Artist Callout: 10 Minute Ideas for ‘Theatre in the Dark’ Scratch Night

Deadline – Monday 8 January 2018

Summary
To mark the 20th anniversary of Battersea Arts Centre’s seminal Playing in the Dark season in 1998 and the launch of a new book Theatre in the Dark by Martin Welton and Adam Alston, BAC and Queen Mary University of London are presenting a Theatre in the Dark week in February 2018.

As part of this week of events there will be an ‘in the dark’ curated Scratch Night on Friday 9th February at 7.30pm.

We are currently looking for submissions of ideas for that Scratch Night. There will be 4 artists or companies selected to perform.

Scratch
Scratch is about testing new ideas in front of an audience in order to get feedback, to see what works and what doesn’t. It is about taking risks in a supportive and positive atmosphere and learning through doing.

So we are looking for new ideas that need to be tested rather than pre-exiting work or polished pieces.

The Parameters
• The pieces should be no more than 10 minutes
• The Scratch Night will take place in the Council Chamber – more information on the space and the set up below.
• The Scratches should require limited tech.
• We will provide a blacked out space, a PA and a basic lighting rig.
• The artists chosen will have half an hour to have a technical rehearsal during the afternoon before the Scratch Night.
• It is an ‘in the dark’ Scratch Night so ideas should explore darkness or gloom although it doesn’t have to be dark from beginning to end.
• Selected artists/companies will be expected to think through the health and safety implications of their idea.

The Space
The Council Chamber is a room which is about 16 metres long and 10 metres wide with a high ceiling.

The space will be set up in a simple, 3-sided thrust formation with seats on the flat – no rake. There will be a decent-sized stage area – exact dimensions TBC.

Money
There will be a fee of £500 for each artist/company asked to do a Scratch.

Application process
• Fill in an application form by visiting https://goo.gl/forms/xlhGGitrK3ABHON73
• You can submit your ideas in writing and/or video
• Deadline: 10am Monday 8th January
• Applicants will be informed no later than Wednesday 11th January.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 13 December 2017

Here’s the last weekly events and opportunities digest for 2017.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our first edition next semester.

Events

This week

Writers @QMUL: John D’Agata | Friday 15 December 2017 | 6pm

American writer John D’Agata is the author of About a Mountain (2011) and The Lifespan of a Fact (2012) and is editor of Graywolf Press’s three-volume New History of the Essay. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts, and is Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where he is M.F. Carpenter Professor of Writing. D’Agata will read from his work and be in conversation with Patrick Flanery.

For more SED events see our calendar here

 

Jobs, Careers Events & Paid Internships

Career Conversation: Life as a London Barrister | 17th January 1-2 pm,  ArtsTwo. In conjunction with QMUL Bar Society.

Click on the link above for more info & to book your place. Andrew Simmonds is currently an MA student at QM but previously spent 35 years as a Barrister, he became a QC and later a deputy High Court Judge.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the realities of life as a barrister.  N.B. This discussion will not focus particularly on how to become a barrister.

 

Houses of Parliament Graduate Development Programme | Deadline: 7 January

For those of you interested in public service e.g. with the Civil Service, here is an alternative but fantastic opportunity: the Graduate Development Programme will appeal to those with an interest in politics, public policy, and the constitution, and the scheme will give you the experience and skills you need to develop into a future leader of the organisation.

 

Attention 3rd years/PostGrads/Alumni – Jobs/Grad Schemes etc

There are lots of interesting jobs available via our JobOnline site: http://www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/jobs/index.html  (login with normal QMplus details) & select all of the criteria down the left hand side relevant to your interests .  If you are going for individual entry level graduate jobs starting next summer, these are unlikely to be advertised until April onwards.  However there are still LOTS of graduate schemes available in general business, marketing, retail, consumer research etc.

Currently on JobOnline here is a handful of Grad schemes that are available:

  • Sky Commercial
  • BT Product Management
  • BT Client Service
  • Conde Nast Advertising Sales
  • TK Maxx Merchandising
  • Think Ahead: Graduate route into Mental Health Social Work
  • Marriott (hotels) Voyage Programme
  • BA Research and Analytics
  • National Grid Communications
  • London Stock Exchange Business Programme
  • Ipsos Mori Research

Attention 2nd years – Summer Internships etc

There are some interesting paid internships available now for Summer 2018 via our JobOnline site: http://www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/jobs/index.html  (login with normal QMplus details) .  Individual job opportunities will come up nearer to the summer, so keep an eye on the site.

Current examples include:

  • The Met Office looking for HR or Marketing Interns
  • Associated Press Global News
  • Research Consultancy with Wood Mackenzie
  • Sky Summer Placements in Marketing or Finance

 

Opportunities & Volunteering

 

No listings this week.

 

Calls for Papers/Contributions

Contributions wanted for PEACH

 🍑 The name of PEACH’s second collection of the academic year has been decided – Oscillations. 🍑
We are looking for creative work related to the theme of frenetic energy, uncontrollable emotion and a wild whirling of states. Please send all submissions to the email address below. To have your work published you must be a member, and have payed your £3 subscription. This can be done by following this link https://www.qmsu.org/groups/10061/.
Also a big thank you to the truly talented Julia Lou Moe, who drew the fantastic image you see on the poster below.
Do you dare disturb the universe? 🍑

 

SOCIETY FOR THEATRE RESEARCH 70TH ANNIVERSARY: NEW SCHOLARS ESSAY PRIZE COMPETITION 2018 | Deadline 9 April 2018

The Society for Theatre Research invites submissions for the 2018 New Scholars Essay competition, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Society’s foundation.

The competition is open to postgraduate students, academics with an institutional affiliation, and independent scholars, but not undergraduates. Entrance is restricted to scholars who have had no more than one article previously published in a refereed journal. Entrants do not need to be members of the STR or to reside in the UK

 

English and Drama Newsletter – December 2017

Welcome to the festive edition of our English and Drama newsletter. The picture above is of our Drama graduates MEGANDALEX ahead of their show Bodies (broken 4 u) at Camden People’s Theatre in January.

