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.

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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:


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


‘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.


Book online via the event title links above for all events.

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:

Book online

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 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.

Meet our Honorary Graduate and Fellows 2017: Peggy Shaw, Kazi Ruksana Begum, Virginia Simpson and Daljit Nagra

At graduation we honour the work of people in our field with Honorary Degrees and Fellowships.

This year there were a record four people given these honours:

Kazi Ruksana Begum – Fellowship

Kazi Ruksana Begum is the producer of A Season of Bangla Drama, a dazzling festival of Bengali culture. Working with QMUL she has helped the university connect with the local Bengali community and form partnerships with students, researchers, policymakers and artists.

Peggy Shaw – The award of Doctor of Letters (DLitt)

New York born Peggy Shaw (Actor, writer and producer) is one of the most important feminist and lesbian perfomance makers of the 20th and 21st centuries. She and Lois Weaver (QMUL) have made work together since the 1970s including the WOW (Women One World) festival and with their theatre company Split Britces.

Virginia Simpson – Fellowship

Virginia (Gini) Simpson is an arts strategist who hot houses new artists through initiatives such as ‘The Sick of the Fringe’. She was Head of Learning and Participation at the Barbican, Head of Media Arts at SPACE in Hackney and has been a pioneer in bringing new-media arts to the forefront of the creative industries.

Daljit Nagra – Fellowship

Daljit is one of contemporary Britain’s most successful, well-known, and critically acclaimed poets. His fourth collection British Library, was published by Faber and Faber in 2017.

See some of Daljit’s work with QMUL’s English department here


Find out more about the School on our website here

What next after Queen Mary? Jobs & Further Study – How we can help!

Graduating from University can be a very exciting and sometimes scary time.

We’re here to help with some advice about your next steps including jobs and further study.


Your tutors can give references but please remember to ask their permission before putting any details in a job application etc. Their email addresses are in their staff profiles.

QM Careers

Please do take advantage of the services available to you for 2 years after you graduate from Queen Mary.

Mailing Lists to Join

  • Arts Jobs: Arts Council England’s jobs portal. Good for jobs in the creative entries.
  • ArtsAdmin E-digest: Good for Arts Jobs in performance.
  • The Dots: A good source of jobs, opportunities and a place to make an online portfolio.
  • Great for jobs in universities and further education.
  • Mediargh: Good place to find internships in media.

How tos

Further study


  • There is an £1,000 discount for QMUL graduates for our English and Drama Masters programmes.
  • If you’re a Home student you can also apply for a UK Government Postgraduate Loan.

Studying while earning

Get a whole lot of work experience whilst learning with graduate schemes, paid internships and part time study.

Goodbye for now from Head of Drama, Dr Bridget Escolme

Hi everyone,

As a lot of you know, each Head of Drama at QMUL takes on the post for three years and then hands it on. Today’s my last day as Head and I’m writing to thank all of you for making it such a pleasure. When I’m asked what it’s like  at QMUL I always say that its brilliant, creative, energetic, original students make it an extraordinary place to work (and the staff too, of course!). Thanks to everyone I’ve worked with on Costume Dramas, Madness and Theatricality, London Theatre Now, Performing Shakespeare, MA/MSc Performing Mental Health.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the projects I did to keep me going through some of the less exciting bits of admin (trips to Bath, Coriolanus at the Barbican, Wiltons). Thanks to everyone who’s come to see me about everything from Theatre Company, to new societies, to Diversity in the Drama Curriculum. Thanks to all the student reps and all the ambassadors. Thanks to everyone who’s participated in this amazing Department over the past three years.

Next up as Head is Caoimhe McAvinchey. I know you’re all going to enjoy working with her enormously.

See you at graduation if you’re a Finalist; best of luck to everyone for next year.

Much love,


Dr Bridget Escolme
Head of Drama
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London
London E1 4NS.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 17 May 2017

We’re back with another instalment of our digest featuring the latest events and opportunities we’ve sourced that are coming up in the next week.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.



MAY/HEM | Tue 16-Thu 18 May | Oxford House Bethnal Green and QMUL – Mile End

MAY/HEM Festival: a curation of installation and performance works by the Final Year BA Drama students as part of their performance dissertation module.
The festival will take place at Oxford House in Bethnal Green (Tuesday, Wednesday) and at Queen Mary (Thursday).

