English and Drama Newsletter – April 2023 Edition

Welcome to your April newsletter from the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London. 6 Things to Do in April
  1. Offer Holder Day: If you’re an offer holder come to our last date of this year on 19 April 2023. Book here
  2. Summer Open Days: visit our Mile End campus on 16 & 17 June 2023. Book here
  3. Private subject-specific campus tour or 1-2-1: Talk to a human about your course interests. Register here
  4. Apply for our HSS Master’s Black and Global Majority Studentships Read more
  5. Read about how important humanities are: in the Higher Education Policy Institute report which our academic Tiffany Watt-Smith is quoted.
  6. Read our research newsletter: Find out about our world-changing research in this update. Read it here
Lebanon to London: The Creative Journey Amaal Fawzi (pictued above) from BA English with Creative Writing shares her journey in this incredible blog series. Photo from article: Skiing and Swimming: The Lebanese Winter for Tourists Discover the full series April Events Subtexts: TransfixionsWed, 12 Apr 2023 18:00 – 20:00 The Octagon At Queen Mary University Of London 327 Mile End Road London E1 4NS Subtexts: Transfixions is 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. Book your free ticket Stars by Mojisola Adebayo13 April-4 May – ICA A new afrofuturist music play about pleasure, desire and female orgasms. STARS is a hilarious and moving mix of celebratory Black queer empowerment and arousal. Performed by one woman and a live DJ, with projected animations, we join in an old woman’s search for her lost orgasm, spanning across outer space, with dustings of African mythology and folklore in an unabashedly queer, feminist rallying call.Read the QMUL news story Book ticketsFamily Tree by Mojisola Adebayo 12-23 April – Brixton House Family Tree is a beautifully poetic drama about race, health, the environment, and the incredible legacy of one of the most influential Black women of modern times. Fearlessly honest, hilarious, and ultimately transformative, this award-winning play is both a remembrance and a celebration. Henrietta Lacks is one of most remarkable people in medical history. Her cells form the basis of the most important medical research and breakthroughs happening today, from cancer to HIV to COVID. But Henrietta never knew any of this. Her cells were taken without her or her family’s knowledge or permission. Henrietta was a Black woman: she is not the only one whose body has been exploited by the medical establishment. Read the QMUL news story Book tickets ‘The Shapes of the State in Early Modern Ireland’ Dr Neil Johnston18 April – Hybrid – 19:00 Speaker: Dr Neil Johnston, Head of Early Modern Records, The National Archives, UK. Abstract: Royal government in Ireland expanded and evolved over the centuries, creating extensive paperwork in the course of its ordinary business. A significant amount of this survived until 1922, forming the core of the collection within the Public Record Office of Ireland. This paper will examine how the offices of state developed, charting their remit, function, and output. Focussing on the seventeenth century, it will consider the ways in which people in Ireland interacted with the state, what records emerged from these interactions, and what records survived down to the twentieth century. The destruction of the collection in 1922 created archival ghosts, where finding aids and publications give partial insights into what was available to researchers. By concentrating on the records of the central executive and the equity courts, this paper will endeavour to provide some insights into new or emerging research pathways for scholars of the period. The event is free and all are welcome. For further info please email IHS Secretary Dr Caoimhe Whelan caoimhe.whelan@qmul.ac.uk 2023 IHS Programme of events: https://www.irishhistoricalstudies.ie/irish-historical-society/ Sign up Book launch: Silent Teachers: Turkish Books and Oriental Learning in Early Modern Europe, 1544–1669 26 April 2023, 17:00-19:30 at The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB Book launch and roundtable discussion with the author Nil Palabıyık (QMUL) and guest speakers Philip Alexander (Manchester), Theodor Dunkelgrün (Cambridge) and Simon Mills (Newcastle). Silent Teachers considers for the first time the influence of Ottoman scholarly practices and reference tools on oriental learning in early modern Europe. Telling the story of oriental studies through the annotations, study notes, and correspondence of European scholars, it demonstrates the central but often overlooked role that Turkish-language manuscripts played in the achievements of early orientalists. Dispersing the myths and misunderstandings found in previous scholarship, this book offers a fresh history of Turkish studies in Europe and new insights into how Renaissance intellectuals studied Arabic and Persian through contemporaneous Turkish sources. www.routledge.com/9780367359782
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INVITATION – PRE-PREMIERE  “Vale? Is it worth it?  Five artists in the front line against Brazil’s worst environmental crime” 26 April 2023, 16:00 at BLOC Media Studio – Queen Mary University of LondonJoin People’s Palace Projects and Queen Mary University of London for the launch of the documentary Vale? The free screening will be introduced by Paul Heritage (Drama) and Leandro Valiati and followed by a Q&A. Synopsis: Through music, poetry and circus performances, five Brazilian artists talk about their grief, fears and hope four years after the Brumadinho Dam collapsed, killing 300 people. The documentary, directed by Paul Heritage and Marcelo Barbosa (Indianara, 2019)  focuses on the impact of the collapse on the artistic and cultural heritage of this rich mining region in Brazil and asks – Is it worth it?
