English and Drama Newsletter – June 2022 Edition

Welcome to your June update from the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

We are delighted that the Drama department achieved the highest score* in its unit in Research Excellence Framework 2021:

“I am very proud of this assessment of Drama’s achievements in research, which confirms the vibrancy, necessity, and reach of our work in theatre and performance studies. As a department we affirm that our research is generally collaborative, socially engaged, and engaged with partners and stakeholders across higher education and the cultural industries. We are grateful to all those who support and enable our research.”

Head of Drama, Professor Dominic Johnson

More about REF2021

This June be sure to book your place for: June Undergraduate Open Days Mad Hearts – The Arts and Mental Health Peopling the Palaces Festival 2022*Ranking from highest to lowest GPA (grade point average) – direct from REF data
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Open Events
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17-18 June – In Person at QMUL Mile End | 18 June – Online

Come and see what makes Queen Mary special with subject talks and tasters across English, Drama and Creative Writing.
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Events Listings
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Mad Hearts – The Arts and Mental Health

10 June – In-person at QMUL Mile End and 11 June 2022 – Online (Zoom)

A 2 day event exploring arts and mental health with highlights including: Live performance: Theatre Temoin’s work ‘NHS Yarns’ comes to Queen Mary. Keynotes from Dolly Sen and psychiatrist Maria Turri. Panels on autism, resilience, masculinity and a forgotten ‘mad’ artist.
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Network: QMUL’s Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy is co-organising a workshop on ‘Creative Places and Social Territories’.

14 June – Paris

This workshop will be sharing the outcomes of research undertaken by Network and by Labex Industries culturelles et création artistique, Paris, working with a range of creative partners in Hackney Wick and Fish Island and in Saint-Denis. The workshop will be held at the University of London Institute in Paris.
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Network: QMUL’s Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy is co-organising a workshop on 14 June in Paris on ‘Creative Places and Social Territories’.

15 June 2022 – Scape 0.14 – QMUL Mile End

How do we talk about the networks, communities, and infrastructures that arise from efforts to organise collectively? How does the language we use to describe radical organising affect the way we do it? And what productive conversations can be had when theory and practice are brought into dialogue?

This is the first of three ‘in-conversation’ workshops that bring academics from the humanities and social sciences into conversation with organisers and artists to unpack the challenges and opportunities afforded by different ways of thinking, talking, and theorizing about radical organising. This session will focus on the term ‘network’. The speakers are: Laura Forster, Oli Mould, Liv Wynter.

There will be two further events in this series – ‘infrastructure’ (Wednesday 29 June) and ‘community’ (Wednesday 13 July) – registration for these will open in due course.

This series of events is funded by the Raphael Samuel History Centre and School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London. It is organised by Charlotte Jones, Clare Stainthorp, and Katherine Stansfeld (QMUL).
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Performance and State Violence

15-16 June 2022 – 3-4.30pm – online and in-person at Queen Mary University of London

For online tickets, book on bit.ly/PaSV-O

For in-person tickets, book on bit.ly/PaSV-IP

Performance and State Violence is a 2-day conference with panels focusing on the various ways performance has reacted to, was affected by, or intervened in state violence. The discipline of theatre and performance studies has approached issues of state violence in myriad ways – prison drama projects, the performativity of military displays, and theatrical protests against certain laws, to name a few examples. While these topics come up frequently, the actual role of the state, and how its involvement in questions of performance and theatricality relate to its broader aims, interests, constitution, and reproduction, are often overlooked, sidestepped, and under-theorised. This conference contextualises performance analysis within broader critical theories of the state and will feature two days of panels, keynote lectures from Aylwyn Walsh and Jennifer Doyle, and performances from Vanessa Macaulay and Lucy Beynon & Lisa Jeschka.

Full schedule and more information are available on our website performanceandstateviolence.wordpress.com and on our Twitter @PerfAndState.
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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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Imprisoned Words: London Renaissance Seminar Book Talk

  Please do join us for this discussion marking the publication of Andrea Brady (English)’s Poetry and Bondage (CUP, 2021) and Judith Hudson’s Crime and Consequence in Early Modern Literature and Law (EUP 2021). Catherine Bates and Jackie Watson will introduce the two books and we will discuss crime, punishment, freedom, poetry, the law and more.
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Before We Were Trans – Book Launch Event

CLAY Leeds
  Come to the launch event for new book, Before We Were Trans by Kit Heyam (English). Writer and trans activist, Kit, will give a reading and discuss their book with Gem of Sweep Hill Publishing. Kit will sign copies of their book – it will be available to purchase at the event.
  After an interval there will be an exclusive Northern premier screening of the Sundance award winning documentary, Framing Agnes followed by a Q&A with the film’s writer, Morgan M Page.
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Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture 2022:
Professor Corinne Fowler (University of Leicester)
‘Approaching British Colonial History During the Culture War’

