Interview: English student Talia Jacob knits her way onto the catwalk

Talia Jacob (2nd year English student) is the Social Media and Marketing Executive of the QMUL Fashion Society.

We caught up with her to talk about her collection for LUMFS (London Universities’ Modest Fashion Show), which was then featured in the UJS (Union of Jewish Students’) Incubator Exhibition, and the QMUL Visual Arts Collective at the Hundred Years Gallery in Hoxton.

Pic credits: The photographer Gabe Moore and the model in the picture below is Aselya Nurlan.

Tell us about your work in fashion. What do you make and how did you start in the industry?

I did an Art Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design a few years ago. It didn’t involve much construction work though. It pretty much just reminded me that you can achieve any creative goal that you set your mind to. I mostly just knit now, although I do know how to use a sewing machine. A couple of years ago, I asked my mum to teach me the basics of knitting. Many YouTube videos later, I was making wearable gifts for all of my cousins. One of which was featured in the QMUL Visual Arts Collective and LUMFS (London Universities’ Modest Fashion Show). I also recently bought a knitting machine to help speed up the process. Once I’ve learnt how to use it, I’ll be able to make knitted garments much more quickly.

Who or what inspires you to work in fashion?

Although they’re two totally separate industries, costuming in film massively inspired me to get into Fashion. Watching films is a really accessible way to get a close look at some beautifully designed clothes in a short period of time. There are a lot of offbeat films that I’m consistently inspired by to this day (no matter how many times I watch them!). A couple of examples would be “Dangerous Beauty” (1998) and The Thing Called Love (1993).

What do you get up to for the Queen Mary Fashion Society?

I’m the Social Media & Marketing Manager for QMUL Fashion Society. So I’m the person in charge of all of our social media accounts, and our online marketing strategy. I’m also responsible for all of our physical (non-electronic) promotion. Those posters that you’ve been seeing around around campus, for the fashion show “Fashioned by Nature”,  were designed by me.

Our committee is mostly collaborative though, and I’ve had the opportunity to do a bit of everything. I ran a knitting workshop, and brought in a speaker for next week (Hannah Rafter, Founder and Editor of The Intern 24/7). She’s going to be amazing!

Check out Talia’s work on the Fashion Society Instagram

#SEDdigest: Careers Events, Networking Opportunities and Jobs – November 2018

There’s so many events to choose from to help with your future career. Get stuck in and let us know if you enjoyed it with the hashtag #SEDdigest!


Careers Events

Careers in Literature (Royal Society of Literature) | Wednesday 14 November | King’s College | Free

The event is FREE and open to Arts and Humanities students from University of London colleges and RSL Young Members.

To book: leah.cross@rsliterature.org or call 020 7845 4677

Get into Teaching | 12 November | 6pm | QMUL

Join the Department for Education (DfE) for an introduction to the teaching profession, an overview of what to expect in the role, and a chance for you to ask questions about your teacher training options. The DfE presentation will be followed by a forum of teacher training providers, giving you more opportunities to find your best route into teaching.

Google Skills: Writing for Social Media | 14 November | 6 – 8pm | QMUL

Social media skills are essential for so many marketing, publishing, pr & comms roles… this is a fantastic opportunity to increase your skills AND useful for the CV/applications!

Theatrecraft | Monday 19 November | Waldorf Hilton Hotel | Free

A great way to meet theatres and organisations and find out about careers in the theatre industry.

SED EVENING: What are We doing with our English degrees? 22nd November 6.15 – 8.00pm.  Arts One, 1.28. 

Booking now open:  come along to listen to & meet recent QM English graduates guests and discover what they are doing with their English degrees.   Drinks & Snacks will be served.

If you are still wondering what you will do with your English degree, come for an entertaining and interesting evening and discover opportunities in a range of possible careers.  If you already know you are interested in a career in one or more of the sectors covered, this is a fantastic opportunity to get some insider tips on how to successfully access these roles.

Our guests will all talk about what they do and there will be a chance to meet them in small groups and ask your questions directly to the guests.

Confirmed so far are:

  • Lucy Furneaux – Philanthropy & Events Co-ordinator, Crisis
  • Kate Turner – Media & Public Affairs Manager, FIA Foundation
  • Claudia Catelin – EU & Trade Analyst, Institute of Directors
  • Danniella Hart – English Teacher, Harris City Academy
  • Natalie Jaaskelainen – Project Manager, Dennis Publishing
  • Nilufa Yasmin – Graduate Trainee/Development Manager, QMUL

4 out of the 6 guests confirmed have also gained a Masters since graduating from QM, so we will also explore what they did & why.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE HERE:  https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=5399&service=Careers+Service Login with

Womxn in Tech | 27 November | Roundhouse

Looking to build a career in tech? Hear from a panel of womxn making headway in the sector on building confidence in a male dominated industry.

