#SEDweekly – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 15 February 2017

Here’s our list of events and opportunities we’ve just discovered and that are coming up in the next week (from Thursday to Wednesday).

This week’s list is very petite so please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition:



Sexual Cultures Research Group: Juliet Jacques | Mon 13 March | 18:00-20:00 | QMUL, Mile End

Please join us for a reading by Juliet Jacques from her recent book Trans: A Memoir, followed by a conversation with Dr. Sam McBean (QMUL SED) and questions.

This is the first public event of the newly founded Sexual Cultures Research Group (SexCult).

It is FREE to attend and the event will be followed by a drinks reception.

Juliet Jacques has published two books: Rayner Heppenstall: A Critical Study (Dalkey Archive Press, 2007) and Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2015). As well as contributing to several anthologies, her short fiction has appeared in Five Dials, Berfrois, 3:AM and elsewhere; her essays and journalism have featured in Granta, Sight & Sound, Wire, The Guardian and many other publications and websites. She lives in London.




QMUL Gradfest | Monday 20-Friday 24 February 2017 | Free

QMUL’s Graduate Festival is an exciting cross-disciplinary week of events that aims to showcase the cutting-edge research being conducted by PhD students at QMUL and to bring researchers together.

Some highlights we spotted include a performance poetry event, an Introduction to Public Engagement, Mural Painting and a PhD Comedy night.


For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships

No listings this week. If you spot anything interesting please email sed-web@qmul.ac.uk and we’ll add in to this post.

Opportunities & Volunteering

No listings this week. If you spot anything interesting please email sed-web@qmul.ac.uk and we’ll add in to this post.




Calls for Papers & Contributions

No listings this week. If you spot anything interesting please email sed-web@qmul.ac.uk and we’ll add in to this post.




To add a listing to next week’s digest or to help us update this edition please email us by Friday 17 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.

Two Projects Led by SED Staff Win Engagement and Enterprise Awards

We were delighted that two projects led by our School staff have won awards at the QMUL Engagement and Enterprise Awards on Tuesday 7 February 2017.

We caught up with Maggie Inchley and Morag Shiach to talk through their award-winning projects.


Maggie Inchley gives us insight into The Verbatim Project, which won a Public Engagement Award for Influence:

‘Right now, according to the system, kids have become just another number, another statistic, and it’s not whether a child is being cared for it’s whether they’re being dealt with. And that’s not the same.’

This is part of a testimony given to us by a 14 year-old care experienced girl as part of our applied theatre research project,  The Verbatim Formula.

It’s powerful material, especially when perfomed anonymously to the adults who are responsible for children in care.

Verbatim makes them stop. And listen.

This week , the project – a collaboration with Maggie Inchley, Sylvan Baker, Sadhvi Dar and People’s Palace Projects – won the 2017 Centre for Public Engagement Award for Influence.

We’re thrilled – and hope it helps the project develop further. If you’re studying at QMUL and interested in working with young people or applied theatre do get in touch  with Maggie (m.inchley@qmul.ac.uk). We’ll be running another workshop in the summer.

More information about the project is available here


Morag Shiach tells us about the impact of the Creativeworks London project, which won an award for Academic Innovation in Non-Commercial Enterprise:

Since its launch in 2012 Creativeworks London has transformed the landscape of collaboration between arts and humanities researchers and the creative economy in London. Through more than a hundred funded collaborative and co-created research projects and other research activities, and also through partnership in London Creative and Fusion, Creativeworks London has significantly increased the number of small and micro creative businesses working with research institutions in London. It has built capacity for collaboration with the creative economy across a wide range of arts and humanities disciplines, and significantly raised the level of engagement and investment in this activity by partner universities. It has enabled the development of significant new networks that will have a major impact on the future growth and success of the creative economy in London.

Fourteen of the projects supported by CWL have had outputs that are ‘spin outs’, and the range and diversity of innovation and research assets generated by the project is a clear indication of the power of the collaborations it enabled and supported. Other outputs have included new products and services, apps, performances and exhibitions, new business models, evaluation reports, films, software, training in creative skills, policy reports and more than fifty publications.

Recently Creativeworks London has begun working in Brazil, in partnership with People’s Palace Projects. The focus of this work is on the development of creative hubs in the State of Sao Paulo. A volume of essays exploring collaborations supported through Creativeworks London’s creative voucher scheme has recently been published by Palgrave Macmillan: Morag Shiach and Tarek Virani (eds.), Cultural Policy, Innovation, and the Creative Economy: Creative Collaborations in Arts and Humanities Research (2017).

#SEDweekly – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 8 February 2017

Here’s our list of events and opportunities we’ve just discovered and that are coming up in the next week (from Thursday to Wednesday).

If you’d like to add anything to next week’s digest then please email us.



GALACTICS | Term-time Fridays from Friday 10 February | 5pm-6:30pm, Film and Drama Studio, Arts 2 | Free

A series of laid back scratch performance events followed by music and chit-chat MA Independent Practical Project students Alex Lyons and Camilla Canocchi are excited to invite you to MA Independent Practical Project students Alex Lyons and Camilla Canocchi.

