English and Drama Newsletter – May 2023 Edition

May Events

 

THE VERBATIM FORMULA

BATTLES: SLAY YOUR DRAGONS

Fri 5 May 2023 – 17:00-19:30 – In-person at QMUL Mile End
 Care-experienced young people use arts to share experiences of facing the battles and slaying dragons in the care system today
 Join us to discover and celebrate a year-long project. TVF’s care-experienced co-researchers have created this event to share the important parts for them. 

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LEO BAECK INSTITUTE LONDON LECTURE SERIES 2023
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY: MYTHS, IMAGES AND IMAGININGS ABOUT JEWS

THE VIRTUOUS JEWESS – PROFESSOR NADIA VALMAN

Tue 9 May 2023 – 14:30-18:30 = In-person at QMUL Mile End
A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.
 This season’s lecture series ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Myths, Images and Imaginings about Jews’ seeks to explore the connection of visual narratives in the context of beauty, ugliness and morality with representations of Jews and Jewishness in the Western world from the Middle Ages to the present day. We aim to examine the subject from different historical, social and artistic perspectives ranging from medieval mythology to Orientalism, Zionism, Feminism or modern aesthetics, and through the lens of a selection of diverse media including painting, photography and comics. 

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THE QUEEN MARY CENTRE FOR RELIGION AND LITERATURE IN ENGLISH SYMPOSIUM – ‘FORMS OF (UN)BELIEF’ 

Tue 9 May 2023 – 14:30-18:30 = In-person at QMUL Mile End
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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QUORUM: DR SYLVAN BAKER

Wed 10 May 2023 – 17:30-19:00 

Let me tell you a story: Heuristic Practice, Research and Participation
 ‘In this conversation, I would like to narratively explore ways in which threads of my research and thinking may offer alternative ways to consider change in applied arts practices, and for whom. Emerging from the idea that change is founded on reflection, understanding and collaboration, I will explore seemingly disparate strands of work to evolve a practice research approach centred around partnership and collaboration – maybe even co-intention?

Thoughts from these musing include: For the practitioners/researchers what might also be at stake in terms of change, as well as the participants in work that intervenes in communities?

To what extent can practitioners genuinely be researchers? 

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ANNUAL CATHERINE SILVERSTONE LECTURE: CLARE HEMMINGS

Thu 11 May 2023 – 17:30-19:00 – In-person at QMUL Mile End
 Clare Hemmings (LSE) presents a lecture at Queen Mary University of London on “Accepting the Gifts: Reading Loss as Queer Feminist Method”. 

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C19 LEGACIES & LIABILITIES: RELIGION, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY
Thu 11 May 2023, 17:30-19:00 – In-person at QMUL Mile End

This research conversation event is part of the series ‘Legacies and Liabilities? Decolonial, Interdisciplinary, and Intersectional Approaches to the Nineteenth Century Now’. It will focus on interconnections between religion, science, and technology, including fact/faith binaries and links with political identity.

We are excited to be joined by a panel of expert speakers:Rachel Bryant Davies (QMUL)Simon Goldhill (Cambridge)Brian Murray (KCL)Clare Stainthorp (QMUL)Jon Topham (Leeds)The roundtable discussion will be followed by an opportunity to continue conversations over refreshments. 

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A DAY WITH MICHÈLE BARRETT
19 May 2023, 09:30-19:00 – In-person at QMUL Mile End
 A day of talks reflecting on and celebrating the pioneering research of Professor Michèle Barrett.

Contributors Include: Nadia Atia, Rachel Bowlby, Markman Ellis, 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. 

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STAGING DECADENCE: DRESS TO KILL

Wed 24 May 2023 – 17:00-19:00 – In-person at QMUL Mile End & OnlineFabulous filigree, garments of disease, rumours of a colossal fatberg clogging the city’s sewers…

For this special Quorum event, we celebrate the materiality of decadence on stage: its spectacular costuming, spatialisation, spillages, eccentricities, and the detailing of voluptuous rot.
 Featuring live performances from Hasard Le Sin, Sadie Sinner and Miss HerNia; screenings of work by jaamil olawale kosoko, Toco Nikaido and Angel Rose; an exhibition of decadent costume by Julia Bardsley; a performative presentation by Adam Alston – and rounded off with a roundtable discussion. Book here

Events Digest

Cultural Heritage and the Climate Emergency In Debate 

Live on People’s Palace Projects Youtube on Tuesdays 9, 16, 23 at 14:00 BST

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 Digital History and Collaborative Research – Online Panel DiscussionTue 23 May from 17:00 An online panel discussion co-hosted by Royal Historical Society and The Living with Machines Project. Speakers: Daniel Edelstein (Stanford University), Maryanne Kowaleski (Fordham), Jon Lawrence (Exeter), Katrina Navickas (Hertfordshire) and Ruth Ahnert (Queen Mary London, chair).

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News

 New Writing Prize

‘I chose Santa Cruz as it’s close to the ocean and the campus is built into the forest.”Hi, I’m Isabella and I’m an English Literature & Creative Writing student, currently on a year abroad programme at UC Santa Cruz in California. We’re only 90 minutes away from San Francisco but we get all the joy of being surrounded by nature.’

See Isabella’s Instagram Takeover 

I don’t know what gender is, but I do, and I can, and we all do’: An interview with Clare Hemmings
An interview with Clare Hemmings,  Professor of Feminist Theory and Head of the Department of Gender Studies at the London School of Economics given by Susan Rudy (English).

A leading figure in UK feminist theory, her research insists that we acknowledge matters of ambivalence and uncertainty in our history-making, storytelling and theorising. 

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Brian Dillon (Creative Writing) writes ‘What does the essay do?’ article for TLS
 This article in the Times Literary Supplement focuses on ‘The role, shape and purpose of the essay today’

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News Digest

MOJISOLA ADEBAYO (Drama)‘s shows STARS and Family Tree, both written by SED Lecturer Mojisola Adebayo have been nominated for a total of FIVE Offies awards including best play, best lead performer and best video design for STARS and best set design and best lead performer for Family Tree. Both plays tour through May and June and both play texts are now published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama as well. 

ABBIE JUKES (English PhD Grad) publishes her first book ‘An Introduction to Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire’. 

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 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

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sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

Queen Mary University of London
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