Events in December

FEATURED EVENT

Offer Holder Day

English and Drama Offer Holder Day
Wednesday 13 December, 12:00-18:00, QMUL – Mile End

Our School of English and Drama Offer Holder Days include taster sessions and interviews for candidates selected for our Unconditional Offer Award.

Staging Atmospheres

Staging Atmospheres – Theatre and the Atmospheric Turn
Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December, all day, QMUL – Mile End

Conference organisers, Martin Welton and Penelope Woods, are keen to encourage dialogue amongst artists and academics across a range of disciplines beyond theatre and performance studies and internationally.

Selector Responder

Selector Responder: Sounding out the Archives
Friday 8 December 2017 19.00 – 21.30
Knowledge Centre, The British Library

Ten quick-fire responses to sound collections from the British Library and beyond, curated by our very own Drama lecturer Ella Finer.

William Godwin

RA Lates: Rrose Sélavy’s Dada Extravaganza | Saturday 9 December 2017 | 7-11.45pm

Our very own Dr. Benjamin Poore will be presenting ‘Estranging Objects: Fetish – Artwork – Freud’, exploring the unconscious forces shaping our encounters with surrealist objects. ‘ at this DaDa inspired Royal Academy lates event.


Digitising William Godwin’s Manuscripts

Monday 11 December, 17:30-19:30, V&A Museum
For the first time, the sole surviving manuscripts of Political Justice and Caleb Williams, by the anarchist philosopher William Godwin (1756-1836), will be digitised and made freely available on the Shelley-Godwin Archive. Celebrate this collaborative project announced in April 2017 by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

Negative Theatrics Event
Negative Theatrics: A Conversation with Writer and Director Julia Jarcho
Tuesday 12 December, 18:00-20:00, QMUL – Mile End
Join us for a reading and conversation with the Obie-award winning playwright and scholar Julia Jarcho – who will be in London for the UK-premiere of her play Grimly Handsome at the Royal Court Theatre.

John D'Agata Event
Writers @QMUL: John D’Agata reading & in conversation with Patrick Flanery

Friday 15 December, 18:00, Arts One Lecture Theatre , QMUL – Mile End
On 15 December at 6pm acclaimed essayist John D’Agata will be reading and in conversation with Patrick Flanery. D’Agata is the author of About a Mountain (2011) and The Lifespan of a Fact (2012) and is editor of Graywolf Press’s three-volume anthology series New History of the Essay.

Save the date for these events

  • Queen Mary Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar 2017-18: Peter de Bolla on Distributional Concept Analysis (Tuesday 12 December). More info
  • Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture 2017:
    Peter Burke: Two Diasporas: the place of exiles in the history of knowledge (Wednesday 13 December). RSVP here
  • Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature Seminars (Wednesdays from 24 January) and Conference (Friday 6 July). Download the programme

News

Scents and Sensibility

Catherine Maxwell’s new book Scents and Sensibility: Perfumes in Victorian Literary Culture is out now and was featured in an article on perfume in The Guardian here.

Nadia Valman’s The Great Yiddish Parade is covered on the inspiring local blog Spitalfields Life.

The new Queen Mary Arts and Culture strategy was launched in November. Read all about the event here.

 Links

The Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition 2017

1. Our students Charlotte Stockton and Adna Ahmed are working on the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition 2017. As well as a £20k prize for the winner to bring their idea to life, the competition can improve skills and future employability, and offers free mentoring and workshops from business experts (and there is the chance for students to pitch their ideas Dragon Den’s style at City Hall).

2. The story of Joseph Merrick re-told in an immersive Whitechapel tour app with a script written by our very own Nadia Valman.

3. Discover the academic side of one of our favourite terms; Schadenfreude, in this article by our very own Shahidha Bari and why not listen to her round up of the Being Human Festival on BBC Radio 3 here.

4. Listen to the history of QMUL and The People’s Palace in this interesting podcast here. The original Mile End site hosted a vibrant calendar of social events and facilities, including swimming baths, concerts and a winter garden enclosed in glass.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 6 December 2017

Here’s your weekly events and opportunities digest #10 for this month.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our last edition of 2017, which is coming out on Wednesday 13 December 2017.

Events

This week

English PGR Seminar Series: Sara Crangle | Thursday 30 November 2017 | 5.15pm

The seminar is ‘The Agonies of Ambivalence: Anna Mendelssohn, la poétesse maudite’

 

MA Performance LAB | Friday 8 December 2017 | 6.30-8pm

QMUL MA Theatre & Performance candidates 2017/8 present their Performance Lab research.

 

Staging Atmospheres – Theatre and the Atmospheric Turn

A two-day conference and workshop, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December 2017, generously sponsored by the International Ambiances Network.

 

RA Lates: Rrose Sélavy’s Dada Extravaganza | Saturday 9 December 2017 | 7-11.45pm

Our very own Dr. Benjamin Poore will be presenting ‘Estranging Objects: Fetish – Artwork – Freud’, exploring the unconscious forces shaping our encounters with surrealist objects. ‘ at this DaDa inspired Royal Academy lates event.

 

PEACH: Recollections Launch: An Evening of Readings By Contributors | Monday 11 December | 6.30-8pm | ArtsOne LT, QMUL

It is finally here to have and to hold! Collect your free copy of Recollections, PEACH’s first collection of art, poetry and creative writing of the 2017-18 academic year. And attend a night of fantastic readings and tremendous art from the contributors who’s work has made it in to the collection. This event is free for all so come along, invite your friends.

Although attendance is free for everyone, as Recollections is a limited edition collection with only 150 unique copies available, we will soon be posting a link to where you can reserve your issue. To collect your issue you must attend the event, otherwise you forfeit your issue to another attendee. It is not necessary for you to have a PEACH membership, however priority will be given to those who do have a membership. You do not need to reserve an issue but chances are they are going to go quick.