Free. Bring your own drinks.

Please RSVP: d.oliver@qmul.ac.uk



English PGR Seminar Series: Esther Leslie | Thu 9 Feb | 17:15 | QMUL, Mile End

We welcome Esther Leslie, Professor in Political Aesthetics and Acting Co-Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities for a postgraduate research seminar entitled ‘Animating Clouds’.


Veranda: Truth to Power | Thu 9 Feb | 19:00 | Libreria Bookshop, Spitalfields

Libreria & Second Home present the third edition of Veranda, a monthly series of poetry & spoken word events, to showcase some of the freshest literary talent around London. This edition will be an intimate evening of poetry exploring the theme of ‘Truth To Power’. The line up includes Victoria Bulley, Inua Ellams & a special appearance from Brooklyn poet, R.A. Villanueva.


London-Paris Romanticism Seminar Meeting | Fri 10 Feb | 17:30-19:30 | Senate House Library, Bloomsbury

L-PRS are delighted to welcome Lynda Pratt, Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Nottingham, who will present a paper entitled Romanticism and the Culture of Non-Publication. This will be followed by a discussion and a wine reception, to which all are invited. Admission is free.

Play the Gallery at Tate Britain | Sat 11 and Sun 12 Feb | 11:00-16:00 | Tate Britain, Pimlico

Daniel Oliver, ‘Awkwardance’ at Steakhouse Live, Hackney Wick. Image by Shaahin Shahablou.

Artists including our very own Daniel Oliver will bring the gallery to life through performance, sound and dance.


MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health Open Event: Dr Anna Harpin | Mon 13 Feb | 18:00-21:00 | QMUL Mile End

Please join the MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health and the Drama Department at Queen Mary University of London for: “Gazing with alterity in Titicut Follies, Blue/Orange, and Ship of Fools” Dr Anna Harpin (University of Warwick, Theatre and Performance Studies).


For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships

No listings this week. If you spot anything interesting please email sed-web@qmul.ac.uk and we’ll add in to this post.

Opportunities & Volunteering

Institute of English Studies – Sambrook Fund Studentship – Applications Open

“The Institute is delighted to announce a new funded studentship for one place on our MA/MRes History of the Book programme. The award covers fees in full at the Home/EU rate. The studentship will be offered every year over the next four academic years.

Our MA/MRes in the History of the Book provides an unrivalled base for the study of a subject that has been the focus of increasing scholarly attention over the past 30 years. Originally considering mainly physical aspects of the book and the details of its manufacture and trade, scholars have come to see the study of the book as an aid to understanding literary texts and as a focus for insight into social, cultural and intellectual processes in history. The course focuses not only books, but also newspapers, magazines, chapbooks and broadsides. Because the book did not begin with the invention of printing, the course will also consider the manuscript period before print–as well as the book in the digital era.

For further details about the MA/MRes programme, please click here: https://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/study-training/masters-courses

Please direct enquiries to Hannah Pope (hannah.pope@sas.ac.uk)”


VOGUE Talent Contest for Young Writers – Entry now open

The annual VOGUE Talent Content 2017 is now open for entries. The annual talent contest for young writers is one of the most prestigious awards in the industry and has helped launch the careers of authors, playwrights and poets, as well as members of Vogue’s own staff.  Entrants must be under the age of 25 and I wondered whether it might be of interest to any of your students?  I attach details in the hope that it might be and that you might be willing to share them.  The closing date for entries is Friday 7th April.

Download the brief here


2017 Cambridge Long Vacation Scholarship Scheme has been launched (Current QMUL students only)

The College has again been invited to send up to 8 students to spend over three weeks at King’s College and one student to St John’s College, Cambridge during the Long Vacation, which this year will be from Monday 17th July 2017 to Saturday 12th August 2017.  These Long Vacation scholarships commemorate the period during the Second World War when Queen Mary College was evacuated to King’s College, Cambridge.

All non-final year undergraduate students (home and international) who do not have academic commitments during the Long Vacation are eligible for consideration.

Each student will receive a scholarship of £455 from QMUL to cover travelling expenses to and from Cambridge, together with maintenance during the 4 week period.  It is expected that they will spend their time at Cambridge in using the academic facilities in the furtherance of their undergraduate studies and would be expected to devise their own study programme. Each School can nominate 2 candidates to the Dean.

In order to apply, students must first discuss their application with their adviser or a tutor who knows them well, either face to face or by email.  If you are approached by a student and asked to support their application, they must email you a completed version of the attached application form no later than midday on Monday 27th February. If you have agreed to support the application, please complete the second part of the application form and email the complete form to me sed-hos@qmul.ac.uk), no later than midday on Friday 10th March. I will then consider all the applications and will forward the names of two shortlisted candidates to the Dean for Taught Programmes,

Eligible students have been told about the Scheme today, sent a copy of the application form and told about the 27th February deadline. Please note that final year students, MA students and Associate students are not eligible. The School normally shortlists current second year students. There is information about the Scheme at



Calls for Papers & Contributions

CfP: Captivating Criminality 4: Crime Fiction: Detection, Public and Private, Past and Present | 29 June-1 July 2017

Corsham Court, Bath Spa University, UK

More details here

The Captivating Criminality Network is delighted to announce its fourth UK conference. Building upon and developing ideas and themes from the previous three successful conferences, Crime Fiction: Detection, Public and Private, Past and Present will examine what is arguably the very heart of this field of critical study.

