English and Drama Newsletter – July 2022 Edition

Welcome to your July round up from the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

This July be sure to: Come to Raging Sea tonight to celebrate Pathologies of Solitude research project. Register your interest if you’d like to join us through clearing. Apply now for our postgraduate programmes to start in September.Image above is from our 2022 tote bag winner Rosie McNamara (English student). Pick up a bag at our graduation on 29 July.

See all the winners here

Free Post-Graduation Celebration for the Class of 2022 on 29 July

Join us for a free goodie bag in the gorgeous new designs plus drinks and nibbles by the canal to celebrate our incredible class of 2022. Please register to attend.

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Summer Tours & 1-2-1s

Get a tour of Queen Mary or 1-2-1 with us this Summer

We are offering bespoke tours and 1-2-1s for prospective students, offer holders and partners over the summer both online and in-person.

Book a time

Events Listings

Raging Sea: Exhibition and Event

5 July – The Old Church, Stoke Newington

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 (QMUL) 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, featuring  Wafa’ TarnowskaDebsey Wykes and  Sophie Herxheimer.

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

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Humanity and technology: In conversation with Jo Guldi
Two events with Jo Guldi and Living with Machines

8 July –  15:30 – online and in-person at Queen Mary University of London
Living with Machines invites you to join us for two events with Professor Jo Guldi, where you will hear first hand from one of the world’s leading digital humanists. During this event, you will get insights into recently published historical research on global land rights and land reform and understand more about how the humanities is an area of extreme potential for growth in data science.

Event 1: Jo warns of an age of pseudo-history promoted by GPT-3 and easy algorithms, fuelling nationalism and populism. Jo will contrast the naive use of algorithms with “hybrid knowledge,” the exciting domain where data-driven analysis of large-scale textual repositories meets critical thinking from the humanities and social sciences. This event is suited for a cross-disciplinary audience. 

Event 2: Jo will present on her latest book, The Long Land War, which tells a story as old as human history: the global struggle over food, water, land, and shelter. The Long Land War focuses on technology and expertise. This event is open to the public.  This event is organised by The Alan Turing Institute, Living with Machines and the British Library. This event is virtual and free to attend. 

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Keywords for Radical Organising: Community

13 July – 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 third 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 ‘community’. The speakers are: Xine Yao (UCL), Regan Koch (QMUL), Phil Cohen (UEL/Livingmaps Network), and Suzanne Lee (All Change Arts).

This is a free in-person event. Full details and registration via Eventbrite.

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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More Than Skin Deep: What is Your Dream of Care?

30 July 2022 – Online (Zoom)
  More than skin deep: What is your dream of care? Using dance, music, verbatim, storytelling and sound, care experienced young people will share uplifting and challenging reflections on the care system.

The performance explores the positive potential of foster care through creative practices and hopes to change the stigma and negativity attached to being in care. This is part of a five-day participatory process with care-experienced young adults from Manchester and is led by The Verbatim Formula (project by Queen Mary academics including Maggie Inchley) with a team of artists, researchers, and performers.

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Crafting Subversion: DIY and Decolonial Print

  SOAS’s Brunei Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Pragya Dhital (SOAS) of DIY and decolonial print and the simple duplication technology used to produce it, with focus on the ‘Gestetner’ stencil duplicator.

Find out more

Events from around QMUL & Beyond

15 September
Conversations about Research, Arts, Innovation, and Creativity (CRAIC)

Register your interest


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

PGR student Izzy Richardson has published a lovely think-piece on PhD work in LAHP’s online journal Still Point.
Read the piece

Nadia Valman spoke about activism in East London at the School of Activism in Hackney Wick on 22 June.  Creative Wick and supported by QMUL’s Network Centre.
Read more

An Interview with Julia Bardsley has just been published as part of Adam Alston’s AHRC Performing Decadence project

Read it here

MA students Livonia Ayugi-Okello & Celine Basma join Matt Rubery for their exhibit on projected books at the British Academy Summer Showcase

2 Projected Books: how bedbound WWII veterans were enabled to read After the Second World War, a little-known invention made it possible for thousands of wounded soldiers to read: a compact vertical projector displayed images of microfilmed books on the ceiling to enable recuperating veterans to read while in their hospital beds. In our Lecture Room (which served as a hospital for wounded soldiers in WWI), discover the experience of reading projected books on the ceiling using one of these original vertical projectors and a collection of microfilmed books.
  Matthew Rubery, Queen Mary University of London

Research award: BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant 2019-20, with funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Read more about the showcase

Emma Welton has been nominated for the TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prize 2022 for her essay ‘Let it burn: smell, participation and solidarity in Travis Alabanza’s Burgerz

Emma is also presenting work at the Soho Theatre Cabaret and Drag Lab Sharing on 16 July 2022 at 4pm.

Book here
Read more about the prize
News bites

Will Bowers (English) talks on BBC Radio 4 Percy Shelley, Reformer and Radical (Clip starts from 15:00).

Listen here

Guy Stevenson (English) reviews Jitney at the Old Vic in a piece called ‘Fear of letting go’Read the piece
Best wishes,


Rupert Dannreuther

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