For more SED events see our calendar here

 

Jobs, Careers & Paid Internships

General Manager, Poetry London | Deadline: 19 December 2017

Poetry London is recruiting a new General Manager.

Poetry London, founded in 1988, is a leading international poetry magazine published three times a year in Spring, Summer and Autumn, where new writers share pages with acclaimed contemporary poets.

The Position is part time, 3 days per week
Salary: £33 -35K per annum (pro rata)

 

Front of House General Assistant, Soho, Curzon Cinemas Ltd | Deadline: 8 December

Pay: London Living Wage, currently £9.75ph
Hours of work: 20-25 hours per week, fixed term until March 2018

We are looking for 2 upbeat and hardworking candidates with experience of working in a cinema or hospitality environment and a passion for customer service and film to join the team.

Opportunities & Volunteering

No listings this week. Please do get in touch if you hear of anything.

 

Calls for Papers

No listings this week. Please do get in touch if you hear of anything.

 

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 submitting any personal information.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 29 November 2017

Welcome back for your weekly events and opportunities digest #9 for the autumn semester.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition coming out on Wednesday 6 December 2017.

Events

THIS WEEK (WEDNESDAY TO WEDNESDAY)

#QMSexCult presents Lisa Downing on Female Narcissism | Thursday 30 November 2017 | 5.30pm | QMUL Mile End

The Sexual Cultures Research Group is pleased to announce a public lecture by Prof. Lisa Downing titled “How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways…. On Female Narcissism, a Problem in the Psy Sciences.”

Thursday 30 November 2017, 5.30-7pm.
ArtsTwo Film and Drama Studio, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS

All welcome. No bookings taken. FREE. Refreshments served.

 

English PGR Seminar Series: Ruth Livesey | Thursday 30 November 2017 | 5.15pm

You are warmly invited to the English Postgraduate Research Seminar with Professor Ruth Livesey. The event takes place Thursday 30th November at 5.15 pm in the Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Mile End campus. All are welcome.

‘On Writing from the Middle: Middlemarch, the Midlands, and Forms of Realism’

 

For more SED events see our calendar here

 

Jobs, Careers & Paid Internships

 

Careers in Parliament, Think Tanks & Communications Event on 5 December

(For current students and recent alumni) – book now!

 

Theatre Bar Staff – Five Guys Named Moe / Underbelly LTD | Deadline: 15 December

Underbelly is a UK-based live entertainment company that runs several festivals and events across the country. Five guys named Moe in Marble Arch is a Major new revival of the Olivier award-winning, smash hit West End and Broadway Musical. The theatre has been designed specifically for the show complete with a wonderful authentic cocktail bar for pre and post show drinks. The band is playing, the bourbon is flowing, so come and join the party!

Bar staff:

-Must have an interest in theatre and be willing to get involved with the theme of the New Orleans themed bar.
-All staff should be friendly, bubbly and enjoy working as part of a team.
-Part time or Full time work is available.

Ultimately we are looking for those who are extremely hands on, guest focused, working at a fast pace to ensure the service and delivery at the bars is always at an exceptional standard.

 

Events & Bookings Assistant at Cafe 1001 | Deadline: 8 December

We are looking for an ambitious, creative and proactive individual to join our Events Team at Café 1001 in East London

The role will incorporate booking and promoting Live, club and bar events, whilst also helping to develop new ideas and assisting the team.

There’s also lots of other opportunities in this week’s ArtsAdmin E-digest here including roles at Almeida Theatre, Complicité and Battersea Arts Centre

 

Opportunities & Volunteering

RISE UP with Phakama | Deadline: 14 December

Phakama (based at QMUL) are looking for five Young Creatives (aged 16-25) with previous experience of arts and/or drama to develop their skills and lead a week of workshops to a group of young people.

Rise Up is a paid opportunity for Young Creatives to work with professional artists and producers to learn the skills needed to lead a group of young people to plan and produce a public show.

The Young Creatives will get the chance to attend six skills based training workshops that will be led by a team of Phakama Artists.

The training will be followed by a 1-week hands on opportunity to put these skills into practice, delivering to and working with young people to develop a performance.

2018 will mark 100 years since women were able to vote. Phakama would like Rise Up 18 to broadly focus on either this theme or something similar, e.g. Rights, Voting, Women, Activism, Voice etc. The Young Creatives will choose the final theme in January.

The final event is shaped by whoever is taking part. Rise Up is your chance to share, explore and create something new.

TO APPLY PLEASE FILL IN THE THIS FORM AND SEND IT TO BIBI AT bibif@projectphakama.org
The deadline is 9am on Monday 11th December, all successful applicants will be notified by Thursday 14th December.

 

Calls for Papers

No listings this week.

 

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 submitting any personal information.

Photo Special: The Great Yiddish Parade – Part of Being Human Festival

Our very own Dr Nadia Valman was a key organiser of the ‘The Great Yiddish Parade’, which took place on 19 November 2017.

The event was a re-enactment of an 1889 protest march by Jewish immigrants in Victorian Whitechapel. That year, strikes were erupting all over the East End, and demonstrators demanded better conditions and wages for all East End workers. 

The Great Yiddish Parade of 1889 used the medium of music, song and oratory to build solidarity and attract others to their cause. Their protest songs, in Yiddish — the language of Jewish immigrants — were recreated by a band of klezmer musicians and singers. At Mile End Waste, a strip of green space in Whitechapel where political rallies were held in the nineteenth century, speakers addressed the audience of participants and locals with oratory taken from East End political activists. In the photos below see east London’s forgotten heritage of protest being brought to life in poetry and song.

Thanks to the Being Human festival of the Humanties and QMUL Centre for Public Engagement. Photographs by Ralph Hodgson.