Please send 300 word proposals to Dr. Fiona Peters (f.peters@bathspa.ac.uk) by 13th February 2017. The abstract should include your name, email address, and affiliation, as well as the title of your paper. Please feel free to submit abstracts presenting work in progress as well as completed projects. Postgraduate students are welcome. Papers will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. Proposals for suggested panels are also welcome.

Attendance fees: £155 (£105 students)




To add a listing to next week’s digest or to help us update this edition please email us by Friday 10 February 2017 at 5pm

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SED Drama Professor Jen Harvie Launches New Theatre Podcast

We’re excited to see that Jen Harvie has launched her new podcast series, which explores contemporary arts and culture with the people who make it.

The first episode which you can listen to below is with Sh!t Theatre (QMUL graduates too!) who are currently performing at Soho Theatre until 11 February.

Topics covered in the podcast range from from love to death, gentrification, friendship, money, and cardboard comets.

Find out more about Jen Harvie
Find out more about Sh!t Theatre

#SEDweekly – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 1 February 2017

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

If you’d like to add anything to next week’s digest then please email us.





SED Representation: Long Table | Wed 1 Feb | 18:00-21:00 | QMUL Mile End – The Pinter Studio, ArtsOne

‘This will be an open discussion event for students and staff in the School of English and Drama at QMUL to have a dialogue about a lack of representation in the school and what can be done about it’.


Matthew Ingleby (Queen Mary) Guest Lecture | Thu 2 Feb | 18:00-20:00 | Goldsmiths University of London, New Cross

Join our very own Matthew Ingleby for a lecture at Goldsmiths entitled ‘Temporary Accommodations: Habitat and habitus in Little Dorrit’.


QMTC SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2017 | Sat 3 – Sun 4 Feb | Various Times | QMUL Mile End

QMTC Shakespeare Festival presents two fantastic adaptations of some of the Bard’s most well known and loved plays; The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet.

Book tickets here



Theatre Heritage Day | Sat 4 Feb | 14:00-16:30 | Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

Join our local history archive for a packed afternoon of talks on different aspects of theatre history in the East End. Distinguished speakers for the day are:

  • Dr Janice Norwood on nineteenth century theatre in the East End
  • Carole Zeidman on the history of Wilton’s Music Hall
  • Erin Lee on the Black Plays Archive, including Elmina’s Kitchen by Kwame Kwei-Armah, set in Clapton
  • Isabelle Seddon on the Jewish East End’s contribution to twentieth century political theatre
  • Ashraf Neswar on the history of Tower Hamlets Council’s annual Season of Bangla Drama

No booking required


Coocoolili: My Funny Valentine | Tue 7 Feb | 19:00 | Jamboree, Limehouse

Eirini Kartsaki performing at Steakhouse Live | Photo credit: Greg Viet

Join our very own Eirini Kartsaki for Coocoolili, evening of a variety of acts brought together under a common theme; an evening of music, songs, spoken word, performance, dance, quirky tomfooleries, profound ideas and profanities.



The 2017 George Steiner Lecture in Comparative Literature: Aamir R. Mufti, UCLA | Tue 7 Feb |  18:30 | QMUL Mile End

Join the Comparative Literature department for this year’s George Steiner Lecture entitled: ‘Strangers in Europa: Migrant, Terrorist, Refugee’.

Book free tickets here



QUORUM Drama Research Seminar: Louise Owen | Wed 8 Feb | 18:00 | QMUL Mile End

Join our guest speaker Louise Owen for a seminar entitled: Social bodies: ‘The Oresteia at Shakespeare’s Globe‘.

No booking required


For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships

No listings this week. If you spot anything interesting please email sed-web@qmul.ac.uk and we’ll add in to this post.

Opportunities & Volunteering

No listings this week. If you spot anything interesting please email sed-web@qmul.ac.uk and we’ll add in to this post.

Current students and staff can see current listings on QMSU volunteering here


Calls for Papers

No listings this week. If you spot anything interesting please email sed-web@qmul.ac.uk and we’ll add in to this post.



To add a listing to next week’s digest or to help us update this edition please email us by Friday 3 February 2017 at 5pm

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MA English Studies graduate Richard Dodwell talks about his new theatre work PLANES

MA English Studies graduate Richard Dodwell is presenting his new show PLANES at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick from Tuesday 31 January.


PLANES | Tue 31 Jan-Sat 4 Feb | The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick | £15/£12 (conc)


Tell us about your new work PLANES? How did it come about?