Work in Publishing Week | 19-23 November | Online

Follow online and discover ways into the world of publishing with this campaign from…

Using Social Media to Campaign for Cause | Saturday 17 & 24 November | Roundhouse

Get to know how to use social media to spark a movement around something that matters to you.


Jobs, Work Experience and Internship Opportunities

Barclays Marketing Internships – 8 weeks in Summer 2019 – APPLY NOW:

Spend your summer helping Barclays promote its services and win new business. Working on diverse projects with this fast-paced team, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively and creatively across a range of marketing channels.

https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/jobs.html?id=40255&service=Careers+Service

QTaster – Deadline Friday 16 November

QTaster is a programme which allows you to learn about different careers by visiting a variety of graduate employers – experience different working environments, learn about sectors and roles, and network with employers.

6 sessions take place between 16th January and 20th March – this includes 4 visits and 2 training sessions.

Previous employers have included: ASOS, British Heart Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Investec, UBS, Springer Nature, FDM and Microsoft. The schedule for Semester B is currently being confirmed – follow Careers & Enterprise on social media for updates.

Applications are open until 10am Friday 16th November.

Reuters Journalism Training Programme – apply by 30 November for September 2019 start

Reutersthe news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest independent news provider, reaching more than one billion people every day.

Prerequisites: Clear commitment to a career in journalism; Drive to build sources, break news and deliver deeply reported stories; Strong interest in issues that affect companies, markets and economies; Ability to generate original, relevant story ideas; Ambition to deliver journalism with real impact; Fluency in written English; Fluency in a second language beneficial but not compulsory; An international outlook

Find far more info here: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/jobs.html?id=42141&service=Careers+Service

SKY: Marketing Summer Internship

Support the Marketing team, helping to educate people about our products and services. Get stuck into various marketing projects in a dynamic, exciting environment. Impress us, and we could well offer you a full-time position once you graduate – starting summer 2020.

You will: Craft ad campaigns: Handle customer relationships; Deliver strategic insights; Promote TV shows; Plan, prioritise, research and juggle multiple projects

More info & applications: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/jobs.html?id=42421&service=Careers+Service


Performance Platforms

HYG Nights | 30 November

Performer Callout!!

Our final show for the year will be a DELUXE edition, meaning
– More performers!
– Shorter fast-paced performances
– jam packed fun

If you would like to perform, please get in touch, or email hygnights@gmail.com


SED Networking Events

Queen Mary Writers: Nikesh Shukla and Bidisha | Tuesday 13 November 2018 | 18:30-20:30 | QMUL | Free

Queen Mary University of London and Wasafiri invite you to a reading and conversation with Nikesh Shukla and Bidisha. This is a chance to engage in lively discussion with some ground-breaking writers of the moment.

 

Salon: An Age of Schadenfreude | Thursday 15 November 2018 | 19:00—20:30 | Wellcome Collection, Euston | Free

Inspired by the ‘Schadenfreude’ book, this Salon will bring together artists and performers (and you) to offer a distinctive perspective on this most morally conflicted of emotions. Come along and join the conversation.

Featuring our very own…

Tiffany Watt Smith
Curator: Cultural historian Tiffany Watt Smith will curate the evening. She is author of ‘Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another’s Misfortune’ (Wellcome Books, October 2018).

Lois Weaver
Artist: Lois Weaver is an artist, activist and Professor of Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University of London.

 

 

Must-read for 2019 applicants

We are currently accepting applications for our suite of undergraduate English, Drama and joint courses.

Here’s some key things about the application process for 2019.


Deadline & Applying to Us

The main UCAS deadline for applying is 15 January 2019 at 18:00.

Once you apply we will look through your application and aim to make an offer within 4 weeks of receiving your application via UCAS.

 


Offer Holder Days & Our Outstanding Potential Award

You may be selected for our new undergraduate Outstanding Potential Award scheme, which will mean we’ll invite you to an interview on one of 4 dates (all Wednesdays or Saturdays) between December and April. We’ll be providing more detail about this via email if you are eligible.

If successful at interview, all you then have to do is make us your firm choice through UCAS and your conditional offer becomes an unconditional offer. The interview is combined with other events such as taster sessions, and you’ll meet our staff and talk to current students.

Already got your offer and want to come? Email: sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

 


Results Day and Clearing

A-level results day is Thursday 15 August 2019 and this is when the main clearing process begins.

We recommend adding it to your calendar if you wish to apply to us through clearing. We are likely to have limited vacancies for some courses.