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An Ambulance to the Future (The Second Chance)Thursday 18 May 2023 – Whitechapel Gallery – £5 Join us for the first event in Martin O’Brien’s An Eternity of Nothingness trilogy made as part of his time as Whitechapel Gallery Writer in Residence. Mixing video, live performance action and parables, this performance imagines a world in which immortality is possible. Drawing on stories of immortal people, it paints the picture of life lived over and over again, a life that doesn’t need water or oxygen, a life without the promise of an end point. It is a meditation on endings and new beginnings. With his usual intensity and wit, this work continues O’Brien’s explorations of the politics of death by asking what the idea of immortality can help us understood about being mortal.
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The Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English invites you to a symposium on ‘Forms of (un)belief’  Tuesday 9 May 2023, 2.30-6.30pm – Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, E1 4NS, ArtsTwo room 2.17 In this symposium, scholars working on religious belief and unbelief in Britain from the early modern period to the twentieth century (including Nil Palyabik and Suzanne Hobson) will share work-in-progress. Themes explored will include practices of belief; the uses of language; questions of translation; activities in educational and commercial settings as well as professional religious environments; accommodations and clashes between doctrine, philosophy, and everyday life; and the role of Scripture. For full details please see the Eventbrite listing. [picture credit: Saint Thomas the Apostle puts his finger in the lance wound of the risen Christ. Etching by G. de Lairesse. Wellcome CollectionPublic Domain Mark] 
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‘A Day with Michèle Barrett’Friday 19 May at Queen Mary, University of London You are warmly invited to ‘A Day with Michèle Barrett’ on Friday 19 May at Queen Mary, University of London. This event brings together a range of scholars to reflect on Professor Barrett’s pioneering interdisciplinary research and celebrate her major contributions to literary studies, feminist theory and the history of the First World War. The event will include a preview of WoolfNotes, a ground-breaking project led by Prof. Barrett to digitise Virginia Woolf’s extensive reading and research notes. Contributors Include: Nadia Atia, Rachel Bowlby, Roberta Hamilton, Ann Rosalind Jones, Clara Jones, Cora Kaplan, David Lammy, Donna Landry, Gerald Maclean, David McDonald, David Olusoga, Anne Phillips, Ellen Ross, Brenda Silver, Anna Snaith, Peter Stallybrass and Victoria Walker. Download the programme Listen to Professor Michèle Barrett on A Room of One’s Own (BBC Radio 4)
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Events Digest Festival of Education – 18-20 April – Online The Festival will explore the theme of Inclusive Education, addressing the visible and hidden barriers to success and exploring pedagogical approaches that open the doors of opportunity for all. Book here
How studying English Literature boosted my career prospects by our English graduate Sofiya Shazal’Fact: studying English Literature is one of the most useful things you can do for yourself — personally and professionally’Read Sofiya’s story
The long line of Black and Asian British literatureSusheila Nasta, Emeritus Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature at Queen Mary University of London, explores Black and Asian British writing.Watch the video at Expeditions
Jerry Brotton has made 10 part BBC Radio series on the ‘other’ Tudors ‘We Other Tudors’, recounting the lives of ten men and women who settled in Tudor London, including Muslims, Jews, Africans and Native Americans. The series will be broadcast every night at 2245h starting on 24 April on Radio 3. See the programme page
News Digest SITA BALANI: SEXUAL MODERNITY AND THE MAKING OF RACE (pictured above) book launching 16 May. Preorder now ALFRED HIATT CONTESTING AUTHENTICITY: On 30 March 2023, Alfred Hiatt(English) gave a paper on Charles Bertram’s Forged Roman Map of Britain at ‘Contesting Authenticity in Literature, 1200-1700’. MATT RUBERY TALKS READING ON TIKTOK FOR WORLD BOOK DAY: Watch Matt’s TikTok Read more in this news story about Matt’s work Listen to Matt talking on BBC Radio 4 talking about The pioneering New York publisher Marianne Mantell who paved the way for audio books… CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference on UK Spoken-Word Poetries Since 1965 Find out more
Apologies if we missed any listings or made any errors, do let us know and we can post on social media. Also if you have any news for our next newsletter please do reply or get in touch. Best wishes, Ru Rupert Dannreuther Marketing Manager sed-web@qmul.ac.uk Queen Mary University of London #FutureQMUL

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