PLANES is a “live tuning” into missing things. By that I mean it’s a live work for theatre that explores notions of remembering and processing difficult experiences, with a live accompanying score by the poet and composer Timothy Thornton. In this case, that difficulty is the suicides of people close to me. Mental Health is in crisis and more and more people seem to be suffering as services are slashed and the world becomes crueler. I suppose, as someone trying to survive, the work emerged to try and harness the truth of both what grief is and how we move forwards—but it’s a tough one! I did a couple of scratch previews of that work, with the help of Arts Council England and Battersea Arts Centre, and then The Yard invited me to present the work as part of their NOW 17 festival of new performance. So I was really chuffed about that.


Who or what inspires you to make theatre work?

Anything and everyone really. I try to make work that’s honest and not too obscured by style and posturing, although inevitably when you “make” something it always runs the risk of being perceived as such. I guess that’s the magic of any kind of art making or creativity—the multitude of ways it can be perceived. I’m not here to moderate or manipulate anyone’s feelings, although I am trying to create a world where people find some sort of connection. I’m hugely inspired by the European avant-garde and the New York experimental theatre of the 70s and 80s. The Wooster Group particularly are a huge inspiration, as is the writer and filmmaker Derek Jarman. I guess I want to make work that documents the experience of being alive, here and now, without too much thought.

What was studying English Studies at Queen Mary like? Do you have any favourite memories or tutors?

Fantastic. I have very warm memories there. The English Department is second to none: great teaching, excellent resources and the chance to really engage with literary theory—which has influenced my creative practice hugely. My favourite memory is meeting Matthew, who studied on the MA with me. He was a wonderful friend and support throughout the course, and introduced me to lots of new left-wing and radical revolutionary thought. He was a wonderful person: sensitive, vibrant and hugely caring. Sadly, Matthew took his own life in October last year. I miss him hugely. This show is partly dedicated to him.


For more information about Richard’s work please visit his website here

#SEDweekly – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 25 January 2017

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

If you’d like to add anything to next week’s digest then please email us.






The Sick of the Fringe | Various Venues | Fri 17-Sun 19 Feb

The Edinburgh fringe institution created by our very own Dr Brian Lobel comes to London to host a three day festival ‘A celebration of the body – its problems and potential‘. There are lots of our SED current and former staff and students taking part including Daniel Oliver, Aoife Monks and Xavier De Souza. Many of the tickets are free so be sure to snap them up when they go live on Friday 27 January.

See the brochure here

Book online here from Fri 27 Jan



Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English Lunchtime Seminar:  Emily Vine (joint with CEMMN.net) | Wed 25 Jan | 12:45-13:45 | QMUL Mile End – ArtsOne 3.17

This week’s work in progress is entitled: ‘Death, remembrance and religious ritual – examples from the Huntington Library’.

See the full events schedule here for future dates


Drama Postgraduate QUORUM Seminar: Catherine Hindson | Wed 25 Jan | 18:00-20:00 | QMUL Mile End – ArtsOne RR2

Quorum is a series of research seminars in the drama department at Queen Mary. All events are free and open to everyone. Drinks and snacks provided. Arts One building, RR2. This week we welcome Dr Catherine Hindson for a seminar entitled: ‘Off Stage Labour: Actresses, Charity Work And The Early Twentieth-Century Theatre Profession’.

See the full events schedule here for future dates


Long Table: BME Success & Belonging in QMUL and Beyond | Thu 26 Jan | 18:00-21:00 | QMUL Mile End – Bancroft Building

The event is an open forum for students and staff to discuss the experiences of black and minority ethnic students at QMUL. It’s happening on Thursday 26th January at 6pm. It’s organised and facilitated by students and staff in Drama and Politics alongside the Engagement, Retention and Success Team at QMUL.


Thoughts on British Black and Asian Literature (1945-2010) | Fri 27 Jan | 15:30-17:30 | Goldsmiths, University of London

The event features: an afternoon’s symposium of discussion with leading scholars in the fields of post-war British Black and Asian Literature with readings by Moniza Alvi and Courttia Newland.



A Night of Mechanicals | Fri 27 Jan | 18:30 | Pinter Studio, QMUL Campus

QM Shakespeare and QMTC present a fun night of short scenes of Shakespeare which are all prepared only 1 hour before.


PLANES by Richard Dodwell | Wed 31 Jan – Sat 4 Feb | 19:30 | The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick

Join our MA English Studies graduate Richard Dodwell for his new piece PLANES (pictured above):

‘Part live memoir, part aerial sound piece, PLANES is a strange and searching show about finding a voice in the wreckage of everyday living.’


Letters to Windsor House by Sh!t Theatre | Soho Theatre | Wed 31 Jan-Sat 11 Feb

Our graduates Sh!t Theatre present their hit Edinburgh show

For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships


Communications Executive | Women for Refugee Women | Deadline: Mon 6 Feb

Women for Refugee Women is a small, dynamic organisation, which is committed to making a real difference to the situation of refugee women in the UK, by speaking to
wide audiences and supporting refugee women themselves to tell their stories. WfRW are currently seeking a communications executive to join our team. The right person will be determined to create positive change.


