SED Guide to Summer including Edinburgh Festival and London Events

Here’s a rundown of some great things to do this summer 2018 including events featuring our students, staff and alumni.

London Events

The Refugee Tales | Wednesday 11 July 2018, All day | Various locations

The Refugee Tales, which campaigns against indefinite immigration detention holds an annual walk in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers and detainees. The walk, which is in collaboration with people who have experienced the UK asylum system, aims to reclaim the landscape of South East England for the language of welcome.

Taking Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as a model, the walk is punctuated by contributions en route by writers. On 11 July the walk comes to east London. At Cable Street, Nadia Valman (English) will give a talk on the Battle of Cable Street, and at QMUL, the writer Iain Sinclair will give a lecture called ‘What the world is telling us. And why we won’t listen.’ (Wednesday 11 July, 12 noon, Arts Two Lecture Theatre).

Daniella Harrison at Comedy Lab Sharing | Saturday 21 July 2018, 12pm | Soho Theatre | £5

Participants of the Sketch course have put together new material for this one-off performance.

Nocturnal Creatures | Saturday 21 July, 18:00 onwards | Whitechapel Gallery

Nocturnal Creatures is a new, free contemporary arts festival, bringing together performance, video, sculpture and sound. Originating from Whitechapel Gallery, cultural and historic venues in the vicinity are transformed, opening their doors late into the night.

Rosie Vincent: London is Vomit | Friday 3 August 2018, 18:45 | Rich Mix London

As part of Rich Mix TAKEOVER, Drama graduate Rosie Vincent is regurgitating her ongoing photography project into a new performance. Comprised of over 200 photographs, London is Vomit continues to explore the sickness of the city whilst celebrating the resilience and endurance of the urban body.

Figs in Wigs at Raze Collective Weekend | Saturday 11 August | Southbank Centre

Drama grads and Guardian favourites Figs in Wigs curate a day of fun on the South Bank.

Make More Festival | Thursday 23-Monday 27 August 2018, various times | Victoria Park

MAKEMORE is London’s first maker festival celebrating all forms of making and doing. Through hands-on creative experiences you can discover what kind of maker you are. Be fuelled by the energy of making, live music and the best in bars and street food. Your entry ticket gets you access to everyone appearing that day with a full programme of live demos, taster sessions and immersive experiences.

Edinburgh Festival

Breach Theatre: It’s True, It’s True, It’s True | 20-26 August 2018 | Underbelly Cowgate

Fringe First winners Breach Theatre’s new show hits the Edinburgh fringe directed by our MA student Billy Barrett. ‘Blending myth, history and contemporary commentary, this is the story of how a woman took revenge through her art to become one of the most successful painters of her generation.’.

Queen Mary Theatre Company at Edinburgh Fringe | 11-26 August 2018

Our very own Queen Mary Theatre Company (QMTC) are bringing 4 shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August:

  • A&E: A fast-paced clowning comedy caper, devised with junior doctors and nurses inspired by Michele Gondry and Green Wing.
  • Deadline: Imagine knowing when you’re going to die, _exactly _when you’re going to die. It would make you live your life to the fullest, right? Enter a world where at 16 you find out your date. A date that determines the rest of your future, a date you can’t escape from.
  • Same Old Same Oldies: Three Northerners and three Southerners residing in one nursing home. How could they possibly get along? Brimming with awkward disputes and one particular loud mouth amongst the group, these oldies always find something to complain about.
  • Rat Race: Rat Race is a dark tragicomedy set in a rat cage that is at the center of a badly handled experiment.

Keep an eye out for London previews details 2 and 3 of August! Exact times are still to be confirmed but probably from 6pm!

Sh*t Theatre: Dollywould | 14-26 August 2018 | Summerhall

Queen Mary fgaduates and multi award-winning duo Sh!t Theatre return with their 100% sell-out show from 2017. It’s mainly about their love of Dolly Parton and also about cloning, branding, immortality and death.

 

Some top tips from our QMUL team

1) Go for a swim at London Fields Lido just a short journey from QMUL

2) Walk/run the London High Line – foundations of the northern line that were never used from Alexandra Palace to Finsbury park for great views

Results Day, Confirmation and Clearing 2018 FAQ – School of English and Drama

Congratulations if you’ve already got your offer and are coming to study with us. Good luck with your results – you should hear from us on 16 August!

If not, don’t worry we’re here to help you with early clearing from 5 July, on A-Level results day on 16 August and throughout the summer with our dedicated Clearing and ConfirmatPreview Changes (opens in a new window)ion hotline.

School of English and Drama is now closed for clearing.

If you have a question about your application please contact us.


What does Clearing mean for you?

For some of you it’ll be when you first discover Queen Mary

or it might offer you a chance to change your mind about what you want to do

or present an opportunity to talk to us about your interest in our programmes.

 

When is the Clearing period?

