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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Network Vouchers Application Pack

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.

More on this project

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.

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

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

Complete the survey

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

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

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

You can complete the NSS now at:

www.thestudentsurvey.com

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

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

Best wishes,

Matt Rubery and Catherine Silverstone
Directors of Teaching and Learning

School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

#MeetSED: Professor Patrick Flanery – Director of Creative Writing

Professor Patrick Flanery

Internationally acclaimed author Patrick Flanery has joined the School of English and Drama as QMUL’s first Professor of Creative Writing. We caught up with him to find out how he develops creativity in his students, plans for his fourth novel, and his first impressions of QMUL.

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You are QMUL’s first Professor of Creative Writing, can you tell us more about this role?

I was appointed earlier this year to lead the new Creative Writing Pathway in English. In September, twenty-three first-year students arrived as the inaugural cohort on the English with Creative Writing degree, and we hope those numbers will grow in coming years. These are very bright and engaged students who already seem to be cohering as a group and it’s exciting to see the work they’re producing, even at this early stage. I’m working now on planning the second and third years of the pathway in finer detail, and also building a series of events with visiting writers that will be open to people across the university and to the public. On 15 December, acclaimed American essayist John D’Agata, who runs the University of Iowa’s renowned Nonfiction Writing Program, will be with us for a public reading and Q&A, and next spring we have other visiting writer events planned that we’ll be advertising soon.

Later this academic year we will be making another appointment in Creative Writing, looking specifically for a published poet to expand our areas of expertise. With the recent agreement between QMUL and Arts Council England, the return to the university of the international literary magazine Wasafiri (under the leadership of its founding editor, Professor Susheila Nasta, and her team), the recent appointment of acclaimed playwright Mojisola Adebayo to a post in Drama, and with the launch of the QMUL Arts and Culture strategy initiative led by my colleague Professor Andrea Brady, it feels like an exciting time to be joining. The university is already the locus of a diverse array of cultural practices, and we can continue to develop these and other activities, including the formal academic work of teaching, as well as projects that draw in the wider community. I’m hoping we can also set up a student branch of English PEN at QMUL, and would be happy to hear from any students—whether in the School of English and Drama or in other departments—who might be interested in getting involved.

English with Creative Writing is a new pathway available to students in the English Department. It sounds really exciting. Can you tell us about what you have planned?

There is clearly a hunger among undergraduates in English (and I know in other departments, too) not just to find creative outlets, but to think about how their creative impulses can be directed and refined. In the first year, students on the pathway experiment with a variety of forms (poetry, drama for stage and screen, prose fiction, and creative non-fiction). As they continue in their degree they will hone those skills and begin to specialize in a couple of areas, culminating with the opportunity to write a creative dissertation in their third year. Alongside the Creative Writing syllabus, they take a range of modules in English that work in concert to develop their sense of the long history of literatures in English, and to equip them with the critical and theoretical tools that will make them better readers and better writers.

How do you develop creativity in your students?

That’s the big question, isn’t it? It’s fair to say that some students come with an already quite assured sense of their own voices—even as first-year undergraduates—while others arrive with really powerful raw materials (in terms of life experiences, a gift for language, or a certain arresting aesthetic sensibility) but need to find ways to marshal the desire to write and the talent they have in a more considered way. In teaching writing, I keep returning to the fundamental importance of wide and deep reading: as a writer, you have to survey a broad field of what has been written and what is currently being written, and when you find work (by a particular writer, or from a particular country, or region, or even language tradition) that really inspires you, read as much of it as you can to understand what the characteristics are that make you feel such a spark of connection.

Of course, when it comes to inspiration and fostering creativity, it’s not just a matter of reading. I encourage students to look at visual art (some of my most successful doctoral supervision sessions have ended with a walk through an exhibition at Tate Modern), or, in writing poetry, to think about the ways in which music can help us understand how rhythm might change over the course of a single short work. I hope what I manage to do, with undergraduates in particular, is sketch a field of possibilities, to point in the directions where they can look for inspiration, and to demonstrate ways of nurturing and shaping one’s own creative impulses, while also insisting that you cannot wait for inspiration to arrive: creativity flourishes when it is pursued as a sustained practice, something that becomes as critical to a writer’s everyday life and sense of wellbeing as eating.

What projects are you working on at the moment?

I’m finishing revisions on a novel, which will be my fourth, that explores the experiences of a group of people caught up in the Communist witch hunts of the 1950s in Hollywood. It’s told from the perspective of a politically engaged screenwriter who is in a clandestine relationship with a closeted gay actor. I’m also at work on a creative non-fiction project that combines memoir and other forms of life writing with critical readings of literature, film, and television.

What were you doing before joining QMUL in September?

