Forging the Medieval by Dr Rebecca Menmuir

Dr Rebecca Menmuir (Queen Mary) and Hannah Armstrong (York)

When you hear the word forgery, what do you think of? Perhaps your thoughts jump to counterfeit artwork, heist films, the BBC’s Fake or Fortune; or to the Turin shroud, The Pardoner’s Tale and debates surrounding the authenticity of religious artefacts; or maybe to something else entirely.

Part of the appeal of studying forgeries and imitations are their breadth and universality. Colin Burrow writes in the preface to his 2019 Imitating Authors that one of the pleasures of writing the book was that almost everyone had something to say about the concept of imitation. Similarly, anxiety about forgery is not new, with ‘Fake News’ as only its latest iteration in the popular consciousness. The spurious has existed alongside the genuine through ever-changing definitions of ‘spurious’ and ‘genuine’, and its malleability and persistence is both perplexing and fascinating.

It’s against this backdrop that we—Rebecca Menmuir, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in SED at Queen Mary, and Hannah Armstrong, a PhD candidate at York—decided to organise a workshop to ask some closer questions about forgeries and imitations. Our research projects approach the same topic, imitations and the medieval, from different angles. Rebecca works on forgeries and imitations of the Roman poet Ovid produced during the medieval period; and Hannah works on imitations and reimaginings of Old Norse sagas in 19th–21st century literature. We realised that we were circling around the same topics and asking the same questions, but the strict periodisation of literary studies meant that we rarely crossed paths. Nor had we been able to meet art historians, archaeologists, theologians, or the many scholars in other disciplines who were likely to have something to say about how we should be studying ideas of medieval forgeries.

The idea was there: we started to plan how to bring together a small group of academics working on some aspect of forgeries, imitations, or appropriations, either produced during the medieval period or which forged ideas of the medieval in some way. The result was a one-day workshop, held on Friday 10th June: ‘Medieval Forgeries / Forging the Medieval’.

We were incredibly fortunate to be able to use the Museum of London as our venue, which itself raised lots of pertinent and timely questions about how we curate and present the past. There we were joined by eleven other co-investigators, all scholars who work in one form or another on medieval forgeries or post-medieval imitations. The range of experience in the room was one of the strengths of the event, with researchers whose work might normally sit within Classics, History, or Modern Languages presenting side by side with English Literature scholars whose period expertise stretched from the late antique to the late 20th century. We also represented many different career stages, from PhD students to Postdoctoral researchers and Professors.

The Workshop

In the first of our two morning slots, six of the participants gave short (5–7 minutes) presentations on their research into medieval forgeries. The examples ranged from forgeries of classical authors to fraudulent monastic charters, and our discussions between papers highlighted just how foundational and intrinsic forgery was to medieval textual culture, across different forms of media (from documents such as charters and diplomas to literary works). This naturally also led to questions of morality: did medieval people think of forgery as a negative act, and in turn, what kind of language should we as scholars use or not use?

Our second session pivoted to focusing on post-medieval imitations and appropriations of the Middle Ages. The seven presentations covered topics from 18th century Gothic reimaginings to queer theory and 20th century film, and political appropriations of imagined pasts. The variety represented in this session demonstrated just how generative and intriguing questions of forgery and imitation are, but it also raised issues as to what kind of language we can use to describe it and how do we create space for transhistorical and interdisciplinary dialogue.

It was these challenges we turned to in our third and final session of the day. We were keen from the outset that our workshop be not only a space for presenting and sharing work, but for collaboratively finding new ways of thinking and approaching the topic. With this in mind, we used the third session as an opportunity to break into small groups to brainstorm responses to questions which had been raised earlier in the day. Initially, we had been worried about whether this technique would work—would it feel too close to an undergraduate seminar? But we were delighted to find that it works just as well for researchers, and it helped to dig deeper into the issues whilst also building collegiality.

Finally, we fed back to the group as a whole and used the final part of the day to consider how we could keep these kind of conversations (interdisciplinary, transhistorical, across different career stages) going in the future… watch this space! You can also find a brief overview of each presentation in a Twitter thread here: https://twitter.com/RebeccaMenmuir/status/1536350623095980032

Reflections and Lessons Learnt

With the help of a feedback form sent out to the workshop attendees, we met again for a debrief. Overall, we enjoyed the workshop enormously, and the feedback was really positive. One person wrote that the atmosphere was ‘calm, uncompetitive, and yet intellectually challenging’; this is something which we are extremely proud of, particularly given the stress and competitiveness that academia can sometimes promote. Learning about how others approached medieval forgeries and imitations has been genuinely fruitful, and both of us have benefited from following up on reading and resources which were shared and discussed. Rebecca has discovered, perhaps belatedly from a nineteenth-century-ist’s point of view, Rudyard Kipling’s Dayspring Mishandled, a story involving a fraudulent ‘discovery’ of a lost Chaucer manuscript. We have continued that sharing of resources by setting up a collaborative bibliography, where several of the attendees have added key scholarship on medieval forgeries and imitations, and forgeries and imitations of the medieval. (Please contact either of us if you would like a link to this document.)

Aspects of the day had required a sharp learning curve—did the ominous large button in the cupboard switch off one light or the entire building electrics? Why was the clicker not working? Is the camera on?—and we were glad that the AV and events team at the Museum were on hand to help (note: the large button was not the correct button). Before the event, we had questions and concerns which would only be answered on the day: would there be enough discussion to fill the time, or would there be enough time to accommodate discussions? Would the questions we had planned for the third session, which reflected on the day’s presentations and discussions, be relevant to the day’s proceedings? How do you write closing remarks before a workshop has even started? We found that the best approach was to plan for flexibility, such as incorporating a ‘buffer zone’ of time to continue should Q&As be too interesting to interrupt at their allotted end-time. We also scheduled the final session after lunch so that we had time to meet and make any changes during the lunch period. Since several recurring themes and questions had been raised throughout the day, we made several adaptive changes to our prompt questions, including a new question which incorporated a quote from one presentation, on the topic of whether there is such thing as a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ forgery. While the unknown element of any event is worrying in some ways, it was gratifying to see how the workshop developed in ways which we didn’t foresee: there would be little point in organising a workshop to exchange new ideas where we could predict every question, thought, or answer.

We learnt several assorted things from planning the workshop. Firstly, in our opinion it is far more effective (and more fun) to plan an academic event with a co-organiser, whether a new colleague or an old friend: having an interlocuter to encourage the seed of a new idea, or veto impractical suggestions, is extremely helpful. It is essential to leave enough time to plan— ‘enough time’ might be dictated by a funding deadline for a grant, or dependent on your other commitments. We found it helpful to think about the potential outputs and afterlife of the workshop in early planning stages, but we left concrete decisions on any outputs to the workshop and the feedback form, where we could ask the attendees their thoughts.

It was only with institutional and financial support that we were able to plan and run this workshop. Thanks to Queen Mary, University of London (especially the School of English and Drama) and the University of York, who are our host universities and make our research possible. We are extremely grateful for the funding available from the British Academy through their Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. Finally, we sincerely thank the Museum of London, particularly their events team, catering team, and housekeeping team, all of whom were fantastic.

Please get in touch with us if you want to chat about any aspect of this round-up: r.menmuir@qmul.ac.uk or ha950@york.ac.uk.

SED Opportunity Digest – 8 July 2022

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

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

The next round of QTaster is now live!

Apply to gain an insight into companies who are both well-known and new to you.

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Reminder: In Conversation with author Danielle Jawando 14 July, 6-7pm, B104

Danielle Jawando will read from her work and take part in a Q&A, hosted by Dr Hetta Howes (Former QMUL lecturer & PhD gradaute). Danielle’s debut YA novel And the Stars Were Burning Brightly was shortlisted for numerous awards and her new novel, When Our Worlds Collided, has been described as “a raw, unflinching and powerful story.” Centring on a shooting in Manchester, it explores the deep-rooted prejudice and racism that exists within the police, the media and the rest of society. Refreshments will be served in The Pavilion from 5:30-6, and after the event.

More details and registration here: https://www.city.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/2022/july/in-conversation-with-danielle-jawando

Paid Casting Call

‘My name is En and I’m currently working on a short film called Bibingka. I would like to ask if it would be possible for the drama department to send out the casting call to the students or alumni if they would be interested. It is a paid job and we aim to shoot during the end of September in Milton Keynes.’

Outside QMUL

Frieze New Writers a free course for aspiring writers and art critics – deadline extended to 24 July

Are you a new writer looking to develop as a critic? Interested in exploring different approaches to writing about art and searching for tips on how to get published? Applications are now open for Frieze New Writers 2022: a free-to-attend, three-day intensive course taking place from Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October, where a group of aspiring writers will have the opportunity to develop their skills with support from the Frieze editorial team and our wider network of art-world professionals.

Apply here

Creative Access & Penguin Random House mentoring programme – applications close 11 July

Do you love stories and ideas? Are you looking to gain publishing insights, develop skills and confidence, and build new connections? Sign up now to be matched with a mentor from the world’s number one publisher.

Closing Soon

BBC AFRICA TALENT POOL for Researchers, Journalists and Social Media Journalists – Just posted – apply now

Social Media Fellowship at The Economist – Deadline: 10 July

LGBTQ+ history in the archives film making project – 19 or under – Apply by 11 July

Insider Fellowship Program – Deadline 2 August

Ruined Theatre is offering a free mentorship scheme for those with an interest in learning about the ‘Behind the Scenes’ in theatre. Deadline: 14 August

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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



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.

Register now

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.

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Events from around QMUL & Beyond

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

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News

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
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3 Winners Revealed: School of English and Drama Tote Bag 2022

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2022 tote bag competition, which we give away at open days, events and to new students incoming to the School.

The first people to get the bags will be our graduating students on 29 July 2022.

Our winners...

  • Bags will be put into production for our 2022 open days and events.
  • Will also win a £50 LovetoShop voucher.

SED Opportunity Digest – 24 June 2022

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

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Last QUORUM of 2021/22: Family Tree by Dr Mojisola Adebayo (QMUL)

Wednesday 29 June | Soft start at 18:30 BST with a presentation starting at 19:00 BST via Zoom 

Mojisola Adebayo (playwright, performer, producer, director and Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Contemporary Performance, at Queen Mary, University of London), will read extracts from her latest play, Family Tree with a discussion about the research process, from and through community gardens in Berlin graveyards, to a former hospital in South London and petri dishes in science labs. This practice-as-research project is part of her White Climate: Afriquia Literatures and Agri/cultural Practices research fellowship, at University of Potsdam, Germany.