Opportunities & Volunteering


Independent Social Research Foundation – Early Career Fellowship Competition

The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to do interdisciplinary work which is unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies. It is interested in original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.

The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support original interdisciplinary research, across the range of the social sciences, to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2018. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply.

The award is intended to enable a scholar at the early career stage to pursue his/her research full-time, for a period of up to 12 months. The amount will be offered to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution, and will be considered to a maximum of £50,000 per successful applicant. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution.

Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply – applicants should be within 10 years of PhD award, and they will normally have a permanent appointment at an institution of higher education and research. Career breaks may be taken into account.

Applicants should consult the Criteria as set out on the ISRF website and show that they meet them. Applicants should follow the Application procedure and should present their Proposal in the format specified there.

Entry deadline: Friday 3 March 2017



Calls for Papers


CfP: Arthur Symons at the Fin de Siècle: A One-Day Symonsposium | 21 July 2017 | Goldsmiths, University of London

This one-day symposium explores the contribution of Symons to the literary and artistic culture of the fin de siècle, with a particular focus on his early verse. We welcome proposals for papers, and abstracts of 500 words should be sent as Word attachments to Symons2017@gold.ac.uk by 31st March 2017.  Papers should be 20 minutes in length.



To add a listing to next week’s digest or to help us update this edition please email us by Friday 27 January 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.

#SEDweekly – Events and Opportunities Digest – 18 January 2017

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

If you’d like to add anything to next week’s digest then please email us.




Booking now open for Theatre, Performance and Employment happening on 23-24 February 2017

The event Queen Mary University of London, bringing together scholars, artists, and activists from the theatre and performance industries.



Emily Vine: ‘Death, remembrance and religious ritual – examples from the Huntington Library’ | Wed 25 Jan | 12:45 | ArtOne 3.17, QMUL Mile End Campus

All are welcome to this lunchtime work-in-progress seminar next week jointly hosted by CEMMN.net  and the Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English.


Jane Chapman: “Double the Work, but Double the Scope? Researching Comparative and Interdisciplinary Media History” | Tue 24 Jan | 18:00 | Senate House (Room 243), University of London

Comparative media history using content from beyond the English-speaking world and the British Empire is still relatively unexplored as a field for publication. This presentation proposes a way forward, by identifying the existence of transnational themes that emerged from the reality of print communications during the long 19th century: modernism, “orientalist” trade, cultural and scientific exchange, design, and fashion. Focusing on Germany, France and Japan, the pros and cons of an interdisciplinary approach are discussed in relations to science periodicals in Europe, women’s uses of periodicals in the late nineteenth century, periodicals for ex-patriot communities and satirical publications.


For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships


Communications & Marketing Administrator at Queen Mary University of London | Deadline: Mon 23 Jan

This exciting role will support the administration and coordination of the Communications and Marketing department at Queen Mary Students’ Union.


Opportunities & Volunteering

Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize

The journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford University Press) is delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 Essay Prize.  The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize aims to encourage new scholarship in the field of contemporary women’s writing, recognise and reward outstanding achievement by new researchers and support the professional development of next generation scholars.

Entry deadline: 1 February 2017



Calls for Papers


Bodily Extensions and Performance (Avatars, Prosthetics, Cyborgs, Posthumans) | Deadline for manuscripts to be considered for publication: Tue 31 Jan

The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media is seeking contributions for a special issue on Bodily Extensions and Performance.

The journal is looking for full essays of between 5,000 and 8,000 words that might consider (but are not limited to) the following topics:
– The politics of bodily extension in performance
– Cultural representations of extended bodies
– Ethics and bodily extensions in performance
– Bodies in cyborg performance
– Performing avatars as extended bodies
– Posthuman performance
– Designing the extended body for performance
– Prosthetics, disability, and performance
– Bodily extension and the performance of social identity
– Augmented bodies and superhumans in performance
– Choreographing for extended bodies
– Performing with bodily extensions
– Spectating extended bodies in performance

Essays should be formatted according to the Routledge journal style.

Please contact Sita Popat at s.popat@leeds.ac.uk if you have any queries.


KATHERINE MANSFIELD AND VIRGINIA WOOLF – Journal of Mansfield Studies – Call for Papers | Deadline: Thu 31 Aug

For volume 10 of Katherine Mansfield Studies, we invite comparative essays that explore aspects of the manifold relationship between these writers and their works, from their early meetings to the simultaneous launch of Prelude and the Hogarth Press through Mansfield’s early death and Woolf’s reflections on reading Mansfield’s published and posthumous oeuvre.

To add a listing to next week’s digest or to help us update this edition please email us by Friday 20 January 2017 at 5pm

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SED explores the new Queen Mary Graduate Centre!

Our roving reporters Jenny Gault (Director of Administration) and Hari Marini (Student Administrator: Research Student Support) have been to explore the new Graduate Centre. The seven-storey building includes 7,700 square metres of new learning and teaching space.

