SED Opportunity Digest – 27 March 2023 – New Concise Version

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.

If you get to the end and apply for an opportunity please let us know and we’ll give you a freebie.

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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

3 unmissable updates

  1. Two new study abroad funding schemes are open:
  2. Expeditions Fund – Typical grant £250 – Apply by 28 April
  3. Don’t miss your Drama Alumni Panel Careers event for SED this week on Wednesday 29th March 6-7.30pm Sign up

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

FREE ONLINE PANEL: Why work in the creative industries? – Tuesday 28 March 11-12

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6-8pm, Tuesday 28 March
SCR, Arts Two

Join us for Subtexts: Sex, Race and Psychoanalysis, with readings by Katherine Angel and Sita Balani. Katherine Angel, who is the author of Tomorrow Sex Will be Good Again: Women and Desire in the Age of Consent (Verso 2021), will read from her work in progress, a book entitled Poor Freud coming in 2025/26. Sita Balani will read from their forthcoming book on race and modernity, Deadly and Slick: Sexual Modernity and the Making of Race (Verso, May 2023), to consider ‘dangerous women’ and reactionary nationalism.

Collective Vocalisation and the Anthropological Imagination: Zora Neale Hurston, Jacques Roumain and Ousmane Sembène

PGRS has been badly disrupted this semester because of strikes, and our only session will be on 29 March, 17.00-18.00, with a paper presented by Matthew Taunton (University of East Anglia). This will take place in Rehearsal Room 1, ArtsOne

Details of his talk are as follows:

Collective speech—the act of speaking, chanting, or singing in unison—carries a number of important meanings in modern culture, which my current book project is hoping to map. In the form of prayers, football songs, chants of political protest, and so on, choric utterance is a common feature of modern life, that normally operates (albeit in a variety of ways) as an expression of group solidarity. In this paper I will be exploring how collective speech operates as an object of anthropological investigation.

From the late nineteenth century, anthropologists studying the rituals of indigenous peoples became fascinated by the phenomenon of collective chanting, and European literary writers also pursued this interest in their encounters with (and depictions of) colonial subjects. My paper focuses on three writers—Zora Neale Hurston (USA), Jacques Roumain (Haiti) and Ousmane Sembène (Senegal)—who used the tools of anthropology to investigate the ritual functions of collective vocalisation, producing ethnographies, novels, poems and films that celebrated its role in African folk traditions and their New World derivatives.

As I hope to show, these writers, in distinct and contrasting ways, made collective speech a site of anti-racist and anti-colonial resistance. It is perhaps not surprising that many anthropological descriptions of choral speech involved colonial assumptions and racist tropes: this paper explores how these three Black writers deployed an anthropology of ritual incantation in the service of a critique of racism and colonialism.

As usual, contact us at if you’re unable to attend in person, but would like to listen in on Zoom. Register to attend on our Eventbrite page. We hope to see as many of you there for the talk – and subsequent bacchanalia – as possible.

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QUORUM with Liv Wynter on Politics, Audiences, and How To Catch A Pig!

Weds 29 March 2023 – Rehearsal Room 2 + Zoom⁠

Join us for an evening where Liv discusses their practice and organising grassroots nights of interdisciplinary performance.

Plus book now for: Costume is a Crime – Wasteful Work Backstage: A Talk by Aoife Monks on 5 April

PASS Study Support Scheme for English Students runs every Wednesday and Friday. Email Amanda to find out more:

Screening of Idhi Katha Matramena? and followed by the discussion with Deepa Dhanraj about Participatory Filmmaking emerged from Feminism – 29 March

Hybrid roundtable event on Global Interconnectedness and Decolonisation in the 19th Century and Now

Part of our Legacies and Liabilities? Workshop Series.

This public event is free, but registration for both in-person and online attendance is required:

This hybrid roundtable event on global interconnectedness and decolonisation will discuss a range of topics, including Globalisation, movement & circulation of people; institutionalised inequalities & diasporic identities; and rhetorics of immigration, belonging, and national identity.