Book via bit.ly/qm2906o

In Conversation with author Danielle Jawando 

14 July, 6-7pm, B104

Danielle Jawando will be visiting us, to read from her work and take part in a Q&A, hosted by Dr Hetta Howes. Danielle’s debut YA novel And the Stars Were Burning Brightly was shortlisted for numerous awards and her new novel, When Our Worlds Collided, has been described as “a raw, unflinching and powerful story.” Centring on a shooting in Manchester, it explores the deep-rooted prejudice and racism that exists within the police, the media and the rest of society. Refreshments will be served in The Pavilion from 5:30-6, and after the event.

More details and registration here: https://www.city.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/2022/july/in-conversation-with-danielle-jawando

Raging Sea Pathologies of Solitude Project Final Exhibition and Event on Tuesday 5th July



The Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street N16 9ES
5pm – Late 
Performances 6pm

This event is free but registration is required. Please book a ticket on our Eventbrite here

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.

If you can’t make the in-person event, some exhibition materials will be available on our website.

The exhibition will be open 4th-6th July.

Please check the Eventbrite for opening times.

Book here

Outside QMUL

Museum Lates

The British Museum Fri Jun 24. Free entry, but some tours are ticketed. 

Marking Pride in London 2022, join us to explore and celebrate LGBTQ+ histories, identities and stories from the British Museum collection.

Download the full programme

Tate Modern. Fri Jun 24. Free

Join us after hours as we celebrate LGBTQIA+ artists and creative communities

See the full programme

V&A Fri Jun 24. Free

Masculinity does not exist, only masculinities. Identity doesn’t exist, only identities. We live in a promising world of gender expression and exploration, where how you define yourself can take on multiple forms. In this plural world, On the Verge explores the tipping point, highlighting the artists, designers, and performers, questioning the norms of masculine and feminine identity and the possibilities to come. Let a thousand genders bloom.

I Can Make You a Man – A guided tour of the Theatre and Performance Galleries 18.45, 19.45, 20.45
Meet at Gallery 102, Leighton

In this performed tour, artist Nando Messias activates selected items in the galleries, mixing personal stories with theatre history. I Can Make You a Man plays with the notion of gender as fiction, how it is constructed —‘made’ — on stage and how gender-nonconformingindividuals are often coerced –
‘made’ – to comply.
@nancymessias

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Museum of the Home. Sat Jun 25. £15.

Don your best pyjamas and spend an evening exploring Museum of the Home, as we open our Festival of Sleep with a house party like never before.  
 
Be first to experience what we have in store for the festival. From our famous Rooms Through Time re-styled to explore folklore, traditions, myths and magic connected to sleep through the centuries, to installations exploring how home environments affect sleep today, there’s so much on offer.

Book ahead for free Liberty Festival: Symposium on 22 July

Join us for an insightful day of presentations and conversations from artists industry and experts as part of Liberty Festival which showcases work by D/deaf and disabled artists, including:

  • Suzanne Alleyne, ‘The Power of Difference’
  • A Manifesto for 2.8 Million Minds
  • Raymond Antrobus
  • An anti-ablist approach to teaching with Paul Morrow

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Student survey on climate anxiety

You are invited to complete an online questionnaire looking at the emotions, coping styles and future plans of UK university students. Data from this questionnaire will be analysed for a MSc dissertation project by Cami Daeninck (Imperial College London), supervised by Dr Ans Vercammen and Dr Vasiliki Kioupi.

Any student currently completing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree within the UK is eligible to complete the questionnaire, which will take approximately 7-9 minutes to complete. Responses will remain anonymous. Respondents are asked to provide consent but can withdraw at any time.

To complete the questionnaire, go to https://imperial.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3pZDVe8Eg16EELA

Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to co-investigator Cami Daeninck at cami.daeninck21@imperial.ac.uk.

All respondents have the option to be entered to win 1 of 4 £10 Grind Coffee e-gift cards!

As the data collection period is brief, we ask you to please complete the questionnaire at your earliest convenience. You are welcome to forward the survey link to any other UK-based students who might be willing to take part.

Events elsewhere

Making History: A Presentation by Neil Bartlett [campus event] – 27 June

Mind the Gap LGBTQIA+ Research Conference – 30 July [online, with in-person London networking] A free, online, interdisciplinary PGR-focused conference on LGBTQIA+ research and community.

ARTIST TALK Mahmoud Khaled Thursday 30 June, 7pm in gallery

Hear artist Mahmoud Khaled and writer Omar Kholeif speak about the new work in the exhibition and Mahmoud’s interest in queering the museological notions of a house museum. 

RSVP artist talk

Closing soon

Assistant Curator, Theatre & Performance at Victoria & Albert Museum – Closes 11 July

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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



SED Opportunity Digest – 20 June 2022

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

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Finishing your studies at QMUL or simply want to have a productive summer? Talk to QMUL Careers Consultant: Charlotte Brown: Email her or book an appointment with Careers

Raging Sea

Join us for a celebration of poetry, artworks, performances and storytelling by people with lived experience of migration.

Food, drinks, music, DJs! Tuesday 5th July5pm-late Performances 6pm

The Old Church
Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9ES
. This event is free but registration is required.

Please register on our Eventbrite here.

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, based at Queen Mary University of London, 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, Wafa’ Tarnowska and Debsey Wykes.

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

The exhibition will be open 4th-6th July.

Paid Opportunity for Students to work on Exhibition/Event with Pathologies of Solitude research project

Pathologies of Solitude/Centre for the History of Emotiong have been running a project with Hackney Migrant Centre this year, and we are currently planning our final exhibition/ event on the 4th-6th July.

The ‘Pathologies of Solitude’ project are running an exhibition and performance event on 4th-6th July at the Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street N16 9ES.

Roles:

Exhibition Assistant:

This role will involve helping to set up and take down the exhibits, and to act as custodian of the exhibition during opening times.

  • 4th July 9am – 6pm
  • 5th July 11am – 4pm
  • 6th July 11am – 8pm

Event Assistant:

This role will involve supporting the project team to run our performance event on Tuesday 5th July. We will need people to run the bar, set up the performance space, welcome guests, and provide general support.

5th July 4pm – 11:30pm

We need 2/3 people to cover all these time slots.

Please contact Tasha Pick if you’d be interested: t.pick@qmul.ac.uk

Keywords for Radical Organising: Infrastructure

Wednesday 29 June 2022, 5:30-7pm.

Scape 0.14 – QMUL Mile End Campus.

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 second 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 ‘infrastructure’. The speakers are: Seb Franklin (KCL), Charlotte Lemanski (Cambridge), Catalina Pollak (Public Interventions) and Gráinne Charlton (organizer).

This is a free in-person event.

Full details and registration via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keywords-for-radical-organising-infrastructure-tickets-359355852027

There will be one further event in this series – ‘community’ (Wednesday 13 July) – further details here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/keywords-for-radical-organising-series-48447906903.

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).

Pride in Writing event with our very own Kit Heyam on 30 June

‘I’ll be reading from and talking about my new book, Before We Were Trans, and there’s a fantastic line-up of other queer authors including Stella Duffy, Laura Kay and Justin Myers. It starts at 6pm, and the venue is The Apple Tree Pop-Up, 30 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU. It’d be lovely to see any colleagues there if you’d like to join us: you can book tickets via the link above, and there’s a virtual option as well as an in-person one.

(Also, if you happen to be up north for any reason, I’m having a launch party for Before We Were Trans alongside a screening of the trans history film Framing Agnes on 29 June – tickets on the door – and also doing an event at the Thackray Medical Museum on 2 July.)’

The Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture 2022: ‘Approaching British Colonial History During the Culture War’

Professor Corinne Fowler

Thursday 23 June 2022, 6.00pm, followed by a wine reception

Peston Lecture Theatre, the Graduate Centre, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End, E1 4NS

Free, but registration is essential.

Book here (rsml2022.eventbrite.co.uk)

In this lecture, Professor Fowler addresses the origins and impacts of Britain’s current culture war. She considers how those working on British colonial history – students, activists, academics, museum and heritage professionals – can respond effectively to these fraught public discussions. Her talk will draw on her public history work on the project ‘Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted’ and her forthcoming book, The Countryside: Ten Walks Through Colonial Britain (Penguin Allen Lane, 2023).

For information contact Katy Pettit (k.pettit@bbk.ac.uk)

Activist historians with learning disabilities – claiming our own history

Wednesday June 29th, 5.30-7.00 pm. Online

Free, but registration is essential. Email Katy (k.pettit@bbk.ac.uk)

Join us for an exciting and ground-breaking evening where activist historians with learning disabilities talk about their work.

People with learning disabilities have been excluded from their own history more than any other group. A new generation of activist historians are working with co-researchers to lay claim to their history, and tell it their way.

Speakers include:

  • Paul Christian and Sue Ledger – the black history of learning disability
  • My Life My Choice and Lee Humber – participation of people with learning disabilities in World War I
  • The Antonia Grandoni Project team – Antonia Grandoni’s story: bringing the past into the present
  • Nathaniel Lawford and Jan Walmsley – finding Grace Eyre and the origins of Shared Lives
  • Panel presentations followed by audience questions and discussion

Supported by the Raphael Samuel History Centre

Outside QMUL

Paid opportunity with Elevate

Elevate Education are currently looking for engaging and motivated people to join our team of workshop presenters in September.

The role involves delivering hour-long seminars to secondary school students on effective study skills to boost their confidence at school and help them achieve their best. This job ties in perfectly whilst studying for a performance-related degree as you get to perform to an audience every time. Plus, it pays well!

As our team is primarily made up of current university students, the role is designed to fit around your university schedule.

The starting rate is between £46-£51 for a 1-hour session + travel expenses, with the room to move up to £70 as your experience grows. 

You can apply here by clicking this link: go.elevateeducation.com/jumanaelsheikhali

Verb Short Fiction Prize -£500, £250, £100 cash prizes

Sign up to our beta, use Verb app to write a piece of short fiction between 5000-7,500 words and be eligible for cash prizes and a lifetime Verb discount code. No fee, deadline midnight 1st August, 2022.

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Behind The Artist: Kickstart Your Career in the Music Industry

This month’s talk is focussing on the music industry, looking at roles behind the artist. Presented in partnership with Lewisham Music.

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CILIP LGBTQ+ Network Festival of Pride & Knowledge

21st June,12.30pm. Queer Collections: LGBTQ+ Archives at Bishopsgate Institute (Stef Dickers shares highlights from the collection and the collection’s context in LGBTQ+ History)

28th June  7pm. LGBTQ+ Censorship Panel (a discussion around LGBTQ+ Censorship in Libraries and related areas).

