Digest - 13 January

SED Opportunity Digest – 13 January 2023

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.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for the next edition via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

Don’t forget your careers service is open all semester and can help with finding jobs, applications and interviews. Book an appointment or email your careers consultant Fliss Bush.

Quick reminders:

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Zoom Book Launch: Collaborative Historical Research in the Age of Big Data: Lessons from an interdisciplinary project – 21 Feb

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Please join us for the launch of our short open access book, ‘Collaborative Historical Research in the Age of Big Data: Lessons from an interdisciplinary project’ (soon to be available open access by Cambridge University Press as part of the Elements Series). The event will be an online roundtable discussion, led by hosts Professor Jane Winters and Professor James Smithies, with the authors, Ruth Ahnert, Emma Griffin, Mia Ridge and Giorgia Tolfo.

Living with Machines is one of the largest digital humanities projects ever funded in the United Kingdom. The project brought together a large interdisciplinary team (39 members over its lifetime to) to leverage more than twenty-years’ worth of digitisation projects in order to deepen our understanding of the impact of mechanisation on nineteenth-century Britain. In contrast to many previous digital humanities projects which have sought to create resources, the project was concerned to work with what was already there, which whilst straightforward in theory is complex in practice. This Element describes the efforts to do so. It outlines the challenges of establishing and managing a truly multidisciplinary digital humanities project in the complex landscape of cultural data in the United Kingdom and shares what other projects seeking to undertake digital history projects can learn from the experience.

The 93% Club


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Autofiction Online Writing Workshop — Durre Shahwar

WasafiriWhat is autofiction and what is its definition? Is it a hybrid genre, a thinly veiled autobiography, or something else entirely? This workshop will consider various definitions and approaches to provide a general understanding of what autofiction is, its nuances, and why you might write in it.

Tue, 24 Jan, 7.00pm, Online.

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Exhibition Launch Event- LINES

School of Politics and International Relations

LINES: making friends; crossing borders presents the findings of this research in visual form. A unique collaboration between Dr Ryan and Minute Works Studios, the exhibition features eight monochrome posters as well as a visual fieldwork diary from the project. Tue, 31 Jan, 5.00pm – The Bloc Arts One Building, Mile End Campus. 

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Religion, Nakedness and the Human Form
Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This lecture explores how Christianity in particular has understood, monitored and sought to control nakedness, demonstrating the remarkable tenacity of these fears over a long period and in a variety of locations. Tue, 31 Jan, 5.00pm – Graduate Centre Mile End Road GC601 Montagu Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London London, Mile End Campus. 

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Outside QMUL

Magic Me – Join our community project in Bethnal Green!


Learning The Ropes – TV Production

Learning The Ropes is a 3-day bootcamp followed by industry-led mentoring for  anyone interested in a career in TV and production. 

Important facts 

  • Applications close at 17:00 pm on Sunday 15 January 2023 
  • We will be in touch with next steps by Friday 20th January 2023 
  • The bootcamp commences on Wednesday 25 and concludes on Friday 27th January    2023
  • Mentoring sessions take place on the evenings of the 1 February, 15 March, 26 April, 7 June & 5 July. 
  • For your application to be considered you must be able to commit to all of the dates listed.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the programme you must meet the programme’s eligibility requirements, including your age (18-24) and that you are not in training, education or employment 

Please let us know if you would like this form in a different format by contacting us at goodgrowthhub@anewdirection.org.uk


Forward Prizes for Poetry – Freelance Project Support


Collage for Writer’s Block

Workshop with #LondonWritersAwards alum @magpiecassidy is an imaginative collaging and free writing session to support you to explore new ideas & create fresh approaches for your writing.

Release yourself from the shackles of writer’s block with this mindful art and writing workshop. Based on spontaneous creativity, Project Collage looks to explore your ideas without rules or restrictions. Maybe you’re a writer who wants to do something different?

Tuesday 14 March 2023 6.30 – 8.30pm

£5 | Deptford Lounge, Deptford, London, SE8 4RJ

Book here

Music Social Media workshop

Heavenly Recordings: Music Social Media Workshop

28TH JANUARY 12PM – 2PM | VIRTUAL  Are you a musician who could do with some guidance on how best to utilise your social media? 

Katherine Cantwell is an online coordinator at Heavenly Recordings, managing the labels social media channels and promoting artists.