Early clearing starts on Thursday 5 July 2018. The main clearing period starts on A Level results day, Thursday 16 August 2018 and ends on the first day of term (Monday 17 September 2018).

However, you can always get in touch with us before clearing starts (or anytime afterwards) to register an interest in one of our degrees.

 

Which courses have availability within the School of English and Drama?

We are likely to have a limited number of places available on the following programmes:

Please call us as soon as you have your results to ensure the maximum chance of getting a place.

          

 

How do I apply through Clearing?

Please call the main Queen Mary Clearing hotline on to discuss your options with us: +44 (0)20 7882 5511.

 

Where will I live?

Before making enquiries into accommodation while you study with us it’s best to make sure you have an offer and accept it. This will allow us to access the resources available within our accommodation team more easily. We can then help you either find accommodation on campus or private accommodation nearby.

Queen Mary Student Accommodation

There are limited number of rooms available on site, which are allocated to Clearing applicants via a ballot.

Private Rented Accommodation

There are a large number of privately rented rooms and shared accommodation options available in the surrounding area.

Find out more about accommodation

 

Can I come and visit you?

There are campus tours available to book here.

 

How do I apply for student finance?

Please see our handy student finance guide here for more information about student finance.

 

How do I get more advice?

See the full Queen Mary University of London Clearing Guide here

Independent advice is available from Which! University Guide or contact us and we’ll be more than happy to advise.

 

English and Drama Taster Sessions Announced for Open Days – 22-23 June 2018

We are excited to launch our free taster programme at our open days this Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June.

To sign up please head to Arts Two foyer from 10am.

Friday 22 June 2018

English

11.30

a) Lecture: Othello: Race and Religion – Professor Jerry Brotton

From the late twentieth century, criticism and productions of Othello focused almost exclusively on the tragic hero’s blackness, in an attempt to challenge the racist assumptions that have defined the play since the seventeenth century. But ‘race’ has a history, and its meaning for Shakespeare was very different from our modern understanding of the term. This session examines key passages from the play and suggests that what we see as ‘race’ in Othello is a complex mix of Elizabethan beliefs and assumptions about ethnicity and religion. If we see Othello as a Christian convert from Islam, and read the play alongside ambivalent English relations with Muslims in this period, the play becomes far more complex and, in our time, even more relevant than we have come to believe.

Location: Arts Two Building, 3.20

b) Lecture: Time in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway – Professor Mark Currie

How do novels imagine time? Focusing on excerpts from Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, we’ll be exploring the many ways this text represents subjective time – thinking about how linear time is disrupted by flashbacks and flash-forwards, evoking the flux of thought.

Location: Arts Two Building, 2.17

13:45

c) Lecture: John Donne’s Poetry – Relationship Trouble – Professor David Colclough

Parting from a lover; trying to get through to God; imagining the soul leave the body – even getting undressed or being woken up too early: Donne’s poems return continually to problems with relationships.  They do so by thinking about language, persuasion, poetic form, and audiences. This session will focus on a selection of poems and help you to analyse the way they work, making reference to Donne’s biography and to the historical context in which he was writing.

Location: Arts Two Building, 3.20

d) Seminar: Witchy Women in Macbeth – Professor Andrea Brady

This class will investigate the different functions of witchcraft in Shakespeare’s Scottish play: as an exciting spectacle; as a form of flattery; and as a kind of rebellion, both against the king and the patriarchal rule of the family. We’ll think about how the witches embody some cultural anxieties about women’s bodies in this period, particularly by focussing on Lady Macbeth’s ‘unsex me here’ speech (I.v).

Location: Arts Two Building, 2.17

Drama

11.30

e) Seminar: Site-Specific Theatre: Must This Be the Place? – Dr Michael McKinnie

Site-specific theatre is theatre that consciously explores the unique sites in which it happens, frequently outside of conventional theatre spaces.  In recent years theatre makers have created performances in places such as courthouses, private homes, castles, railway stations, and more.  This practical workshop will explore different techniques for making site-specific theatre, using the environment in and around Queen Mary’s Mile End campus.  OR This seminar will explore some of the challenges that site-specific theatre poses, and asks whether it is as innovative as it is often claimed to be.

Location: Arts Two Building – Film and Drama Studio (FADS)
f) Seminar: Walking in the City – Dr Catherine Silverstone

Artists have used the practice of walking in their work, inviting spectators to see the city (and perhaps themselves) differently. We will look at ‘walking performances’, focussing particularly on gender, sexuality, participation and spectatorship.

Location: Arts One Building – Pinter Studio

13.45

g) Practical Workshop: Devising from Games – Dr Mojisola Adebayo

This will be a playful workshop exploring how to devise plays and create performance material from playing games. We will explore exercises that combine Theatre of the Oppressed and Physical Theatre techniques, made accessible for all. We will explore how playing and play making can help to generate a sense of ubuntu (humanity / human connection) towards social and political change.

