SED Opportunity Digest – 22 April 2022

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The Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture 2022‘Approaching British Colonial History During the Culture War’

Professor Corinne Fowler

Thursday 23 June 2022, 6.00pm, followed by a wine reception

Peston Lecture Theatre, the Graduate Centre, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End, E1 4NS

Free, but registration is essential. Book here (

In this lecture, Professor Fowler addresses the origins and impacts of Britain’s current culture war. She considers how those working on British colonial history – students, activists, academics, museum and heritage professionals – can respond effectively to these fraught public discussions. Her talk will draw on her public history work on the project ‘Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted’ and her forthcoming book, The Countryside: Ten Walks Through Colonial Britain (Penguin Allen Lane, 2023).

For information contact Katy Pettit (

We are delighted to announce ‘Pushing Culture into Politics’, a one-day symposium on Tuesday 28th June 2022 organised by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

We welcome contributions from humanities and social science scholars at all career stages to this interdisciplinary event focused on how research in the humanities can play a role in shaping and propagating radical alternatives to the political status quo.  The day will conclude with a keynote from Gargi Bhattacharyya (Professor of Sociology, University of East London).

More details about the event and applying to contribute can be found here.

The deadline to send a proposal by email to is Tuesday 3rd May 2022.

We are excited to invite you to the second ECR Work in Progress at the School of English and Drama on the 28th of April at 5.30pm! We will have with us Dr Rebecca Menmuir, please find the abstract of her presentation below:

‘A conspicuous nasus’: sniffing out forgery in the medieval pseudo-Ovidian De Vetula

In British Library, Harley MS 5263, the majuscule ‘O’ of De Vetula’s opening word – ‘Ouidius’– contains an illumination of a familiar figure: Ovidius Naso, made unmistakable by the contouring of what Dorothy Robathan has termed ‘a conspicuous nasus’. Ovid and his nose loom large over De Vetula, and with a book in hand Ovid’s figure is the very image of authority. And yet De Vetula is not genuinely Ovid, but a forgery. In this paper, I investigate a paradox at the heart of De Vetula: the poem strives to be taken as Ovidian at the same time as being an unashamed fake. 

As a popular pseudo-Ovidian poem of the Middle Ages, De Vetula was taken as genuinely Ovidian by many. A fourteenth-century accessus (introduction) of the Metamorphoses uses De Vetula to comment on Ovid’s life, and parts of the poem were even read from the pulpit. The intensely authorial image of Ovid at the beginning of the Harley manuscript contributed to bolstering the text’s authenticity. Moreover, an elaborate accessus and preface trace the text back to Ovid’s own tomb. In these and other ways, the poem casts itself as immutably Ovidian. At other times, however, the poem is an obvious fake. In its language choices, in tracts on medieval mathematics and philosophy, and in the prediction of the birth of Christ, De Vetula flaunts its thirteenth-century contemporaneity. 

This paradox is one seen across pseudepigrapha: Irene Peirano questions the paradox of ‘fakes that flaunt, rather than hide, their own derivativeness’ (The Rhetoric of the Roman Fake, 25). Despite this, the explosion of pseudo-Ovidiana in the medieval period prompts the question: what is it about Ovid in particular that invited imitation? 

Becca is in the first year of her BA fellowship at Queen Mary: her project aims to be a book on forgeries and pseudepigrapha of Ovid from late antiquity to the early modern period, although focusing mainly on the Middle Ages. This follows on from her DPhil, which explored the medieval reception of Ovid’s exile poetry. 

Meeting details:

Time: Apr 28, 2022 05:30 PM London


Meeting ID: 838 6807 2197

Sophie Ellis-Bextor, DIY sperm banks, pole dancing comedians…all this and MUCH MORE is coming to this years Calm Down, Dear Festival.

If that wasn’t enough excitement, for the very first time you can enjoy a fizzy, fresh and feminist programme curated by the hilarious, genre bending and all-round legendary performance company Figs In Wigs, who performed at the festival’s first outing back in 2013 (talk about a full circle moment!) This year’s programme spans intimate bathroom-based theatre to the vastness of space, from the past of 500 years of violence against women to a future where all men have become extinct.