All events are online and can be booked via https://www.cilip.org.uk/events/event_list.asp?show=&group=226845#

BBC Young Reporter – Journalism Workshop

We’re back with another journalism career virtual workshop with @BBCNews!  If you’re 18+ and want to know what working in a newsroom is all about join our #bbcyoungreporterfestival al webinar 

THURS 23 JUNE @ 1200

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Creative Access masterclass in theatre

Working in theatre, or considering a career in the sector? Join us in person at the National Theatre for our masterclass on Tuesday 5 July.

Join us for our next Creative Access masterclass on Tuesday 5th July, in person at the National Theatre. Hear from a range of theatre specialists working at the National Theatre. They will discuss their respective areas of expertise spanning directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, marketing & sales, business planning and governance. Join us for a relaxed panel discussion, networking and refreshments.  

Book here

Closing soon

The DRF David Miller internship programme Deborah Rogers Foundation – London (26/06)

Editorial Intern at Expert Reviews (rolling – apply soon)

Assistant Producer – VICE World News (No deadline apply soon)

Roundhouse Film Fund – Apply by 25 July

Content Curator (Contract) – UK – Reddit (rolling)

Commercial Content Writer – Technology at BAUER Media – 26 June

Behind the Lens Introduction to Live Broadcasting & Film | Apply by Monday 8 August | Age 18-25 

How To Take Up Space Women, Trans and Non Binary People in the Creative Industries
Monday 22 August | Age 18-30 Gain insider tips from Pembe Tokluhan, CEO of Petok Productions on forging a career behind the scenes.

How To Build A Career In Cabaret (and Beyond) with Le Gateau Chocolat – Thursday 11 August | Ages 18-30

BAFTA Breakthrough 28 June

The Sun News Apprenticeships 6 July

EIFF Young Film Critics Programme 30 June

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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



English and Drama Newsletter – June 2022 Edition

Welcome to your June update from the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

We are delighted that the Drama department achieved the highest score* in its unit in Research Excellence Framework 2021:

“I am very proud of this assessment of Drama’s achievements in research, which confirms the vibrancy, necessity, and reach of our work in theatre and performance studies. As a department we affirm that our research is generally collaborative, socially engaged, and engaged with partners and stakeholders across higher education and the cultural industries. We are grateful to all those who support and enable our research.”

Head of Drama, Professor Dominic Johnson

More about REF2021

This June be sure to book your place for: June Undergraduate Open Days Mad Hearts – The Arts and Mental Health Peopling the Palaces Festival 2022*Ranking from highest to lowest GPA (grade point average) – direct from REF data
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Open Events
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17-18 June – In Person at QMUL Mile End | 18 June – Online

Come and see what makes Queen Mary special with subject talks and tasters across English, Drama and Creative Writing.
Book for our June Open Days
Events Listings
Mad Hearts Flyer
Mad Hearts – The Arts and Mental Health
Masked/Unmasked


10 June – In-person at QMUL Mile End and 11 June 2022 – Online (Zoom)

A 2 day event exploring arts and mental health with highlights including: Live performance: Theatre Temoin’s work ‘NHS Yarns’ comes to Queen Mary. Keynotes from Dolly Sen and psychiatrist Maria Turri. Panels on autism, resilience, masculinity and a forgotten ‘mad’ artist.
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Network: QMUL’s Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy is co-organising a workshop on ‘Creative Places and Social Territories’.

14 June – Paris

This workshop will be sharing the outcomes of research undertaken by Network and by Labex Industries culturelles et création artistique, Paris, working with a range of creative partners in Hackney Wick and Fish Island and in Saint-Denis. The workshop will be held at the University of London Institute in Paris.
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Network: QMUL’s Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy is co-organising a workshop on 14 June in Paris on ‘Creative Places and Social Territories’.

15 June 2022 – 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 first 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 ‘network’. The speakers are: Laura Forster, Oli Mould, Liv Wynter.

There will be two further events in this series – ‘infrastructure’ (Wednesday 29 June) and ‘community’ (Wednesday 13 July) – registration for these will open in due course.

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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Performance and State Violence

15-16 June 2022 – 3-4.30pm – online and in-person at Queen Mary University of London

For online tickets, book on bit.ly/PaSV-O

For in-person tickets, book on bit.ly/PaSV-IP

Performance and State Violence is a 2-day conference with panels focusing on the various ways performance has reacted to, was affected by, or intervened in state violence. The discipline of theatre and performance studies has approached issues of state violence in myriad ways – prison drama projects, the performativity of military displays, and theatrical protests against certain laws, to name a few examples. While these topics come up frequently, the actual role of the state, and how its involvement in questions of performance and theatricality relate to its broader aims, interests, constitution, and reproduction, are often overlooked, sidestepped, and under-theorised. This conference contextualises performance analysis within broader critical theories of the state and will feature two days of panels, keynote lectures from Aylwyn Walsh and Jennifer Doyle, and performances from Vanessa Macaulay and Lucy Beynon & Lisa Jeschka.

Full schedule and more information are available on our website performanceandstateviolence.wordpress.com and on our Twitter @PerfAndState.
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Tea: Nature, Culture, Society, 1650-1850

Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 June 2022 – Online (Zoom)

From tea to teapots, taste to trade; this conference will explore natural histories, Chinese porcelain, tea’s impact on literature, and more.
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Imprisoned Words: London Renaissance Seminar Book Talk


  Please do join us for this discussion marking the publication of Andrea Brady (English)’s Poetry and Bondage (CUP, 2021) and Judith Hudson’s Crime and Consequence in Early Modern Literature and Law (EUP 2021). Catherine Bates and Jackie Watson will introduce the two books and we will discuss crime, punishment, freedom, poetry, the law and more.
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Before We Were Trans – Book Launch Event

CLAY Leeds
  Come to the launch event for new book, Before We Were Trans by Kit Heyam (English). Writer and trans activist, Kit, will give a reading and discuss their book with Gem of Sweep Hill Publishing. Kit will sign copies of their book – it will be available to purchase at the event.
  After an interval there will be an exclusive Northern premier screening of the Sundance award winning documentary, Framing Agnes followed by a Q&A with the film’s writer, Morgan M Page.
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Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture 2022:
Professor Corinne Fowler (University of Leicester)
‘Approaching British Colonial History During the Culture War’


Peston Lecture Theatre – QMUL Mile End

In this lecture, Professor Fowler addresses the origins and impacts of Britain’s current culture war. She considers how those working on British colonial history – students, activists, academics, museum and heritage professionals – can respond effectively to these fraught public discussions. Her talk will draw on her public history work on the project ‘Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted’ and her forthcoming book, The Countryside: Ten Walks Through Colonial Britain (Penguin Allen Lane, 2023).
 
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Unexpected Solutions: Inequalities, Policy and the Cultural Sector

30 June – QMUL Mile End
  How might unexpected solutions lead to policy change locally, nationally and internationally for the arts and culture sectors?
  This event launches Queen Mary’s Arts and Culture and the Mile End Institute’s unique three-year scheme, establishing a coalition of advocates helping to make the case for the arts and cultural sectors in London and nationally.
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Events from around QMUL & Beyond

7 June
Lecture – Telling true stories in virtual worlds, with May Abdalla (ANAGRAM)- Centre for Film and Ethics

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History of Libraries Seminar (Institute of English Studies and Warburg Institute)

Michelle Johansen (Bishopsgate Institute & IHR): ‘”Librarians are Boring”: Popular Representations of Public Librarianship Since the 1880s’

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14 June

IHSS Annual Symposium 2022: The Humanities (In and After the Pandemic)

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17 June

London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, Deidre Lynch

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17-18 June
The British Academy Summer Showcase 2022 including:

Projected Books: how bedbound WWII veterans were enabled to read with our very own Matthew Rubery (English) and MA students Livonia Ayugi-Okello and Celina Basma.

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News
‘A dark pastoral’. Daisy Hildyard’s (English PhD Graduate) new novel Emergency is reviewed in the Guardian.
Read the review The Drop Out - Image from Aeon featuring a colourful mix of people all posed in front of a two storey house Isabel Waidner (Creative Writing) is a finalist for the Orwell Prize for their novel Sterling Karat Gold.
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See Isabel live at this event
Paul Heritage (Drama) was invited by the British High Commission Chennai, India to talk about building resilience through the arts.

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Practice-based researcher Julie Rose Bower (Drama) has created accessible sensory space Meridians Meet – five interactive installations for the exhibition WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD: The World of ASMR – now open at the Design Museum
This interactive work extends the scope of the original Arkdes exhibition by inviting museum visitors to co-create their experience through performing ASMR triggers while exploring the sensation in an offline space. This work is supported by a grant from QM’s Centre for Public Engagement to create signage supporting the visitor experience. One of Julie Rose’s ASMR videos created for the V&A museum also features in the main arena of this major new exhibition. The exhibition is open 7 days a week until October and – being themed around strangely satisfying sounds, tingling sensations and feelings of relaxation – it is the only exhibition where you are actively encouraged to take a nap.
Read more about the exhibition
Dominic Johnson (Drama) has published new article ‘“Kind of Goya-esque or Something”: Charles Ray’s Early Works’
The article has been published in Art History, on the early performance art of Charles Ray. He has large exhibitions on at the moment at the Met in New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris – so quite topical. The article is open access, so accessible to all for free.
Read the article
News bites
  Deven Parker and Michael Gamer (English) co-authored an essay for the most recent issue of European Romantic Review entitled “Keats, Incorporated: Social Authorship and the Making of a Brand.” Deven and Michael also have essays forthcoming soon in the volume The Visual Life of Romantic Theatre, ed. Terry Robinson and Diane Piccitto (University of Michigan Press, 2022). Mine’s entitled ‘The Stage in a Page: A Visual Life of Romantic Playbills,’ and Deven’s is called ‘Between Media: Harlequinade and Melodrama in Print.”

Sarah Bartley (Drama PhD graduate) is a lead researcher on Transformative justice, women with convictions and uniting communities a 2 year project funded by Nuffield Foundation.David Duff (English) launches the Prague International Summer School of Romanticism, a collaboration between QMUL and the Charles University, Prague. For graduate students from across Europe. Affiliated to the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar, with other partners Oxford, the Sorbonne and Ghent University.

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Alumni Round Up

Alysha Nelson (Drama and Film 2019) 

“My time in Queen Mary was wonderful for my artistic growth, and it was also where I was able to connect with like minded individuals.

I’ve since been working as a producer – our first feature documentary Listen to Britain is having its London premier as part of the UK Asian film festival on the 10th of May. Our film is the spiritual successor to the 1942 original, exploring the vibrant yet tumultuous growth of Britishness over the past century.

The entire crew for this film is made up of recent QMUL graduates from SED and SLLF, and we even had the opportunity to interview a senior lecturer (Ashvin Devasundaram) as part of our documentary.”

