#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 27 September 2017

Welcome back for your weekly events and opportunities digest #2 for 2017-18.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition coming out on Wednesday 4 October 2017.



Literary Walks on Migrant Writers with Nadia Valman | 12, 29 October and 4 and 18 November | Free

Discover more about London’s literary culture and how it has been shaped by generations of migrant writers.

  • Rediscovering Rosemary Lane: Irish Migrants in Victorian London
  • Fragments of Jewish Whitechapel
  • Colonials in the Metropole: Migrant Bloomsbury
  • Left luggage: Reading Sam Selvon in Waterloo Station



QM Shakespeare Society | Thursday 28 September | 7.15-9.15pm | QMUL – Mile End, Blomeley Room 2, Student Union

‘QM Shakespeare Society has some exciting plans for the upcoming year which we would love for you to get involved with! This includes both performance and academic opportunities, so whether you’re keen to dig into some text, take part in a show or join us for a theatre trip, come along to our Meet and Greet to find out more. We’ll also be giving the details for our upcoming Shakespeare production with information on how you can get involved.’

English Postgraduate Research Seminar: Claire Preston | Thursday 28 September | 5.15pm | QMUL – Mile End, Lock-keeper’s Cottage

Title of paper: ‘Galleries, gardens, collections, closets: the rhetoric of observation in the seventeenth century’

For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships

QMUL Jobs Market | Thursday 28 September | 5-9pm | QMUL – Mile End, People’s Palace Foyer

The focus of this first of three Jobs Markets will be part-time vacancies, so this is a great opportunity for students who are looking for local work to support their studies.


Opportunities & Volunteering

No listings this week.


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 taking up an opportunity.

Meet our new teaching staff: Mojisola Adebayo, Zara Dinnen, Patrick Flanery, Ella Finer, Charlotta Salmi and David Schalwyk

We are delighted to welcome our new teaching staff starting this semester!

We asked them for a quick introduction to their work and expertise, feast on the results below…

Mojisola Adebayo – Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance

I’m a London born performer, playwright, director, producer, facilitator and teacher. I specialise in Theatre of the Oppressed and hold an MA in Physical Theatre. I have worked internationally in theatre, television and radio for over twenty-five years, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. My work has ranged from being an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company to co-founding VIDYA, a slum-dweller’s theatre company in Ahmedabad, India.

My theatre productions include Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey (Lyric Hammersmith), Muhammad Ali and Me (Ovalhouse) and I Stand Corrected (Artscape, Cape Town). Publications include Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One (Oberon), 48 Minutes for Palestine in Theatre in Pieces (Methuen) and the co-written Theatre for Development Handbook (Pan). My (QMUL) PhD thesis is entitled Afriquia Theatre: Creating Black Queer Ubuntu Through Performance.

I am currently compiling Plays Two and working on her next production, STARS, a play, installation and club night with community based intergenerational workshops with women and girls that explores sex and space travel, orgasm and outer space, the pleasure and power of female sexuality. I am looking forward to working creatively and critically with QMUL to reflect and include the multiple identities of London, in every way. See www.mojisolaadebayo.com for more.


Zara Dinnen – Lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature

I’m joining QMUL having spent four years lecturing at University of Birmingham. Whilst I was there I was working with great colleagues to develop our teaching and research into contemporary literature and culture, and I’m excited to do more of that work here at QMUL with new great colleagues. My own research is about digital media. I am interested in how literature and popular culture tell stories of everyday life lived with new technologies, and how those stories shape the ways we live our digital lives. I write about literature, film, TV, comics, and teach with these different media too. At QMUL I am looking forward to term starting, to new teaching and new spaces and new people.

I am currently watching: all of Netflix.

I am currently reading: Paper Girls vol.3 and Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels


Patrick Flanery – Professor of Creative Writing

In the past five years, I have published three novels, the most recent of which, I Am No One, appeared in 2016. I grew up in the U.S., in California and Nebraska and New York, but have lived in the U.K. for the past sixteen years, having come to do a masters and doctorate in English at Oxford. My first degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production, was from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Before joining Queen Mary, I spent three years as Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Reading and several years before that I was a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, where I taught Contemporary and Modern Literature and Literary Theory.