 

Nadia Valman and Julie Begum in Aldgate

Singer Brendan McGeever with the Great Yiddish Parade song sheet

Vivi Lachs and Julie Begum in Whitechapel

Lucie Glasheen gives song sheets to passersby

The parade passes Aldgate East station

The parade at Middlesex Street

Watching the parade in Whitechapel High Street

Passersby read the song sheet

A shopkeeper watches as the parade passes

Musical director Sarha Moore and musicians

The parade in Whitechapel

Watching the parade in Whitechapel Road

The parade approaches Mile End Waste

Oratory by the statue of William Booth, Mile End Waste

Carrie Hamilton as anarchist orator Emma Goldman

Julie Begum as investigative journalist Olive Christian Malvery

Rabbi Janet Burden of Ealing Liberal Synagogue

Organisers Nadia Valman and Vivi Lachs at Mile End Waste

Applications for Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowship Scheme Open for 2018

Early career researchers seeking support for their application to the Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowship scheme are invited to get in contact with us from now [deadline 12 noon, 12 January 2018].

The School of English and Drama invites early career researchers seeking support for their application to the Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowship Scheme to submit to us:

  • An outline research proposal including
    • title
    • abstract (250 words)
    • statement of past and current research (250 words)
    • a two-page (A4) project outline
  • Up to one page of major publications (organised as published, submitted, and in preparation)
  • An academic CV of not more than 2 pages to demonstrate your research stature.

Please send the above to Dr Huw Marsh, Research Manager, at: sed-research@qmul.ac.uk by no later than 12 noon on Friday 12 January 2018.

Full scheme details including eligibility criteria can be found on the Leverhulme Trust’s website: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships

All outline proposals will be considered by a School committee and applicants will be notified of the shortlisting outcome in the week of Monday 22 January 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be put forward for approval by the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Executive, who will report their decisions by early February. The final deadline for submission of approved applications is 1 March by 4pm.

The School recommends that applicants make clear the following in applications (CVs and proposals):

  • the strength of your academic record (e.g. classifications, awards, time taken to complete your PhD, etc.)
  • the strength of your research record (e.g. publications; presentations; research leadership; if you make practice as research, indicate how it is research; etc.)
  • what research you will publish/disseminate through the fellowship
  • the importance of doing your fellowship in the School of English and Drama at QMUL (e.g. synergies with staff and research centres)
  • your proposal’s importance, originality, methods, critical contexts, resources, structure and outputs.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 22 November 2017

Welcome back for your weekly events and opportunities digest #8 for the autumn semester.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition coming out on Wednesday 29 November 2017.

Events

THIS WEEK (WEDNESDAY TO WEDNESDAY)

English PGR Seminar Series: Elaine Hobby | Thursday 16 November 2017 | 5.15pm | QMUL Mile End

This week’s paper:

‘Editing the Cambridge Edition of the Complete Works of Aphra Behn’

 

Herpes by Eirini Kartsaki | Friday 24 November 2017 | 7.30pm | Chisenhale Dance Space

From Eirini: ‘A reminder that I am presenting Herpes this Friday at Chisenhale Dance Space, alongside Emma Bennett with What Matter. It’s Fiver Fridays, so please come along’

HERPES is a performance about desire, STI’s and fantasizing about the Duchess of Cambridge. It considers the ways in which we have been told that we either need to have a baby or stop banging the whole world. And if we don’t, we will, of course, get herpes.

HERPES departs from an anxiety to do with growing up and not wanting to settle down, or settle in; it deals with a refusal to get on with it, or get it together; it kind of says: I do not want to pull myself together, I do not want to come to my senses. I want to live my life as if it is mine – but it is mine, it is mine and yet I still struggle to come to terms with it and ignore my mother’s wishes, my father’s hopes for me, which are easily summed up: get a husband, a good job, have a baby, have a mortgage, be sensible, be sensible, be sensible.

 

For more SED events see our calendar here

 

Jobs & Paid Internships

English Tutor Vacancies

You need an A in your A-level English. Pay £12/hour.

 

QConsult: Get paid to do a project with a company or charity| Deadline: 27 November

We are looking for friendly team members to join our Box Office and Reception team, providing box office support (both in person and on the phone), as well as welcoming people to our building and dealing with email queries.

Apply now

 

Bar Staff | Barbican | Deadline 28 November

The Barbican Bars are looking to bring in a number of enthusiastic staff on a casual basis to provide support to the Bar Managers & Supervisors in the running of the Barbican’s Bars.

Apply now

 

Opportunities & Volunteering

Volunteers needed for QM model trial with Dental School

As you will probably know the QM model will eventually include modules that students can take in which they collaborate on projects with those registered in other departments. We have been approached by the dental school about a possible collaboration in which Drama students will work with Dental students on a module that uses forum theatre, role-play, and other theatrical techniques to examine questions of medical consent, clinician/patient interaction and so on. The Dental school are really keen to run a small scale trial of some of this, and have kindly invited Drama students down to Whitechapel to get involved and give some preliminary thoughts to how we might collaborate.

I would be very grateful if this of you working with 2nd and 3rd year students this week could mention it to your classes, and ask any interested parties to please get in touch with me asap.

Interested students will need to attend an induction session on the 28th November (we may be able to arrange other times if necessary), and a workshop at the Dental School in Whitechapel on either Tuesday 5th December 14.00-17.00, Thursday 7th December 9.30-12.30 or 14.00-17.00, or Friday 8th December 9.30-12.30.

If any are interested, please could they email Martin O’Brien by 27th Nov and indicate which of the workshops they might be available for.

QCHALLENGE: become a driving force and develop the leadership skills and networks for your future | Deadline: 3 December

Apply to QChallenge London and you will work in a team to explore a major challenge for a London organisation with a focus on health, housing and transport. As you tackle your assigned challenge, you will meet leaders from global businesses, government and not-for-profits. Designed in partnership with Common Purpose, QChallenge London offers you the chance to engage with the working world and develop the skills, Cultural Intelligence and networks for your future. By participating, you’ll be in the first group of students to experience QChallenge London as it’s trialled for the QMUL Model – QMUL’s ground-breaking cross-curricular programme.