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Poet Caleb Femi (English alumnus) will read live his ode to a troubled yet enchanted world at Bold Tendencies in Peckham on – “rhapsodic, elegiac … reminiscent of William Blake’s visionary poetic” (Malika Booker).

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SED Opportunity Digest – 30 May 2022

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

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Drama Research Showcase: What I’m Working OnLunchtime Lectures in June

Please join us for our new series of weekly lunchtime lectures, in which Drama staff discuss the research they are working on.  The lectures will be 25 minutes long and there won’t be any questions or discussion after – just a pleasurable dip into somebody’s research.  Please do join us on Teams to hear about the rich array of research taking place across our department. We really hope that all of our students and staff will join us there.

  • Julia Bardsley –  June 1st, 1pm
  • Dominic Johnson –   June 8th, 1pm
  • Martin O’Brien –  June 15th, 1pm
  • Martin Welton –  June 22nd, 1pm

Mad Hearts: The Arts and Mental Health – Free conference on 10-11 June

This two-day event explores productive, radical, contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, bringing together clinical, artistic and research perspectives that offer a re-interpretation of contemporary mental health science and practice, with a view of imagining a different future.

Book here

This year’s theme is Masked/Unmasked – the wearing of physical masks to face the pandemic is a prompt to reflect on the metaphorical masks we wear to face the world, how we put these on to protect us from an unforgiving social world at the price of hiding the beauty of our differences. Interventions will examine how the arts can help us see behind the masks and sustain a new vision for mental health. 

We welcome service users, mental health professionals, artists and researchers and any members of the general public interested in the way the arts can contribute to mental health.

Highlights

Onsite day – 10 June

  • Theatre Temoin’s work ‘NHS Yarns’ comes to Queen Mary and will be followed by a discussion panel about the pandemic and impact on NHS and other key workers
  • Performances and participatory creative and discussion workshops
  • Exhibition of selected artistic work submitted by conference participants (see here below for how to submit)

Book Day 1

Online day – 11 June – Live Captioning Available

  • Artist’s Keynote:”Birdsong from Inobservable Worlds” by acclaimed arts Dolly Sen
  • Maria Grazia Turri on a sketch for a Manifesto for the Arts and Mental Health
  • Parallel panels including:
    • Autistic unmasking and performing Beingness
    • Phakama on the language of resilience
    • A theatre company unmasking the life and work of a forgotten mad artist from the Faroe Islands
    • Masking and masculinity

Book Day 2

‘How to Read, Write, and Publish’ Workshop at Queen Mary 

Date: Tuesday May 31, 3-5pm 

Location: Arts Two Senior Common Room (on the top floor of the Arts Two building) 

I’d like to invite you to an upcoming workshop led by our IHSS Distinguished Visiting Fellow John Durham Peters. This workshop, aimed at MA students, PhD students, and Early Career Researchers, will focus broadly on ways to improve your writing and address any concerns participants might have about the writing process.  

All are welcome at this event, though please email me (m.rubery@qmul.ac.uk) to let me know you’re coming. 

Professor Peters will also be available during his visit for individual consultations if any of you would like to meet with him. Just send me a note so that I can arrange a time. 

Here’s his bio: 

John Durham Peters is María Rosa Menocal Professor of English and Professor of Film and Media Studies at Yale and is the author of Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication (1999), Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and Liberal Tradition (2005), The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media (2015), and Promiscuous Knowledge: Information, Image, and Other Truth Games in History (2020), co-authored with the late Kenneth Cmiel. He taught for thirty years at the University of Iowa before moving to Yale, and he has held visiting fellowships in England, Finland, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, and Norway. He loves several languages, even if that love is not fully requited. For more info, see: https://english.yale.edu/people/tenured-and-tenure-track-faculty-professors/john-durham-peters 

Outside QMUL


THE WHITE REVIEW SUMMER PARTY & ISSUE 33 LAUNCH

Thursday 30 June / Bold Tendencies, Peckham / Doors 6:30 pm, readings from 7:30pm / Tickets

Join us on 30 June for our annual summer party. This year, we’ll also be launching Issue 33 of The White Review. We’ll be celebrating with readings from Fahad Al-Amoudi, winner of the 2022 White Review Poet’s Prize, Claire-Louise Bennett and Amber Husain, followed by drinks at Bold Tendencies. Copies of the new issue will be available to purchase on the night. The event will take place in Bold Tendencies’ covered spaces. The downstairs concert bar will be open for ticket holders from 6:30pm and after the event has finished.

More info

The British Academy Summer Showcase 2022

Friday 17 – Saturday 18 June 2022

The British Academy, London

Join us this June as we throw open our doors for the British Academy’s annual two-day Summer Showcase, a free festival of ideas for curious minds. Alongside a programme of pop-up talks, workshops and performances, 12 of our researchers will bring their work to life – from livestreamed global connections and an immersive VR experience to calligraphy workshops, live woodcarving and a conspiracy kitchen.

FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK YOUR FREE TICKET

Historic England are offering paid summer placements in the built environment & heritage sector


Historic England have offered paid summer placement for 8 weeks in a variety of positions either remotely or in-person at one of their offices around England as part of their Heritage Inclusion Placements Programme.

Not to forget, they will be providing a training bursary – £330 per week if you are outside of London and £380 per week if you are inside London!

Find out more and apply

Artist Support at ArtsAdmin (Aldgate East)

At Toynbee Studios and online, we continue to nurture the vision of artists at all career stages: you can book Creative Support Sessions conversations with our producers; there’s a workshop to help you write your best possible application for Arts Council England’s Project Grants; and our Morning Producers gatherings offer a space for exchange and peer-led support. 

Final call for participants from East and South East Asian backgrounds with a desire to discover their creative voices! 

Unearth your creative voice through a range of writing and performance exercises that will allow you to experiment with diverse forms of storytelling.  

In the 4 workshops, you will be guided by experienced writer, actor and filmmaker Daniel York Loh (below, left) and fellow accomplished theatre director and facilitator Lexine Lee (below, right), who will support you in developing your ideas. You will then have the opportunity to share your work at the brilliant New Diorama Theatre in Euston.

Dates: Sunday 12th June, 11:00-17:00
            Sunday 19th June, 11:00-17:00
            Monday 20th June, 18:00-21:00 
            Tuesday 21st June, 11:00-17:00 (workshop)
                                            20:00- 22:00 (sharing session and drinks)

Location: 12th, 19th and 20th June at Linen Hall, London, W1B 5TE
                 21st June at New Diorama Theatre, London, NW1 3BF 

How To Participate?

To register interest, please complete this short questionnaire . There will be a fee of £20 for all 4 sessions. Places are limited!

CRIPtic x Spread the Word are pleased to announce the new season of CRIPtic x Spread the Word Writers’ Salons – bi-monthly online workshops and readings for d/Deaf and disabled writers. 

The Salon aims to support, develop, promote, and feature underrepresented d/Deaf and disabled writers and be an inclusive space where these writers can be part of a community, learn, have fun and share their work. 

The new season starts in June 2022 and runs through to December 2022. Each Salon will have a workshop with an invited facilitator followed by a reading and Q&A from a guest writer and an opportunity for participants to take part in an open mic (five x five mins slots will be available at each Salon).   

The Salon is open to d/Deaf and disabled writers writing in any genre, new or more experienced and is hosted by Jamie Hale. 

The Salon is free to attend and will take place on Zoom. The BSL interpreters are Michelle Wood and Jemima Hoadley.  

Find out more

Upgrade Yourself Festival powered by Squarespace on 10-11 June 2022

A photo of a group of young people smiling and enjoying themselves at an event.

We’re hosting our first-ever Upgrade Yourself Festival powered by Squarespace, the all-in-one online platform for creators. The festival grants exclusive access to trailblazing creatives and experts via talks, workshops and mentoring sessions.

For creatives aged 16-24, Upgrade Yourself Festival champions expertise from across the creative and cultural sectors. Guest speakers from Run the CheckMerky Books and the Black Wellbeing Collective share the tools, hacks and skills to tackle issues such as finances and budgeting, burnout and self-care.

Wingstop, Poke House, Proper and Karma Drinks will be providing free food and drink across the weekend.

Get ahead of the curve and book your free ticket now, we’d love to see you there.

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In Conversation: Literature Events at City University of London

21 June, 6-7pm, B104: In Conversation with Ayisha Malik

Ayisha Malik will be visiting us, to read from her work and take part in a Q&A, hosted by Dr Hetta Howes. Ayisha is the author of various novels including Sofia Khan is Not Obliged (described as “The Muslim Bridget Jones”) and The Movement, coming out in June, which explores the power of words – when to shut up and when to speak.  Refreshments will be served in The Pavilion from 5:30-6, and after the event.

More details here: https://www.city.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/2022/june/in-conversation-with-ayisha-malik

14 July, 6-7pm, B104: In Conversation with Danielle Jawando 

Danielle Jawando will be visiting us, to read from her work and take part in a Q&A, hosted by Dr Hetta Howes. Danielle’s debut YA novel And the Stars Were Burning Brightly was shortlisted for numerous awards and her new novel, When Our Worlds Collided, has been described as “a raw, unflinching and powerful story.” Centring on a shooting in Manchester, it explores the deep-rooted prejudice and racism that exists within the police, the media and the rest of society. Refreshments will be served in The Pavilion from 5:30-6, and after the event.

More details here: https://www.city.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/2022/july/in-conversation-with-danielle-jawando

Deadline extended for Creativity Works: Podcasting
Apply before: Tue 7 June, 6PM

Creativity Works: Podcasting is a 6-week immersive training programme for young people aged 18-24. If you are based in London and have an interest in storytelling and presenting then this is your sign to apply! 

This year, you will have the chance to produce your own 5-10 minute podcast with an exciting creative brief set by The Migration Museum, and will learn how to make your ideas a reality!

BBC Academy Fusion invites you to AI 2022: The Conference – Automation, Algorithms and Accountability

Are you aware of what AI is, what it can do or to what degree it’s disrupting the media and journalism landscape?

Brought to you by the BBC Academy, this free online conference will explore the latest developments in the use of automation, algorithms and accountability. 
It will also interrogate the complex moral, legal and ethical issues they raise: the mass capture of personal data, bias, hidden environmental and social costs, 
plus the constant battle against fake news.

Two days of fascinating conversation and debate will feature experts from the BBC, the LSE’s JournalismAI project, global IT giant Accenture, editorial analytics platform, ChartbeatThe Guardian 
and the renowned International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. There will be headline speeches from Storm Fagan, Chief Product Officer for the BBC, 
Ofcom’s Chief Technology Officer, Sachin Jogia, and Michal Pěchouček, CTO at the FTSE 100-listed cyber security company, Avast.