On 28th January, she is hosting a freevirtual workshop covering; different social media platforms and how to use them, various social media practices, and what works effectively. This is also your chance to receive expert advice on anything you’re struggling with in the world of social media. Limited spaces available

Book here: https://propeller.futureyard.org/programme/direct-input-social-media-workshop/

Applications are currently open for the 2023 Ivan Juritz Prize!

£1000 prize for each winner and a two-week artist residency in Italy, details on how to enter here: https://www.ivanjuritzprize.co.uk/rules-entry/

The Ivan Juritz Prize invites postgraduate students throughout Europe to submit texts, films, musical compositions, virtual documentation of artwork, excerpts of moving image work and proposals for installation and performance. Winners in three categories (Text, Sound, Visual Arts) will be awarded £1,000 each. Moreover, they will be invited to a joint two-week artist residency at Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, which offers a unique environment for developing new ideas and artistic collaborations.

All shortlisted works will be showcased at the prize-giving ceremony at King’s College London and written up in the journal Textual Practice.

Entrants are encouraged to play with form to make us think, feel and question. The winners will be both of their time and aware of debts to the past. Ezra Pound, calling on the modern artist to ‘make it new’, was, after all, creatively translating the ancient Chinese King Cheng Tang.

All entries must be accompanied by a 150-word artist’s statement, in which you should analyse the role of experiment in your work and, if appropriate, relate your work, whether sympathetically or antagonistically, to the creative experimentation of the modernist era.

Workshop: AI and born-digital archives: Challenges and opportunities 

organised by the AHRC-funded project Unlocking our Digital Past with Artificial Intelligence (LUSTRE) led by Dr Lise Jaillant (Loughborough University).  

LUSTRE seeks to better understand how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help improve the preservation, access to and usability of government archives produced in digital form.  The Cabinet Office is a collaborative partner in LUSTRE, along with The National Archives and other organisations. 

Through a series of talks and a round table, this day long workshop will delve into the challenges and opportunities that AI offers to the management and use of digital born archives. 

The workshop will be a hybrid event (in London and online) on Thursday 26 January

To attend in person from 10 am to 4 pm GMT, please register using this link:  

To attend online from 10.30 am to 4 pm GMT, please register using this link:  

Poems Beyond Metaphor with Will Harris (Sat. 21 January 2023, 1–4pm UK)

A generative workshop looking at how we read poems and what we expect from them. We’ll explore metaphor and metonym, the limits of sense and non-sense, and experiment with making poems without realising!

Max: 30 ppl Price £20 Duration 3 hours

Will Harris is a London-based writer. His debut poetry book RENDANG (2020) was a Poetry Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He co-edited the Spring 2020 issue of The Poetry Review with Mary Jean Chan. He has collaborated with the artist Aisha Farr, and helps facilitate the Southbank New Poets Collective with Vanessa Kisuule. He co-translated Habib Tengour’s Consolatio with Delaina Haslam in 2022. His second book of poems, Brother Poem, will be published by Granta in the UK and by Wesleyan in the US in March 2023.

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Weds 18th Jan Poetry Launch: Wind, Trees by John Freeman with Gboyega Odubanjo, Rachael Allen, Jack Underwood and Jason Allen-Paisant

Free winter evening of poetry from writer-editors John Freeman, Gboyega Odubanjo, Rachael Allen, Jack Underwood and Jason Allen-Paisant to break up the long January. Come warm yourselves up with poems, books and conversation.

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Today, award-nominated dance magazine dance art journal announces an open call for writers to take part in its Guest Writers programme which will run every Thursday from February 2023 – April 2023. This 8-week programme is designed to provide emerging writers aged 18-30 with the opportunities to develop their writing skills and gain experience in arts journalism. 

Through a series of 8 workshops with leading industry journalists and dance practitioners, participants will learn about different approaches to writing about art, focusing mainly on the field of dance. Participants will expand their definition of the reviewer or the art critic and delve into different ways of textually capturing movement. The programme culminates in a paid writing commission of £100 for each participant and a networking event at the Roundhouse in London.

Applications open: December 12th 2022

Applications close: January 22nd 2023

Decisions announced: February 3rd 2023

Programme start date: 23rd February 2023


If you experience trouble accessing this application please contact us.

Hi Community,

As we cast positive visions for our futurity in 2023 and beyond, join our proactive input to support the African & Caribbean heritage narrative within the British context and to explore, with the aid of embodied memory, archive and performance, how a community may nurture resilience. 