Location: Arts Two Building – Film and Drama Studio (FADS)
h) Practical Workshop: Keeping the Plates Spinning – Dr Julia Bardsley

A practical look at processes of performance that embrace complexity and disruption. What creative opportunities present themselves when we deliberately let those plates fall?

Location: Arts One Building – Pinter Studio

 

Saturday 23 June 2018

English

11.30

a) Seminar: Romeo and Juliet’s First Meeting – Professor Warren Boutcher

This workshop will combine a close-reading of the scene in which Romeo and Juliet first meet with a viewing of two filmed versions: a recent production at Shakespeare’s Globe, and Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 update.

Location: Arts Two Building, 3.20

b) Lecture: Happy 200th Birthday, Frankenstein – Dr Shahidha Bari

200 years after the publication  of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, this lecture explores the themes of the novel and examines the different ways in which it has been read over the course of its history.  The lecture rehearses some of the classic feminist readings of the novel, as well as the Marxist accounts of Frankenstein’s labour. It reaches to modern eco-critical readings of the novel’s landscape and asks whether it is a “creature” or “monster”  that Shelley creates.

Location: Arts Two Building, 2.17

13:45

c) Seminar: James Joyce’s Ulysses: Writing Modern Consciousness – Dr Rhiannon Moss

What relationship is there between our inner selves and the world in which we live? How can writing seek represent internal subjectivity? Is it possible to know the interiority of another? This session will explore these questions by looking at passages from James Joyce’s Ulysses, one of the most important and influential works of modern literature. Joyce innovated and experimented with literary techniques to represent the complexity of experience in the modern world, and to give the reader an intimate experience of the minds of his three everyday heroes. This session will give an insight into his writing of modern consciousness, and will begin to explore the central questions you will discuss as literary scholars.

Location: Arts Two Building, 2.17

d) Seminar: Introducing Literary Theory – Dr Molly MacDonald

What is literary theory? How does theory help us read literature? Throughout the history of literature, there have arisen various competing interpretations of literary texts and, with that, the need to adjudicate between rival interpretations.  ‘Theory’ has therefore emerged as a means of justifying particular interpretations over and against others. This session will offer an introductory session to using literary theory, and will model the kinds of lessons you can expect to encounter on our first-year module, Reading, Theory and Interpretation.

Location: Arts Two Building, 3.20

Drama

11.30

e) Seminar: What is Performance Art? – Dr Dominic Johnson

In Performance Art, an artist often uses her or his body as raw material and abandons the traditional tendencies towards acting, characterisation, and narrative that typify performances in the theatre. We’ll explore some of the key experiments that Performance Art has included in the twentieth century.

Location: Arts One Building – Pinter Studio

f) Practical Workshop: Audience Participation in Contemporary Theatre – Dr Daniel Oliver

In recent years many theatre and performance practitioners have aimed to create immersive, interactive, and participatory experiences for their audiences. We will explore the ethics, aesthetics and methods of such audience involvement through practical exercises, short readings, and discussion.

Location: Arts Two Building – Film and Drama Studio (FADS)

13:45

g) Seminar: Histories of Emotion in the Theatre – Dr Penelope Woods

Theatres are sites and spaces of emotion. But the kinds of emotion that have been sought and produced in theatres around the world through history has varied greatly. How do we begin to examine and research ’emotion at the theatre’? And what significance does this investigation of emotion in theatres around the world through history have?

Location: Arts Two Building – Film and Drama Studio (FADS)

 

If you have any questions or need help on the day please do get in touch…

Rupert Dannreuther
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School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

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+44 (0)20 7882 8910

English and Drama Newsletter – June 2018

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

Highlights this month include Open Days, Peopling the Palace(s) Festival, a #VOTE100 debate in the Octagon and a Performance and Mental Health event.

EVENTS | NEWS | LINKS

Photo above: Drama graduate Jo Hauge by Julia Brown – she is presenting at Performance and Mental Health.

Events

OPEN EVENTS

MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health Presents
Performance and Mental Health: Perspectives and Practices
6.30pm Wednesday 6 June 2018
Arts Two Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End Campus

The MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health course at Queen Mary University of London presents a series of talks, presentations and provocations on the theme of performance, art and mental health. Speakers include: Bobby Baker, Dr Bridget Escolme, Jeremy Weller, Jo Hauge, Lucy Hutson, and Dr Maria Turri.

Register

Undergraduate Open Days
Friday 22-Saturday 23 June 2018, 10:00-16:00
QMUL – Mile End Campus

We will be hosting taster sessions and subject talks about English and Drama, and staff will be available to talk through the course and life at Queen Mary. Plus,  campus tours, events and activities for potential future students.