See the full schedule

RSVP on Facebook


Sexual Cultures Research Group present: Sara Ahmed | Wed 17 May | 18:00 | QMUL – Mile End, ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre

The Sexual Cultures Research Group is pleased to announce their third event, a public lecture by Sara Ahmed entitled ‘Queer Use’:

‘The lecture draws from my current research into “the uses of use.” In this lecture I reflect on the gap between the intended function of an object and how an object is used as a gap with a queer potential. I do not simply affirm that potential, but offer instead an account of how institutional and sexual cultures are built to enable some uses more than others. Small acts of use are the building block of habit: use can build walls as well as worlds. To bring out the queerness of use requires a world-dismantling effort; to queer use is to make usage into a crisis.’

Sara Ahmed is a feminist writer, scholar, and activist. She is the author of Living a Feminist Life, Willful Subjects, On Being Included, The Promise of Happiness, and Queer Phenomenology.


English PGR Seminar Series: Nick Freeman | Thu 18 May 2017 | 17:15 | QMUL – Mile End, Lock Keeper’s Cottage

You are warmly invited to the final English Postgraduate Research Seminar of 2016/17 with Nick Freeman, of Loughborough University. He will present ‘‘A middle-class and mediocre book’: Posing, Parody and the Wilde Style, 1894-1904′.

 Nick Freeman is Reader in Late-Victorian Literature at Loughborough University. He has published widely on the literature and culture of the fin de siècle, and is the author of 1895: Drama, Disaster and Disgrace in Late Victorian Britain and a recent edition of Arthur Symons’ Spiritual Adventures.


The Lisa Jardine Lecture | Wed 24 May | 18:00 | QMUL – Mile End, Skeel Lecture Theatre

Lyndal Roper will present the annual lecture entitled: ‘Cleverness is the garment that suits women least – Luther and Women’.

For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships

Clearing Hotline Operator | QMUL | Deadline: Fri 16 June

The Admissions Office at QMUL is looking to recruit a team of telephone operators to work on its Clearing Hotline, which is usually in operation for about four – five days in August.


Opportunities & Volunteering

No listings this week.


Calls for Papers

No listings this week.




To add a listing to next week’s digest please email us by Friday 19 May 2017 at 17:00.

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.

Verbatim Formula Report by Josh Gardner

“I go to Idenham high school. I am fourteen years old. I live in Croydon. I try to be good at everything but when I leave school I want to study business and history. I will need to study hard and do my best to achieve the highest grades possible. I am at Queen Mary school because I want the day off school.. A university is a place where you can study and socialise with people.. I think it will be a great experience to visit the university for a day and see.. meet with other people.”                                                          

Idenham student, March 2017

A group of ambassadors and myself wait nervously for the secondary school students to arrive. We’re here to support Maggie Inchley and Sylvan Baker run a Verbatim Formula  session on the Achievement For All visit to Queen Mary University of London, organised by the Widening Participation department. Verbatim is a technique often used in theatre. Performances are constructed from recorded material that is repeated word for word by an actor on stage. Maggie and Sylvan have been using this formula to work with young people in London and I am curious to see how it translates into an educational context. As the students enter the room, I ask a few awkward questions about their journey – ‘How’d you get here? By bus? Oh right.. Cool.’ The students are friendly but the conversation is strained and it’s clear that they, like me, are feeling a bit apprehensive about the coming session. Suddenly, Sylvan springs into action. A circle is quickly constructed and before I’ve had time to think – urrr, drama games!  – we’re in the midst of a rapid round of ‘pass the clap’. Everyone is howling with laughter. The tension dissipates and the focus in the room starts to settle. Maggie hands out scripts. We break into small groups and begin to interview each other.

I go to…. school…

I am… years old..

I am visiting Queen Mary because…

A University is a place where…

These short prompts get the interviews going and, with a little encouragement, the students start to record each other, excited by the prospect of being ‘performed’ by someone else. Looking around the room, I notice the buzz of conversation about me as ambassadors, lecturers, and pupils fire questions, perform each other’s voices and listen back to the recordings they’ve made. The initial awkwardness lifts and the interview process enables a series of discussions about the University to emerge.  After interviewing some students about what they’ve had for breakfast for example, the group are much more relaxed and talk openly about the visit – ‘I am at Queen Mary school because I want the day off school…’ one student says into the recording device, before adding… ‘I think it will be a great experience to visit the University for a day and see.. meet with other people’.

Another girl asks me inquisitively; ‘Can you really leave lectures whenever you want?’ I try to explain that you can, at the risk of upsetting the lectu.. but it’s too late.. her eyes are wide with amazement, ‘WOW’ she exclaims, ‘that’s crazy!’ Her classmate is less impressed; ‘That would be stupid’, she says to her friend disdainfully, ‘you have to pay to be here’. Exchanges like this continue for the next half an hour. During the discussion, I am fascinated by how little the students know about university life. This is especially perplexing when it becomes apparent that the idea of getting into university is already embedded in their understanding of the purpose and value of education. As they file out of the studio, I wonder why visits like this don’t happen more often.