If you need any advice or would like to talk to us before this date please email: sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk.

 


Contact us

Ask a question

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8910

Email: sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

2019 Year and Semester Abroad Opportunities with English and Drama

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 as from 2018 the following undergraduate BA (Hons) degrees can include 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

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.

New opportunities for semester abroad and/or year abroad are being developed at universities in Europe, North America, New Zealand and elsewhere. These will be offered as they become available.

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.

English and Drama Events for Year 12-13 Students 2018/19

We have some eye-opening events coming up for those aged 16-18 including a Frankenstein themed Halloween event, a chance to hear from The Good Immigrant editor Nikesh Shukla, an expert discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale and a free A-Level revision day in early 2019.

Frankenreads x QMUL – Celebrate 200 Years and unlock the secrets of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Students are invited to a film screening, fancy dress lecture and Halloween Monster Mingle celebrating two hundred years of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror and feminist classic.

Wednesday 31 October 2018

17:00-21:00

ArtsTwo Ground Floor Foyer and Lecture Theatre

Free, book online: http://bit.ly/frankenreadsqmul

 

Queen Mary Writers/Wasafiri Live: Bidisha and Nikesh Shukla in conversation

Queen Mary, University of London and Wasafiri invite you to a reading and conversation with Nikesh Shukla and Bidisha. This is a chance to engage in lively discussion with some ground-breaking writers of the moment.

Tuesday 13 November 2018

18:30-20:30

The Chaplaincy, QMUL – Mile End

Free, book online: http://bit.ly/qmulwriters1

 

Is ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ really a feminist text?

Experts from our School of English and Drama come together to discuss Margaret Atwood’s famous dystopian novel. This panel discussion will explore the extent to which we can describe The Handmaid’s Tale as a feminist text.

It will challenge many opinions that readers hold regarding the novel, as well as placing it within the current political climate in the UK and USA. You will have the opportunity to question our experts, as well as having the chance to speak with undergraduates about what it is like to study literature at university level. This taster course is open to year 12 and 13 students. You must be studying English at A-level or SL/HL IB.

Wednesday

15:15-18:00

QMUL – Mile End

Free, book online: http://bit.ly/sedhandmaidstale

English and Drama A-Level Revision Day – Practical Help with A-Level Topics

Group sessions with top academics from Queen Mary will look at key A-level English and Drama texts and concepts to help with your revision.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

10:00-16:00

Rooms TBC, QMUL – Mile End

Free, book online: http://bit.ly/sedrevisionday2019

 

No-Nonsense Applicant Guide by Saarah Ahsan-Shah

Even after choosing a degree, deciding which university to do it at might seem daunting. It’s worth researching the nature of a particular degree at various universities to compare them. English at one university is not the same as English at another.

To start off your research, read on for answers to commonly asked questions about English and Drama at Queen Mary, first hand from two students; myself (an English student) and Chris Dhanjal, a joint honours English and Drama student.

Applying to Queen Mary

1. What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements are typically ABB at A Level (or an equivalent qualification), with an A in English Literature / English Language and Literature. Non-standard qualifications are also sometimes accepted from well-motivated candidates who demonstrate achievement in literary study. See here for more details of our entry requirements.

2. Do you give unconditional offers?

We have just launched our Outstanding Potential Award for those who show a high potential. If you meet the criteria for the award we will contact you to arrange an interview. More details about applying are available here.

3. Can you combine English or Drama with another subject?

Yes! Students are able to take joint courses, and are able to take English alongside another subject such as Drama, Linguistics, Creative Writing, Film Studies and History.

Our degrees are all about giving you social capital, through work experience, modules from other schools and extra activities, so you have the skills to succeed in life in and outside of university. The QMUL Principal, Professor Colin Bailey talks about this new approach we are taking in this article in The Guardian.

Structure

1. What modules are offered in an English and/or Drama degree?

English: In first year we had  six compulsory modules; Reading, Theory and Interpretation, Poetry, Narrative, Shakespeare, Literatures in Time and English in Practice. These modules gave us a foundation in English Literature across the spectrum which becomes more specific in second year. In second year, there are three categories, ‘Medieval and Early-Modern Studies’, ‘Eighteenth-Century, Romanticism, Nineteenth-Century Studies’ and  ‘Modern, Contemporary, And Postcolonial Studies’.

We picked one module from each category and a fourth module either from one of these categories or from a “special list”, which offers a range of options. In our third year, we are given plenty more options, not bound by any categories, allowing us to pursue any field enabling us to take whatever piques our interest.  Third year modules include Postcolonial, American and Children’s literatures to name a few.