Here’s a quick collage of what they found:

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Clockwise from top left:
  1. Jenny outside the front of the new graduate centre.
  2. Hari in her favourite new room the Debating Chamber.
  3. Jenny taking pictures of the grassy roof and wooden roof terrace.
  4. ‘Pretty in Purple’ chairs in the postgraduate common room.


We spotted some more lovely pictures of the new building by our student Adam on Twitter:

Here’s another lovely one at dusk of the view from the Graduate Centre:

#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.


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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.

‘Flights of Oriental Fancy’ by Matthew Mauger


A print only a few inches wide depicts a man wearing a loose flowing garment and a pointed hat. He reclines against a stone pediment, apparently engaged in romantic conversation with a similarly exotically dressed woman, who holds a fan in her right hand and – like the man – a cup in her left. On the table between them rests an oval-shaped urn. To the right, a labourer waters a bush, whilst on the left – against a background of distant mountains – a many-storied pagoda rises.


A second print offers a slightly disturbing image of a large insect, with leaf-like wings, crawling across a landscape of rolling hills, with some large chests below bearing markings representing Chinese writing.




A third features an elaborate frame in which are embedded two similar chests, another man in flowing robes and pointed hat, and a cylindrical container marked ‘Finest Plain Green Tea’. The frame wraps around text naming the business of James Randall, who traded at ‘the Golden Lyon on the West Side of Charing Cross’ in the 1770s, and who ‘sells all sorts of fine teas, coffee, and chocolate at the lowest Prices’. Indeed, all three of these engraved designs are eighteenth-century advertisements for London-based grocers selling tea from China.


They are ‘trade cards’, typical of the exquisitely illustrated advertisements circulated by metropolitan retailers, many thousand of which survive thanks to the obsessions of collectors such as Sarah Sophia Banks (1744-1818) and furniture magnate Ambrose Heal (1872-1959), and now housed in the British Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings. The mass-printing associated with the newspaper press in the nineteenth century could not accommodate designs of such intricacy, meaning that these beautiful eighteenth century survivals can be seen as an early high-watermark in advertising design, that arguably was not to be seen again until the late twentieth century.


Largely dismissed in academic study for much of the twentieth century, the awakening interest in eighteenth century consumer society in recent decades has brought new attention to these unique archives. I have identified over 300 unique cards advertising businesses selling tea, dating from the period 1730-1830. My particular interest here lies in the window these trade cards offer into how eighteenth century consumers encountered tea, a dried leaf which was delivered to London wharves – many thousands of tons a year – via the astonishing mechanics of an international trade overseen by the East India Company. What might these advertisements tell us about the ways in which British consumers were imagined to understand the distant land in which their tea had been harvested and prepared for sale? How do they script the eighteenth-century buyer’s encounter with tea? The idea that I’m exploring here is that these trade cards might be understood as an early site of cultural encounter between Britain and China, distorted through the fabricating lens of product promotion and endorsement… though no less interesting, of course, as a result.


Read more on our tea blog or get a copy of our book available at all good bookshops: Empire of Tea: the Asian Leaf that Conquered the World, with Markman Ellis and Richard Coulton


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#SEDCareers: English graduate Mary Carter on her week with Palgrave Publishing

Before my internship with Palgrave Macmillan Journals I had only four days unpaid experience in an office environment. I had met the team’s Publisher, Amy Shackleton, at a careers evening at Queen Mary a few months previously, and since exchanged several emails and had one telephone interview, which culminated in my appointment as their summer intern. I was thrilled, of course, but in the days preceding my stay with the journals team, I was nevertheless a little apprehensive. On Sunday evening various questions occurred to me as I tried to mentally prepare myself for any undesirable situations: ‘What if I’m late on my first day?’; ‘What if I don’t get along with my colleagues?’; ‘What if I can’t keep up with the work?’ The new job jitters were getting to me.

I had been told to arrive at the Glasshouse Building at 9:45am for an orientation with HR. Having looked up the location of this building beforehand and checked the underground schedule for any delays, I arrived early and so was able to sit down in the foyer and collect myself before being given a tour with some other new employees. At least now I knew I could dismiss my fear of tardiness.

As I was only being employed on a temporary basis, after the tour I was taken off into a separate conference room and shown a quick slideshow detailing the terms of my contract, how and when I was going to be paid, and a basic outline of who Springer Nature are (Springer Nature is the merged company name for the majority of brands under Macmillan Science and Education and Springer Science+Business Media, of which Palgrave Macmillan is a part ). Feeling reassured that my needs would be looked after throughout my internship, I was then returned to the Glasshouse Building’s foyer, and told to wait for Beatrix Daniel, Assistant Publishing Manager and my mentor for the week.

Meeting Beatrix and the rest of the team (Lucy Wheeler, Marta Kask, who works at their New York office, and the aforementioned Amy Shackleton) dispelled any lingering worries. I had the opportunity before lunch to speak with each of them in turn about the different aspects of their jobs, their professional backgrounds, and to ask them any questions I had. They were all extremely easy to talk to, and made me feel very welcome. Lunch brought with it a time to get to know this close-knit team a little better, and I spent a very enjoyable hour discussing various topics with them, over a lunch they had kindly bought me in the company café.