In the afternoon, we meet the students in a different room to finish the day with a short performance and some more interviews. Maggie, Sylvan and I have met for a brief run through of the material and are now going to perform the student’s ‘voices’ back to them. This turns out to be more amusing than we had anticipated, with Maggie’s attempt to keep up with an extremely fast speaking student prompting bouts of laughter from the class. After this short introduction, we pick up where we’d left off, with more interviews and discussions about the student’s visit. Again, the Verbatim Formula enables a quick transition into conversations about the University. The students are enthusiastic, asking more questions about the campus and how university life is different from school. In my own group, an extremely quiet student reluctantly agrees to interview me about my day before giving the following response to his class mate;

“My name is Adrian, on the 17th March 2017 I visited Queen Mary University of London. I met.. I met a group of people that worked at the University of London. I saw different places where you can learn and the cemetery. I thought it was a good experience. I found out a lot looking at this University. When I leave school I want to be a interior designer. In the future I will study hard and work hard to make sure that my dream comes true. I will need to work hard in lessons, not get distracted and just focus.. the main thing I learnt today was keep d..discussingARGHHHHH! Can I try again!?”

Idenham student, March 2017


This is an example of the value of the Verbatim Formula. As a structure, it enables various ways of engaging with students as either performers, interviewers, interviewees and/or audience members. In this instance, the student’s reluctance to be interviewed by me is overcome by enabling him to take control of the research process. What’s more, being interviewed by his friend also interrupts the discomfort of talking to a stranger and turns the experience into a kind of game. This sense of play is then built on as the students are encouraged to perform the speech of others. Positioning the students as ‘audience’ and ‘performer’ seems to encourage critical reflection and further engagement –  it is difficult to ignore someone performing your own words back to you! Watching the teachers attempt to imitate the language and intonation of the students also inverts the usual power dynamic and increases their involvement in the session. In such a short space of time, an astonishing amount has been covered. To finish off, the students are invited to perform some interviews in front of the class;

“My name is Jenifar, on the 17th March 2017 I visited Queen Mary University of London. I met a group of teachers that worked at the University. I saw quite..very interesting things. Such as the cemetery er, erm.. people that used to be founders of this University. And I also I met some the Uni.. the erm, students that are studying at this University.  I found out that you was able to leave lectures whenever you want and you was able to live in your own flats. When I leave school I would like to study.. in.. in the future I would like to study in Queen Mary University of London because I believe that it will help me a lot and it’s very interesting. In the future I would like to study law at this University. I will need to focus more in lessons and study my hardest. The main thing I learnt today is that if you want to do something you will need to work hard for it.”

Idenham student, March 2017


“My name is Sarah, on the 17th March 2017 I visited Queen Mary University of London. I met students that study in Queen Mary University of London. I saw ambassadors of Queen Mary University of London.  I thought it was a great experience and I learnt a lot from it. I found out that there’s a lecture room and a seminar room and they’re two different types of room.  When I leave school I want to be a lawyer and.. in the future I will… like to come back and visit Queen Mary University and see whether it’s improved. I will need to do very well in school and come out with a great University and have a lot of money to pursue my goals in life. The main thing I learnt today was growth mindset and there’s two different parts of growth mindset – There’s growth and… theres growth and there’s fixed mindset. And that’s what I learnt today. THANK YOU!”

Idenham student, March 2017


My name is Fariha, on the 17th March 2017 I visited Queen Mary University of London. I met Catherine, I saw the cemetery.. I thought it was friggin’ huge! I found out that um, there’s an Italian restaurant that isn’t that…[LAUGHING. IN TAKE OF BREATH]…when I leave school I want to study med..medicine.. In the future I will become a doctor yeah, and I will need to study medicine . The main thing I learnt today is that University is cool and…YeAH!

