English and Drama Newsletter – May 2022 Edition

Welcome to May in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

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Pictured above: The School staff at their away day this week.

See our new spoken word campaign videos
championing the value of our degrees.

Left: Fatema (Current English Student)
Right: Elliott (Drama graduate)

Open Events

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Book now for June Open Days

17-18 June – In Person at QMUL Mile End | 18 June – Online

Come and discover our canalside campus to explore what makes English, Drama and Creative Writing at Queen Mary so special.

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Bollywood Dance Festival

Bollywood Dance Festival

28-29 May – 10:00-22:00 Daily – In-person in the People’s Palace Great Hall at QMUL Mile End

This May, Queen Mary Arts and Culture hosts Europe’s biggest Bollywood Dance Convention, bringing together the best choreographers, YouTubers and influencers from around the world.

Bollywood Dance Festival celebrates all forms of South Asian, Bollywood and Indian classical dance across 24 masterclasses led by a spectacular line-up of Bollywood choreographers and dance icons from India, UK and the USA. The convention is curated and produced by Bollywood Choreographer Naz Choudhury alongside internationally acclaimed dance company Bolly Flex.

Masterclasses will be held in 90-minute sessions throughout the weekend. Pick and choose a masterclass, or stay for the weekend! – classes are open to all, and you don’t need any previous experience with dance to take part.

Book tickets here: http://www.bollywooddancefestival.com/tickets
Enter promo code QMULARTS30 for 30% off all sessions

Click here for clips from featured choreographers including: Karthik Priyadarshan and Mohan Pandey of Kings United India, the World of Dance Champions; from the USA, Youtube dance sensations Anisha Babar and Swara Karulkar; India’s most popular viral dance icons Himanshu Dulani & Alex Badad; classically trained dance sensation Kumar Sharma; popular film TV dancing star Pery Sheetal; south of India reality TV dance icon Naval Arasan from B-Fab; Mumbai’s finest Akanksha Sharma and Muskan Singh, who recently appeared in India’s Best Dancer

For more info, please contact the Arts and Culture team qmul-arts@qmul.ac.uk

Book tickets with code QMULARTS30

Tea: Nature, Culture, Society, 1650-1850

Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 June 2022 – Online (Zoom)

From tea to teapots, taste to trade; this conference will explore natural histories, Chinese porcelain, tea’s impact on literature, and more.

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Mad Hearts Flyer

Mad Hearts – The Arts and Mental Health Masked/Unmasked10 June – In-person at QMUL Mile End and 11 June 2022 – Online (Zoom)

This two-day event explores productive, radical, contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, bringing together clinical, artistic and research perspectives that offer a re-interpretation of contemporary mental health science and practice, with a view of imagining a different future.

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Events Listings

Queer Ecology Seminar

Wednesday 11 May 2022 – 3-4.30pm – In-person – ArtsTwo Senior Common Room
  In-person seminar on ‘Queer Ecology’ led by Dennis Denisoff, one of our Distinguished Visiting Fellows.

Queer ecology studies engages with the sexual, sensual, and affective relations among the organic and inorganic, while also problematizing distinctions between the natural and unnatural. Sexuality, gender, trans, and affect studies engage with, among other things, animality studies, Anthropocene studies, deep green religion, and notions of urban, frontier, and Indigenous ecologies.

RSVP to Matt Rubery

‘Of Fear and Strangers’ Panel Discussion

George Makari’s book, Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia (2021) traces the history of xenophobia from its origins to the present day. To discuss diverse experiences of xenophobia, past and present, Makari will be joined by David Feldman (Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism), Thomas W Laqueur (Berkeley), Akshi Singh (Queen Mary University of London). 

This month, Professor Thomas Laqueur is the Distinguished Visiting Fellow with the ‘Pathologies of Solitude‘ project at Queen Mary University of London.

All are welcome but registration is required. Please click here to register your attendance.

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Decadence, Paganism, and the Environment – In-Person & Online

  The School of English and Drama at Queen Mary – University of London is pleased to hosta conversation with Dennis Denisoff (Tulsa), Stefano Evangelista (Oxford) and Alex Murray(Queen’s, Belfast).

Please register via the button below to get the Zoom link or a seat in person.

Watch the previous round table on Decadence in the Arts here

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Charles Lamb’s Paperwork

Friday 27 May 2022 – Online (Zoom)

On Friday 27 May, Deidre Lynch of Harvard University will present a paper on ‘Charles Lamb’s Paperwork’ at the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar.

All welcome.

Events from around QMUL & Beyond

18 May
The Trembling Hand — Reflections of a Black Woman in the Romantic Archive with Mathelinda Nabugodi (English PhD graduate)

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8 June
A Phenomenology of Misfits | PhD Symposium | University of Greenwich

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14 June
Groundbreakers: A Living Maps Network events programme focused on the history and heritage of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park site for the 10th  anniversary of the Park opening.

Sponsored by the Raphael Samuel History Centre

Book here


Daniel Oliver (Drama) will be presenting his board-game about performance art and time travel at CLAY in Leeds on 6 May Find out more

The Drop Out - Image from Aeon featuring a colourful mix of people all posed in front of a two storey house

Michael Craske (English)’s essay on Edmund Gosse’s malign influence on Swinburne studies is available in the latest issue of the International Walter Pater Society’s journal. Read more

Queen Mary Arts and Culture (Run by Aoife Monks (Drama) and Molly McPhee) launches new Assistant Producers programme

Read more

Listen to the BBC series One Direction on the points of the compass
  Author Jerry Brotton (English Department) presents a five-part series exploring each of the four cardinal directions in turn – north, east, south and west – and the possibility that, in the age of digital mapping, we are being left disoriented.

Contributors include: Google spatial technologist Ed Parsons, historian Sujit Sivasundaram, neuroscientist Hugo Spiers, author Rana Kabbani, journalist and editor for Bloomberg City Maps Laura Bliss and many more mapaholics.

Listen now

David Duff at Royal College of Psychiatrists

On 28 April David Duff spoke at the Faculty of Addictions annual conference at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He was part of an interdisciplinary panel celebrating the bicentenary of the publication of Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. His fellow panellists were the historian Lucy Inglis, author The Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium, and the psychiatrist Sir John Strang, Director of the National Addiction Centre, who described De Quincey’s Confessions as ‘the greatest book in the world ever written about addiction’.

David argued that it was also a masterpiece of Romantic literature, inspired by Wordsworth’s autobiographical poetry and by the myth of drug-induced creativity in Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’. David’s PhD student Hannah Donovan is writing about dreams in De Quincey and every year his undergraduates do group projects on the Confessions as part of the Romantics and Revolutionaries module. He was pleased to hear professional psychiatrists expressing similar enthusiasm for De Quincey’s extraordinary book.

Alumni Round Up

Chloe Borthwick (Drama BA) is presenting their show Christ Alive! at Camden People’s Theatre. The show is a miraculous encounter with the son of God. The power of comedy music drama compels you.

Not everything is as it seems. This show is less about Jesus, more about faith, love, and expectation. Jesus shows us that miracles can be actualised with simple belief, the glory of song, and a perfectly executed punchline. Crazy holy good.

Get tickets and more information

Best wishes,


Rupert Dannreuther

Marketing Manager

Queen Mary University of London

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