The programme will run from 5th February – 13th April 2018.  This is an unpaid, voluntary programme.

Who can take part?   QChallenge is open to all QMUL undergraduates. Postgraduate students are not eligible to apply.

How can I apply?    To apply, please complete this online application form. Before applying, please read through the key dates featured on our website: http://www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/students/workexperience/items/qchallenge-london.html 

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 3rd December.

Calls for Papers

No listings this week.

 

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 submitting any personal information.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 15 November 2017

Welcome back for your weekly events and opportunities digest #7 for the autumn semester.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition coming out on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Events

THIS WEEK (WEDNESDAY TO WEDNESDAY)

English PGR Seminar Series: Elaine Hobby | Thursday 16 November 2017 | 5.15pm | QMUL Mile End

This week’s paper:

‘Editing the Cambridge Edition of the Complete Works of Aphra Behn

 

Afterlives | Thursday 16 November 2017 | 7pm | Film and Drama Studio, Arts Two, QMUL

Queen Mary Archives at Queen Mary University of London have recently acquired the Ian Hinchliffe archive. To mark this acquisition, Afterlives is an evening of talks, screenings and performances that will consider archives and legacies in relation to performance art and live art, through the art and lives of four extraordinary and influential artists who died in recent years: Ian Hinchliffe, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Lol Coxhill and Roger Ely.

 

QM Shakespeare presents: The Taming of the Shrew | Friday 17 and Saturday 18 November | 7.30pm | Pinter Studio

Padua is a brokerage firm. Katharina and Bianca are two sisters with senior positions in the company. It’s 2008. The recession hits. Bianca is well admired by suitors, whilst Katharina is too busy dealing with the struggling financial climate. After her father insists she marry Petruchio, a visiting employee with a hot-tempered nature, she is faced with keeping the company from falling into crippling debt whilst all the while living with a man who gains pleasure from her suffering.

Tickets: £6 (Regular) or £4 (QM Shakespeare members). An annual membership (QM Students) is £3 and this entitles you to discounts to our events.

Cast: Alice Wilson, Aoife Jane, Arjun Takhar, Charlie Spragg, Daniella Harrison, Freya Helton, Hannah Meyer, Marie Sadd, Max Griggs, Maximillian Chapman, Rhea Cosford and Sophie Howard.

Directed by Joseph Winer
Assistant Director: Thyrza Abrahams
Stage Manager: Samantha Yang
Lighting and Sound Design: Jordan Bassett and Stephanie Masserick
Costume Design: Alice Sinis

 

Writeidea Festival | Friday 17-Sunday 19 November | Ideastore Tower Hamlets | Free

The ninth Writeidea Festival, Tower Hamlets Council’s unique free reading festival, will take place at Idea Store Whitechapel over the weekend of 17 – 19 November 2017.

We have some fantastic speakers again this year including Stella Duffy, Alan Dein, The Gentle Author and Irenosen Okojie. FREE tickets are now available for all the events

See the full programme

 

Geo-Politics And Fairytales Abound as Part of A Season Of Bangla Drama | Friday 17-Sunday 19 November | Various venues in Tower Hamlets

A Season of Bangla Drama continues this weekend (17th – 19th Nov) with two geo-political plays and one fairy-tale!

 

Cause2Create: A festival of creativity for good | Saturday 18 November | Hackney Wick | Free

Celebrate creativity for good. Find out how non-profits and individual action are driving social change. Be inspired and empowered by the actions of others. Discover opportunities to use your time and talent to help #createchange.

Download full programme

For more SED events see our calendar here

 

Jobs & Paid Internships

Casual Box Office Assistants | Wilton’s Music Hall | Deadline: Ongoing

We are looking for friendly team members to join our Box Office and Reception team, providing box office support (both in person and on the phone), as well as welcoming people to our building and dealing with email queries.

 

Opportunities & Volunteering

 

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives – Volunteers wanted!

One project in indexing and another photography based at this amazing archive of local history on the edge of Queen Mary campus.

 

Calls for Papers

No listings this week.

 

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 submitting any personal information.

English and Drama Newsletter – November 2017

Welcome to the November edition of our English and Drama newsletter.

Please do let us know if you have any December news: sed-web@qmul.ac.uk.

Events

FEATURED EVENTS

Arts and Culture

Arts & Culture at QMUL
Thursday 8 November, 18:00-20:00
The People’s Palace, QMUL – Mile End

Join us for a celebration of the arts and culture at Queen Mary University of London. Special guests include our very own Drama Professor Lois Weaver, QMUL Associate Research Fellow and performance artist Dickie Beau.

Speakers include:

  • Colin Bailey, Principal and President of Queen Mary University of London
  • Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A Museum
  • Stella Hall, Co-founder of the Green Room and leading festival director
  • Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Masters Open Events
English and Drama Masters Open Events

Drama: Tuesday 28 November, 17:30, Arts Two FADS, QMUL – Mile End
English: Wednesday 29 November, 17:30, Arts Two SCR, QMUL – Mile End

Join us for a drink and discover more about our MA programmes from Early Modern Literature to the latest developments in Live Art.


A Season of Bangla Drama
A Season of Bangla Drama

3-26 November
Various Venues

A Season of Bangla Drama, is now in its 15th year and throughout November, 13 plays with a British-Bengali perspective will bring classic and new stories to life on stages across Tower Hamlets. Physical theatre, dance and music will be used to overcome language barriers and reach new audiences. Queen Mary University of London is a key partner.

 

Other Shylocks
Saturday 4 November
QMUL – Mile End, The Octagon, Queens Building

A symposium presented by the Centre for Global Shakespeare, Queen Mary University of London,
as part of “Shylock in and Beyond the Ghetto” supported by the European Commission under the
Creative Europe programme and sponsored by the Romanian Cultural Institute.

 

Literary Walks Seeing London through Migrants’ Eyes
4 and 18 November, times and locations vary
This autumn Nadia Valman (English) leads a series of free guided walks in collaboration with the Migration Museum Project exploring London through the eyes of migrant writers from the nineteenth century to the present.

