Skill
7 April – Prof. Tiffany Stern (Birmingham)
Product Placement and Marketing in the Early Modern Theatre
Rediscover: queer + trans – Year 12 Study Day for Schools and Colleges
Wednesday 23 March 2022 – 2-5pm – In Person
A-level/BTEC study day for year 12s to help bring in queer + trans ideas as tools to discover English literature, drama and creative writing in fresh ways.
Sarah Knott on ‘Maternity, Care and Solitude’
Tuesday 5 April 2022, 17:00 – Online via Zoom
In the final paper in our 2021/22 seminar series, Sarah Knott from Indiana University discusses histories of motherhood and solitude.
Witnessing: Readings and Conversation, with Andrea Brady and Rachel Zolf
Wednesday 27 April – Online via Zoom with Live Captioning
Join us online for readings and conversations about witnessing. Featuring Andrea Brady and Rachel Zolf. Rachel Zolf, in No One’s Witness: A Monstrous Poetics (Duke University Press, 2021), ‘activates the last three lines of a poem by Jewish Nazi holocaust survivor Paul Celan—“No one / bears witness for the / witness”—to theorize the poetics and im/possibility of witnessing.’ Andrea Brady, in The Blue Split Compartments , ‘draws on chatroom logs, military policy manuals, pattern of life archives, and accounts by witnesses around the world to document the consequences of the perpetual and ‘everywhere war.’
Events from around QMUL
Ukraine – A critical test for the West?
International Women’s Day: Using the law to protect women’s rights & where the law can go further
Film Screening at QMUL: Ultraviolence + live Q&A about resistance to police violence
Models Required for Inclusive Fashion Show from Diaspora Speaks
Charlie Williams from QMUL’s Solitudes Project explores the history of the dropout.
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English alumna Olivia on London Ambulance Service, nursing and running a beauty blog.
Read Olivia’s story
Listen to the latest Craft podcast by Wasafiri Magazine
Catch English television presenter, photographer and author of Afropean: Notes from Black Europe Johny Pitts on the next episode of Craft Podcast launching very soon. Follow @craft_podcast on Twitter for episodes and updates.
Alumni Round Up
Hugo Aguirre (Drama) is a contestant on Sky Arts’ new series, The Big Design Challenge. This competition will see eight creatives battle different design challenges across five episodes to be crowned “Britain’s next design superstar”. Follow @hugoaguirre_design on Instagram.
Conor Burke (Drama) is presenting his show Everything is Grand, and I’m Completely OK at The Hope Theatre from 6 March.
Edie Edmundson (Drama) is in Robert Icke’s puppet Animal Farm touring round the UK.
Figs in Wigs (Drama) are presenting their work Little Wimmin as part of WOW – Women of the World Festival on Sunday 13 March 2022.
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala CBE (English MA) is Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer and two-time Oscar winning screenwriter and is celebrated on Instagram here.
Open Calls for Students, Staff & Alumni
2022 is shaping up to be an amazing year of events. Take part in the following:
- A Season of Bangla Drama Deadline for receiving Expressions of Interest is 25 April 2022
- Being Human Festival Events wanted
- Mad Hearts: Arts and Mental Health – Creative responses QMUL Festival of Communities Stalls, Activities Wanted
- Totally Thames Open Call – General Open Call
- Tide Changers Programme £1000 funding for emerging artist aged 30 or under
New blog posts from the Solitudes project including Akshi Singh and on Talking to yourself
Josh Cohen in Conversation with Akshi Singh
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