Idenham student, March 2017


“Right…My name is John on the 17th of March 2017 I visited Queen Mary University of London. I met some new people around. I saw some new buildings as I walked around the University. I thought it was kind of boring but was fun in the end. I found out as I was learning… Uh, I’m going to restart… My name is John.  On the 17th of March 2017 I visited Queen Mary University of London. I met some new people as I walked around. I saw some new buildings and some new places that I’ve never seen before. I thought it was boring but in the end it was even better. I found out that University is not as bad as I thought. When I leave school I want to be a mechanic. In the future..In the future I will practice and practice and do some more design technology to do that. And I will need to practice, to focus more…”

Idenham student, March 2017


Call for Papers: Queer Fun at Royal Vauxhall Tavern on 10 June 2017

Queer Fun: an ivory-tower vaudeville from Duckie and QMUL

Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Saturday 10 June 2017, 3-7pm

Fun is a wide-ranging experience that has rarely been taken seriously by the academy or society. This is changing, with the publication of monographs on fun in the fields of sociology (Ben Fincham) and cultural studies (Alan McKee), and the realisation of projects such as Fun Palaces and the British Library’s There Will Be Fun exhibition.

Fun can be a powerful engine for feelings, thoughts and actions with many political and ethical implications. But where does fun sit in relation to queerness? Does queer experience entail exclusion from some kinds of fun and access to others? What might queer fun look or feel like?

This half-day conference aims to explore queer fun at a historic site of queer fun, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Eight-minute presentations by academic researchers, contemporary queer performers and others will be showcased in a format inspired by the Olivier Award-winning C’est Duckie! show. Conference attendees are also welcome at Duckie’s club night at the RVT later that evening.

The event emerges from doctoral research being carried out by Ben Walters under a Collaborative Doctoral Award granted to Queen Mary University of London’s Department of Drama and queer performance collective Duckie. The subject bears directly but far from exclusively on performance studies (particularly socially-turned performance) and queer theory (particularly affect, relationality and futurity).

Questions for consideration might include:

  • Why take fun seriously?
  • What kind of fun is queer fun?
  • How your fun (un)like my fun?
  • What are the politics of fun?
  • Queer fun vs gay fun
  • Is there a time and place for fun?
  • Fun? 😉
  • What happens when the fun ends? (And what if it doesn’t start?)

Relevant subjects might include abjection, affect and relationality; high and low status; temporality and futurity; normativity; care; pleasure; happiness; socially-turned performance; relief, resistance and rehearsal.

We invite proposals for presentations of eight minutes incorporating the first-hand exhibition of an object (or image, sound, gesture, taste or smell) that illustrates the point you would like to make about queer fun. Presentations can be academic in nature, or performance-based, or in other formats. Proposals in formats other than eight-minute presentations will also be considered, particularly ambient or installation-based ideas. PowerPoint presentations (or equivalent) are discouraged.

Proposals of up to 150 words (or audio/video files of up to one minute), along with a brief biography and a picture of your selected object, should be sent to by Aprila 14 2017. Please specify any particular technical requirements. Applicants will be informed of decisions by April 21 2017. Please feel free to contact the organiser, Ben Walters, at if you have any questions.

Tickets for the event cost £10, which includes entry into that night’s Duckie club night, and are available at Successful applicants who aren’t salaried to produce such work or are not in receipt of academic funding will receive a fee of £200. We regret that there is no funding to support travel or accommodation.

#SEDweekly – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 29 March 2017

Here’s our latest events and opportunities we’ve sourced that are coming up in the next week. This is the last edition for Semester two and we’ll be back with in exam term.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.



English PGR Seminar: Ruth Abbott | Thu 30 Mar | 17:15 in Lock-keeper’s Cottage | QMUL Mile End

Join our special guest Ruth Abbott (University of Virginia) for her seminar ‘George Eliot in the Biblioteca Magliabechiana: Romola, the Florentine Renaissance, and the history of historical scholarship’.

For more SED events see our calendar here

Jobs & Paid Internships

Programming & Development Assistant at Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust | Deadline: Mon 10 Apr

Masterclass is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Programming & Development Assistant to join the team.


PostDoctoral Opportunity on ‘Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies’ three-year project | Deadlines vary per post

The Universities of Leeds, Birmingham and Reading are looking for Postdoctoral researchers to join the team on the AHRC-funded ‘Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies’ three-year project.

Opportunities & Volunteering

Call out for Submissions: Eborakon | Deadline: Wed 2 Apr

Eborakon is an annual poetry magazine based at the University of York, publishing new writers alongside established poets.

Download the call out



Calls for Papers

‘Organic Systems:  Environments, Bodies and Cultures in Science Fiction’ Sat 16 Sept hosted at Birkbeck | Deadline: Wed 31 May

Download the CfP


To add a listing to next week’s digest please email us by Monday 24 April 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.

Scholarships announced for 2017-18 Entry

We are excited to announce our Scholarships available for undergraduate and postgraduate study in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

Choose your level:




School of English and Drama Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship 2017-18

We will be awarding one Excellence Scholarship in 2017-18 for students pursuing our BA in English, BA in Drama or BA in English and Drama.