Drama: In first year, all students take London/Culture/ Performance, and Practices, which help negotiate Drama at university level. Joint honours students take six compulsory modules consisting of four Drama modules which are a combination of seminar and practical based ones and two English. For second year we were given more options, but again had to take one compulsory Drama module and at least two English modules from two separate areas.

In total we were allowed five modules but had to have an equal balance of credits across English and Drama. For final year, the options become a lot more flexible, with the choice of taking seventy-five credits in Drama and forty-five credits in English. Examples of second and third year Drama modules include Choreographic Performance, Shakespeare after Shakespeare and Race and Racism in Performance .

A current list of modules can be seen here, at the English and Drama Module Directory: https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2960. This list of modules changes every year.

2. How many contact hours do you have a week?

English: We have 8-10 contact hours per week, depending on whether we take 4 or 5 modules per semester. Each module has 2 contact hours; typically a 1 hour lecture followed by a 1 hour seminar. Some modules in second year may not have a lecture and only a 2 hour seminar. In third year, most modules have a 2 hour seminar. Though 8 may seem a little, we’re expected to prepare for each module with 4 hours of work, through reading, research and assignment preparation.

Drama: We typically have 10 hours a week. In third year there may be 14 hour weeks, depending on the modules taken, as Drama practical modules can be 7 hours per day.

3. What are class sizes like?

First year lectures have around 250 students in them, but seminars are smaller groups of 15-20. Lecture sizes get smaller in second and third year as there are more modules available for students to choose from.

Drama: Most seminars and practical workshops range between 10-20 people.

4. How many books do you have to read a week?

English: We usually have to read one novel per module per week, occasionally alongside some theoretical extracts, making it 4-5 texts a week. Some texts are studied over two weeks so students (particularly in first year) may sometimes only need to read a novel/play every other week.

Drama: Roughly around 2-3 primary books a week, excluding secondary reading, in first and second year. In third year we have 3-5 primary books a week, as well as secondary reading.

5. Do you have field trips?

English: We have occasional field trips, depending on the module. In first year we went to the V&A as a part of Literatures in Time as well as to The Globe to see a play and for a day of workshops for our Shakespeare module. During third year, we attended The Foundling Museum for the Children’s Literature module. Most trips are subsidised by the department so we are able to attend at reduced costs. We are also encouraged to attend museums and exhibitions in our own time.

Drama: Within Drama we had a few field trips in first year to theatres and museums, but second and third year trips vary depending on the module. London Performance Now is a second year module which consists of weekly theatre/museum visits.

Assessment

1. How many assignments do you have a year?

English and Drama: Each module has about 4-5 assignments spread throughout the academic year. So in total there’s approximately 20 assignments. For English, most of them are essays, however there are also a couple of assessed presentations and class contributions. For drama it’s a mix of written and practical work.

2.Do you have exams?

English: In first year there is a final exam for Shakespeare and Literatures in Time. Other modules in all three years are generally assessed by coursework.

Drama: We have no written exams, however, we have assessed performances which can be timed assessments within a controlled environment.

3. Do you have to write a dissertation?

English:  Yes, in third year, all single honours students must undertake a dissertation, which is a 10,000 word research project on anything of our choice so long as it falls under English Literature.

Drama: Instead of a dissertation there is a practical research module. Joint honours students have the option between the English dissertation and a Drama written project.

Support

1. What resources does the department have access to?

Students in the School of English and Drama we have access to a wide amount of literature and criticism through the Mile End campus library, as well as through the University of London inter-library loan system and Senate House Library. The university is also subscribed to many journals and periodicals, giving us access to a huge amount of material. The department has 5 Drama studio spaces including rehearsal rooms, which students have 24/7 access to. Other resources for Drama include a wide range of drama and theatre professionals lecturing on the course who have influential and current experience.

2. Is there any guidance or support for assignments?

English and Drama: As well as useful workshops,  advisers/seminar leaders/lecturers have weekly drop-in hours which  are immensely helpful for advice and guidance on academic work. There are also beneficial student organisations, such as PASS (Peer Assissted Study Support), where second and third year students offer help to first year students and a Buddy Mentoring Scheme. We also have professional Literary Fellows available to review essays before students submit them. For practical work in Drama,  consistent feedback is given by seminar leaders and peers as our work is shared with each other.

3. What’s a personal advisor?

English and Drama: A personal advisor is a teaching member of staff assigned to you in order to help and assist you with any queries you may have. Whether it’s something academic or  personal they are there to support and help you!

 

 

 

Dr Charlotta Salmi awarded funding to investigate representations of gender-based violence

Dr Charlotta Salmi who uses street art and comics to understand social movements has been awarded funding by the British Academy to carry out research on gender-based violence in Nepal.