Register

PEOPLING THE PALACE(S)

Department of Drama
Peopling the Palace(s) Festival
Monday 11-Sunday 17 June 2018
QMUL – Mile End

Book now for events, performances and conversations including:

•  DIY HIGH SCHOOL (11 June): two workshops in creative skills (Photoshop and Video Editing) and a bespoke feedback session on creative projects and CVs.
•  Women’s Voices in Parliament (13 June): A #VOTE100 representation debate special in our stunning Octagon space. Contributors include Sarah Childs, Jen Harvie, Rainbow Murray, Lise Olson, Naomi Paxton, Nirmal Purwar and Nephertiti Schandorf.
•  Performance and Mental Health: Perspectives and Practices (13 June): A series of talks, presentations and provocations on the theme of performance, art and mental health.
•  First Flights (15 June) and Alumni Platform (16 June): Free graduating student and alumni performances in the Pinter studio.
•  The Precariousness of Photography: Manuel Vason (17 June): A photography and performance workshop with leading performance photographer Manuel Vason.

See the full programme of events

MORE EVENTS IN JUNE

Space Dogs
4-6 June 2018, 19:00
Theatre N16 at Styx, Tottenham Hale

Written by Drama graduate Sebastiao Marques Lopes and featuringcstudents past. The dog-eat-dog world of 1960s politics, the private battles of the era’s superpowers, and the seemingly never-ending Cold War are realised in this tale of survival, sacrifice and sausages.

QM Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies
Suvir Kaur (Pennsylvania): Apostrophe as a Theory of History
Friday 8 June 2018, 15:00-17:00
Lock-keepers Cottage, QMUL – Mile End

“Personification has attracted continuing critical attention as a figure for the power of poetry to animate the inanimate and to give voice to the voiceless. In turn, apostrophe has been read as exemplary of lyrical voice, and of those forms of poetic address that model self-referential circuits of poetic utterance.”

Arts and Culture at QMUL
Queen Mary Arts and Culture Annual Lecture by Dr Maria Balshaw CBE
Friday 8 June 2018, 18:00
Peston Lecture Theatre, Graduate Centre, QMUL – Mile End

Tate Director Maria Balshaw – honorary professor for the MA Creative Industries and Arts Organisation programme from September 2018 – gives the Queen Mary Arts and Culture Annual Lecture.

Arts and Culture at QMUL
La Mer (Four hands, Two dancers, Two Films)
12-13 June 2018, various times
Great Hall, People’s Palace, QMUL – Mile End

Celebrating 2018 as the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death, his masterwork La Mer (partly composed when Debussy stayed in Eastbourne) is realised in a newly created live performance event that combines the composer’s version for piano duet, with dance and film.

You are warmly invited to attend one or all of the events below:
Full Open Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday, 12th June 2018, at 5.30pm.
Contemporary Dance Workshop: Wednesday, 13th June 2018, 11am–1pm. Please note: 20 pleaces only. Booking essential.
Performances of La Mer: Wednesday, 13th June 2018, at 5.30pm & 6.30pm.

The Sexual Cultures Research Group Presents: Heather Love – ‘Beginning With Stigma’
Thursday 14 June 2018, 18:00-20:00
ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End

This talk is taken from the introduction to Love’s new book, Underdogs, which aims to historicize the rise of queer theory and elaborate its debts to post-WWII social science, in particular the field of deviance studies.

Battersea Audio Chatback: Making Change for Care and Care Leavers
Monday 25 June 2018, 18:00 – 19:30
Battersea Arts Centre

Young people in Wandsworth are working with verbatim techniques to produce performance that shares their experience of care services. Join us in the Battersea Arts Centre Audio Tour to hear their testimonies – and take part in discussion of what can change for the better in local authority care and education. An ARHC-funded project led by Maggie Inchley (Drama) and People’s Palace Projects.

First Bites: STARS
29-30 June 2018
Ovalhouse, Oval

Mojisola Adebayo will be presenting a staged reading of her latest play STARS at Ovalhouse Theatre (near Oval tube) on June 29 (7.30pm) and 30 (2.30 and 7.30pm with BSL interpretation).

STARS is the story of an old lady who goes into space… in search of her own orgasm. STARS is supported by Queen Mary Drama Department, the Centre for Public Engagement and Arts Council England.

See all of our events coming up

 

News from the School

Susheila Nasta (English – Wasafiri Magazine) has been involved as a consultant on British Library’s Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land exhibition, recently featured in the Guardian. Wasafiri Magazine is hosting Windrush Women: Past and Present, an evening of poetry and readings inspired by the lives of female writers from the Windrush era, at the British Library on Monday 25 June.

Zoë McGee (English PhD Candidate) was named the winner of QMUL Three Minute Thesis. The competitors had just three minutes to tell a non-specialist audience and a panel of judges about their research and results. Zoë will now go on to represent QMUL in Vitae’s online national semi-finals, which will run in July and August. Six finalists will present their Three Minute Theses at the Vitae International Conference in September.
Matthew Rubery (English) has had an article published in New Literary History ‘Ulysses, Blindness, and Accessible Modernism‘.

Mojisola Adebayo has been made a Literary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Read more in the press release.