The Scholarship will cover 50% of the course fees (for the standard duration of the course) and will go to an International student (paying overseas fees)

Eligibility requirement:

You will be eligible if you are an international student who firmly accepts our offer to study on one of the three participating degree programmes (BA in English, BA in Drama, BA in English and Drama). If you’re eligible you’ll be invited to submit a short piece of writing. You would be expected to maintain an average of 68% or above to retain the scholarship.

How to apply:

When you firmly accept our offer of a place we’ll write to you with details of the writing task.

Deadline: Essays must be submitted by 17:00 BST on Monday 10 July 2017.



School of English and Drama Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships 2017-18


We will be awarding two School of English and Drama Excellence Scholarships in 2017-18 for students pursuing our MA in Theatre and Performance or our MA in English Studies (any of the seven pathways) or our MA in Poetry.

The Scholarships cover 50% of the course fees – one scholarship will go to a Home/EU student, the other scholarship will go to an International student.

Eligibility for the scholarship

In order to be selected by our panel to receive the award:

  • You should have an excellent academic track-record. We would usually expect you to achieve, or be expected to achieve, the equivalent of a British 1st Class Honours Degree.
  • You must meet the conditions of your offer.
  • You must not be in receipt of any other QMUL scholarship or full-fee scholarship from any other source.  If you are in receipt of another QMUL Scholarship, e.g. the Alumni Loyalty Award, you will be awarded only one Scholarship, whichever has the greater value.

Please note that:

  • Scholarships are not payable directly to you, but are off set against your student fee invoice.
  • Awards cannot be deferred to subsequent years.

How to apply for the scholarships

Simply apply to study full-time on our MA in Theatre and Performance or our MA in English Studies (any of the seven pathways) or our MA in Poetry before programme through our online portal before Thursday 1 June 2017. Scholarships are not available for part-time study.

Deadline: We must have received an MA application by 09:00 BST on Thursday 1 June 2017.


If you have any questions please email: or call +44 (0)20 7882 8571.

#SEDweekly – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 22 March 2017

Here’s our latest events and opportunities we’ve sourced that are coming up in the next week.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.



Drama QUORUM Seminar: Sita Balani | Thu 22 March | 18:00 in Lock-keeper’s Cottage | QMUL Mile End

Join our special guest Sita Balani for her seminar ‘Staging identity-talk: “Albion” and “Men in the Cities”’.


English PGR Seminar: Herbert Tucker | Thu 23 March | 17:15 in Lock-keeper’s Cottage | QMUL Mile End

You are warmly invited to the English Postgraduate Research Seminar with Professor Herbert Tucker (University of Virginia) and his seminar entitled: ‘After Magic: Modern Charm in History, Theory, and Practice’.


For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs & Paid Internships

3 job opportunities at Faber & Faber Books | Various Deadlines in March

  • Children’s Marketing Executive
  • Senior Marketing Executive
  • Editorial Assistant

Find out more about the roles

Opportunities & Volunteering

Call out for Performances at Sex and Puppets Cabaret from Drama Graduate Edie Edmundson 

Sexy, fun, scary, rebellious or just plain weird cabaret performances – anyone who wants to let their pure genius and
talent hang out for a generous crowd.

Sculpture, Circus, Walkabout, Clowning, Spoken Word, Improv, Object Manipulation, Puppetry, Comedy, Drag, Burlesque,
Performance Art, Music, DJs and Dance, Edibles, Sword Swallowing (of any kind)….we’re open to all wondrous things!

In progress and experimental work welcome, slots under 10 minutes. All ages, races, genders and identities encouraged. Get in touch with your ideas, we’d love to make it happen!

Date: Thursday 20th of April
Location: New Rivers Studios, N4 1DN

Drop us a line before 27th March at with your name, a description of your act and any photos.

All proceeds go towards the production of Wondering Hands’ ‘Sex and Puppets’ Show, on next at Camden People Theatre 7 May 2017 during Hotbed Festival.

Download the Call Out


Calls for Papers

“Movement and/in/of the City” 16th June 2017 hosted at the University of Kent | Deadline: Sat 1 Apr

Download the CfP


Popular Performance : Localisation, commercialism and globalisation at V&A | Deadline: Thu 13 Apr

Download the CfP


Something Other invites submissions of text-based work and other somethings for The Second Chapter: On Migration | Deadline: Mon 27 Mar

Download the CfP


The Legacy of Mata Hari: Women and Transgression | Deadline Tue 30 May

Download the CfP


To add a listing to next week’s digest please email us by Monday 27 March 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.