Dr Charlotta Salmi, from Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama, will investigate representations of gender-based violence (GBV) in graphic art forms in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal.

Read the full post on the QMUL news here

English and Drama Newsletter – October 2018

Welcome to the October 2018 edition of our School of English and Drama newsletter.

Email us to get this sent to you every month: sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

EVENTS


Show and Tell - Low Res
Listen to Show and Tell podcast #2

This episode features Wasafiri magazine editor Susheila Nasta, Medieval broadcaster Hetta Howes, podcaster Raifa Rafiq (listen to her on BBC radio here), researcher Emma Shapiro and puppeteer Edie Edmundson.

Listen now on Soundcloud

Listen now on Spotify

 

Events

UNDERGRADUATE OPEN DAY

Open Day 2018
Undergraduate Open Day
Saturday 6 October 2018 from 10:00-16:00
QMUL – Mile End

After an exciting first outing we’re excited to welcome the following speakers for our next edition:

Tasters include:

  • Looking at Atrocity in Graphic
    Narratives
    Charlotta Salmi
  • Devising from Games Mojisola Adebayo
  • Gothic magic and science in Mary Shelley’s
    Frankenstein
    Markman Ellis
  • Writing Now: Caryl Churchill Jen Harvie


And don’t miss special performances by our very own theatre company presenting Stage 3 which is an immersive theatre show about the citizenship processes.

Register for open day

See the full taster programme


OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS

Frankenreads

#Frankenreads x QMUL – Celebrate 200 years of Frankenstein on Halloween
Wednesday 31 October 2018, 17:00-21:00
ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre QMUL- Mile End

The School of English & Drama at QMUL mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” in suitably scary style on Halloween. Join us for a screening of early Frankenstein films and a fancy dress lecture, followed by some scary socialising.

Book a free ticket online


OCTOBER LISTINGS

London Modernism Seminar: Insects and Robots
Saturday 6 October, 11:00-13:00
Senate House, London

Co-organised by our very own Suzanne Hobson (English) this first outing features: Rachel Murray (Bristol), ‘Shell Sense: Modernism and the Insect Body’ Alex Goody (Oxford Brookes), ‘Modernist Machine Women: Robots, Radio and Typewriters’.

Dice FestivalOur very own Daniel Oliver (Drama) is involved in these events:
TO YOU TO YOU TO YOU: Love Letters to a (Post)Europe
Friday 5 and Saturday 6 October, 19:00
Artsadmin Toynbee Studios Theatre, London

The venue provides students with a 3×2 ticket deal and we are sharing the code with academics who might be interested in promoting the event among their students and we thought of you. (the booking code is: L0VEL3TTERS).

DICE Festival
Saturday and Sunday 7 October 2018
Camden People’s Theatre, London
Daniel Oliver (Drama) will host on the Sunday programme.

Auden
The Queen Mary Centre For Religion and Literature in English Seminar Series: “W. H. Auden—Bless what there is for being”
Wednesday 10 October 2018, 12:00
ArtsOne Room 1.31, QMUL – Mile End

W. H.Auden who had a natural talent “bordering on wizardry” was the poetic voice of the younger generation in the 1930’s. About 1940 he rediscovered the Christian faith. Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford, will argue that this took the form of giving Auden a relish for every aspect of life in all its details. This paper comes from Harries’ latest book “Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith”.

SALON
S A L O N – LONDON presents: Unknowability and Collaborative Creative/Critical Practice: Ilya Parkins and Lara Haworth
Wednesday 10 October 2018, 17:00-19:00
Tenants’ Hall in the Brunswick Centre

This presentation brings together a feminist scholar and an artist who have worked together on two projects, including a participatory art installation on unknowing. They will discuss how unknowability figures in their own work and what it enables.

Dominic Johnson
QUORUM Drama Seminar: Dominic Johnson
Wednesday 10 October 2018, 18:00
Rehearsal Room 2, ArtsOne Building, QMUL – Mile End

The work of contemporary artist Anne Bean defies categorisation, encompassing performance art, public interventions, videos, and writings, all pursued as a ‘continuum’. Dominic Johnson explores Bean’s ‘life art’ project in the 1970s and considers her efforts to blur the boundaries between art and life in the context of theoretical writings she was working through at the time.

Postgrad Research Seminar
David James: QMUL English Postgraduate Research Seminar
Thursday 11 October 2018, 18:00-20:00
ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End

We are thrilled to welcome Professor David James (University of Birmingham) who will be talking on: The Practice of Uplift.

Follow QMPGRS on Twitter for updates

Verbatim Formula
The Verbatim Formula: Making Listening Visible
Wednesday 17 October 2018, 17:00-18:30
Senior Common Room, Queen’s Building, QMUL – Mile End
The Verbatim Formula (TVF) is an AHRC funded participatory performance-based research project based at QMUL and which partners with other universities in London. In TVF, we ask care-experienced young people and care leaver students to share their experiences of higher education.

LPRS
London-Paris Romanticism Seminar
Friday 19 October 2018, 17:30
Senate House, London

You are warmly invited to join us for the launch of the new series of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar on Friday 19 October 2018. As our guest speaker for this opening event, we are delighted to welcome Marc Porée, Professor of English Literature at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. A renowned scholar, critic and translator, Marc is also Paris Director of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar. His talk, entitled A Grammar of Surprise, will be followed by a discussion and wine reception, to which all are invited.

Marx In Bloomsbury
Sunday 21 October 2018, 14:00-15:30
Senate House, London

This walking tour, led by author of Bloomsbury: Beyond the Establishment (2017), Matthew Ingleby (English), explores Bloomsbury’s links with Marx himself, in this his 200th anniversary year, but also the neighbourhood’s wider relationship to Marxism and socialism more broadly, exploring Bloomsbury’s significance for figures such as the arts and crafts revolutionary William Morris, the socialist feminist Isabella Ford, and the Trinidadian historian C. L. R. James.


PLUS IN EARLY NOVEMBER

New Suns
New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival at the Barbican
Sunday 4 November 2018
Barbican, London

Inspired by African -American author Octavia Butler’s epigraph New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival is a day of talks, workshops, screenings and feminist discussion at the Barbican features our very own Nisha Ramayya (English).

Writers, artists, academics, poets and publications will explore contemporary feminism through the lens of mythology, discussing topics as varied as the #MeToo movement, occult poetry, bodies and sex work.


News from the School

Charlotta Salmi
Charlotta Salmi (English) has been awarded funding by the British Academy to carry out research on gender-based violence in Nepal. Charlotta uses street art and comics to understand social movements. Read more

Scents and Sensibility / Duff
Catherine Maxwell (English)’s monograph Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017) has won the 2018 ESSE (European Society for the Study of English) prize for the best book published in the period 2016-17 in the category ‘Literatures in the English Language’ .

Book Published this Month


Susheila Nasta (English) will annoucnce SI Leeds prize with Bidisha at the Ilkley Festival on the 3rd October and also doing an event there on Writing post-Windrush with Bidisha and Jeremy Poynting.

Wasafiri magazine (based at QMUL) are announcing the winners of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize at Marlborough House on the 25th October. All staff invited and the news is that QM will be funding it from 2019 which is Wasafiri’s 35th Birthday year and the 10th year of the prize. Attend the event
 


Links

Postcolonial Seminar
Queen Mary Postcolonial Seminar is starting up again with the following events in September:Work-in-progress Seminar
‘Dinkar’s China Writings: The 1957 Chinese Literary Sphere in Hindi’*
Adhira Mangalagiri, QMUL
4 October, 18:00, ArtsTwo 2.17
*please email a.mangalagiri@qmul.ac.uk for a copy of the paper

Public Lecture
‘Reading for the Planet: Environmental Crisis and World Literature’

Jennifer Wenzel, Columbia University
30 October, 18:00, ArtsOne Lecture Theatre

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Being Human
Our contributions to Being Human Festival including The Last of The London (Nadia Valman – English) are now live for booking. Read our blog post for details

Listen to our Show and Tell #2 Podcast featuring Susheila Nasta (Wasafiri), Raifa Rafiq (Mostly Lit), Hetta Howes (City), Emma Shapiro (Pembroke College Library) and Edie Edmundson (Puppeteer)

Show and Tell is a series of TED-talk style events where speakers from the arts, humanities and creative industries tell their stories at Queen Mary University of London. Find out more: bit.ly/showandtell18

This episode features Wasafiri magazine editor Susheila Nasta, Medieval broadcaster Hetta Howes, podcaster Raifa Rafiq, researcher Emma Shapiro and puppeteer Edie Edmundson. Full biogs below.

The show is introduced by Beverley Stewart and hosted by Charlie Pullen from the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary.

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Charlie Pullen
Charlie Pullen is a PhD candidate and Teaching Associate in English at Queen Mary University of London, where he researches education in the work of various early twentieth-century novelists, including H.G. Wells, D.H. Lawrence, and Dorothy Richardson. His background is in widening participation and outreach and he writes for Times Higher Education.