We are excited to be joined by a panel of expert speakers:

Festival of Communities £500 Funding

Staff and students involved in previous years have built new connections with residents and community organisations, gained new perspectives, and learned new skills – all of which can benefit their work. The Centre for Public Engagement team will support you in developing activity ideas. Please make use of their information webinars, 1:1 advice sessions, dedicated training, and funding of up to £500 per project. Please visit the Festival of Communities website for details on how you can get involved. The deadline for applications is Thursday 30 March

Tower Hamlets Annual Arts Sharing and Networking Event for 2023

Your invitation to our Arts Sharing and Networking Event 2023

The council’s Arts, Parks and Events team are delighted to be back at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park for the first physical, post-covid networking and sharing event! We have invited a range of speakers to address some of the key issues in 2023 and look forward to bringing together the thriving arts community of Tower Hamlets. The borough remains a hub of activity for the creative sector and home to many emerging and established arts organisations. Many of these will be in attendance to share their expertise.

Book your FREE place now! 

The 2023 Annual Nicolai Rubinstein Lecture in Intellectual History: ‘Sceptical Views of Early Modern Empire in Europe and Beyond: A rereading of Michel de Montaigne’ 

To be delivered by: Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam (Distinguished Professor & Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences, UCLA)

Chair:  Professor David Armitage (The Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University) 

Date: Friday 31 March 2023  

Time: 18.15 

To be followed by Reception 

Venue: Arts Two Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London 

Registration is necessary. 

Interested in performing your show at The Space? Deadline Today

Our application process is super simple and can welcome shows at various points in their development process! The deadline is NEXT TODAY so don’t wait!

FREE WORKSHOP: Pen to Print: The Road to Publishing Workshop with Claire Buss

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Subtexts: Transfixions

An evening of poetry and literary performances by four mesmerising, artfully and politically charged writers, Hasti, So Mayer, Nat Raha, and Shola von Reinhold. Organised by the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London. Free and open to all.

Queer Affect Studies Reading Group – 5 April

Ann Cvetkovich will be visiting QMUL in April and delivering The Centre for the History of Emotions Annual Lecture. As part of her visit, and as a collaboration between The Centre for the History of Emotions (CHE) and the Sexual Cultures Research Group, she is running a reading group on ‘Queer Affect Studies’ for staff and research students in SED. Note that as this is a reading group there will be some advanced reading required.

The reading group will take place on Wednesday April 5 from 4-6pm, after both Departmental Boards and the Staff SpLD training and before Aoife’s Quorum talk kicks off. The room is TBC, but registration is essential, as capacity is limited (to facilitate this being a reading group).

To register, please email me at (please no reply-alls to this email).

Ann Cvetkovich is currently Director of the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  She has been Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of English and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  She is the author of Mixed Feelings:  Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism (Rutgers, 1992); An Archive of Feelings:  Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (Duke, 2003); and Depression:  A Public Feeling (Duke, 2012).  She co-edited (with Ann Pellegrini) “Public Sentiments,” a special issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online, and (with Janet Staiger and Ann Reynolds) Political Emotions (Routledge, 2010).   She has been coeditor, with Annamarie Jagose, of GLQ:  A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Her current writing projects focus on the current state of LGBTQ archives and the creative use of them by artists to create counterarchives and interventions in public history.

Outside QMUL

Save the date! Applications for our randomly-selected work experience placements taking place in May-July open on 3rd April

All placements are 2 weeks.

Apply via the Penguin Portal

FREE ONLINE EVENT: What is missing from Theatre, Race & Ethnicity Education?

                                                                                                   Host: Bella Enahoro

                                                                              Date March 29th & March 30th  at 11.00 am – 12.00pm

Event Format: At the beginning of the event the host will introduce the key ideas, principles and practices behind the theme of the event and offer provocations for discussion.