Now in its ninth year, Calm Down, Dear continues to showcase some of the most exciting and innovative work exploring all forms of feminism. Highlights include Curfew, commissioned by CPT, which explores the sad, frightening, funny, and hopeful verbatim experiences of women and non binary people in public spaces at night. Meanwhile, Mummy Vs uncovers the guilt & parenting tropes in modern Britain told through the personal experiences of one unlikely parent. Returning in film form after being shared at the 2019 festival, Drink Your Pink mixes classical references from Greek mythology and fairytales with the modern world of Instagram, pop music & #MeToo. So come and summer with CPT. We promise surprise, excitement and a well-stocked and fully-airconditioned bar. Join us!

See full programme

Outside QMUL

12 month paid placements through STEP

A twelve-month paid traineeship where young East Londoners are matched with committed local businesses to experience an entry-level role and produce a creative project.

Through STEP, you’ll get paid a London Living Wage or above salary over a 12-month training programme to develop a range of skills and creative approaches. Get your foot firmly in the creative industries, grow as part of a like-minded peer network, take part in monthly professional development workshops, and get a budget to boost your portfolio with a collaborative creative project.  

We’ll also connect you with a specialist industry mentor, provide careers coaching and continue to offer support as part of our creative community after the programme.   

Who can apply?

  • Young people aged 18-30 
  • Residents of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham or Waltham Forest, and went to school or college in the boroughs.  

Who’s involved?

This year STEP are offering up to 30 placements in sectors including – museums and galleries, theatre and performance, fashion and design, film, TV, radio and broadcasting.

Companies offering placements this year include:

BBC, V&A, Sadler’s Wells, London College of Fashion, Bow Arts , University College London, Immediate Theatre, 3 Mills Studios, The Face Magazine, Bullion Productions, Bianca Saunders, PEER, JustSo, Anyways, Wonderhood Studios, Raw LDN  + more to come!

Find out more

Cardboard Citizens is starting a new chapter and, following Chris Sonnex’ appointment as Artistic Director and Joint CEO

The programme includes the world premiere of Bangers, a new play by Danusia Samal, touring to hostels, day centres and prisons, ahead of a three-week run at Soho Theatre this summer; Citz Futures, a new paid placement programme; Cardboard Collective, a performing arts collective for 18 to 25-year-olds; and a relaunched Members’ workshop programme featuring guest artists, Emma Baggott, Anna Jordan and Lemn Sissay OBE

Cardboard Citizens has an incredible history, blazing a trail in the field of arts and social justice, changing lives and challenging perceptions of people affected by homelessness. For the first time in our history, we’re opening up the programme to include people experiencing poverty and inequity, to challenge systemic causes of homelessness in the UK and redress inequality of opportunity in the performing arts industry.  

Theatre and art have the most incredible capacity to change things for the better. It can give people a voice, make them feel seen and enable them to imagine new worlds, that inspire hope or rebellion or growth. 

However, for people with experience of poverty or homelessness, engaging with or working in theatre for can be daunting. With our new programme, we hope to inspire individuals to access incredible theatre and we pledge to enable a new workforce of theatre professionals, opening the way to more welcoming, diverse, and vibrant industry.

You can find out more here »

Too Desi Too Queer 

27 April 
Rich Mix 
Buy Tickets here

An extravaganza of South Asian LGBTQIA+ performing arts and short films, celebrating wellbeing in the community. Spaces are limited, so advance booking is strongly recommended.

Travel back in time to a notorious 1920s Soho nightclub

Best start practising your Charleston, because it’s time to let loose, Jazz Age-style. For one evening only, The National Archives is bringing one of the most outrageous nightclubs of 1920s London back to life. On Friday 20 May, you’re invited to A Night At The 43

For this exclusive Late event, The National Archives — a treasure trove of British history in west London — has joined forces with pop-up speakeasy The Candlelight Club to recreate the raucous atmosphere of The 43, which played host to some of Soho’s wildest parties during the 1920s. Get your gladrags on (flapper dresses and pinstripe suits optional, but encouraged) and prepare for a night of live jazz, cabaret and DJ sets, fuelled by curated cocktails and food by Maids of Honour. In short, it’s the bee’s knees!