November’s events focus on migrants in Bloomsbury and Caribbean migrants in the 1950s. All are welcome but registration is essential.

Also don’t miss The Great Yiddish Parade on 19 November. As part of the Being Human Festival 2017,  Nadia Valman is restaging an 1889 protest march by Jewish immigrants in Whitechapel. Join the choir and band marching to klezmer beats and singing songs written in the 1880s in the East End to rouse workers to join together to fight exploitation. Also participating will be three local schools with whom we’ve been working this term. Anyone interested in the roots of radicalism and the culture of protest in east London is welcome to join the march, or just watch. Register here.

 

QMUL Centre for Sound Cultures Think Tank event
Monday 13 November, 18:30
Arebyte Gallery, Canning Town

This is an open invitation to an exploratory event gathering together interested people in thinking through and defining the future scope of Queen Mary University of London’s newly formed Centre for Sound Cultures.
Email Ella Finer if you’re interested: e.finer@qmul.ac.uk.

 

Afterlives
Thursday 16 November, 14:00-17:30
QMUL – Mile End, FADS, Arts Two Building

Queen Mary Archives at Queen Mary University of London have recently acquired the Ian Hinchliffe archive. To mark this acquisition, Afterlives is an evening of talks, screenings and performances that will consider archives and legacies in relation to performance art and live art, through the art and lives of four extraordinary and influential artists who died in recent years: Ian Hinchliffe, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Lol Coxhill and Roger Ely.

 

Family Album: A 4-way DJ set

Friday 24 November 2017, 17:00

The British Library, Kings Cross

Family Album is 
a 4-way DJ set by Marcia Farquhar and Jem, our very own Ella Finer (Drama) and Kitty Finer, all of whom work with vinyl in distinct ways. Each member of the family will mix sounds that they have individually contributed to the British Library Sound Archive over the years with other records of their own, and other’s, making. Part of the British Library’s Season of Sound.

 

Eirini Kartsaki: Herpes
Friday 24 November, 19:30
Chisenhale Dance Space

Drama’s Eirini Kartsaki presents, HERPES, a performance about desire, STIs and fantasizing about the Duchess of Cambridge. Also don’t miss Eirini’s book launch on Friday 1 December.

News

Daljit Nagra

QMUL Honorary Fellow and Poet Daljit Nagra is interviewed by Rachael Gilmour in this video filmed in Oxford.

The Department of Drama signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Live Art Development Agency on 13 October 2017. Dominic Johnson said ‘The signing of the MOU formalises our relationship, and will hopefully enable and sustain lots more collaborations, opportunities for mutual learning, and related adventures in making, showing and thinking about live art and contemporary performance.’

Zara Dinnen has published a piece about Code on Screen in New Criticals ahead of her book which will launch in January 2018. Follow her on Twitter here.

Links

Audiobooks

1. Jerry Brotton has been recording more handy Hay Levels videos on Youtube. See the latest here.

2. Read a report entitled Creative Hubs and Urban Development Goals (UK/Brazil) led by Morag Shiach.

3. Read Matthew Rubery‘s blog post for World Sight Day online: Remembering The Audiobook Pioneers (pictured above).

New for 2018 entry: Our Degrees Now Can Have a Year Abroad

A year abroad can really open up new opportunities and give you valuable life experience to take into your future career. 

According to the UK Universities International Report (March 2017):

  • Graduates who were mobile during their degree were less likely to be unemployed (3.7% compared to 4.9%), and more likely to have earned a first class or upper second class degree (80.1% compared to 73.6%) and be in further study (15% compared to 14%).
  • Those in work were more likely to be in a graduate level job (76.4% compared to 69.9%) and earn 5% more than their non-mobile peers.

The study abroad experience is intense, and because of this special quality and the quality of emotional investment in this period students are likely to make particularly strong friendships and have particularly memorable experiences. There are all sorts of opportunities that students will find access to because of location or circumstance that they wouldn’t necessarily get in London- one former student was offered a role in a professional production in New York, students on exchange with Howard University have inbuilt work experience and opportunities on Capitol Hill with the US government, students in New York might seek out opportunities with the UN.

We’re delighted to announce that the following undergraduate BA (Hons) programmes now have a year abroad:

Our Current Year Abroad Partners

  1. Columbia University, New York, USA
  2. University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
  3. University of Miami, Florida, USA
  4. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  5. University of Melbourne, Australia
  6. The University of Toronto, Canada
  7. The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  8. The University of Monash– Melbourne, Australia Semester 1 and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Semester 2 [pending approval]

Semester Abroad

Please note we are still offering our Semester Abroad in the second year of all of our courses with the following institutions:

Columbia University, New York; Howard University, Washington DC; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; The George Washington University, Washington DC; University of Miami, FL; University of Richmond, VA; The University of Texas at Austin; University of Melbourne; University of Sydney; The University of Toronto; University of Ottawa, Canada; The University of Auckland, NZ; University of Hong Kong; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Seoul National University; Waseda University, Tokyo; Renmin University, Beijing.

Advice and Guidance

If you would like any advice on Study Abroad opportunities within the School of English and Drama please contact:

Visit the QMUL Global Opportunities website for more information

Please note study abroad is subject to availability, application and the host University’s own terms and conditions.

And the #SEDstories competition winners are…

#SEDstories ran in Summer 2017 to find the best visual stories from our students’ time studying with us.

All of our SED staff formed the selection panel and the voting happened in October 2017.

Thanks to everyone who entered we will be using all entries to help us give better information to prospective students.

