SED Opportunity Digest – 20 June 2022

Welcome to our latest round up of events, opportunities and schemes that may help you meet collaborators, improve your career prospects or simply broaden your horizons.

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From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Finishing your studies at QMUL or simply want to have a productive summer? Talk to QMUL Careers Consultant: Charlotte Brown: Email her or book an appointment with Careers

Raging Sea

Join us for a celebration of poetry, artworks, performances and storytelling by people with lived experience of migration.

Food, drinks, music, DJs! Tuesday 5th July5pm-late Performances 6pm

The Old Church
Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9ES
. This event is free but registration is required.

Please register on our Eventbrite here.

This event is a celebration of art, poetry and storytelling by people with lived experience of migration. It features works created in projects organised in collaboration with Hackney Migrant Centre.

Over the past year, the ‘Pathologies of Solitude’ project, based at Queen Mary University of London, held a series of workshops including creative writing and poetry with Rachel Long and Olumide Popoola; print making with Dima Karout; zine making with Migrants in Culture at Rabbits Road Press; storytelling with Stories in Transit, Wafa’ Tarnowska and Debsey Wykes.

The event will also feature a performance by Singing Blankets, a project that combines musical exploration, sewing and ritual.

The exhibition will be open 4th-6th July.

Paid Opportunity for Students to work on Exhibition/Event with Pathologies of Solitude research project

Pathologies of Solitude/Centre for the History of Emotiong have been running a project with Hackney Migrant Centre this year, and we are currently planning our final exhibition/ event on the 4th-6th July.

The ‘Pathologies of Solitude’ project are running an exhibition and performance event on 4th-6th July at the Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street N16 9ES.


Exhibition Assistant:

This role will involve helping to set up and take down the exhibits, and to act as custodian of the exhibition during opening times.

  • 4th July 9am – 6pm
  • 5th July 11am – 4pm
  • 6th July 11am – 8pm

Event Assistant:

This role will involve supporting the project team to run our performance event on Tuesday 5th July. We will need people to run the bar, set up the performance space, welcome guests, and provide general support.

5th July 4pm – 11:30pm

We need 2/3 people to cover all these time slots.

Please contact Tasha Pick if you’d be interested:

Keywords for Radical Organising: Infrastructure

Wednesday 29 June 2022, 5:30-7pm.

Scape 0.14 – QMUL Mile End Campus.

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 second 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 ‘infrastructure’. The speakers are: Seb Franklin (KCL), Charlotte Lemanski (Cambridge), Catalina Pollak (Public Interventions) and Gráinne Charlton (organizer).

This is a free in-person event.

Full details and registration via Eventbrite:

There will be one further event in this series – ‘community’ (Wednesday 13 July) – further details here:

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).

Pride in Writing event with our very own Kit Heyam on 30 June

‘I’ll be reading from and talking about my new book, Before We Were Trans, and there’s a fantastic line-up of other queer authors including Stella Duffy, Laura Kay and Justin Myers. It starts at 6pm, and the venue is The Apple Tree Pop-Up, 30 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU. It’d be lovely to see any colleagues there if you’d like to join us: you can book tickets via the link above, and there’s a virtual option as well as an in-person one.

(Also, if you happen to be up north for any reason, I’m having a launch party for Before We Were Trans alongside a screening of the trans history film Framing Agnes on 29 June – tickets on the door – and also doing an event at the Thackray Medical Museum on 2 July.)’

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 (

Activist historians with learning disabilities – claiming our own history

Wednesday June 29th, 5.30-7.00 pm. Online

Free, but registration is essential. Email Katy (

Join us for an exciting and ground-breaking evening where activist historians with learning disabilities talk about their work.

People with learning disabilities have been excluded from their own history more than any other group. A new generation of activist historians are working with co-researchers to lay claim to their history, and tell it their way.

Speakers include:

  • Paul Christian and Sue Ledger – the black history of learning disability
  • My Life My Choice and Lee Humber – participation of people with learning disabilities in World War I
  • The Antonia Grandoni Project team – Antonia Grandoni’s story: bringing the past into the present
  • Nathaniel Lawford and Jan Walmsley – finding Grace Eyre and the origins of Shared Lives
  • Panel presentations followed by audience questions and discussion

Supported by the Raphael Samuel History Centre

Outside QMUL

Paid opportunity with Elevate

Elevate Education are currently looking for engaging and motivated people to join our team of workshop presenters in September.

The role involves delivering hour-long seminars to secondary school students on effective study skills to boost their confidence at school and help them achieve their best. This job ties in perfectly whilst studying for a performance-related degree as you get to perform to an audience every time. Plus, it pays well!

As our team is primarily made up of current university students, the role is designed to fit around your university schedule.

The starting rate is between £46-£51 for a 1-hour session + travel expenses, with the room to move up to £70 as your experience grows. 

You can apply here by clicking this link:

Verb Short Fiction Prize -£500, £250, £100 cash prizes

Sign up to our beta, use Verb app to write a piece of short fiction between 5000-7,500 words and be eligible for cash prizes and a lifetime Verb discount code. No fee, deadline midnight 1st August, 2022.

Find out more

Behind The Artist: Kickstart Your Career in the Music Industry

This month’s talk is focussing on the music industry, looking at roles behind the artist. Presented in partnership with Lewisham Music.

Book here

CILIP LGBTQ+ Network Festival of Pride & Knowledge

21st June,12.30pm. Queer Collections: LGBTQ+ Archives at Bishopsgate Institute (Stef Dickers shares highlights from the collection and the collection’s context in LGBTQ+ History)

28th June  7pm. LGBTQ+ Censorship Panel (a discussion around LGBTQ+ Censorship in Libraries and related areas).

All events are online and can be booked via

BBC Young Reporter – Journalism Workshop

We’re back with another journalism career virtual workshop with @BBCNews!  If you’re 18+ and want to know what working in a newsroom is all about join our #bbcyoungreporterfestival al webinar 

THURS 23 JUNE @ 1200

Book here

Creative Access masterclass in theatre

Working in theatre, or considering a career in the sector? Join us in person at the National Theatre for our masterclass on Tuesday 5 July.

Join us for our next Creative Access masterclass on Tuesday 5th July, in person at the National Theatre. Hear from a range of theatre specialists working at the National Theatre. They will discuss their respective areas of expertise spanning directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, marketing & sales, business planning and governance. Join us for a relaxed panel discussion, networking and refreshments.  

Book here

Closing soon

The DRF David Miller internship programme Deborah Rogers Foundation – London (26/06)

Editorial Intern at Expert Reviews (rolling – apply soon)

Assistant Producer – VICE World News (No deadline apply soon)

Roundhouse Film Fund – Apply by 25 July

Content Curator (Contract) – UK – Reddit (rolling)

Commercial Content Writer – Technology at BAUER Media – 26 June

Behind the Lens Introduction to Live Broadcasting & Film | Apply by Monday 8 August | Age 18-25 

How To Take Up Space Women, Trans and Non Binary People in the Creative Industries
Monday 22 August | Age 18-30 Gain insider tips from Pembe Tokluhan, CEO of Petok Productions on forging a career behind the scenes.

How To Build A Career In Cabaret (and Beyond) with Le Gateau Chocolat – Thursday 11 August | Ages 18-30

BAFTA Breakthrough 28 June

The Sun News Apprenticeships 6 July

EIFF Young Film Critics Programme 30 June

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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