What were the highlights of my week? The first was sitting in on a meeting between Lucy Wheeler and the editorial board for the European Journal of Development Research, one of the journals for whom she is Publishing Manager. I was fortunate to experience this, as such a meeting happens only once or twice a year, and one member of the board had even flown all the way from Australia to be there! Our presence was required for the whole morning, during which the journal’s progress and ideas for its improvement were discussed while I took the minutes. When we broke for lunch the feeling in the room was one of satisfaction: significant progress had been made, I had written several pages of useful notes, and there was food left over for Lucy and I to take back to the office!

Buoyed up by the success of the morning, I settled myself at my desk and consulted the timetable Beatrix had handed me at the beginning of the week. That afternoon I was to meet with two members of the Palgrave Macmillan journals production team. These were to be the first of several meetings Beatrix had arranged for me throughout the week, each with individuals working within Springer Nature, but in different areas of publishing. These conversations were highlights because, prior to my starting at Palgrave I had told Beatrix that I wanted to learn as much about the industry as possible, and she certainly made sure of this!

Over the course of the week I spoke with people from Palgrave Macmillan books team, the Open Access team, Nature Publishing Group, and marketing, and by Friday my head was buzzing with the multitude of career possibilities afforded by academic publishing.

Another highlight for me was due to my internship coinciding with the team’s recruitment of a Publishing Assistant. Amy was conducting the interviews and, as it is an entry-level position well-suited to recent graduates, she thoughtfully obtained permission for me to sit in on one of the interviews. It was a superb opportunity for me to gain an insight into what to expect when in the candidate’s shoes, and also to get some valuable feedback from Amy regarding the dos and don’ts of first interviews.

All in all, I came away from my week with Palgrave positive that I had learnt a great deal about academic publishing, and about the individuals within Springer Nature who ensure the world is never short of interesting and varied research publications. I also left feeling as though I had had not only an informative week, but an enjoyable one too. Though the Palgrave Journals team work extremely hard, they also know how to have fun outside of work. Included in the week’s social calendar was the lovely lunch I have already mentioned, a rehearsal with the staff choir, and a post-work pub trip.

My week with Beatrix, Amy, Lucy, and (though I never met her in the flesh) Marta showed me that journal publishing is a challenging, complex, and highly rewarding line of work. From meetings with dedicated academics to troubleshooting from your desk, no two days are the same, and I would like to thank them all for ensuring I had such a valuable and fun week.

‘Pug’s Progress: PhD research leading to an exhibition’ by Stephanie Howard-Smith


Stephanie Howard-Smith is researching her doctoral dissertation in the English Department at Queen Mary on the cultural history of the lapdog in eighteenth-century Britain. Over the last year, she has also helped to curate an exhibition related to her research entitled ‘Pug’s Progress: William Hogarth and Animals’ at Hogarth’s House museum. This blog post describes some of her experiences while curating the exhibition.


images-2‘Pug’s Progress: William Hogarth and Animals’ looks at animal life in early Georgian Britain as depicted in the work of the British artist William Hogarth. Hogarth is famous for his close relationship with his pets, especially a pug called Trump. Hogarth’s House is a historic house museum in Chiswick dedicated to the works of Hogarth, who used it as a country home in the last fifteen years of his life. It also has a gallery that holds temporary exhibitions on Hogarth, local history and local contemporary artists.


My intention with the exhibition was to take the animals out of the background of the prints and paintings, and place them in the foreground, as Hogarth did himself in his 1745 self-portrait, The Painter and his Pug. One drawback when exhibiting prints is that the casual visitor may be overwhelmed by a series of similar-sized, monochrome two-dimensional images all positioned at the same height. To break up this monotony, a graphic designer magnified images of animals from other Hogarth prints and these were arranged on the walls (a guide to the original images was also provided by the Chair of the William Hogarth Trust).


‘Pug’s Progress’ is divided into four sections; Hogarth’s Pugs, Animals in the Home, Animal Cruelty and Animals in the Street and Field respectively. The first section of the exhibition, which focuses on Hogarth’s relationship with his pug dogs (and the other animals owned by his family), is closely tied to my own research on the cultural history of the lapdog in the eighteenth century – my PhD thesis, ‘The Enlightenment Lapdog’, looks at the representation of lapdogs and lapdog-owners in eighteenth-century literary, visual and material culture.

The Painter and his Pug 1745 William Hogarth 1697-1764 Purchased 1824 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N00112
The Painter and his Pug 1745 William Hogarth 1697-1764 Purchased 1824 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N00112

220px-cruelty2Hogarth was exceptional among eighteenth-century lapdog owners (both real and fictional) for a variety of reasons. Whereas lapdogs were synonymous with a feminine obsession with luxury and fashion, Hogarth was both male and he purposefully cultivated an unpretentious persona. He was interested in satirising lifestyles associated with lapdog ownership in his prints, showing them to be excessive, luxurious and corrupting. Hogarth’s affection for his pug, Trump, is shown through one of the objects on display; Hogarth’s House was very kindly loaned a souvenir broadside Hogarth had printed with Trump’s name on it when they visited a frost fair held on the frozen Thames in 1740.