Dominic Johnson (Drama) has been shortlisted for The TaPRA Prize for Editing (Edited Collection or Special Issue) for his co-edited book:  It’s all Allowed: the Performances of Adrian Howells (Live Art Development Agency and Intellect, 2016).

Catherine Maxwell (English) talks about her book Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture in the May books round-up on Irish radio station Newstalk. Listen here from 09:20.

See more on the SED blog

 

Links

1. There is free access to Adnan Sarwar’s ‘Back To Iraq’ published in Wasafiri Issue 94. Adnan Sarwar’s BBC series ‘Journey in the Danger Zone: Iraq’ is currently airing on BBC 2 Sundays at 9pm. Read online here

2. Drama graduates Hugo Aguirre and Franciska Ery are presenting their show Asking for a Raise from 3 July at The Space.

3. Caine Prize nominee Makena Onjerika will be in conversation and reading her shortlisted story ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’ (published in Wasafiri) at SOAS 26 June, Willesden Library 28 June, and Africa Writes 30 June.

4. Guardian article Play staged in central London church explores parish’s gentrification was partially researched during director Gemma Kerr’s “Air B2B” residency in Brazil, hosted at Casa Rio by British Council Brazil and People’s Palace Projects.

5. Drama graduate Martha Pailing is performing her show Background People at Roundhouse in Camden as part of the Last Word Festival.

6. Wasafiri New Writing Prize deadline is fast approaching. Applications for Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing entries close on 13 July 2018.

7. Watch a clip from People’s Palace Projects’ With One Voice choir, made up of a group of people with experience of homelessness in Rio de Janeiro.

Competition: Your Design On Our School Tote Bag #SEDBAGFORLIFE

We’re looking for a new design for our 2018 tote bag which we give away at open days, events and to new students incoming to the School. It’s time to get arty and inspire the next generation of SED students.

What we’re looking for

  • A black, line based design – it could feature a quotation or other text but needs to be blocky and easy to read.
  • Maximum A4 size.
  • A design which represents both English and Drama.
  • For inspiration see Kirsty Rolfe’s design to the right >>>

How to enter

To enter send your design as a PDF, JPG or EPS to sed-web@qmul.ac.uk.

To enter you must be a School of English student, staff member or one of our alumni.

What you’ll win

If you win:

  • Your bag will be put into production for our 2018 open days and events.
  • You’ll also win a £50 Amazon voucher.

Competition closes: Tuesday 5 June 2018 at 12 midday. A panel from SED will choose the winning design.

 

Apply now to start your master’s this year

You can apply now online for all of our master’s programmes to start this September.

Here’s a quick rundown of courses we offer, what you’ll need to apply and how to get in touch if you have any questions.

Courses we offer

Drama

English

MA English Literature:

Things you’ll need

Required

  • References: We ask you to provide two academic references, and there is a space on your application form to upload these. If your referees are willing to send you their references, you can upload them directly with your application. If your referees would rather not send you their references, they can send them directly to sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk. If your referees do decide to send their references themselves, you will still be expected to upload a file in the references section of your application. This can be a simple Word document stating ‘References will be sent separately’.
  • Academic Qualifications (e.g. Degree transcript (or interim transcript)): If you don’t have this documentation please contact your university to request it.
  • Statement of Purpose: Your Personal Statement is an important part of your application and should identify why you want to study the course and how your experience thus far makes you a suitable candidate.
  • CV/Resume: Please include an up to date CV.

If you have any trouble uploading or submitting documentation we can help via email: sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

Need help? Get in touch

Make an enquiry

Email: sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

Call: +44 (0)20 7882 8571

3 Ways to Stay in Touch After Graduating from Queen Mary

Someone (we can’t remember who) once wrote ‘parting is such sweet sorrow’ but alas leaving Queen Mary isn’t strictly the end.

It’s the start of a thrilling journey into the rest of your life.

And if you really can’t live without us we suggest studying a Master’s with us ;).

 

Here’s 3 ways you can still come to campus and be part of Queen Mary once you’ve got your degree:

1 Libraries

With an Alumni Extra card (£10 one off fee) you can access the libraries for reference only with no expiry date on your card.

2 Careers Service

For two years after you graduate you can use the careers service including interview practice, help with job searches and application advice and preparation.

3 Events in the School and Queen Mary at large

The School of English and Drama and the wider college organise 100s of events every year with most being accessible to you once you’ve graduated.

The best way to find out is follow us on social media or email us to sign up to our newsletter.

 

Our contact details if you want to let us know any news or have any questions – we love hearing from you.

sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

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Event Round Up: Remembering Natural Historian James Petiver (1665–1718)

Thursday 26 April 2018

This day meeting at the Linnean Society in Burlington House, Piccadilly marked the tercentenary of the death of James Petiver FRS, an important but often overlooked professional apothecary and compulsive natural historian in 18th-century London.

Petiver made significant contributions to multiple fields of natural history, above all botany and entomology. An assiduous correspondent and collector, he successfully cultivated sources of natural historical intelligence and material from the Americas to the East Indies.