For the three years prior to joining QMUL I was Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Reading, where I taught undergraduate modules, as well as supervising an amazingly talented doctoral student who has now transferred to Queen Mary to finish her degree with me; she’s writing a ground-breaking novel about transnational British-Latin American experience, and I predict great things for her. Previously I have been a full-time writer, a part-time lecturer at Sheffield, a PhD student at Oxford, and an executive in the film industry in New York.

How would you describe Queen Mary based on your first few months here?

I’m a Londoner by choice (as I was, two decades ago, a New Yorker by choice), and it’s stimulating to be back in a city university, with students who are either lifelong Londoners, or who have also elected to come here. In getting to know my colleagues in the School of English and Drama, I’ve been struck by two things in particular: the refreshing way in which they approach their work with a sense both of passion and absolute seriousness, and the various means by which a sense of political engagement, of responding to the changing world around us, is reflected in their research and teaching. The SED is also exceptionally well run—its administrative team is the best I have encountered anywhere, and as if that weren’t enough, people are also genuinely friendly, which makes a huge difference. Looking beyond the SED to the Faculty and the university more broadly, I’m excited by the range and depth of scholarly excellence here, which has the potential to inspire and intersect with creative work in interesting ways, and by the global outlook of the university as a whole.

What are you reading at the moment?

I always have a few books on the go. I’m reading Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain for the first time, as well as the Argentinian writer César Aira’s most recently translated book, The Lime Tree. In preparation for her upcoming lecture at the Centre for the History of the Emotions, and as part of the research for my nonfiction project, I’m reading Sianne Ngai’s fascinating study of affect, Ugly Feelings.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

The curious thing about writing is that it’s hard to see where work ends and life outside of work begins. But when I force myself to disengage a little, I enjoy running and going for long walks in South London, where I live. And since my first degree was in film and television production at NYU, I try to keep up with what’s new and interesting in those areas—an almost impossible (but pleasurable) task given how much is now being produced.

 

Patrick is the author of the novels Absolution (2012), Fallen Land (2013), and I Am No One (2016).  To find out more about his work, visit: www.patrickflanery.com.

Recent vacancies advertised on the HR website include a Lecturer in Creative Writing (part-time). For more information, see jobs.qmul.ac.uk.

Post originally posted on the QMUL Connected Staff Intranet: http://connected.qmul.ac.uk/news/qmul-people/professor-patrick-flanery.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

Postgraduate Open Events 2018

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

English

English and Drama Newsletter – December 2017

Welcome to the festive edition of our English and Drama newsletter. The picture above is of our Drama graduates MEGANDALEX ahead of their show Bodies (broken 4 u) at Camden People’s Theatre in January.

Events in December

FEATURED EVENT

Offer Holder Day

English and Drama Offer Holder Day
Wednesday 13 December, 12:00-18:00, QMUL – Mile End

Our School of English and Drama Offer Holder Days include taster sessions and interviews for candidates selected for our Unconditional Offer Award.

Staging Atmospheres

Staging Atmospheres – Theatre and the Atmospheric Turn
Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December, all day, QMUL – Mile End

Conference organisers, Martin Welton and Penelope Woods, are keen to encourage dialogue amongst artists and academics across a range of disciplines beyond theatre and performance studies and internationally.

Selector Responder

Selector Responder: Sounding out the Archives
Friday 8 December 2017 19.00 – 21.30
Knowledge Centre, The British Library

Ten quick-fire responses to sound collections from the British Library and beyond, curated by our very own Drama lecturer Ella Finer.

William Godwin

RA Lates: Rrose Sélavy’s Dada Extravaganza | Saturday 9 December 2017 | 7-11.45pm

Our very own Dr. Benjamin Poore will be presenting ‘Estranging Objects: Fetish – Artwork – Freud’, exploring the unconscious forces shaping our encounters with surrealist objects. ‘ at this DaDa inspired Royal Academy lates event.


Digitising William Godwin’s Manuscripts

Monday 11 December, 17:30-19:30, V&A Museum
For the first time, the sole surviving manuscripts of Political Justice and Caleb Williams, by the anarchist philosopher William Godwin (1756-1836), will be digitised and made freely available on the Shelley-Godwin Archive. Celebrate this collaborative project announced in April 2017 by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

Negative Theatrics Event
Negative Theatrics: A Conversation with Writer and Director Julia Jarcho
Tuesday 12 December, 18:00-20:00, QMUL – Mile End
Join us for a reading and conversation with the Obie-award winning playwright and scholar Julia Jarcho – who will be in London for the UK-premiere of her play Grimly Handsome at the Royal Court Theatre.

John D'Agata Event
Writers @QMUL: John D’Agata reading & in conversation with Patrick Flanery

Friday 15 December, 18:00, Arts One Lecture Theatre , QMUL – Mile End
On 15 December at 6pm acclaimed essayist John D’Agata will be reading and in conversation with Patrick Flanery. D’Agata is the author of About a Mountain (2011) and The Lifespan of a Fact (2012) and is editor of Graywolf Press’s three-volume anthology series New History of the Essay.