Hogarth is also well known for his opposition to animal cruelty, which he featured in a major print series called The Four Stages of Cruelty (1751), which argues forcefully that animal abuse leads to violence against humans. As the series was already on display in its entirety elsewhere in Hogarth’s House, we decided not to include it in the exhibition.  In organizing the exhibition, the museum hoped to attract a younger audience, and this was considered too challenging. I was concerned that omitting The Four Stages of Cruelty might be a lacuna in a consideration of Hogarth and images-1animals, as it makes such an important argument for Hogarth. His view was very influential in the late eighteenth-century, and writers discussing animal welfare frequently referred back to Hogarth’s prints. Instead, The Cockpit (1759) is on display next to a pair of eighteenth-century cockspurs. Whereas The Four Stages of Cruelty largely focuses on the cruelty inflicted on animals by poor children and workers, cockfighting was popular among all social classes and Hogarth’s print reflects this.


img_3172Hogarth’s focus on animal cruelty was rather radical during his lifetime, but so too was the manner in which he approached animals in his work generally. He was mocked for positioning Trump in front of his self-portrait-within-a-self-portrait in The Painter and his Pug. Hogarth was perhaps the first British artist to really interest himself in animals – Stubbs only published his first horse anatomy drawings a few years after Hogarth’s death. I hoped that the exhibition would satisfy visitors who find animal history interesting, as well as others who might be surprised how tracing the lives of dairy cattle, pet monkeys or dancing bears in eighteenth-century Britain could shine a light on aspects of Hogarth’s art and its historical context.


The exhibition is open until Sunday the 16th of October. Entry is free.

For more information visit: http://www.hounslow.info/arts-culture/historic-houses-museums/hogarth-house

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Being Human Festival 2016 Programme Announced

The full programme for Being Human Festival led by University of London’s School of Advanced Study has been announced and is available to peruse to your heart’s content here.

We’ve picked out a few events that caught our eye and feature some of our School of English and Drama connections:



queen-mary-university-of-london-no-feedbackNo Feedback

People’s Palace Projects is a partner on this one…

Saturday 19 November | 18.00–19.30

No Feedback is a theatrical event highlighting the gentle pull of discrimination that tears at the fabric of everyday life. Giving an insight into human nature, it is set against the backdrop of catastrophes both historic and contemporary. By taking Genocide Watch’s groundbreaking research as the backbone of the production, No Feedback intelligently and sensitively asks audiences to consider their own place on the spectrum of how we relate to one another. Come and play your part in this new kind of theatre experience.

More info and book online here



queen-mary-university-of-london-spitalfields-winter-1892_a-guided-walkSpitalfields, winter 1892: a guided walk

Led by SED’s Dr Nadia Valman

Sunday 20 November | 16:00–17:45

Novels have a particular power to conjure the past life of a place and to make us alert to the traces of the past that are still visible all around us. See Spitalfields in a new light through the eyes of bestselling Victorian writer Israel Zangwill and his closely observed novel Children of the Ghetto. Explore the neighbourhood with the ‘Zangwill’s Spitalfields’ walking tour app created by Dr Nadia Valman with the Jewish Museum, London and Soda Ltd. This app brings together archive sources including photographs, documents and digitised objects from the Jewish Museum to create an immersive experience of the lively and fraught milieu of Jewish immigrant life in Victorian Spitalfields. Hear about the making of the app and sample its content on the streets of east London in this guided walk.

More info and book online here



queen-mary-the-museum-of-the-normalThe museum of the normal

Includes SED’s Dr Tiffany Watt Smith is presenting a talk entitled: ‘Blending in: The Lost Art of Disappearing’

Thursday 24 November | 18.00–21.00

From angst-ridden teenage letters to agony aunts to concerned posts in online parenting forums, it’s clear that as a society we are haunted by a fear of being labelled abnormal. But who gets to define what’s normal? Is it really something to aspire to? And is worrying about ‘being normal’ normal? At this drop-in late event at Bart’s Pathology Museum, led by the Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions, visitors will enter the ‘land of the abnormal’: a pop-up museum of games, talks and performances addressing different aspects of the history of normality. Expect lost emotions, historical psychometric tests, themed refreshments, history of medicine talks and guided tours of the ‘museum of the normal’.

More info and book online here



See the full programme here

or why not read the curator’s highlights here

#NationalPoetryDay – Win a Place in SED History

Today, Thursday 6th October is National Poetry Day and we’re celebrating the literary form with a competition on Twitter that could make your words part of SED history.

Simply tweet us a poem with the hashtag #SEDrhymetime and your poem could be printed, framed and put somewhere special in the School.

More details on Twitter here


Here’s 3 more ways you can engage with the day:

  1. Check out Time Out’s guide to #NationalPoetryDay events today.
  2. Visit the Poetry Library in the Southbank Centre.
  3. Search for what’s happening near you on the National Poetry Day website here


We teach a variety of Poetry modules within these programmes: