#SEDweekly – Events and Opportunities Digest – 7th December

Here’s our list of events and opportunities we’ve just discovered and that are coming up in the next week.

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BUILDING AN ANTI-FASCIST MOVEMENT | Thu 8 Dec | 6-8pm | Skeel Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, QMUL Mile End Campus

This is the first in a series of events aimed at bringing together a campus network to fight against fascism in all its forms. We will discuss how to survive and resist the reality which the US election has imposed on us for the next four years, which is an intensification of the violence unleashed by Brexit, and the product of much longer historic forces. We aim to share knowledge, fears, hopes, practical and emotional support, among students, staff, the local community, activists and others.


Meet the Editors – Orion Publishing | Thu 8 Dec | 6pm | G.E. Fogg Lecture Theatre, QMUL Mile End Campus

Thinking about entering the world of publishing after you graduate, or just curious about what editors get up to behind closed doors? The Queen Mary English Society is very excited to announce that we have two editors coming to talk to us in the Fogg lecture theatre at 6pm on Thursday the 8th of December!


London-Paris Romanticism Seminar: The Poetics of the Letter | Fri 9 Dec | 5.30pm | Woburn Room (G22), Senate House

This will be an international panel on The Poetics of the Letter featuring our very own Pamela Clemit together with Jeremy Elprin of the University of Caen. Pam’s talk is entitled Difficult to Make and Difficult to Fake: Signalling in Romantic-Period Letters. The title of Jeremy Elprin’s paper is ‘Qui me néglige me désole’: The Neglected Countenance of Keats’s Letters. Abstracts below.


Christmas Cabaret with Figs in Wigs | Sat 10 Dec | 7.30pm | Greenwich Dance

The perfect alternative to your Christmas party – with a festive line-up of dance, comedy and music, all set in Greenwich Dance’s beautiful 1930s home. The event is curated by Figs in Wigs an all-female performance collective and graduate company of Queen Mary. It’s sure to be a hoot.


English Masters Study Reception | Mon 12 Dec | 6pm | QMUL, Mile End Campus

Join us for an evening to discuss our MA English Studies and MA Poetry courses.


Drama Masters Study Reception | Tue 13 Dec | 6.30pm | QMUL, Mile End Campus

Join us for an evening to discuss our MA Theatre and Performance and MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health courses.


Historical Modernisms Symposium | Mon 12-Tue 13 Dec | Senate House

Counter to the conventional perception of modernism as ahistorical, there have been recent academic and critical efforts to historicize it. The Historical Modernism Symposium seeks to contribute to this trend by inviting readings of modern/ist literature and avant-garde art movements in the historical contexts of their production and reception, while assessing their entanglement with history and modernity transnationally.


For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships


CV Events at Queen Mary Careers | Wed 14 Dec | QMUL Mile End Campus

Improve your CV with these helpful workshops for current students and graduates. See the website on the link above for more details.


Opportunities & Volunteering


Write for LondonCalling.com

London Calling are on the lookout for students interested in writing articles for a highly-engaged arts and cultural recommendation site.

LondonCalling.com focuses on the best cultural events in the capital, from film festivals to fine dining and fringe theatre to blockbuster art exhibitions.

We’re looking for writers to contribute articles about arts and culture in London on an unpaid basis. The site receives over 50,000 hits a month so it is fantastic experience, and students will have the opportunity to go to the latest exhibitions, theatre previews, film screenings and restaurant openings for free.

Students interested in this opportunity can contact me at press@londoncalling.com



Calls for Papers


Inaugural Conference of Palgrave Studies in Mobilities, Literature, and Culture | 21st – 22nd April 2017, Lancaster University, UK

We have received a terrific international response to this CfP and look forward to welcoming colleagues from all over the globe to Lancaster in the Spring.

Due to a number of late enquiries we have decided to extend the CfP deadline to 15th December 2016. We aim to let delegates know if their paper has been accepted early in the new year, with registration commencing soon after.

We are planning to publish an edited collection of essays from the conference in the new Palgrave Studies in Mobilities Literature and Culture series http://www.springer.com/series/15385

Please email papers to: mobilitiesconf@gmail.com by 15th December 2016.

If you have any queries please contact: L.Pearce@lancaster.ac.uk or C.Mathieson@surrey.co.uk


Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones | A symposium at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, 27-28 April 2017 Call for Papers

‘Grace Jones’ contributions to multiple fields of culture over more than forty years – especially music, performance, fashion, and film – have established her as an iconic figure. To mark the 40th anniversary of her debut album, ‘Portfolio’, the University of Edinburgh is holding a two-day symposium on Jones’ diverse range of work and its enduring significance and influence.