Susheila Nasta
Professor Susheila Nasta, Prof of Modern and Contemporary Literature at QMUL, Emerita at Open University is a renowned critic, broadcaster and literary activist. Editor-in-chief at Wasafiri, the magazine of international contemporary writing, which she founded in 1984, she has published widely on South Asian Britain.
www.wasafiri.org

Hetta Howes
Dr Hetta Howes is a lecturer in Medieval Literature at City, University of London. Her research specialises in women’s devotion in the Middle Ages, and as a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker she is committed to sharing that research with a wider audience.

Raifa Rafiq
Raifa Rafiq is a trainee solicitor at one of the leading international law firms in the UK. She is also creator and co-host of the Literature and popular culture podcast Mostly Lit – named by the Guardian and the BBC as one of the top podcasts of 2017.
mostly-lit.com

Emma Shapiro
After graduating with a BA in English and French from Queen Mary, Emma Shapiro was awarded a scholarship to complete an MA in London Studies, where she specialised in the Trinidadian writer Sam Selvon’s London fiction. Following her studies, Emma worked as a voluntary researcher for the Migration Museum project and as the graduate trainee at Pembroke College Library, Cambridge, where she curated an exhibition on the poet and co-founder of the Caribbean Artists Movement, Kamau Brathwaite, working in collaboration with the George Padmore Institute.

Edie Edmundson
Edie is a puppeteer and theatre maker who graduated from Drama at QM in 2015 and went on to train at the Curious School of Puppetry. Since then she has worked with Emma Rice at Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Puppet Theatre Barge. She also writes and directs her own work, and is co-founder and associate director of Wondering Hands Theatre. She is currently puppeteering in ‘The Butterfly’s Spell’ at the Puppet Theatre Barge and is puppetry director for ‘The Comedy of Errors’ at the RSC.

English and Drama events at Being Human Festival 2018

We’re excited to announce these events around English and Drama featuring our own staff and the work of the Queen Mary Public Engagement team.

Being Human | 15-24 November 2018

Motherhood & Making

Gender pay gaps, precarious work, paltry paternity leave – what does it mean to be a mother working in the creative arts?

Explore the role of motherhood in contemporary society and how it informs the work of writers and artists in this workshop at Museum of Childhood #BeingHUman18

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/being-human-festival-motherhood-making-tickets-48549438678

Bring your little ones to this one day workshop exploring motherhood & making  with workshops with (@LittleArtists_) & child-friendly talks from @CJessCooke

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/being-human-festival-motherhood-making-tickets-48549438678

Tea’s London Journey

Follow tea’s journey from the docks of the East India Company, via London’s forgotten Chinatown and the warehouses of the East End, to wholesale sites in the City in Tea’s London walking tour

https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/teas-london-journey/

The Last of The London

As night descends on the Whitechapel Road, see the derelict Royal London Hospital building come to life one last time as words and photographic projections evoke the ghosts of its past with our very own Nadia Valman

https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/the-last-of-the-london/

I Write My World!

#IWriteMyWorld family workshop led by with our very own Karina Likorish Quinn allows children and their parents to remember, reflect, and discuss place and memory and write about what it means to them to have heritage from around the world.

https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/i-write-my-world/

The streets of Whitechapel resonate with sounds of song as Victorian protest takes place

Academics from Queen Mary University of London have led a series of workshops with year seven students from five east London schools exploring how Victorian Londoners protested against their pay and working conditions.

Workshop organisers, Dr Vivi Lachs and Dr Nadia Valman from Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama, drew upon their research on the musical and political culture of nineteenth century Jewish immigrants to the East End. Students learned Victorian protest songs, made placards expressing demands and wrote their own political speeches and chants.

On Tuesday 25 September the students paraded along the streets of Whitechapel with professional musicians from the Great Yiddish Parade marching band. The parade followed the same route where east Londoners protested in the Victorian period, drawing upon the wave of strikes that spread across East London in 1889.

The songs of the parade were sung in Yiddish, the language spoken by the Jewish immigrant population, who made up the majority of poorly paid workers in Victorian east London.

After parading up Whitechapel Road, the students finished with performances in Altab Ali Park. The aim of the workshop and parade was to promote awareness of the local heritage of protest to enable students to articulate their own versions of protest through writing, design and song.

“Singing songs helped raise the morale of Victorian workers who were enduring terrible conditions in factories and workshops, and brought messages of hope that collective action could bring about change,” said Dr Lachs.

“We hope that this project will give students a glimpse into east London’s rich local history of protest,” added Dr Valman.