Peston Lecture Theatre – QMUL Mile End

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).
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Unexpected Solutions: Inequalities, Policy and the Cultural Sector

30 June – QMUL Mile End
  How might unexpected solutions lead to policy change locally, nationally and internationally for the arts and culture sectors?
  This event launches Queen Mary’s Arts and Culture and the Mile End Institute’s unique three-year scheme, establishing a coalition of advocates helping to make the case for the arts and cultural sectors in London and nationally.
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Events from around QMUL & Beyond

7 June
Lecture – Telling true stories in virtual worlds, with May Abdalla (ANAGRAM)- Centre for Film and Ethics

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History of Libraries Seminar (Institute of English Studies and Warburg Institute)

Michelle Johansen (Bishopsgate Institute & IHR): ‘”Librarians are Boring”: Popular Representations of Public Librarianship Since the 1880s’

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14 June

IHSS Annual Symposium 2022: The Humanities (In and After the Pandemic)

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17 June

London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, Deidre Lynch

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17-18 June
The British Academy Summer Showcase 2022 including:

Projected Books: how bedbound WWII veterans were enabled to read with our very own Matthew Rubery (English) and MA students Livonia Ayugi-Okello and Celina Basma.

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‘A dark pastoral’. Daisy Hildyard’s (English PhD Graduate) new novel Emergency is reviewed in the Guardian.
Read the review The Drop Out - Image from Aeon featuring a colourful mix of people all posed in front of a two storey house Isabel Waidner (Creative Writing) is a finalist for the Orwell Prize for their novel Sterling Karat Gold.
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See Isabel live at this event
Paul Heritage (Drama) was invited by the British High Commission Chennai, India to talk about building resilience through the arts.

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Practice-based researcher Julie Rose Bower (Drama) has created accessible sensory space Meridians Meet – five interactive installations for the exhibition WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD: The World of ASMR – now open at the Design Museum
This interactive work extends the scope of the original Arkdes exhibition by inviting museum visitors to co-create their experience through performing ASMR triggers while exploring the sensation in an offline space. This work is supported by a grant from QM’s Centre for Public Engagement to create signage supporting the visitor experience. One of Julie Rose’s ASMR videos created for the V&A museum also features in the main arena of this major new exhibition. The exhibition is open 7 days a week until October and – being themed around strangely satisfying sounds, tingling sensations and feelings of relaxation – it is the only exhibition where you are actively encouraged to take a nap.
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Dominic Johnson (Drama) has published new article ‘“Kind of Goya-esque or Something”: Charles Ray’s Early Works’
The article has been published in Art History, on the early performance art of Charles Ray. He has large exhibitions on at the moment at the Met in New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris – so quite topical. The article is open access, so accessible to all for free.
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News bites
  Deven Parker and Michael Gamer (English) co-authored an essay for the most recent issue of European Romantic Review entitled “Keats, Incorporated: Social Authorship and the Making of a Brand.” Deven and Michael also have essays forthcoming soon in the volume The Visual Life of Romantic Theatre, ed. Terry Robinson and Diane Piccitto (University of Michigan Press, 2022). Mine’s entitled ‘The Stage in a Page: A Visual Life of Romantic Playbills,’ and Deven’s is called ‘Between Media: Harlequinade and Melodrama in Print.”

Sarah Bartley (Drama PhD graduate) is a lead researcher on Transformative justice, women with convictions and uniting communities a 2 year project funded by Nuffield Foundation.David Duff (English) launches the Prague International Summer School of Romanticism, a collaboration between QMUL and the Charles University, Prague. For graduate students from across Europe. Affiliated to the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, with other partners Oxford, the Sorbonne and Ghent University.

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Alumni Round Up

Alysha Nelson (Drama and Film 2019) 

“My time in Queen Mary was wonderful for my artistic growth, and it was also where I was able to connect with like minded individuals.

I’ve since been working as a producer – our first feature documentary Listen to Britain is having its London premier as part of the UK Asian film festival on the 10th of May. Our film is the spiritual successor to the 1942 original, exploring the vibrant yet tumultuous growth of Britishness over the past century.

The entire crew for this film is made up of recent QMUL graduates from SED and SLLF, and we even had the opportunity to interview a senior lecturer (Ashvin Devasundaram) as part of our documentary.”

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Poet Caleb Femi (English alumnus) will read live his ode to a troubled yet enchanted world at Bold Tendencies in Peckham on – “rhapsodic, elegiac … reminiscent of William Blake’s visionary poetic” (Malika Booker).

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Read the latest alumni newsletter
Best wishes,


Rupert Dannreuther

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Queen Mary University of London

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