We invite 20-minute paper contributions (or pre-constituted, three-speaker panels) on any aspects of Grace Jones’ career. Possible topics for discussion include (but are not limited to):

• Extended analyses of particular Grace Jones albums or individual tracks • Jones’ key musical collaborators (the Compass Point All Stars and others) • Jones, Compass Point studios and the cosmopolitan in contemporary popular music • Jones and the cover version as creative strategy • Jones’ influence within dance music cultures from Disco onwards • Jones and Jamaica • Jones and non-normative forms of black culture and identity within popular music • Jones, androgyny, sexuality and performativity within popular music • Jones as live performer and performance artist • Jones and the producer as auteur (Trevor Horn, Tom Moulton, Alex Sadkin and others) • Jones, Jean-Paul Goude and the performer’s public image as creative statement within post-1970 popular music • The contribution of Island Records to popular music since the 1970s • Jones and the creative cultures of NYC and other global cities • Jones’ parallel careers in fashion and film • Jones and the evolution of celebrity and celebrity cultures since the 1970s • Jones and post-1960s cultures of decadence and excess • Jones and postmodern divadom • Jones and popular music fan cultures • Jones’ influence on her contemporaries and subsequent generations of musicians and performers • Jones and the rise of reissue and legacy edition cultures in twenty-first-century popular music • Jones in the twenty-first centu

Keynote speakers at the symposium will be announced soon. The event will also include screenings and nightclubbing. You can follow updates relating to the symposium online: @onlytherhythm / gracejonessymposium.tumblr.com.

Please send all paper proposals to gracejonessymposium@gmail.com by 5pm on Monday 9 January 2017. Decisions will be made, and a provisional schedule announced, by Friday 20 January 2017. Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Grace Jones is being co-organised by Dr Glyn Davis (glyn.davis@ed.ac.uk) and Dr Jonny Murray (jonny.murray@ed.ac.uk). We’re not perfect, but we’re perfect for you.


To add a listing to next week’s digest or to help us update this edition please email sed-web@qmul.ac.uk by Friday 9 December at 5pm

We try and keep these listings as accurate as possible but errors can occur. Please check with the relevant party before going to an event or taking up an opportunity.

5 Need to Know Questions Answered for our new BA English with Creative Writing


We’re very excited about our new programme BA English with Creative Writing launching in September 2017. See below for answers to 5 key questions about the course.

Register your interest in studying BA English with Creative Writing


1. Why should I do English with Creative Writing at QM?

Studying English with Creative Writing will help you to develop your command of both written and spoken language in a way that is useful beyond the academic contexts of literary studies. It is a degree that focuses on the communicative power of language, with a wide range of audiences and readerships in mind. Queen Mary has a strong presence in the field of contemporary writing, with particular expertise in contemporary fiction and experimental writing. We are also committed to new and emerging contexts for creative expression, including new media, the creative industries and non-fictional writing.


2. What sort of jobs are available for graduates with a BA in English with Creative Writing ? How will Creative Writing help in the job market?

Some graduates from English with Creative Writing will succeed as published writers. But Creative Writing graduates are also sought by employers for their skills in effective communication. Creative Writing modules require high levels of collaboration, including responses to and editing of the written output of others. Many Creative Writing graduates will progress to careers in creative industries such as publishing, journalism, advertising and the new media industries. More generally, English with Creative Writing graduates can present high level information and analytical skills to employers, including the ability to interpret, evaluate, synthesise and organise material, to formulate independent and critical judgements, creative solutions and articulate reasoned arguments.


3. Can you make a living as a writer?

Many people make a living as a writer. It is true that those who make a living as novelists is relatively small, but many writers combine literary production with other forms of employment, such as journalism, academic teaching or professional writing. In broader terms, the need for effective writers and communicators is at an all time high, because of the dependence of businesses on the internet, where sophisticated writing and editing skills are prized. A degree in Creative Writing prepares the graduate for both independent and collaborative textual production.


4. What can I tell my parents about why I plan to do English with Creative Writing

Doing English with Creative Writing will give me a knowledge of literary traditions, genres and conventions, but it will, more than ordinarily, train me in the production as well as the critical analysis of cultural artefacts. English with Creative Writing is like doing an English degree, but with a greater emphasis on the transferable writing skills that employers often seek in English graduates.


5. How likely am I to make it as a writer of fiction?

If you do have your heart set on writing fiction, this programme offers you invaluable contact with, and advice from those with a track record in publishing fiction. The programme helps you to make contact with literary agents,  and addresses all aspects of the contemporary literary marketplace, the relationship between literary and genre fiction, and the way to present work to publishers. The programme aims to provide you with the information that you need about the workings of the industry, the ability to set goals, self-manage and meet deadlines. These are the things that a writer needs to succeed in the marketplace.


Register your interest in studying BA English with Creative Writing