At QM, I look forward to building the SED’s Creative Writing pathway into a rich and varied programme that will give students wide latitude to experiment with different kinds of writing over the course of their degree. The guiding principle for the pathway will be to foster a space in which experimentation is valued, and engagement with the world around us—in Mile End, in the East End, in London, in Britain, in Europe more broadly—is celebrated.


Ella Finer – Lecturer in Drama, Theatre, and Performance

I’m looking forward to being a part of this extraordinary department and school for the next year: collaborating on, discussing and sharing research, as well as teaching on modules I wish I had taken as an undergraduate. I was an undergraduate myself in Glasgow, where I also did an MPhil researching the gendering of photographic space, resulting in turning a theatre into a camera obscura, a camera and a dark room in succession. I moved back to London to study at Roehampton for a PhD researching materialities of the female voice in performance.

I make work with sound and have installed/performed this work in galleries (including Bloomberg Space, Raven Row, Focal Point, Ikon, Baltic 39) and as part of symposia of my own and others making. My interest in archival practices and “caring for the continuous” has resulted in an event curated for the upcoming British Library’s Season of Sound. Selector Responder: Sounding out the Archives will take place on December 8th with speakers including David Toop, Larry Archiampong, Holly Pester and Nina Power. I look forward to meeting more of you in classrooms and corridors and all best wishes for the new year.


Charlotta Salmi – Lecturer in English

I’m the new lecturer in Postcolonial and Global Literature. I’ve just finished a 3 year British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham, working on violence, advocacy and protest in graphic narratives from around the globe.

In addition to my work on comics, I am finishing a book on borders and conflict in literature from partition areas.

Before starting my postdoc I held a temporary lectureship at QM and I’m delighted to be back in the department!


David Schalwyk – Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Centre for Global Shakespeare at QMUL

I am Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Centre for Global Shakespeare at QMUL.  I was formerly Academic Director of Global Shakespeare at QMUL and the University of Warwick.  Director of Research at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. and editor of the Shakespeare Quarterly, and  before that Professor of English and Deputy Dean at the university of Cape Town. I have published some 150 essays and chapters in books, and my monographs include Speech and Performance in Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Plays (Cambridge, 2002), Literature and the Touch of the Real (Delaware, 2004), Shakespeare, Love and Service (Cambridge, 2008), Hamlet’s Dreams: The Robben Island Shakespeare (Arden Shakespeare, 2013), The Word Against the World: The Bakhtin Circle (Skene, 2016). My latest monograph, Shakespeare, Love and Language is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2017.  My translation of Karel Schoeman’s Afrikaans novel, ‘n Ander Land (Another Country) will be published in a new edition in 2018.

I am interested in Shakespeare’s afterlives across the world, love and service in Shakespeare, and literary theory and philosophy, especially the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, J.L. Austin, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Stanley Cavell and the theory and history of emotion.  I also have an interest in South African prison writing.

Since I have been at Queen Mary for three years already, having moved into SED this year from Global Shakespeare, I’m looking forward to working in the strong academic and research community that constitutes SED and working with a range of students.



#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 20 September 2017

This is the first events and opportunities digest for new 2017-18 year.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition coming out on Wednesday 27 September 2017.



CUB Magazine’s Party in the Park | Saturday 23 September | 3-5pm | Mile End Park

CUB Magazine is QMUL’s Arts and Culture magazine – we post weekly online at cubmagazine.co.uk and distribute over 2,500 print editions around campus annually. CUB’s Party in the Park is a great way to meet our editors and find out how you can get involved with the magazine! Find out how to contribute to any of their sections from Arts, London, UniSex, Music, Film, Personal Platform, Style and much more…Find us in Mile End Park by the canal (the opposite side of the canal to France House/Canal Side)


Preach the Peach | Tuesday 26 September | 6.30-8pm | QMUL – Mile End: David Sizer Lecture Theatre

PEACH, Queen Mary’s creative writing magazine is hosting its first event of the academic year. It will be a night of tremendous readings from QM writers and poets, along with displays of fantastic art from some of the university’s best artists.