Decolonising the Archive, welcomes you to participate and witness our Theatre production of POCOMANIA by Una Marson, showing for the first time in Britain after being revived through publication in 201, from a forgotten archive. Hailed as a cultural masterpiece on its Caribbean debut in Jamaica at the Ward Theatre in 1938, due to its insightful discourse around the relationship between African-origin religious ritual forms and cosmopolitan, creolised middle-class identities forging themselves outside and within colonial frameworks.

Pocomania shows for a limited time at Theatre Peckham, 31 January – 5th February in addition to creative workshops held separately (January 14th and February 6th 2023) that will explore in detail the themes, archives and content in the play. 

Kindly see posters attached, spread the word to your students, colleagues, families and friends. Get tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets to wkshop https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/performing-indigeneity-in-a-new-land-applied-theatre-tickets-482883085307

Tickets to play https://www.theatrepeckham.co.uk/shows-events/#

YA & children’s fiction scholarship for writers of colour

If you have the desire to write, a great idea and a compelling voice – and if you’re a writer of colour without the financial means to attend a Curtis Brown Creative course, this scholarship opportunity is for you.

Find out more

Queer Clash Diary – Networking event – Sunday 15 Jan

Info: https://theyardtheatre.co.uk/music/events/yard-winter-warmers/queer-clash-diary/

Applications are now open for the Summer Exhibition 2023

Apply here

Twitter is changing – what could that mean for arts and culture?

Twitter is changing and – in recent months – many are expressing concern about the way the platform is being managed. What impact might this have for arts organisations and artists? 

Book today – it’s free to attend

Applications open for 6th Stuart Hall Library Artist Residency

Deadline: Sunday 12 February 2023, 11.59pm

We are pleased to announce the sixth Stuart Hall Library Artist Residency commencing in May 2023, in collaboration with iniva.

Reflecting on Stuart Hall’s paper ‘Constituting an Archive’, we are inviting an artist to respond to the concept of “the living archive” and consider the multiple ways in which an archive as a site may hold multiple narratives that are contested.

The residency is a funded opportunity for a UK-based artist to pursue research at iniva’s Stuart Hall Library for three months this summer, with the selected artist receiving support amounting to £4,750.

Applications are open now. Head to our website to learn more.

Supported by Arts Council England.

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Channel 4 and the award-winning Emma Butt invite you to join a virtual panel session discussing the importance of diversity in post-production.


WRITING & THEATRE – 37 Plays, Open Submissions

Want to write a play? Get your work shown here! 37 Plays, led by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is looking for the stories of our times: the comedies, the tragedies and the untold histories. Tell your story and submit your work! The chosen 37 plays will be performed script-in-hand across the UK and online in autumn 2023.

Here’s the topline…Eligibility: AnyLocation: RemoteDeadline: 31 January

Interested in playwriting? 

Check out this opportunity with 37 Plays

Join us THIS THURSDAY 6 – 8 PM for the opening of our new show, A to Zine

From cities as far as Mumbai, Berlin, Ontario, Rotterdam and Limassol, A to Zine brings together over one hundred Zines submitted via our open call. These DIY publications on display offer you an opportunity to delve into the latest expressions of queer culture on topics as varied as: how to look after your mental health online; recover from your first break-up; understand the sociology of bad sex or bake bread with very unusual ingredients. Throughout the month of January, we’ve transformed our gallery to a warm space for you to visit at any time and flick through joyful celebrations of body hair, explore the colours of mushrooms, or chart the dysfunctions of the gender clinic. We’ve also equipped the space with magazines and materials for you to craft your own zines to add to our collection or take home.

Thank you to all contributors whose submissions have made A to Zine possible. Amongst the collective zine makers to also take-up residence in the gallery space will be Camp BooksBlack Fly ZineQueer Street PressROOT-edBlack Hair StoriesPage MastersStrange PerfumeGrrrl Zine. They will lead a series of practical workshops on the history and uses of zine-making.

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Free Exhibition Tours   

Get a different perspective on our current exhibition, In Plain Sight, with these free tours led by experts from different fields. 

Closing soon

Events Co-ordinator at The Museum of London – 15 Jan

Speak Up Administrator National Theatre – 6 Feb

> Marketing and Communications Manager
> Venue Manager – Bar and Commercial Services
> Administrator
> Freelance Technician
> Casual Worker

Check out https://wiltons.org.uk/about/jobs for full details on how to apply to join our team!

UPDATED: Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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

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