And after adding up all of the votes the winners are:

Big Prize Winner (£250)

Elizabeth Tan

Special commendation (£50 prize)

Meg Hodgson

Andy Bourne

Mt favourite moment from my time at QM is far more than a moment. During the final hellish month of dissertation writing, spending countless hours In the tiniest room in Arts one, arriving at 9am, leaving gone midnight day in day out. The G.03 study group was formed. If you needed to work, study, research or even cry, you knew that you’d never be alone in G.03. Different combinations of people emerged each day, but the support and community was always present. Proofreading, discussion, communal beatboxing, you name it, G.03 had it. Writing a dissertation isn’t easy, but when the going gets tough, the tough get going, and we did. We banded together to drag each other through every seemingly insurmountable obstacle and together we made it. The sense of community and support we founded throughout that month was the epitome of the University experience. Friendships forged in fire are sturdy ones, and ones that I’ll cherish forever. #sedstories #qmul #QM #qmulsed #friendship #uni #blessed #drama #dissertation

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Josie Durney

Daisy Catterall

In my second year I took Renaissance Drama with the wonderful Kirsty Rolfe and for a weeks we had the pleasure to be lectured by Jerry Brotton. His speciality being maps, we had fascinating lectures in regards to mapping the renaissance globe and how early modern london viewed foreigners in plays such as Tamburlaine The Great. In June earlier this summer I went travelling through Italy for three weeks visiting cities from Naples to Rome, Pompei to Venice and while I was in Florence I came across a familiar face, or rather name. In the book shop inside the famous Uffizi Gallery, home to Botticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus’ and Caravaggio’s ‘Medusa’, I came across our very own Jerry Brotton and his publication ‘A History of the World in Twelve Maps’. I couldn’t believe it! My travelling partner and another tourist we had met at the gallery didn’t believe me either that I had been taught by the man himself however on the first page it read ‘Professor at Queen Mary, University of London’. Of course I had to buy the book, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it on the train between Florence and Venice. I could hear Jerry’s voice as I read to myself, recognising his turn of phrase. No matter where you go in the world, QM apparently will go with you!

Alex Legge

Thanks to QM & Air Supply, I now work for artists & organisations that I admired & studied during my time there. Love you QM! #SEDstories ❤️

Runner up prizes (£10 prize)

Lauren Church


Rima Rashid

Your girl just went and graduated! Yesterday was a whirlwind of emotions. Exhaustion from planning a wedding, relief at getting to the ceremony in time, anxious about the future, tears for the memories and pure elation at surviving three years of English at @officialqmul with the most inspiring, intelligent and crazy girls and lads. #QMULgrad ~ If I hadn’t studied here, I would never have become WOKE, never studied postcolonial literature, discovered so many artists of colour and been able to recommend them to you all. So even though the five-figure student debt haunts me, I will always value my time at Queen Mary and and it’s impact on the confident and braver person I am today. ~ My absence here is unforgivable but I have been reading more so some great reviews are coming your way! What have you been reading?

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Eleanor Rose Morrissey

One of my best QM memories: seeing Antony & Cleopatra with brilliant friends at the Globe, laughing as the heavens opened on us in true British style #theatre #shakespeare #theglobe #britishweather


Jessica Kendrixs

Studying English Literature i knew I would come across amazing novels written in periods beyond my life time and in places I never knew existed. I was always amazed by the novels I learnt each year and the beautiful stylistic techniques that each author individually created towards their work. However one book that resonated with me was My Place by Sally Morgan that I studied in Postcolonial Literatures in second year. The autobiography explores the young protagonist Sally telling us about the moment she discovered her aboriginal heritage, and understanding the decisions her mother and grandmother took to provide a safe home for their children. This book explores relationships, something I realised was so important during university, and female empowerment which I am pleased to have discovered a great department that continues to strengthen women (and men) to reach their greatest potential. Sally had an amazing support network with her family and I realised that I have one too with not only my family but the friends I made at university and also in the academics I met across the three years. I learnt a lot about myself but also others around me. My fellow students all see the literary works differently and it amazed me that one book can create hundreds of perspectives. I started university young and naive and looking for a place to belong. Sally at the end of the novel had discovered her place within a community that many have ignored for decades. She cemented the history of Aboriginals and the stolen generations into the public sphere, with Australian school children reading her book in their school curriculum. I discovered my place within the amazing SED community and the school of english and drama have cemented this new breadth of understanding and knowledge into my mind and heart. #SedStories


Zaina Brabani

Books, glorious books! One of the best things about studying English Literature is that so much of our time is spent just reading books, something that we would do as a pastime! Seeing some of the books I’ve read during my time at Queen Mary really makes me realise how far we’ve all come. You don’t always realise how day by day, your thinking is changing, but when I look back at the kind of thinker I was when I first came to QM and how my thinking is now, I realise that a lot has changed.

Besides the books, I love how I’m surrounded by teachers and students who love books and literature just as much as I do, and most of all, that they love to think critically. On no other course could you possibly have passionate, heated discussions about fictional characters! My best memories are having really meaningful discussions which left me thinking long after the lecture/seminar is over. Thank you to all the staff and students who make SED what it is and who have helped me to give expression to my thoughts, feelings and ideas through your inspiration in lectures and seminars.

Lucy Sofrouniou

There was so much reading to do, my cat learnt to become a living bookmark.


Anna Lily Dean


Rosie Vincent

Drama at Queen Mary has taught me to never apologise for my own work. If you come to study here, expect to make pieces that you’re embarrassed to tell your mum about but excited to tell your friend about. For example – An exhibition showcasing 52 vomit images captured on the streets of London. A.k.a. ‘London is Vomit’. ???????????????? #sedstories #bacstransfer #londonisvomit #qmul

Francesca Cross

After spending a year abroad, being a part of QMTC really helped me settle back into QM and meet new people. Being on the committee added a whole new dimension- it was like a full time internship, with all the responsibility that comes with it. Despite countless moments of thinking ‘oh my gosh, Edinburgh isn’t going to happen. I’m going to be the first treasurer in 22 years to not take everyone to Edinburgh fringe’, I managed it! The best thing about the trip was the people. We truly are like a family and certainly made a million memories. I promised myself that during my MA at QM I wouldn’t get involved with QMTC because of the time it takes up but I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist! Now over with the cringey stuff! Let’s end with a few of my favourite quotes from the fringe: ‘I’m on me holibobs’, ‘you can basically do everything’, ‘wooooow’. ❤ u guys xxx #SEDstories #fringe #Edinburgh #qmul #QMTC

Peter Whitehead

The time that the Arthurian Lit lecture had GoT spoiler slides. And that time Run the Jewels explained Hegel. Brilliant. #sedstories https://t.co/EJxuACdk5W

Apply now for our ‘London Performance: Past and Present’ Summer School

The QMUL Summer School offers you the opportunity to discover what it’s like to study at a top British university, while living in one of the coolest parts of London.

Find out more

Apply now


Course Overview

London Performance Past and Present

16 July-3 August 2018

This course draws on London’s rich theatre and performance history, and the wide-ranging opportunities the city offers to engage with historical and contemporary theatre and performance.

It explores how historical, social, cultural and architectural contexts produce meaning through play texts and in the theatre. You will be introduced to a range of ways of analysing plays and performances in relation to the conditions in which they are created.

You’ll spend the first week on visits related to the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and in seminars.

The second week will normally focus on visits and seminars related to theatre from the 19th century to the present day.

Your last week will look at performance beyond the literary play text, for example, Live and Performance Art, Club Performance, Performance in Galleries, Performance Documentation. You will normally have two theatre visits or field trips per week.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 1 November 2017

Welcome back for your weekly events and opportunities digest #6 for the autumn semester.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition coming out on Wednesday 8 November 2017.

Events

THIS WEEK (WEDNESDAY TO WEDNESDAY)

English PGR Seminar Series | Thursday 2 November 2017 | 5.30pm | The Arts Pavilion, Mile End Park

This week it’s a slightly different PGRS, as you are warmly invited to the attend the launch of ‘Decorating Dissidence: The Exhibition‘ and a round table discussion on the 2nd November. Please note, there is a venue change and this event will be held at The Arts Pavilion, Mile End, E3 4QY. All are welcome.

 

For more SED events see our calendar here

 

Jobs & Paid Internships

Junior Producer and Youth Worker at Duckie | Deadline: 24 November

2 LGBTQ+ and QTIPOC focussed jobs at the Olivier award-winning socially minded events legend.

Apply

Operations Co-ordinator | Limehouse Town Hall | Deadline: 13 November

Limehouse Town Hall Consortium Trust has an opportunity for someone to join us part time for a year to support our work and the day-to-day running of Limehouse Town Hall. The Operations Co-ordinator will have strong project management, administrative and communication skills as well as experience and understanding of arts, culture and organising for change.

Details here

Opportunities & Volunteering

University Challenge Team Trials | 2 November | 11-2pm | Students’ Union Hub

Calls for Papers

No listings this week.

 

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#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 25 October 2017

Welcome back for your weekly events and opportunities digest #5 for the autumn semester.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition coming out on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

Events

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Arts Launch at QMUL | Tuesday 8 November 2017 | 6pm | QMUL – Mile End | Free

Join us for a celebration of the arts and culture at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The event will make the official launch of the university’s arts and culture strategy.

Speakers and performers

  • Colin Bailey, Principal and President of Queen Mary University of London
  • Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A Museum
  • Stella Hall, Co-founder of the Green Room and leading festival director
  • Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Performances include: 

  • Lois Weaver, performance artist and Professor of Contemporary Performance at QMUL
  • ‘My Saree’s Story’ by British/Bangladeshi drama practitioner Rokshana Khan
  • The Chinese Music Studio
  • Bangladeshi singer and song writer Saida Tani
  • Poet Nick Makoh
  • Dickie Beau, QMUL Associate Research Fellow and performance artist
  • Pianist Kate Ryder
  • Live jazz music from QMUL’s students.

Decorating Dissidence | 3 and 4 November | QMUL – Mile End | £10

Decorating Dissidence: Feminism, Modernism and the Arts will approach modernism as a longue durée to explore the enduring importance of female contribution to the arts as political protest throughout the twentieth century to now. We aim to intervene in contemporary, interdisciplinary debates concerning the boundaries of modernism and the direction of feminist modernist studies.

 

THIS WEEK (WEDNESDAY TO WEDNESDAY)

QUORUM Postgraduate Drama Seminar: Amy Bryzgel – Wednesday 25 October 2017 | 6pm | QMUL – Mile End, Arts One RR2

Amy Bryzgel (University of Aberdeen) will present ‘Performance Art in Eastern Europe Since 1960.’.

English PGR Seminar Series: Julia Twigg | Thursday 26 October 2017 | 5.15pm | QMUL – Mile End, Lock-keeper’s Cottage

Julia Twigg will present ‘Clothing and the Embodiment of Age Identities: The Cultural Turn in Age Studies’.

#QMSexCult presents: Campbell X in conversation with kitt price | Wednesday 1 November | 6pm | QMUL – Mile End, Arts One Hitchcock Cinema

The Sexual Cultures Research Group present its first event of the new academic year: ‘Queer Poetics and the Disarray of Gender’: a conversation between the filmmaker Campbell X and dr. kitt price. The event will also include screenings of films by Campbell X.

 

For more SED events see our calendar here

 

Jobs & Paid Internships

TeachFirst Presentation | Wednesday 25 October | 6.30pm | QMUL – Mile End, David Sizer LT, Bancroft Building

Find out more about teaching with the TeachFirst scheme.

Book here

Casual Bar Staff | Wilton’s Music Hall | Deadline: 20 November

A busy receiving house that hosts a wide range of performances and events as well as being a public bar.

Details here

Opportunities & Volunteering

Volunteer English and Literacy Coordinator at Akwaaba | Deadline: 28 October

Every Sunday, people come from all across London to attend Akwaaba and the English classes we provide. Our members love these classes and we want someone to build on that.

Download the information pack here

Calls for Papers

No listings this week.

 

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 submitting any personal information.