On the 300th anniversary of his death, the meeting set out to remember James Petiver:

  • as a practising natural historian of substantial abilities and merit
  • as a collector and cataloguer of natural historical specimens with enduring significance
  • as a writer of both manuscript correspondence and published natural historical texts
  • as an apothecary whose professional and private scientific interests mutually informed each other
  • as a social networker both within London and across the globe
  • as an historical figure whose legacy has been contested and which is ripe for reconsideration

Speakers from universities and the museum sector assessed Petiver’s life and legacy by deploying a range of historical and scientific disciplinary perspectives. Topics addressed by the presentations included Petiver’s medical practice, his abilities and significance as a natural historian, his relationships with mariners and merchants (including slave-traders), and his innovative attempts to reach new audiences through book publication. The meeting was also privileged to welcome a direct descendent of James Petiver’s sister, Jane.The event was organised by Dr Richard Coulton (QMUL) and Dr Charlie Jarvis (Natural History Museum). Research presented at the meeting is due to be published in a forthcoming special issue of Notes and Records of the Royal Society (spring 2020).

Find out more about James Petiver in Richard’s blog post for the Royal Society

Download the full programme and abstracts

Watch podcasts from the event below…

#YouCantTouchDiss – Dissertation Selfie Competition – Win £50 Voucher

#YOUCANTTOUCHDISS

DISSERTATION SELFIE COMPETITION

Share your dissertation hand in selfie with the hashtag #youcanttouchDISS (tag us!) for a chance to win £50 Amazon voucher and a badass certificate!

Competition closes: Friday 11 May 2018 at 5pm. 1 entry per person and you must use the hashtag & tag us on Twitter, Instagram or email us sed-web@qmul.ac.uk. 1 x winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.

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Tate Exchange: Producing Memory: Maps, Materials, Belongings – Full Programme

Join us for provocative discussions, displays, workshops and screenings exploring how memory is produced in relation to material, objects and places

Join artists and researchers from Queen Mary University of London as we think together about the role of objects in the production, conservation and recollection of our individual memories, and those of our communities. A particular focus will be migrant and refugee art, and the challenges of producing and conserving a home and identity in circumstances of displacement.

Explore questions such as what does the ‘making’ in placemaking actually involve? What is the role of sensuality in the making of memories? How can digital technologies of mass production coexist with artisanal modes of making, and what is their relation to the production of cultural heritage?

Drop in to explore installations and exhibitions which will be on display daily or join us for a series of events and activities over our five day residency at Tate Exchange.

Displays (open every day):

  • Recordings from the Xingu

Enter our oca and embark on a journey to the Ipatse Village, home of the Kuikuro indigenous people in the Xingu region of Brazil. See photographs and listen to ambisonic sound recordings of the community’s daily life and traditions, and watch a video fly-through of scan data from around the Ipatse village, produced by Factum Foundation. The display will include a Virtual Reality installation by Brazilian coder Clelio de Paula about his residency in the Xingu (Sunday only, from 1-5pm).

  • Alda Terracciano’s Zelige Door on Golborne Road

Drop in and experience this interactive, multisensory installation which explores various aspects of Moroccan heritage and culture, each requiring a different sense to be experienced. It uses Augmented Reality and technologies related to the senses, to construct a living museum of cultural memories that reflects both the challenges of gentrification, and communal visions of a utopian space within the city.

  • Globe: Here Be Dragons and Fertig

Globe, on display in Tate Exchange, is a copper sphere housing four cameras. Artist Janetka Platun rolled Globe through the streets of East London recording journeys and conversations with the public about home and migration, territory and boundaries. The footage inspired two films: Here Be Dragons (27 mins) and Fertig (6 mins), which will be screened on a loop in the space.

  • Ink drawings by Sophie Herxheimer

Explore a display of ink drawings by artist Sophie Herxheimer which document the experiences of refugees.

Screenings, discussion and workshops

Add your story to Alda Terracciano’s evolving work on London Memory Routes.

Explore the theme of belonging through conversation and activities with artist Janetka Platun.

Join artist Sophie Herxheimer for a story collecting workshop and celebrate the new issue of Wasafiri Magazine with an evening of live literature.

Focusing on the needs of young people, join us for discussions and workshops exploring how spaces for participation and creativity can be produced.

Drop in for a map-making workshop inspired by the maps created by refugees to navigate their environments.

Come along to a screening of this powerful documentary about young Afghan refugees in Greece who transform discarded lifeboats and lifejackets into bags.

Drop in for a day of events exploring the Kuikuro indigenous people’s project to record and preserve the cultural heritage of their village in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil.

Show and Tell @ QMUL

A new and exciting series of talks for school and college students hosted by the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

Show and Tell brings together influential academic teaching staff and industry professionals to deliver engaging and accessible talks for young people interested in working in the arts and possibly studying humanities subjects at university. Queen Mary staff working in a range of disciplines will share their cutting-edge research in short, thought-provoking presentations, and they will be joined by alumni offering insights into the work they do now in jobs across the creative sector.

