Here’s our latest events and opportunities we’ve sourced that are coming up in the next week (from Thursday to Wednesday).
Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition:
Inaugural Lecture: Warren Boutcher: Beyond English: Going back into (literary) Europe | Thu 16 Mar | 18:30 – 21:30 | QMUL Mile End
Join Warren Boutcher, Professor of Renaissance Studies and Head of School of English and Drama, for his Inaugural Lecture.
As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the legislative and economic union of Europe, it is a good moment to think about our membership of cultural Europe. For part of the shock felt by many people who voted to remain is cultural: it took the Brexit vote to make them realise how connected to Europe they felt in many different spheres, including the arts, and how disconnected others felt.
But what, if any, has been the contribution of literature to this sense of connectedness? The connections of English literature now are global, like the language. But if we go back in time to the medieval and early modern period (1300 – 1750) we find that the cities and nations of what is now the United Kingdom and Ireland were embedded in a Europe-wide literary culture. How should we describe this culture and recount its history while avoiding the pitfalls of Eurocentric and nation-centric perspectives? Is it the case that a common body of texts from Rome, Greece, and the Levant disseminated classical and Christian values across a continent and then across the globe? Or are there other ways of tracing the literary connections across and beyond the western peninsula of the Eurasian landmass?
Theatre, Performance & Employment will bring together scholars, artists, and activists from the theatre and performance industries.
23 February, 18:00-20:00
Keynote Event: Professor Kate Oakley (University of Leeds) & Dr Cristina Delgado-García (University of Birmingham), chaired by Professor Jen Harvie (Queen Mary).
24 February, 09:30-18:00
“We are excited to invite you to the launch party for the second issue of The Still Point Journal, The Researcher’s Notebook, featuring creative non-fiction, poetry and visual work, produced by researchers in London.
Join us for an evening of live readings and music at The Gallery Café, Bethnal Green, and pick up a free copy of the print edition. We have a limited number of copies to gift to our launch party attendees, so come along to adopt your own!”
Remaking the world: experiences from design and performance | Mon 27 Feb | 18.30–20.45 | Tate Modern
Exploring both analogue and digital experiences of performance and live art, this event looks at how the fields of design and performance are shaping contemporary identities and features our very own Jen Harvie.
Jobs & Paid Internships
Tank has a vacancy for a full-time social media editor to join its editorial team. Since the magazine started in 1998, Tank has remained dedicated to the printed form, producing a quarterly publication of arts, fashion, politics, science and literature. As we advance our digital output we are looking for someone to join us in developing and managing Tank’s social media channels, podcast, newsletter and online content. It’s a chance to work with us to think about, shape and develop the way that people engage with our print magazine. As part of the editorial team, the social media editor will have the chance to work on both our print and online editions, oversee the maintenance and repurposing of the web archive, as well as produce and edit our fortnightly podcast.
The Literature team in the UK work with British Council offices in more than 100 countries around the world to create programmes that help to build those important connections and increase mutual knowledge and understanding. We work with individuals and organisations from all parts of the UK literature sector and their international counterparts. In all our programmes we focus on creating international opportunities for emerging and mid-list writers; building an international network for the next generation of literature producers; and raising awareness of UK literature areas of strength that are less well known abroad. Due to the high profile success of our London Book Fair Market Focus programme, there has been a recent significant increase in invitations to the UK to be Guest of Honour at Book Fairs around the world. The core part of the internship will be focused on helping the literature team to support the response to this demand as well as managing other exciting new projects, notably a new children’s literature focus and our input into the ‘Hull City of Culture 2017’. The ideal candidate will have some digital experience of working on materials for social media, online campaigns and commissioning, writing and uploading content. A proven experience and interest of Literature, particularly contemporary UK writing is a must, as is some experience working on projects with digital communications & social media through professional experiences or other means.
Opportunities & Volunteering
“DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual research, training and professional development projects for themselves and other artists.
We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development project.
Past DIY projects have taken many forms: a silent retreat with noise music in Folkestone, a temporary biker gang in Cambridge, eavesdropping in Bournemouth, a workshop for assholes in Glasgow, skirt-raising in Newcastle, looking for missing black histories in London, an Elvis Presley pilgrimage in Porthcawl, exploring the potential of ‘inabilities’ in Colchester, armed resistance training for women in Norwich, and a lapdancing weekend in Birmingham.”
Calls for Papers & Contributions
‘William Godwin: Forms, Fears, Futures’ | Newcastle University on Sat 24 Jun | Deadline: Wed 15 Mar
‘No Way Out: Theatre as a Mediatised Practice’ | Birkbeck College on Thu 20 Apr and London South Bank University on Fri 21 Apr | Deadline Fri 24 Feb
To add a listing to next week’s digest or to help us update this edition please email us by Friday 24 February 2017 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.