There will also be a short extract from a learning module sharing the host’s approach to theatre, race & ethnicity.

There will be opportunities to ask questions of the contributor throughout.

                                                                        Book for Wednesday March 29th

                                                                        Book for Thursday March 30th

VISIT: Alice Neel: Bringing the archives to life Curatorial tour with Annabel Bai Jackson – £5 with Young Barbican (Under 26)

LISTEN: Interesting Publishing Jobs Podcast: Publishing Jobseekers Questions and Answers

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FREE EVENT: More Than Talk Book Launch – What is Scholar Activism? – 20 April at Black Cultural Archives – Free

FREE EVENT: Spineless Wonders: The Zine, Type And Script

This is part of a series of events presenting research on small press publications, raising questions for contemporary and future publications.

FREE WEBINAR: Metaverse update: How are arts and cultural organisations using the technology? – 30 March


Connect is our global BAFTA membership for people actively building their careers and networks in the film, games and television industries. As a Connect Member, you will receive a wide range of support and networking opportunities. This includes a year-round programme of learning and career development activity, plus access to our stunning HQ, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly in London as a meeting and social space. 


Free Online and In-person Courses | Brixton Finishing School


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The White Review Poet’s Prize 2023 is now open for entries. This year, we’re thrilled to be able to accept entries from poets based anywhere in the world.

The Poet’s Prize is run in partnership with CHEERIO, and is for English-language poets who are at the crucial stage of creating their debut pamphlet or collection. The Prize was founded in 2017 with support from Jerwood Charitable Foundation. This year’s judges are Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Meena Kandasamy and Deryn Rees-Jones.For the first time, submissions are open to poets resident anywhere in the world, and will close at 11.59 a.m. (GMT) on 29 March 2023. For the full entry guidelines, as well as information on free entries for low income writers, please see our website.

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FREE EVENTS: Arachne Press events in Lewisham

Memoir and Monologue – part of Arachne Press

22-04-2023 at 2:00 PMManor House Community Library

Exploring Creativity with Arachne Press

13-05-2023 at 2:00 PMCatford Library

FILM & TV Opportunities

HETV: Building Your Career Portfolio

CineCircle Film & TV Job Fair

 Raindance Saturday Film School

FLAMIN Productions – Funding, mentoring and support

ITV Fresh Cuts

LOCAL NETWORK: Come & find out about the LGBT+ Forum! 

Wednesday 29th March
Positive East, 159 Mile End Rd, London E1 4AQ
New to Tower Hamlets? Looking for more LGBT+ groups and events? Come and find out about the Tower Hamlets LGBT+ Forum! 

We would like to welcome anyone who is interested in getting involved in the Tower Hamlets LGBT+ Forum to come along  from 5.30pm to find out more over a hot drink. You are welcome to stay for the forum meeting which starts at 6pm. 

Register below or get in touch via!

Free skills programme – Digital Bootcamp

  • Getting started on social media
  • Creating a website
  • Developing a digital marketing strategy
  • Creating content
  • Selling online
  • SEO and more

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FREE WORKSHOP: Creative Access in Devised Theatre

Join theatre company The Not-God Complex, to learn techniques to improve access and neurodivergent representation in performances

FREE WORKSHOP: We need diverse books – Entrepreneurship in Publishing: How to Start Your Own Venture – 28 March – 7.30pm ET (12:30AM UK time)

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Jobs and Opps Closing Soon

Style Intern  Condé Nast

International Marketing Intern  Universal Music UK

Sales and Content Intern  SoundCloud

Step 7: Paid traineeships for young East Londoners – Deadline 31/03

Administrator – job share (2 days per week), St. Margaret’s House – Deadline 04/04

Visitor Service Assistants at Rich Mix – Deadline 10/04

Arts Manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children – Deadline 16/4

Migrants In Culture Is Looking for a Designer – Deadline 23/4

Migrants In Culture Is Looking for a Studio Manager – Deadline 23/4

See all Queen Mary jobs

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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