Much like a TED Talk, these events are designed to be as entertaining as they are informative: they will provide a unique experience for school and college students to learn about the research being produced in universities and the careers graduates pursue after their studies.

Over the course of one evening, students can expect to hear from four speakers working in university disciplines including English, Drama, History, and Geography, and from industries such as journalism, theatre, fashion, and museums and galleries. They will also have the chance to network and meet the speakers and their peers over refreshments at a reception where they can discuss the evening’s talks, ask more questions, and find out about the journeys that current and former students have made to university and the world of work.

Show and Tell is primarily aimed at students aged 16-18 who are currently studying at A Level or equivalent at schools, sixth forms, and colleges, but we would welcome GCSE students too. This is a widening participation project and we hope it will encourage students who come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education to think of applying to study arts and humanities degrees at Queen Mary and other Russell Group universities.  

We are keen to hear the views of teachers so that we can make this project as effective as it can possibly be. Please help us make Show and Tell a success by getting in touch and telling us what you think makes university outreach events work for you and your students. You can tell us what you think by completing our questionnaire here: https://goo.gl/forms/EkmXCKC5m9hN4kxS2

If you are student who would like to attend, or an alumnus who would like to speak at a Show and Tell event, please also contact us to find out more.

You can register your interest by emailing showandtell@qmul.ac.uk 

English and Drama in World Top 50 (QS World Subject Rankings)

It’s fantastic news for the School of English and Drama in the recently announced QS World University Rankings By Subject.

Here’s the lowdown from our Head of School Warren Boutcher.

As the wind rattles your windows and the snow threatens your footing, consider that no School in QM has as high an international reputation as English and Drama – not Law, not Linguistics, not Medicine.

That’s according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings. English has held its position at #32 (inside the top ten for the UK), and Drama – oh well done! – has gone up from #30 to #23 (for Performing Arts).

Sharika Alam on Writers@QMUL with Anjali Joseph Event

A few weeks ago, I attended the second event in Writers @QMUL series, where the delightfully witty and brilliant Anjali Joseph read the opening chapter of her upcoming novel, and was in conversation with our very own Patrick Flanery.

Anjali Joseph is a British-Indian author and journalist. Her debut novel, Saraswati Park, was immensely successful, winning the Betty Trask Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and in 2010 she was listed by The Telegraph as one of the 20 best writers under the age of 40.

She is currently working on her fourth novel which is set largely in the northeastern state of Assam in India, where Joseph had been living in for the past few years before relocating to Oxfordshire last year. The opening chapter entitled ‘Everlasting Lucifer’ begins with the meeting of an Assamese woman, Kethaki, and a British Asian man called Ved in an airport lounge and chronicles their subsequent interactions. In this chapter, I really liked Joseph’s treatment of temporality. It felt almost cinematic, with the narrative seamlessly moving forwards in time. She also has a knack for humour. I think it is really difficult to deliberately write something funny because it often feels contrived but here the narrator has a sharp, insightful and natural wit.

During the conversation section of the event, Joseph talked about the pressure to write a certain kind of book. She believes that all writers  feel a certain degree of anxiety attached to their work: “I do some teaching in the creative writing Masters Course at Oxford. I was talking to one student who is from Nigeria, who said ‘I don’t want to write an “African” book’. And I said just don’t. Don’t do it. But it’s a problem. When I was writing my first novel which was set in Bombay I had these worries about what is an Indian novel in English and there were some tacit expectations”.

Moreover, her first book is sweet, and a family story, and some people wanted her to write another one just like that. While her second book, Another Country, is not autobiographical, it does use some autobiographical material. Joseph feels that there is a complication if a female writer does that: “[Another Country] is not particularly explicit but it has a certain amount of sex in it because it’s about a young woman in her twenties. And there was just this thing, and I was talking to a poet-friend, whose wife is also a poet, and experienced something really similar, where people would just say ‘so this book is basically about you, yeah?’ and they would look me up and down. Erm yeah… you sort of think that if I really wanted to find myself somebody for the evening I wouldn’t necessarily go to the trouble of writing a novel. That’s a very long-winded way of going about it’. I couldn’t agree more!

If you are interested in finding out more about Anjali Joseph and her writing, our wonderful friends at Wasafiri recorded and uploaded the whole Conversation on their Facebook page.

3 Free Creative Careers Events & Opportunities

Here’s 3 awesome free careers events for your diary this Spring.

1. Meet the Creative Industries | Thu 22 Feb 2018 | 16.30 – 19.30 | Great Arch Hall, South Wing, Somerset House | FREE

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‘Inspirational talent and skills development space for young people to meet arts organisations and creative professionals.

Are you a young person interested in a career in the creative industries? Unsure of the different creative roles that you can apply for and keen to make more creative contacts? Eager to find out more about what it’s like to work for a creative organisation or interested in meeting other young people who are in a similar situation to you?