“We want this to be a celebration of your voices, and therefore if you want to get your work heard and seen by the creative community at QM, be it a short story, poem, sketch or portrait, let us know by emailing your name and the title of your piece/pieces to peachmagazineqmul@gmail.com.

The universe is here for you to disturb.”

For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships

Paid Widening Participation Student Ambassadors needed! | Deadline 25 September

An ideal role for students who are considering becoming teachers or working with young people in the future. This scheme is flexible; projects are offered to ambassadors as and when they are available.


Opportunities & Volunteering

Welcome Fair | 10am-4pm | Wednesday 20-Thursday 21 September | SU Hub and around campus

Don’t miss your chance to meet our amazing array of societies, on campus activities and helpful services at Queen Mary.

Almeida Theatre Young Critics Programme | Deadline 2 October

Thanks to Pen Woods for sharing this nice opportunity for aspiring critics aged 15-25.


New Creatives Programme at Richmix | Deadline 29 September

‘A year-long programme, introducing 16s – 25s from Tower Hamlets to the arts and creative industries

During the year you will meet and learn from members of the Rich Mix team as well as experts from Rich Mix’s artistic partners.

Our six month taster programme runs from October 2017 – February 2018, during which you will learn the ins and outs of how an arts venue works, how to programme events and curate an artistic programme, how to produce events, how to promote events and use social media and the internet to get the word out there, how to reach new audiences and to connect with schools and community organisations, and how to make it all work financially!

Then, from February until September 2018, there will be an opportunity for 5 participants to gain a Silver Arts Award  and be offered a placement at Rich Mix. The placement will include receiving hands on experience in supporting programming, production and promotion of our annual TAKEOVER – an arts festival for 16s – 25s, as well as an opportunity to shadow our staff and to contribute to creative work that we do

At the end of the year, you’ll be inspired, envisioned and empowered to begin your career in the arts.

We are seeking young people from Tower Hamlets aged 16-25 to apply to become Rich Mix New Creatives. ‘

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 taking up an opportunity.

12 Extraordinary Things You Can Do at Queen Mary

Life at Queen Mary is so much more than study. Here’s a dozen amazing ways you can take part in something different whilst studying with us.

1. Perform at the Edinburgh Fringe with QMTC

Our most popular society is Queen Mary Theatre Company, which organises some incredible on campus theatrical festivals, events and workshops as well as going to the Edinburgh Festival.

2. Start a business

Queen Mary’s careers service has a handy Enterprise division which can help you start your own business with funding, mentoring and workshops.

3. Become a cheerleader or even an ultimate frisbee champion

As well as more traditional sports such as football and rugby Queen Mary has teams in almost every sport imaginable from ball room dancing to skiing.

See the full range of sports at QMUL here

4. Join a society

From beard appreciation to Pokemon there’s people who love what you love in one of Queen Mary’s societies. Here’s some our students like:

English Society | Commuters’ | Shakespeare | Playwrights Society | Musical Theatre | Comedy Society | QMEquality | Mental Health Awareness Society | Book society | Beard appreciation society | Punjabi | Bangladesh |  Eastern Europe | Third Culture Kid Society | Disco Society | LGBT+ Society | Fashion Society | Harry Potter Society

See all societies

5. Chill in a chapel

St Benet’s is a lovely chapel and lounge space to chill out whatever your beliefs.

6. Get free advice and counselling

Don’t let it get you down, ask for help at our Advice and Counselling service.

7. Buddy scheme

Uni can be daunting and a buddy could be just what you need to help you settle in. QMSU organises this brilliant scheme, sign up to get a buddy here.

8. Hone your writing skills

Free one-to-one appointments are available with professional writers as well as lots of other writing support from our Learning Development department.

9. Read a book canalside

Sit outside or if it’s cold head to our Canalside study space.

10. Volunteer to help a local charity

Volunteering is a great way to help the community, improve your CV and make friends.

11. Get a part-time job with the SU or a local business

Find out about jobs in the SU here and our careers service has a handy listing of part time work here.

12. Become a journo with our Student Media outlets

Our students love working on student media outlets such as The Print, CUB Magazine and Peach (creative writing).