Attention Final Year Students – The National Student Survey is open for 2018

The National Student Survey (NSS) is now open to give your thoughts about studying with us.

Complete the survey

The NSS is an annual national survey of final-year undergraduate students.

It’s important for QMUL and the team in English and Drama as it gives us an opportunity to hear from you about what’s working and where we can improve.

Your feedback will help us make changes to improve the experience for future students.

You can complete the NSS now at:

www.thestudentsurvey.com

PLUS: We have a dedicated computer for you to complete the survey with a snacks trolley by our School Reception on 3rd floor of ArtsOne Building.

Thanks very much for taking the time to complete this important survey!

Best wishes,

Matt Rubery and Catherine Silverstone
Directors of Teaching and Learning

School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

Mojisola Adebayo Newsflash for Spring 2018

Mojisola has successfully completed her PhD entitled Afriquia Theatre: Creating Black Queer Ubuntu Through Performance supervised by Dr Catherine Silverstone with Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey of QMUL SED and is now a permanent lecturer in the department.

To read more about Afriquia Theatre see Mojisola’s chapter ‘Everything you Know About Queerness You Learned From Blackness: ‘Introducing the Afriquia Theatre of Black Dykes, Crips, Kids and all their Kin’ in the groundbreaking new anthology released this month: Sista! An Anthology of writing by and about Same Gender Loving Women of African / Caribbean descent with a UK Connection edited by Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Rikki Beadle-Blair and John R. Gordon, published by Team Angelica.

New project: Stars

Mojisola Adebayo has completed writing the first draft of her new play STARS with support from Arts Council England, idle women and QMUL. STARS is a new play and concept album for the stage performed by one actor with a live DJ and animation that tells the story of an old lady who travels into outer space… in search of her own orgasm. The play poetically explores the power and politics of pleasure for women, girls and intersex people. It questions why millions of people are unable to reach the heights of sexual pleasure as a result of sexual trauma, genital mutilation, traditional harmful practices and surgical interventions that continue to this day on every inhabited continent. STARS poetically and dramatically connects the theme of female pleasure with space travel. Here is a draft of the script. The show will be created in collaboration with a team of artists, produced and published in full in London, 2018-20. Watch this space! –

www.mojisolaadebayo.com

An extract of STARS appears in a new edited anthology

Liberating the Canon: An Anthology of Innovative Literature, edited by Dostoyevsky Wannabe and edited by Isabel Waidner. Details

If you missed her talk on Afriquia Theatre at Quorum in January, you can hear her present and share extracts from her Afriquia plays at the following events:

  • Queer at Kings, University of London, 8 February Info
  • Queerying Space: Transnational Perspectives at Oxford University, 28 February Info
  • And if you are really keen, Mojisola is also speaking as a Visiting Artist at University of Wisconsin, Madison 21 February Info

 

 

 

QUIZ MANIA: Inter Humanities Quiz Night – Tuesday 6 February 2018

Tuesday 6 February | 18:30 | Draper’s Lounge, QMUL Mile End

Rachel our HSS faculty rep is delighted to announce that next Tuesday, February 6th will be the first inter-humanities quiz night! All HSS students are invited to compete to win the title of best school in the HSS faculty.

This event will be held in Drapers lounge at 18:30 and snacks will be provided.

This is a great chance to encourage HSS students to get to know each other, and it would be amazing for your school to win the first annual Inter-Humanities Quiz.

So don’t be shy, get quizzing and help English and Drama win BEST SCHOOL!

Postgraduate Open Events 2018

We are delighted to meet prospective students at the following events:

English

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.

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.

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.

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.

SED at Being Human Festival

Being Human Festival 2017 #BeingHuman17 is festival celebrating the humanities.

This year the theme is ‘Lost and Found’ and our School of English and Drama are involved with exciting events and coverage in the following ways:

#BeingHuman17

Shahidha Bari

BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking at Being Human

Tuesday 21 November, 10pm

Shahidha Bari will co-host a special studio discussion looking at how the themes of loss and rediscovery play out in discipline across the humanities, featuring research from

Matthew Ingleby

Bloomsbury and the grounds for philanthropy

November 25, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square
London, WC1N 1AZ United Kingdom
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In this event, Dr Matthew Ingleby will lead a panel discussion exploring the role urban geography has played historically in revising the bounds of human sympathy. Bloomsbury has been associated with philanthropic innovation since 1739, when Thomas Coram established the Foundling Hospital in fields on what was then the northern edge of London. The Foundling was followed by a plethora of pioneering charitable organisations, such as Great Ormond Street Hospital for children (founded 1852), the first of its kind in the UK. Both of these institutions popularised new ways of thinking about the recipients of their care, and each became fashionable within London society partly through their endorsement by cultural celebrities, including the composer Handel and the novelist Dickens.

This event is supported by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).

Nadia Valman

Left luggage: reading Sam Selvon in Waterloo Station

Last immigrants arriving off the SS Empire Windrush at Waterloo Station, London.
November 18, 2:30 pm4:00 pm
Waterloo Station, Waterloo national rail station, Waterloo Road
London, London SE1 8SW United Kingdom
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The dramatic backdrop of Waterloo Station, point of arrival in London for Caribbean migrants in the 1950s, provides the setting for this guided walk. Experience the vibrant writing of Trinidadian-born novelist Sam Selvon, who evokes the expectations and apprehensions of new arrivals at Waterloo, as well as feelings of loss and nostalgia. Our stroll around the station and its environs will take in Selvon’s lyrical and witty reflections on London Transport, on railway travel and waiting in stations, on the pleasure of chance meetings and the alienation of encountering a city of strangers. In partnership with the Migration Museum Project.

Assemble at the Left Luggage office, Waterloo rail station. The office is located close to the Waterloo Bridge exit from the concourse.

The great Yiddish parade

November 19, 11:00 am12:30 pm

Free

‘The great Yiddish parade’ is a re-enactment of a protest march by Jewish immigrants in Victorian Whitechapel, demanding better conditions for all East End workers. Experience the urgency, fervour and intensity of political culture in the Victorian East End. Join a band of klezmer musicians and singers performing newly discovered Victorian Yiddish protest songs in their original setting. Participation is warmly encouraged, and song sheets will be provided (no knowledge of Yiddish is required). March from Aldgate to Mile End Waste (about 1 mile), where you will find out more about east London’s forgotten heritage of protest in poetry and song.

 

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Masters Open Evenings Announced for November 2017

We are delighted to announce that booking is now open for our autumn Masters open events:

Drama Masters Reception

Tuesday 28 November 2017 – 5.30pm – QMUL, Mile End

Covering for 2018 entry:

MA Theatre and Performance

MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health

MA Live Art (subject to validation)

Book online


English Masters Reception

Wednesday 29 November 2017 – 5.30pm – QMUL, Mile End

MA English Literature:

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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.

 

 

New Videos: English and Drama at Queen Mary

We’re excited to premiere these new videos about life studying Drama and English with us at Queen Mary.

We’re very proud of all of our graduates and would like to thank all of those who took part in the interviews at graduation this year.

Drama at QMUL

English at QMUL

 

Let us know your thoughts on the videos on Twitter @qmulsed or why not record your own memory for our #SEDstories competition here.