Please share with your communities.

22 – 23 June 2022

TO REGISTER FOR FREE FOR THE CONFERENCE:

Day one: bbc.in/AI2022confD1 / Day two: bbc.in/AI2022confD2

Closing soon

The Mirror are looking for two editorial assistants to join the team for six months across their news and features desks. It pays London Living Wage and is specifically for people from underrepresented backgrounds.

The Times and Sunday Times Digital Production Grad Programme 12 June

The Financial Times are offering a three month contract as an editorial intern in conjunction with the Aziz Foundation, which supports British Muslims. Pays London Living Wage.

LibDems are also looking for two website content interns, who will be paid the Real Living Wage.

Lighting, Sound and Design Assistants, CATALYST An opportunity to work on the Donmar Warehouse’s production of The Band’s Visit. Perfect for underrepresented talent who are looking to take their first steps in the industry but are unsure how to get started. 

Marketing and Comms Coordinator at Theatre Peckham – Closes 15 June.

Channel 4 Production Trainee Scheme 12 June

Channel 4 TV Drama New Writers Scheme 12 June

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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



SED Opportunity Digest – 23 May 2022

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

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

IHSS Annual Symposium 2022: The Humanities (In and After the Pandemic)

When: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Peston Lecture Theatre, Graduate Centre, Mile End Campus, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, 

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The third IHSS Annual Symposium will host Professor Helen Small followed by an in-depth discussion with Professor Simon Reid-Henry.

COVID-19 has seen the Humanities enrolled in the service of science and society. This lecture will consider efforts at articulating the public good of the Humanities in the context of the pandemic crisis and subsequent pressures on the economic and political contexts of university research. Particular attention will be paid to the terms of engagement on which some social scientists and scientists, encountering public resistance to their expertise, have sought assistance from the Humanities. Drawing on recent philosophical writing about styles of reasoning and the limits of disciplinary claims, the lecture will endeavour to explain why (even) high-level efforts at cross-disciplinary collaboration often falter—and identify ways of alleviating the difficulties.

Theodora Van Beek, Drink Your Pink

Calm Down, Dear – Feminist Theatre Festival

Sophie Ellis-Bextor, DIY sperm banks, pole dancing comedians and personal experiences of vaginisimus will all feature in this year’s festival. We have planned Work in Progress Scratch nights, writing workshops, film screenings and tons more. We are extremely proud of this programme and we hope to see lots of our devoted Figs in Wigs followers there, supporting new, exciting and incredible work.

See the full programme

Outside QMUL

We Are Lewisham: Creative Careers Fest

We Are Lewisham: Creative Careers Fest

Exhibitors include: The Albany, BFI Film Academy, Creative Access, ERIC, Film London, Migration Museum and Theatre Craft.

Find out more and book a ticket

16-21: Fly The Flag

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Interested in theatre-making and activism? Join @knockback78 this summer for a project exploring #HumanRights and performance as part of @we_flytheflag 2022, led by @GraeaeJennyS, Artistic Director of @graeae.

Find out more

What is the relationship between sound and social justice?

Featuring rapper & activist: Lowkey MC

 » Tickets are now available via the Brighton Fringe website here«

A two-day event hosting a variety of speakers, panels and workshops including academics, artists, and activists. At the University of Brighton (UK) on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th May. Themes include:

Rap                        Soundsystems                 Mixtapes

          Protest                    Gentrification                  Neoliberalism     

           Borders                  Soundscapes                   Decolonising    

And many more!

You can find the full conference programme here. The conference is in-person, we will be announcing online participation closer to the time, you can keep your eye on the websites for news. 

Your ticket gives you access to all sessions across that day and includes an all vegan/vegetarian lunch.

Organised by Wanda Canton in collaboration with the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics and Brighton Fringe Festival.

Book here

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Join a panel of global city leaders for a masterclass on culture – 29 June 3pm

Global city leaders will explore how culture is addressing urgent challenges at this free online event from the World Cities Culture Forum and University of the Arts London (UAL).

Freedom Seekers of London – 24 May

Performative interventions in the London, Sugar & Slavery gallery through poetry and art

Find out more

Activist/Aesthetics Reading Group

We warmly invite you to join us for the activist/aesthetics reading group, an interdisciplinary effort at the University of Cambridge concerned with the intersections of material culture and political organizing in the 20th century. Our approach is comparative, multi-disciplinary, and discussion based, and we welcome scholars from all backgrounds.

This term we will meet to discuss Painting (25th May), Theatre (8th June), and Textiles (22nd June). Meetings will be held online on Wednesdays at 5pm GMT.

Please find attached our flyer with initial readings (more to come!). Should you wish to join us, please write to ac919@cam.ac.ukto sign up. We hope to see you there!

Closing Soon

Events Coordinator at QMUL – Closes 29 May

Recruitment and Marketing Coordinator at QMUL – Closes 15 June

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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



English Graduate Um-E-Aymen Babar has been awarded the prestigious Hugh Cudlipp student journalism prize

Our alumnus Um-E-Aymen Babar has been awarded the prestigious Hugh Cudlipp student journalism prize, for an article which includes parts of her thesis written at Queen Mary.

After graduating from our School of English with a First Class Honours, in 2021 Aymen went on to the University of Cambridge for a Masters researching sports in the South Asian subcontinent. Aymen’s studies fuelled her interest in how sport intersects with race and class, which has now become the focus of her award-winning journalism.

This month, Aymen won the Hugh Cudlipp Student Journalist Award and a £1,500 cash prize. A joint initiative of the London Press Club and Daily Mirror, the honour was created to recognise a student who has made an outstanding contribution to journalism, as well as exploring an issue of public interest or concern which exemplifies lucid and graphic communication.

Aymen was awarded the prize following her journalistic debut in The Nightwatchman, Wisden’s quarterly collection of essays and long-form articles. She wrote a hard-hitting commentary on the effects of the Azim Rafiq racism scandal, which included parts of her thesis written during her time studying at Queen Mary.

Reflecting on her journey to this achievement, Aymen said: “I had a passion for English Literature from a young age and really enjoyed studying it at Queen Mary University of London. I was able to explore texts ranging from Chaucer to post-colonial texts by Anita Desai. In my final year, when I was supervised by Professor David Colclough, I became interested in sport literature and wrote my thesis on C.L.R. James’ Beyond a Boundary.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the School of English and Drama, and in particular my wonderful supervisor Professor David Colclough, for all his continued support. These achievements would not have been possible without them, and I would also like to extend my support to all the institutional and structural challenges that academic staff are facing in higher education.”

The Cudlipp judges called Aymen’s work “a brave, poignant, well-researched and timely piece that asks as many questions as it answers about systemic racism”. They also praised her for “preaching outside the choir, by speaking to readers of Wisden’s cricket magazine in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal”.

Dr Suzanne Hobson, Head of the Department of English at Queen Mary, said: “This is wonderful news, and we would all like to congratulate Aymen on her very well-deserved success. English is a key part of our curriculum and research culture at Queen Mary, so it’s fantastic to see one of our graduates go on to receive this prestigious prize. We are proud to have been a part of Aymen’s journey so far and excited to see where her career goes next.”

SED Opportunity Digest – 16 May 2022

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

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Don’t forget your last chance to ask questions on Tue 17 May at 11am before the EC deadline on 23rd May. Join on Teams / Add to Calendar
Enter to win a £50 voucher and get your design on our new 2022 tote bag.
Enter and more info

Professor Thomas W. LaqueurPathologies of Solitude Distinguished Visiting FellowMay 2022 Programme of Events 

Professor Thomas Laqueur, based at Berkeley, University of California, is the author of Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud (1990), Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation (2003), and The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains (2015), among many others.

This month, Professor Thomas Laqueur is the Distinguished Visiting Fellow with the ‘Pathologies of Solitude’ project at Queen Mary, University of London. All are welcome to these events, but booking is required. Please register using the links below.

Monday 16th May, 5:30-7pm 

Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia eBook by George Makari ...

Of Fear and Strangers Panel

Online (Zoom)

George Makari, David Feldman, Akshi Singh and Thomas Laqueur discuss the history of xenophobia from its origins to the present day.

All welcome but registration is required.

Wednesday 18th May, 3-6pm

Student Seminar 1: Sites of Memory

Arts Two, 3.20 (QMUL)

A seminar on the histories of iconoclasm, statues in public places, and the legacies of imperialism.

Open to all HSS students and postdocs. Registration is required.

Monday 23rd May, 5-7pm

The Origins and Uses of Humanitarianism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Arts Two, Lecture Theatre (QMUL) 

A symposium with Prof Laqueur, Dr Simon Reid-Henry (Geography), Prof Matthew Hilton (History) and Prof Sophie Harman (SPIR).

Open to all HSS faculty, students, and postdocs. Registration required.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception. 

Tuesday 24th May, 5-7pm

Revisiting Solitary Sex Seminar

Arts Two, 3.20 (QMUL) / Online 

The 2003 publication of Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation stimulated academic and popular discussions about masturbation which have increased our understanding of this under-discussed human behaviour. This paper revisits the arguments of the book in the light of these discussions and considers the implications of solitary sex – its practice, its reputation, its friends and enemies – for the history of human solitariness in general.

Co-sponsored by ‘Pathologies of Solitude Project’, Centre for 18th Century Studies, Sexual Cultures Research Group (SED) 

All welcome but registration is required.

Friday 27th May, 3:30-6:30pm

Student Seminar 2: When Species Meet

Arts Two, 2.17 (QMUL)

A seminar on human-animal relations in the age of the Anthropocene. 

Open to all HSS students and postdocs. Registration is required.

Monday 30th May, 6-7:30pm

Canines in Solitude: The Gaze of the Dog in Western Art

Online (Zoom)

This lecture argues that the gaze of the dog, grounded in evolution and appropriated by visual artists in the western tradition, offers a way of representing being seen – being regarded as worth regard – as a defence against loneliness both as a species and as social beings. 

All welcome but registration is required.

Individual Student Meetings

Professor Laqueur is also available to meet individually with students. Please choose one slot on this Doodle poll: 

https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/dwpqRKze

Rediscovering Bow Heritage Trail: introduction workshop

Do you have an interesting story about Bow? Maybe from your recent past, or from your family history? Roman Road Trust is rediscovering Bow Heritage Trail – and we want to hear from you!

When?

  • Friday 20th May, 1-5pm
  • Thursday 26th May, 1-5pm
  • Or drop-in when you can!

Where? In-person at Idea Store Bow, E3 5EU

OR

Join online (please email rosie@romanroadtrust.co.uk to register for an online place)

Book you place via Eventbrite: https://tinyurl.com/6nw3u4tj

Have a question? Please email: rosie@romanroadtrust.co.uk 

Breaking Bread x Logan Dandridge

Join Bread Theatre and Film Company for a film screening and discussion with filmmaker Logan Dandridge.

Bread Theatre and Film Company (IG: bread_london) are delighted to host Breaking Bread with Logan Ryland Dandridge, an experimental filmmaker and Assistant Professor of film at Syracuse University College of Visual & Performing Arts.

Logan Dandridge is an artist from Richmond, Virginia, USA. His films interpret the nuances of African American culture through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental cinema. As a filmmaker, cultural referencing, nostalgia, and religion are themes explored in his work. His research interrogates various histories through a combination of assemblage, superimposition, and multi-channel orientation.

Join us on 27th May at Basement Gallery @candidartstrust at 7.30 pm for a gathering that will provide a chance to see and discuss new work-in-progress that Logan has been developing through the course of his Cavendish Arts Science residency at Cambridge.

More information about Logan’s work can be found on Cavendish Arts Science’s website.

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Calling Writers, Performers & Poets! Perform at Scratch, Crackle & POP!

We welcome you back to Scratch, Crackle & POP!, our seasonal scratch night showcasing the work of writers, performers and poets in the early stages of development, giving audiences a taste of upcoming and developing shows.

Want to get involved?

Applications for the June scratch night are now OPEN.

Please send the following information to emma@poplarunion.com by Monday 16 May for the chance to take part:

• The type & length of piece (must last no longer than 15 minutes)

• Max 100 words description of the piece (this doesn’t have to be too polished and can be a list of ideas, themes or questions you are exploring)

• Links to previous/current work (eg. YouTube/Vimeo/Tumblr etc) or/and social media links (if applicable)

• Basic tech requirements

All applicants shall receive a response by Friday 20 May. The event will take place on Tuesday 14 June.

Outside QMUL

Social Streets

PR and Communications Assistant at Social Streets C.I.C

Social Streets is looking for a PR & Communications Assistant to work alongside the founder and director of Social Streets C.I.C Tabitha Stapely.  

The initial contract is for three months to assist in the promotion of our print publications, our online membership and our work to lobby the government for policy that supports sustainable local journalism. Starting immediately.

Find out more and apply

33 free creative writing workshops in libraries across London in June


City of Stories Home celebrates London’s libraries as places to make and share stories, and is run as a partnership between London Libraries and Spread the Word. 

Throughout June, the City of Stories Home sees 33 free events for writers and readers taking place in every London borough and the City of London to celebrate the launch of the City of Stories Home Anthology. The Anthology features over 70 short stories written by London writers on the theme of home. 63 of the anthology stories features winning and highly commended writers from the City of Stories Home writing competition which was open to London writers who attended a free City of Stories Home workshop in February.

At the events you’ll be able to:

  • Take part in a creative writing taster session;
  • Hear local authors read their stories;
  • Pick up a free copy of the Anthology, and
  • Find out how libraries can support you as a reader and writer.

Book here

An evening of conversation with Merve Emre

As part of this event, Merve Emre will be interviewed by Sarah Edwards, a PhD candidate at UCL studying contemporary feminist essays. The interview will focus on Emre’s upcoming book titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, and the recent publication of The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway (2021). However, the interview will also touch on Emre’s earlier works such as Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America (2017) and her work on the contemporary essay.

The event will take place at 5pm on the 1st June in the ‘IAS Forum’ which is situated within UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies.

The event is free to attend but you must book a place at this event on Eventbrite prior to attending. The Eventbrite link can be found here.

If you have any questions you would like to ask Merve Emre, please feel free to contact sarah.edwards.19@ucl.ac.uk with your question by 5pm on the 25th May and she will try to incorporate them into the interview.

TALK 2 DAN - Bridge the Gap between Employer & Young Creative

TALK 2 DAN – Bridge the Gap between Employer & Young Creative

Talk 2 Dan in partnership with Camden Open Air Gallery brings you ‘Bridge the Gap between Employer & Young Creative.’

Come meet our media partners ranging from BBC Sport, Roundhouse, Sony Music, BBC Radio 1/1Xtra, BBC Studios Productions, the award winning ERIC app & more!

Sign up

Closing soon

Marketing Assistant to join our Events & Communications team at Dazed Media – Rolling

Content Manager at The Nudge (London city guide) – Rolling

BBC Asian Network Trainee Scheme – 20 May

Box Office Assistant, Punchdrunk London – 25 May 2022

Guardian Media Makers Programme – 30 May

Marketing Assistant at Stanley Arts – 31 May

ARLIS/UK & Ireland – Global Majority Art Librarianship Scholarship 2022 – 5 June

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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



Competition: Your Design On Our School of English and Drama Tote Bag 2022

We’re looking for a new design for our 2022 tote bag which we give away at open days, events and to new students incoming to the School.

It’s time to get arty and inspire the next generation of SED students.

What we’re looking for

  • A black, thick line based design – it could feature a quotation or other text but needs to be blocky and easy to read.
  • Maximum A4 size.
  • A design which represents both English, Creative Writing and Drama would be great.
  • For inspiration see the last winning designs below or look at the entries from 2019 here.

How to enter

To enter send your design as a PDF, JPG or EPS to sed-web@qmul.ac.uk.

To enter you must be a School of English student, staff member or one of our alumni.

What you’ll win

If you win:

  • Your bag will be put into production for our 2022 open days and events.
  • You’ll also win a £50 LovetoShop voucher.

Competition closes: Monday 30 May at midday. A vote by our SED staff team will choose the winning design.

SED Opportunity Digest – 6 May 2022

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 to register with Creative Access for amazing job opportunities, internships and training

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Humanities Ball in the Octagon on 27 May

We are so excited to announce the collaboration between History Soc, Geography Soc, Peach Magazine, The Print, CUB Magazine, QMTC and English Society to bring you a Humanities Ball on the 27 May!

It will be taking place from 7-11pm in the Octagon, Mile End Campus. 

Dress Code: Formal/Black tie. Cultural clothing is also welcome. 

Ticket Prices: £23 for members of all participating societies and £26 for non-members (this includes non-qmul students). 

Included in the ticket price is a finger buffet, a glass of Prosecco on entry and half a bottle of wine per person (non-alcoholic alternatives will be provided). There will also be a bar to buy additional drinks from. 

The buffet will be Halal and will have Vegetarian and Vegan options. There will also be allergen cards. 

There will be a DJ, a dance floor and a photobooth to capture memories from the evening.

For more information please head to Humanities End of Year Ball (qmsu.org)

Be a part of the Festival of Communities – Festival Crew paid opportunities.

@EngageQM are recruiting a team of Queen Mary PGR students to support the 2022 Festival of Communities on 11-12 June. 

Apply by 13 May 2022 online

Events Roundup

The Trembling Hand — Reflections of a Black Woman in the Romantic Archive

When: 18 May 2022, 19:40 — 21:00 
Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square 

It’s a talk by Mathelinda Nabugodi, a former phd student of Paul Hamilton’s, and I’m sure it will be of much interest.

Book here

Decadence, Paganism, and the Environment – In-Person & Online

QMUL is pleased to host a conversation with Dennis Denisoff (Tulsa), Stefano Evangelista (Oxford) and Alex Murray (Queen’s, Belfast).

Book here

Outside QMUL

Would you like to be part of our Queer Makers Market?! Do you make sexy queer zines?
Design weird & wonderful clothes?
Maybe you’re part of a queer charity or small collective?

If you would like a stall at our Queer Summer Fayre, happening at Hackney Bridge on Saturday 18th June get in touch with us!!!

FILL OUT THIS SHORT FORM TO EXPRESS AN INTEREST 

London Train to Teach event – 11 June

Join us at the London Train to Teach event on Saturday 11 June 2022, from 10am until 2:30pm for support on your journey to the classroom.

Want to know what it feels like to stand in front of a class? Interested in what qualifications you need?

Discover the answers to all your questions and receive tailored information to give you all the confidence you need to decide to become a great teacher.

Sign up to the London event today

Tower Hamlets Business Support

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Access to start-up training Want to be your own boss? Access a free e-learning hub to get the resources you need to begin your entrepreneurial journey. Created in partnership with Launch It, the Next Generation programme is part of the UK’s Community Renewal Fund. It aims to give thousands of young people in London, aged 18-24 the support to start a business. Sign up to Next Generation by Enterprise Nation and Launch It to access free training, events, content access to advisers, peer groups, funding and more. Sign up and be in with the chance of winning £2,000 for your start-up Apply now >

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DIF – Allia Accelerator Challenge Allia is partnering with DIF Capital Partners to support social enterprise and purpose led businesses by providing 6-months of mentoring support from the DIF team and a grant cash prize pool of £30k to be shared with three finalists. All social enterprises, charities, tech for good ventures, and impact businesses are eligible to apply to be part of this unique opportunity. Closing date: 9th May 2022Find out more >

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Free webinar – Harness the Power of Social Media With many small businesses having to rethink their marketing strategy to align with the changing landscape, social media has become more crucial than ever before. This comprehensive London Business Hub virtual workshop is designed to transform your strategy with changing consumer habits and walk you through everything you need to know; from starting a social media campaign, creating online content, engaging with your target audience and evaluating your campaign effectiveness. Packed with tips and insights from our social media expert, you will leave with the knowledge to effectively leverage your social media channels to stay visible, connect with new and existing customers and generate future business opportunities.  Thursday 26th May, 10am – 4.30pmRegister now >

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ommunity Business Crowd Match Programme Community Businesses in England that are crowdfunding new initiatives and projects can receive match funding from Power to Change up to a maximum of £10,000.   The funding can be used to help launch new ideas to help local neighbourhoods, help meet increased demand, save community spaces or help bridge a funding gap.  The match funding will be on a £ for £ basis. Power to Change are particularly keen to support new and existing projects in more deprived areas of the country, and to work with communities experiencing racial inequity across England.  Applications to the Community Business Crowd Match Programme can be made at any time. Find out more >

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Join us at the Creative & Cultural Futures showcase to celebrate the creative minds from The London Borough of Tower Hamlets through an evening of artistic and interactive exhibitions. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has been working with Allia Impact to provide grant funding to creative freelancers from the borough. The Creative and Cultural Futures project has provided direct support to creative and cultural industry freelancers. Grant funding has been given to freelancers to help them adapt and develop their businesses with additional workshops and 1-to-1 professional support provided by Allia Impact. Participants who came on the programme are from a wide range of creative industries such as artists, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, dancers, and sculptors. Allia Impact in partnership with The London Borough of Tower Hamlets would like to invite fellow creatives and cultural organisations to this showcase to celebrate the end of this 5-month project by giving our participants the opportunity to exhibit their creative projects. Date: Saturday 28th May 2022, 6pm – 9pmLocation: WappArt, Gauging Square, 150 Vaughan Way, London, E1W 2AHBook your place >

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Market engagement sessions for café operators Do you run a food business in Tower Hamlets and are you looking for a new opportunity? The Council is holding market engagement sessions to get feedback from food businesses on the commercial catering offer for the New Town Hall in Whitechapel, and St Georges Town Hall in Shadwell. This is not a tender or a competition, but an exercise to allow the Council to get feedback from the market; to raise awareness and inform upcoming opportunities. Three hour-long sessions are taking place on Thursday 19 May (10-11am, 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm) at the Town Hall, Mulberry Place, Clove Crescent. Please register your place before Monday 16 May. Book your place >

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Safety App Safe Up is a women’s safety initiative that supports women to get home safe, there are two key aspects of their offer: Members (women) sign up to the app and can find locations (safe spots) when they feel at unease. Businesses can sign up to provide safe spaces for members. Find out more > Useful email contacts: Business SupportHigh Streets and Town CentresHealth and SafetyBusiness RatesLicensingMarkets Register for Enterprise Business Support The council’s Enterprise Team provides a number of projects to support new and established businesses. Register for support. size=2 width=”100%” align=center> Did you know that Tower Hamlets offers other email newsletters to keep you up to date on a variety of topics?   See the list and sign up! 

Calling all local creatives! Women of the Wick is thrilled to launch a new Storytelling Programme for creative freelancers & entrepreneurs followed by a printed zine supported by @foundationforfuturelondon.

Apply now

1-Minute Archive Film Competition

Want to see your short film on the big screen at Sheffield DocFest 2022? We’ve teamed up with The Associated Press to present the 1-Minute Archive Film Competition, and challenge you to make a minute-long film using footage from the AP archive. £1000 cash prize for the winning film; Winning film selected by our 2022 Guest Curator, Asif Kapadia; Top 3 films will screen at this year’s edition of Sheffield DocFest – taking place 23-28 June 2022.  The competition is open to all entrants around the world aged 18 and over. No previous experience is required, so whether you’re a seasoned professional or just interested in trying your hand at something new – get involved!

Deadline: Thursday 26 May, 17:00 BST 

Apply now

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A free mentorship and outreach programme for underrepresented children’s book writers

Find out more

Apply to work as a Community Engagement Guide at Van Gogh House

ArtFund has partnered with Van Gogh House in Brixton, London to bring you five paid opportunities to work with artist Harold Offeh on his upcoming exhibition ‘Nineteen to Twenty’. The exhibition will explore themes of migration within young communities in Brixton, using Van Gogh’s migration from Holland to London at aged 19 as inspiration.   This part-time role will run from September to December and is ideal for those aged 19-24 with personal links to migration, who are keen to connect their experiences to the exhibition while working on a range of responsibilities as Community Engagement Guides.

Help bring an exhibition to life, engage visitors, and share your own experiences of migration as a Community Engagement Guide…

Events at LGBTQ+ Community Centre

Friday 6 May 

11-12 Yoga
12-8 Cafe open for walk-ins
1-4 LGBTQ+ Bridge Group
4-8 Queer photography workshop with Felix Pilgrim
6-8 Meet the community: Wandsworth Carers Centre
 

Saturday 7 May 

11-12 Yoga
12-8 Cafe open for walk-ins 
12:30-3 Open Minds Project: tea and samosas
4-6 Performance: ‘A word of love to the Queer Community’/’Una Palabra de Amor para la Comunidad Queer’
6-8 Garyrabia film screening and Q&A

Sunday 8 May 

11-12 Meditation
12-8 Cafe open for walk-ins 
3-8 LGBTQ+ Board Games Afternoon

Queer book club

Queer Book Club

Sunday 15 May Fairytales For Lost Children – Diriye Osman

Monthly book club focused on queer authors on a range of topics. Each month we’ll discuss a title and offer readers the chance to suggest the next month’s read.

There’s also the opportunity to have a non-alcoholic drink, make new friends and socialise after the book discussion.

Register now

ERIC Careers Workshop Session Recordings

TRAILERFARM A games studio based in Brighton, meet the team and learn about the different jobs in Gaming. They also currently have 3 entry-level opportunities available. Check them out and apply on the ERIC app. Watch the session here.

Financial Times One of the world’s leading news organisations, recognised internationally for it’s authority, integrity and accuracy. Interested in the journalism & media world, this session is worth watching! Watch the session here.

Renaissance Studios Come meet and get to know this female run production
company based in Brixton. They create everything from TV, Film, Ads AND have recently partnered with Netflix & Channel 4 to help create more inclusive & diverse content. They also have their Creative Clinic coming up, full of workshops and events for young creatives 16th-20th of May. Watch the session here.

BBC Sport Part of BBC, BBC Sport covers everything from football to skateboarding, the Olympics to skiing. In this session you’ll meet 4 different people from across the company who share their career journey and how you can get into Media too. Watch the session here.

Framestore Known globally for their visual effects, they have created scenes for some of the biggest productions including Marvel films, Harry Potter, Paddington Bear., the list goes on. In this session you will learn all about the VFX & animation industry and learn how you could work in this growing industry. Watch the session here.

Closing Soon

Hackney Showroom: Marketing Officer (Part-Time) – Closes 23 May

Fierce: Production Coordinator – Closes 23 May

Shubbak: General Manager & Senior Development Manager – Closes 20 May

QMUL: Sustainability Co-ordinator – Closes 22 May


Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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



English and Drama Newsletter – May 2022 Edition

Welcome to May in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

Get your tickets for:

Pictured above: The School staff at their away day this week.

See our new spoken word campaign videos
championing the value of our degrees.

Left: Fatema (Current English Student)
Right: Elliott (Drama graduate)

Open Events

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Book now for June Open Days

17-18 June – In Person at QMUL Mile End | 18 June – Online

Come and discover our canalside campus to explore what makes English, Drama and Creative Writing at Queen Mary so special.

Book for our June Open Days

Book Ahead

Bollywood Dance Festival

Bollywood Dance Festival


28-29 May – 10:00-22:00 Daily – In-person in the People’s Palace Great Hall at QMUL Mile End

This May, Queen Mary Arts and Culture hosts Europe’s biggest Bollywood Dance Convention, bringing together the best choreographers, YouTubers and influencers from around the world.

Bollywood Dance Festival celebrates all forms of South Asian, Bollywood and Indian classical dance across 24 masterclasses led by a spectacular line-up of Bollywood choreographers and dance icons from India, UK and the USA. The convention is curated and produced by Bollywood Choreographer Naz Choudhury alongside internationally acclaimed dance company Bolly Flex.

Masterclasses will be held in 90-minute sessions throughout the weekend. Pick and choose a masterclass, or stay for the weekend! – classes are open to all, and you don’t need any previous experience with dance to take part.

Book tickets here: http://www.bollywooddancefestival.com/tickets
Enter promo code QMULARTS30 for 30% off all sessions

Click here for clips from featured choreographers including: Karthik Priyadarshan and Mohan Pandey of Kings United India, the World of Dance Champions; from the USA, Youtube dance sensations Anisha Babar and Swara Karulkar; India’s most popular viral dance icons Himanshu Dulani & Alex Badad; classically trained dance sensation Kumar Sharma; popular film TV dancing star Pery Sheetal; south of India reality TV dance icon Naval Arasan from B-Fab; Mumbai’s finest Akanksha Sharma and Muskan Singh, who recently appeared in India’s Best Dancer

For more info, please contact the Arts and Culture team qmul-arts@qmul.ac.uk

Book tickets with code QMULARTS30

Tea: Nature, Culture, Society, 1650-1850

Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 June 2022 – Online (Zoom)

From tea to teapots, taste to trade; this conference will explore natural histories, Chinese porcelain, tea’s impact on literature, and more.

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Mad Hearts Flyer

Mad Hearts – The Arts and Mental Health Masked/Unmasked10 June – In-person at QMUL Mile End and 11 June 2022 – Online (Zoom)

This two-day event explores productive, radical, contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, bringing together clinical, artistic and research perspectives that offer a re-interpretation of contemporary mental health science and practice, with a view of imagining a different future.

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Events Listings

Queer Ecology Seminar

Wednesday 11 May 2022 – 3-4.30pm – In-person – ArtsTwo Senior Common Room
  In-person seminar on ‘Queer Ecology’ led by Dennis Denisoff, one of our Distinguished Visiting Fellows.

Queer ecology studies engages with the sexual, sensual, and affective relations among the organic and inorganic, while also problematizing distinctions between the natural and unnatural. Sexuality, gender, trans, and affect studies engage with, among other things, animality studies, Anthropocene studies, deep green religion, and notions of urban, frontier, and Indigenous ecologies.

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‘Of Fear and Strangers’ Panel Discussion

George Makari’s book, Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia (2021) traces the history of xenophobia from its origins to the present day. To discuss diverse experiences of xenophobia, past and present, Makari will be joined by David Feldman (Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism), Thomas W Laqueur (Berkeley), Akshi Singh (Queen Mary University of London). 

This month, Professor Thomas Laqueur is the Distinguished Visiting Fellow with the ‘Pathologies of Solitude‘ project at Queen Mary University of London.

All are welcome but registration is required. Please click here to register your attendance.
 

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Decadence, Paganism, and the Environment – In-Person & Online


  The School of English and Drama at Queen Mary – University of London is pleased to hosta conversation with Dennis Denisoff (Tulsa), Stefano Evangelista (Oxford) and Alex Murray(Queen’s, Belfast).

Please register via the button below to get the Zoom link or a seat in person.

Watch the previous round table on Decadence in the Arts here
 

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Charles Lamb’s Paperwork

Friday 27 May 2022 – Online (Zoom)

On Friday 27 May, Deidre Lynch of Harvard University will present a paper on ‘Charles Lamb’s Paperwork’ at the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar.

All welcome.

Events from around QMUL & Beyond

18 May
The Trembling Hand — Reflections of a Black Woman in the Romantic Archive with Mathelinda Nabugodi (English PhD graduate)

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8 June
A Phenomenology of Misfits | PhD Symposium | University of Greenwich

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14 June
Groundbreakers: A Living Maps Network events programme focused on the history and heritage of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park site for the 10th  anniversary of the Park opening.