More than just a party, A Night At The 43 is a chance to learn more about this vibrant era, via glimpses of The National Archives’ ongoing exhibition The 1920s: Beyond the Roar. One of the figures featured in the exhibition is The 43’s infamous owner, Kate Meyrick, who’ll be brought to life during the Late to chat to guests about her time as the ‘Nightclub Queen’ of Soho. Sounds swell, doesn’t it? Get your £12 tickets today, before they’re all gone.    Let The Party Begin!  

Hackney Wick Community Development Trust – Youth Coordinator

We are looking for someone with experience of inspiring young people (aged 16-24). Someone who cares about the future of Hackney Wick and can work with young people to deliver the circular economy hub and our wider mission of securing space for the community. 

It is a freelance role; 2 days a week; £1000 per month for a year. 

More details in the link below.

Job opportunity: Youth coordinator for the CDT — Hackney Wick & Fish Island Community Development Trust Inspire young people to have their voice heard on plans for the future of the neighbourhood

Young leaders action group event 

Also, we are meeting with young leaders (aged 16-24) working and living locally and our partners Rise Up East (part of Hackney CVS and Hackney Quest) to discuss the circular economy plans and the future of the neighbourhood. The meeting is 5pm – 6pm on 25th April at Trowbridge Gardens. If you or any of the young people you work with want to join please contact Justine Kenyon

English Teaching Positions in Independent Schools for those with degree in English

We have several English teaching positions with leading independent schools in London and the South East of England from September, 2022. These are permanent positions which would entail teaching English up to A level.

Essential: An excellent academic background including an undergraduate degree in English or related discipline.

Desired: A postgraduate degree in English or related discipline (or in the midst of completing one), a background tutoring, or any experience working with children would be a bonus, however, this is certainly not essential.

The successful candidate will be able to convey his/her own enthusiasm, encourage self-motivation, and a genuine love of learning and enquiry to students of all ages. The schools in question would offer support to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and some of the roles also include assistance with accommodation. Excellent packages are on offer.

If you are enthusiastic about English and would like the opportunity to teach in a top independent school, please forward your CV asap to or please ask for Devra for an informal chat on: 020 7820 7308 or Mob: 07795 221266.

Join us for our Open House!

Join us on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd to meet our incoming programming team for this coming year and say goodbye for now to co-Artistic Directors, Niamh and Jo! Blue Elephant’s ethos of supporting bold new work and early career artists remains at the heart of our programming, which will soon be looked after by Guillaume and Alice. After a quiet few months, we can’t wait to be looking to the future more and invite you to come meet us and see if working at the Blue Elephant is for you. Our usual agreements include a 50/50 box office split, bespoke marketing, fundraising and creative support and some free rehearsal space. We champion early career and independent artists, particularly from under-represented backgrounds, and new work. We will rarely programme productions of established scripts or work that has already had significant runs in London. If you’d like to find out more about us, join us on Zoom on Thursday 21st April from 10.30am – 11.30am or come along to the Blue Elephant from 6.15pm on Friday 22nd April.

Click here to book online.

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XBOX are hosting a once in a lifetime opportunity to be mentored by key gaming leaders around the world. This opportunity is aimed at getting women into the gaming industry but the program is for everyone interested.

Spiro Digital needs you content creation skills in their Junior Content Creator role! They are a indie London-based production and marketing agency who have worked with some massive British brands such as Nando’s. Find this role on the Content Page on the ERIC App

Ocean Generation are on the lookout for a new Comms & Content Creator . If you have creative and innovative storytelling skills that can communication environmental and social issues, then this role is for you!

Framestore are accepting applications for the London Launchpad Internship 2022. If you’re ready to take the next steps to your dream job in Film, TV or animation, then this is the perfect opportunity for you.

UNDERSCORE Studios are hosting a free screenwriting workshop on May 10th to teach you how to characters with ‘3D personality’ for a more realistic performance.

Globe Community Project need a researcher to work on a short-term local project.

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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

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