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The workshop, Protest in Victorian Whitechapel, was led by Dr Vivi Lachs and Dr Nadia Valman from Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama. Five schools from London’s East End participated:

– Central Foundation School for Girls

– Mulberry School for Girls

– Oaklands School

– Duke’s Aldridge Academy

– Issac Newton Academy

Photos by Paul Jordan

Welcome Back Returning Students in 2018/19 – Key Information

Hello returning second and third years as well as new students coming into these years!

Here’s a few things you should know to help you start:

Timetables

Teaching starts on Monday 24 September but remember to look up your timetable here on QMPlus or in the app.

If you have any questions or need help please come and see us in ArtsOne 3rd floor reception or contact us.

 

#SEDMOVIENIGHT | Tuesday 25 September – 6-8pm | ArtsTwo Foyer and Lecture Theatre

Relax and unwind with your fellow students watching a movie voted for by you! There’s free drinks and snacks and you could win some ace prizes in our raffle.

RSVP on Facebook

 

Show and Tell | Wednesday 26 September – 6-8pm | ArtsOne Lecture Theatre and Foyer

A new and exciting series of short TED-style talks hosted by the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

Speakers for 26 September:

  • Ema Boswood: Producer at Marlborough Theatre (Drama graduate)
  • Jade French: Researcher (English PhD)
  • James Lamont: TV writer and creator of The Amazing Adventures of Gumball (English graduate)
  • Zoe McGee: Literature Researcher at QMUL
  • Jen Harvie: Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance

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#SEDsummer – Win £25 Voucher for Your Summer Story

Welcome back to the School of English & Drama…

Apart from sitting on a beach or simply melting in the July heatwave here in London, how did you spend your summer? Tell us by email or Tweet / Insta with the hashtag #SEDsummer to enter to win one of two £25 Amazon vouchers.

Whether working 72 hours a week at the Edinburgh Festival, doing admin in PR, starting your own blog, work shadowing at a magazine, shelf-stacking in Sainsbury’s, teaching Theresa May to dance, tour guiding at Buckingham Palace, interning with the Civil Service… whatever you have been up to, we would love to hear from you.

Describe the achievements of your summer in 75 words or less and email it to sed-web@qmul.ac.uk or tag us on Instagram or Twitter @qmulsed and include the hashtag #SEDsummer

2 entries will win a £25 Amazon voucher. Deadline: 5pm on Friday 5 October 2018.

Welcome to New Students 2018 – Useful Links and Where to Go For Help

Where’s my class?

Campus Map

Download it and have an explore yourself to get familiar with the campus with all it’s eccentricities including cemetery and canal.

 

Eating and going out after class woes?

Secret East London Map

Get to know the local area around Queen Mary and beyond with our secret map.

 

General worries?

SED Reception

We’re based on the Third Floor of ArtsOne (#37 on campus map), the main entrance is at the back of the building though inside the campus.

Our reception is open 9am-5pm (closed between 1-2pm for lunch).

You can email and call us via the details here but please be patient as we get lots of emails.

 

When’s my next class?

Timetable

Please use the website link above and then choose the students option from the left and then enter your student number.

You can also use the app. Download here

 

Listen to our Show and Tell #1 Podcast

Show and Tell is a series of TED-talk style events where speakers from the arts, humanities and creative industries tell their stories at Queen Mary University of London. Find out more: bit.ly/showandtell18

This episode features publishing wizz Sarah Garnham, poet Bridget Minamore and dance artistic director Alex Whitley. Full biogs below.

The show is introduced by Patricia Hamilton, Charlie Pullen and features Rupert Dannreuther from School of English and Drama at Queen Mary.

Rupert Dannreuther
Rupert is responsible for marketing within Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama. He has worked for numerous organisations including Cineworld, Hackney Empire, The Yard Theatre and Rose Bruford College. In his spare time he runs To Do List a website about offbeat things to do in London.
todolist.org.uk

Sarah Garnham
Sarah graduated from QMUL with an English degree in 2016. She now works as a PR Executive in the busy children’s books department at Egmont Publishing and has worked for other publishers including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins and Canongate.
uk.linkedin.com/in/sarahjanegarnham

Bridget Minamore
Bridget Minamore is a British-Ghanaian writer from south-east London. She is a poet, critic, essayist, and journalist, often writing about pop culture, theatre, race and class. Titanic (Out-Spoken Press), her debut pamphlet of poems on modern love and loss, was published in May 2016.
bridgetminamore.com

Alexander Whitley
Alexander Whitley is a London-based choreographer working at the cutting edge of British contemporary dance. As artistic director of Alexander Whitley Dance Company he has developed a reputation for a bold interdisciplinary approach to dance making. He has also created work for several of the UK’s leading companies including the Royal Ballet, Rambert, Balletboyz, Candoco and Birmingham Royal Ballet.
www.alexanderwhitley.com