Sponsored by the Raphael Samuel History Centre

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News

Daniel Oliver (Drama) will be presenting his board-game about performance art and time travel at CLAY in Leeds on 6 May Find out more

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

Michael Craske (English)’s essay on Edmund Gosse’s malign influence on Swinburne studies is available in the latest issue of the International Walter Pater Society’s journal. Read more

Queen Mary Arts and Culture (Run by Aoife Monks (Drama) and Molly McPhee) launches new Assistant Producers programme


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Listen to the BBC series One Direction on the points of the compass
  Author Jerry Brotton (English Department) presents a five-part series exploring each of the four cardinal directions in turn – north, east, south and west – and the possibility that, in the age of digital mapping, we are being left disoriented.

Contributors include: Google spatial technologist Ed Parsons, historian Sujit Sivasundaram, neuroscientist Hugo Spiers, author Rana Kabbani, journalist and editor for Bloomberg City Maps Laura Bliss and many more mapaholics.

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David Duff at Royal College of Psychiatrists

On 28 April David Duff spoke at the Faculty of Addictions annual conference at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He was part of an interdisciplinary panel celebrating the bicentenary of the publication of Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. His fellow panellists were the historian Lucy Inglis, author The Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium, and the psychiatrist Sir John Strang, Director of the National Addiction Centre, who described De Quincey’s Confessions as ‘the greatest book in the world ever written about addiction’.

David argued that it was also a masterpiece of Romantic literature, inspired by Wordsworth’s autobiographical poetry and by the myth of drug-induced creativity in Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’. David’s PhD student Hannah Donovan is writing about dreams in De Quincey and every year his undergraduates do group projects on the Confessions as part of the Romantics and Revolutionaries module. He was pleased to hear professional psychiatrists expressing similar enthusiasm for De Quincey’s extraordinary book.
 

Alumni Round Up

Chloe Borthwick (Drama BA) is presenting their show Christ Alive! at Camden People’s Theatre. The show is a miraculous encounter with the son of God. The power of comedy music drama compels you.

Not everything is as it seems. This show is less about Jesus, more about faith, love, and expectation. Jesus shows us that miracles can be actualised with simple belief, the glory of song, and a perfectly executed punchline. Crazy holy good.

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SED Opportunity Digest – 29 April 2022

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 to register with Creative Access for amazing job opportunities, internships and training

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Want to learn professional filming skills for free?


The Verbatim Formula, a project for care-experienced young people, is creating a short film to inspire more people to become foster carers.

But to be able to do this…we need your help! We are holding 3 workshop sessions in which you get to learn filming skills and share your creative ideas!

1. Film Scripting and Storyboarding workshop: writing and planning the film. (open to 6 young people)

Saturday 7th May, 11-4pm

Location: Battersea Arts Centre

2. Filming weekend: capturing sound and images (open to 6 young people)

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May, 11-6pm

Location: Battersea Arts Centre on Saturday and Sunday TBC.

Interested?

Send @peoplespalaceprojects a DM to get more info and book your place. Photo by @_paula.photography

QUORUM Drama Seminar:

What has theatre ever done for us? A bastard theatre against nation

by Dr Jonas Tinius (Minor Universality ERC/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Wednesday 4 May

Soft start at 18:30 BST with a presentation starting at 19:00 BST via Zoom and in-person in RR2 in ArtsOne on QMUL campus.

For in-person, book on bit.ly/qm0405ip

For online, book on bit.ly/qm0405o

In this talk, I will reflect on more than ten years of engagement with the Theater an der Ruhr, a public-private theatre founded in the early 1980s by the Italian philosopher, actor, director, and clown Roberto Ciulli and two companions, the dramaturge and philosopher Helmut Schäfer and the late stage designer Gralf-Edzard Habben. Since its outset, the theatre has reacted against the aesthetic and political overdetermination of artistic production by a statist cultural logic. This theatre formed labour conditions and a proto-universal stage philosophy of a bastard theatre without fatherland and mother tongue.

Free exhibition near QMUL’s Whitechapel Campus: ‘Damned If I Do’ – A group show of 6 international female artists

Damned if I do; damned if I don’t. A paradox of daily existence surrounding the haunted doublings that emerge from society’s double standards. The virgin-whore, the untouchable priestess, the innocent temptress. A series of female archetypes, their potential power held in check by social conditions. 

The exhibition Damned If I Do challenges the social straightjacketing of the patriarchal system, bringing together work across a range of media by a group of women artists exploring the female experience, the body, and the gaze. The artists challenge and subvert the hypersexualisation of the female body in Western culture, looking to undermine problematic art historical tropes and traditions surrounding the female nude.

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Talks at other University of London institutions

5 May 2022‘Hear the Bones Sing’: Postcolonial Ghost Plays. A talk by Clare Finburgh-Delijani

19 May 2022. Reimagining the Victorian Past in African and in Black Diasporic Theatre. A talk by Tiziana Morosetti

24 May 2022 Creative Interactions: Practice-based research – Painting, Puppetry and other Pracademics.

26 May 2022. Refracted from the Canon: The Transmuted Form of Europe’s Ambassador to Africa. A talk by Sola Adeyemi

Jobs at QMUL

Careers Assistant Closes 15 May

PAID Artist Development Opportunity with Rich Mix and Elevate East

 ELEVATE EAST ARE OFFERING:

  •  £100 fee, contributing to your creative practice
  •  1-1 in depth conversation + consultation to gauge your needs and wants as an artist
  •  Access to a robust and ever growing east London based and focussed artist network
  • Opportunities to test work or share ideas and feedback in the form of our ‘Basement Chatter’ sessions 
  •  Access to three days of free rehearsal space at Rich Mix (May and June)
  •  Opportunity to perform 15 minute of your work-in-progress at the Stuck In The Lift scratch night at Rich Mix on Sat 18th June.

Details on how to get in touch if people are interested are here (scroll to the bottom of the page): https://richmix.org.uk/stuck-in-the-lift-underground/


Talk: Body Mapping and Social Memory Technology fighting VAWG

Visit our exhibition and participate in the talk about resisting gendered urban violence in Rio de Janeiro and London! At The Exchange, @kingscollegelon 5th May, 6 pm to 8 pm Talk: Body Mapping and Social Memory Technology fighting VAWG

More info: https://lnkd.in/ev99DB-e

Professor Bill Bell (Cardiff University): ‘Mobility and Meaning: Libraries at Sea and the Problem of the Reader’

This talk will examine a range of mobile libraries established between 1830 and 1918 in order to determine whether the intentions of their founders aligned with their use by readers. A quantity of archival evidence exists for the libraries of convicts, soldiers, and polar explorers, for example, relating not only to the imperatives of their organisers but also to the reading practices of their users. How was reading transformed on the move and in the field and what implications does this have for the role of the library in a colonial context? 

This is an in-person event at the Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB, Tuesday 10 May, 5:30PM – 7:00PM 

Booking is required. To book please go to https://ies.sas.ac.uk/events/mobility-and-meaning-libraries-sea-and-problem-reader

Outside QMUL

Tate Modern Lates – This month celebrates South Asian artists and creatives with a programme curated in collaboration with artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman.

Chila Kumari Singh Burman’s Remembering A Brave New World

Join Tate after hours for a mix of art, music, film, conversation and food including:

  • Display: Neon Drama by Chila Kumari Singh Burman
  • Talks: Art Chats Curated by Diet Paratha
  • Workshop: Making with WEIRDO zine
  • Talk: Beyond Bollywood

Book a free gallery ticket to attend

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Youth Takeover: Mapping the Studio
Sat 7 May, 12-4pm | Free, booking encouraged

What should the studio look like? How do we get there? What happens along the way?

Created by Duchamp & Sons, Whitechapel Gallery’s youth collective, this one day takeover invites you to see the studio through the eyes and ears of young artists. Choose your own path through temporary installations, sound works, activities and spaces for creativity and rest.

This event is open to all ages and marks the culmination of three months of exploration and collaboration between our youth collective, Duchamp & Sons, artist Shepherd Manyika and guest artist Ben Connors.

Pre-booking is encouraged and guarantees free entrance to A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920-2020. Walk-ins are also welcome on the day.   Book now!

‘Community Building and Artivism’ is a FREE 3-month programme delivered weekly for 16-25 year olds, with connections to East London.

Each session will be 2 hours of fun and creation! We will conclude the series with 2 full days of art-making. Our programme will use a variety of different methods and creative tools, allowing participants to develop their creative skills, explore personal identities, learn about the power of Artivism (when art and activism combine to bring awareness of social issues), and discuss community issues. All of this will lead to the collaborative creation of an Artivist exhibition, set to open later in the year. 

This project has been developed following the success of our pilot workshop held in July 2021 at the London Festival of Ideas. It will be held in person at St. Margaret’s House. 

Register for the meet and greet on 18 May

Apply here

 Archives Inspire the Arts: a Practical Workshop Tickets, Sat, May 7, 2022 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

Archives Inspire  the Arts: a Practical Workshop

For creative practitioners, archives can be a goldmine of inspiration – but knowing where to start can be a struggle in itself. Join writer and director Clodagh Chapman for this practical insight into making new work from history. Aimed at historians and creatives alike, this workshop will arm you with the tools you need to start creating your own work.

This workshop is being run alongside Ladyfriends – a new show about queer history and lesbian period dramas, playing at Camden People’s Theatre on the 6th and 7th May 2022. It’s supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

https://cptheatre.co.uk/whatson/Ladyfriends

GIRES: A Legacy of Kindness project

Are you interested in queer history, heritage and archives? Like meeting new people and increasing your professional networks?

We are looking for volunteers to gather a total of 30 stories about the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) over summer 2022, for GIRES’ Legacy of Kindness project.

Volunteers will be interviewing a range of people who have been connected with GIRES from the 1990s to present. You will record these rich and vibrant stories to inform the archive, events and exhibition outputs.

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Closing soon

Visitor Experience Host & Team Leader, The Postal Museum – Closes 9 May

Retail and Administration Assistants (weekends), Horniman Museum and Gardens – Closes 4 May

Gallery Team + Learning Assistant, The Wallace Collection – Closes 29 April

Graduate Drama Assistant, Whitgift School – Closes 3 May

Marketing and Communications Assistant, Rich Mix – Closes 17 May

Comms & Campaigns Officer at Headway East London – Closes 20 May

Marketing Manager Opportunity, Asian Arts Agency – Closes 12 May

Comms Assistant and Digital Comms Assistant British Fashion Council – Closes 9 May

Marketing Coordinator Headspace – Rolling

Digital Editorial Assistants Bloomsbury – Closes 3 May

Insider are looking for a videography and editing fellow to work on their Food Wars series. It pays £23,000pa and it’s a six month contract. – Closes 15 May

Communicate Magazine are looking for a trainee journalist to work on news stories and interviews. Pays £23,000pa – Closes 24 May

This is a fascinating one, as a producer/editor for audiobooks. You start on £20,680pa and this goes up to £21,965pa after probation – Rolling

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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