English and Drama Newsletter January 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Welcome to our January newsletter.  We wish you all the best for 2019 and look forward to seeing our students and staff from next week when semester 2 begins.


Photo from Winter graduation 2018 in December

JAN 15

11 days left to apply to study with us Study English, Creative Writing, Drama
all with a year abroad. Courses start this September 2019.

See our study abroad hub for more information.

 

Events

Show and Tell is back for 2019 every Wednesday in February with a diverse line up of inspiring speakers from the arts, humanities and creative industries.

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BOOK AHEAD

The Inaugural Lecture of Professor Barbara Taylor – Philosophical Solitude
ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of london
Tuesday 26 February 2019, 6.30pm The philosopher mediating alone in his study is a cliché of western culture. But behind the hackneyed image lies a long history of controversy. Was solitude the ‘school of genius’, as Edward Gibbon claimed, or did it breed irrationalism, dogmatism and melancholy, as Dr Johnson and others insisted? In the 1730s David Hume suffered a breakdown which he attributed to his solitary philosophising; three decades later, in a much-publicised quarrel with Jean-Jacques Rousseau,Hume attacked Rousseau’s reclusiveness as ‘savage’, ‘bestial’, the mark of an ‘arrant madman’. A life of lone thought was pathological: a judgement that still finds echoes in present-day concerns about social isolation and loneliness.

Barbara Taylor is Professor of Humanities at Queen Mary, based in the Schools of History and English and Drama. She is currently leading a 4-year project, ‘Pathologies of Solitude,18th – 21st C’, funded by the Wellcome Trust.
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JANUARY

Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature:
Seminar: Dr Lucy Wooding, Oxford ‘The Book as Image: Tudor Religious Culture and Perceptions of Print’

ArtsTwo 3.16, Queen Mary University of London
Wednesday 9 January 2019, 5-7pm

This paper will discuss the relationship between word and image in
early modern England, focusing in particular on the ways in which books were conceptualized within religious discourse as variously text, object and image, suggesting that the dialogue about and between these different forms offers important insights into the evolution of religious culture in an era of reform.
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Travelling Queer People’s History Show – Scratch PerformanceQueen Mary University of London
Saturday 19 January 2019, 6pm
The Travelling Queer People’s History Show takes the audience on a startling journey underneath the foundations of some of Britain’s biggest galleries to uncover a hidden history of queer prisoners, prisons and penal colonies.

English Postgraduate Research Seminar 2019ArtsOne lecture Theatre Queen Mary University of London
Thursday 17 + 31 January, 14 + 28 February, 14 + 28 March and 23 May 2019, 6pm Our groundbreaking postgraduate research seminar continues with a wide range of speakers in 2019.

News

Harriet Baker (English PhD) has won The Tony Lothian Prize for Rural Hours: Interwar Female Writers project. Read more here
  • Nadia Valman (English) spoke at the Museum of Liverpool about using digital technology to unlock layers of heritage.
  • Ali Campbell (Drama)’s book The Theatre of the Oppressed in Practice Today (Bloomsbury) is being published on 21 March 2019.
  • Tiffany Watt-Smith (Drama) from Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama has been awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize to begin work on a new project exploring the cultural history of sleep. Read more

Opportunities & Competition

OPEN CALL: EcoFutures: Queer, Feminist and Decolonial Responses to Ecological and Environmental Changes” (4-19 April 2019) Read more

PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE WORK EXPERIENCE: Work experience applications open on 8 January. Information here

18c FELLOWSHIP: The Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, in conjunction wit the British Society for Eighteenth-Century StudiesShort-Term Early-Career Visiting Fellowship 2018-19. Deadline: 17 January 2019

JOBS AT QMUL: Start the new year with a new job working with Queen Mary as a Hospitality & Events Manager, Library ShelverDigital Communications OfficerPublic Engagement Officer and many more.

Win a 24 Penguin Little Black/Modern Classics hamper with your #SED2019 Winter Wonder photo

To enter simply email us your photo sed-web@qmul.ac.uk or use the hashtag #SED2019 and tag us on Instagram or Twitter. The photo theme could be themed around: winter wonderland style scene a highlight from your festive break books you’re looking forward to reading in 2019 performances you’re looking forward to in 2019 Photo above ‘Bushey Park’ by Matthew Mauger (photographer and Senior Lecturer in English and e-Strategy Manager at QMUL)

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