Join us to chat face to face with people working in the arts, gain first-hand experience of their own career development, learn about the different roles within arts organisations and seek advice for your own creative career. We will also be hosting an optional digital skills workshop during the drop-in.

“This is exactly what is needed for new people trying to get into the industry”

Creative Job Studio attendee

This event is for those aged 18-25.

Bring your CV or portfolio along if you wish (this is not a requirement).

This drop-in session will be followed by networking with industry professionals. Drinks and refreshments will be provided but all attendees will need to show ID if they wish to be served alcohol. Please do not expect to be served without ID.’

2. Routes in Alternative Careers Fair | Thu 8 March | 11am-4pm | Tate Modern | FREE

‘Aged 15–25, interested in a career in arts and culture, but not sure where to start? Come down to a careers fair with a difference. Find out about different roles and career pathways at Tate and discover what it’s like to work in the arts and cultural industries. Browse stalls run by Tate staff and arts industry insiders face to face, find out what their roles involve and how they got to where they are.
Joining us on the day will be 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, A New Direction, Creative Mentor Network, Ravensbourne, Royal Museums Greenwich, The Creative Society. Get a chance to also speak to staff from across Tate from a range of departments: Collection Care, Curatorial, Design Studio, Development, Digital, Enterprises, Tate Exchange, Learning, Photography, Visitor Experience and Volunteers.

Whilst your here, chill with friends, meet other young people interested in creative careers and enjoy music from BBZ DJs in a lounge installation. And to celebrate International Women’s Day, see a series of inspirational talks from women working in the creative industries put together by guest curator Nicole Crentsil.
Programmed by young people from Tate Collective London’

Routes in Alternative Careers Fair

 

3. ERIC Festival: Careers in the Arts | Sunday 25 March | 10am-5pm | The Lancaster & River Rooms, Somerset House | FREE

‘ERIC is holding a creative career festival on Sunday 25th March 2018 at Somerset House and it’s free for all of your students to come along to – perfect for any aspiring, creative students (particularly those interested in music, film, performing arts & visual arts). The festival is brought to you by ERIC, the Barbican & Somerset House

Find out how to get your foot in the creative industry door and kickstart your career in the arts by attending the latest ERIC Festival.

WHAT’S THERE

– Young successful creative speakers giving relevant and actionable career advice

– Immersive exhibitors showcasing hands-on tech, games, business tools and much more

– Interactive workshops to upskill attendees on digital/business/legal/finance knowledge, transferrable and useful to all jobs/industries

– One-on-one CV/portfolio/career advice

– Free stuff

– Food & drink

‘To see how many young people were here on a Sunday and who stayed for the whole day, is testament to how great the event was’ Bryony Mawdsley, Head of The h. Club Foundation (partner)

‘ERIC Festival was 5/5 – would do it again!’ Lisa Stallinger, student (attendee)

‘As an exhibitor, my team and I got to network and recruit new members for fresh and promising new ventures.’ Alim Kamera, Founder of Storie Storie (exhibitor)’

People’s Palace Projects – Spring 2018 Update

People’s Palace Projects has a number of UK events over the next few months and we would love for them to be featured in QMUL’s upcoming news and listings.

1) Women Against Violence

9th till 11th March – CICATRIZ (SCAR): Multimedia installation directed by internationally renowned Brazilian artist Bia Lessa as part of Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival.

14th March: Final seminar at Brazilian Embassy, Trafalgar Square, for a collaborative project between Geography (QMUL/KCL) and Drama (QMUL) on violence against women nd girls.

More on this project

2) Tate Exchange:

As part of a full week of Queen Mary activities, PPP will be presenting workshops and film screenings at Tate Modern on Sunday 6th May 2018.

More on this project

 

3) Creative Economy seminars

  • 30th April- 1st May: 9 May – Creative Economy seminars presented by Network (QMUL), People’s Palace Projects (QMUL) and British Council. More information will be available closer to the time but it would be good to get these events into the press diary so that we can prepare the appropriate publicity in good time.
  • The first day of the first event, on 30th April, will be held at Creative Wick in Hackney Wick and will be less formal. The other days will be more formal, academic seminars.

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4) The Encounter (pictured above)

1st week of May – Complicite Theatre Company’s international smash hit ‘The Encounter’ returns to the Barbican.  Paul Heritage, who supported Simon McBurney’s research for the show in the Amazon region of Brazil, and a member of the Kuikuro community from the Upper Xingu region, will be involved with one or two post show discussions during the run.

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Research in the Amazon:

5) Contemporary Narratives Lab

  • This project, a collaboration between Paul Heritage and Joad Raymond (QMUL), the Financial Times and Battersea Arts Centre, is funded through the HSS Collaborations Fund.  It will be holding a week of scratches at BAC w/c 25th Late in the week there will be some public scratches. Date tbc, possibly Thursday 28th.