Save the date for these events

  • Queen Mary Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar 2017-18: Peter de Bolla on Distributional Concept Analysis (Tuesday 12 December). More info
  • Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture 2017:
    Peter Burke: Two Diasporas: the place of exiles in the history of knowledge (Wednesday 13 December). RSVP here
  • Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature Seminars (Wednesdays from 24 January) and Conference (Friday 6 July). Download the programme

News

Scents and Sensibility

Catherine Maxwell’s new book Scents and Sensibility: Perfumes in Victorian Literary Culture is out now and was featured in an article on perfume in The Guardian here.

Nadia Valman’s The Great Yiddish Parade is covered on the inspiring local blog Spitalfields Life.

The new Queen Mary Arts and Culture strategy was launched in November. Read all about the event here.

 Links

The Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition 2017

1. Our students Charlotte Stockton and Adna Ahmed are working on the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition 2017. As well as a £20k prize for the winner to bring their idea to life, the competition can improve skills and future employability, and offers free mentoring and workshops from business experts (and there is the chance for students to pitch their ideas Dragon Den’s style at City Hall).

2. The story of Joseph Merrick re-told in an immersive Whitechapel tour app with a script written by our very own Nadia Valman.

3. Discover the academic side of one of our favourite terms; Schadenfreude, in this article by our very own Shahidha Bari and why not listen to her round up of the Being Human Festival on BBC Radio 3 here.

4. Listen to the history of QMUL and The People’s Palace in this interesting podcast here. The original Mile End site hosted a vibrant calendar of social events and facilities, including swimming baths, concerts and a winter garden enclosed in glass.

Photo Special: The Great Yiddish Parade – Part of Being Human Festival

Our very own Dr Nadia Valman was a key organiser of the ‘The Great Yiddish Parade’, which took place on 19 November 2017.

The event was a re-enactment of an 1889 protest march by Jewish immigrants in Victorian Whitechapel. That year, strikes were erupting all over the East End, and demonstrators demanded better conditions and wages for all East End workers. 

The Great Yiddish Parade of 1889 used the medium of music, song and oratory to build solidarity and attract others to their cause. Their protest songs, in Yiddish — the language of Jewish immigrants — were recreated by a band of klezmer musicians and singers. At Mile End Waste, a strip of green space in Whitechapel where political rallies were held in the nineteenth century, speakers addressed the audience of participants and locals with oratory taken from East End political activists. In the photos below see east London’s forgotten heritage of protest being brought to life in poetry and song.

Thanks to the Being Human festival of the Humanties and QMUL Centre for Public Engagement. Photographs by Ralph Hodgson.

 

Nadia Valman and Julie Begum in Aldgate

Singer Brendan McGeever with the Great Yiddish Parade song sheet

Vivi Lachs and Julie Begum in Whitechapel

Lucie Glasheen gives song sheets to passersby

The parade passes Aldgate East station

The parade at Middlesex Street

Watching the parade in Whitechapel High Street

Passersby read the song sheet

A shopkeeper watches as the parade passes

Musical director Sarha Moore and musicians

The parade in Whitechapel

Watching the parade in Whitechapel Road

The parade approaches Mile End Waste

Oratory by the statue of William Booth, Mile End Waste

Carrie Hamilton as anarchist orator Emma Goldman

Julie Begum as investigative journalist Olive Christian Malvery

Rabbi Janet Burden of Ealing Liberal Synagogue

Organisers Nadia Valman and Vivi Lachs at Mile End Waste

Applications for Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowship Scheme Open for 2018

Early career researchers seeking support for their application to the Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowship scheme are invited to get in contact with us from now [deadline 12 noon, 12 January 2018].

The School of English and Drama invites early career researchers seeking support for their application to the Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowship Scheme to submit to us:

  • An outline research proposal including
    • title
    • abstract (250 words)
    • statement of past and current research (250 words)
    • a two-page (A4) project outline
  • Up to one page of major publications (organised as published, submitted, and in preparation)
  • An academic CV of not more than 2 pages to demonstrate your research stature.

Please send the above to Dr Huw Marsh, Research Manager, at: sed-research@qmul.ac.uk by no later than 12 noon on Friday 12 January 2018.

Full scheme details including eligibility criteria can be found on the Leverhulme Trust’s website: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships

All outline proposals will be considered by a School committee and applicants will be notified of the shortlisting outcome in the week of Monday 22 January 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be put forward for approval by the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Executive, who will report their decisions by early February. The final deadline for submission of approved applications is 1 March by 4pm.

The School recommends that applicants make clear the following in applications (CVs and proposals):

  • the strength of your academic record (e.g. classifications, awards, time taken to complete your PhD, etc.)
  • the strength of your research record (e.g. publications; presentations; research leadership; if you make practice as research, indicate how it is research; etc.)
  • what research you will publish/disseminate through the fellowship
  • the importance of doing your fellowship in the School of English and Drama at QMUL (e.g. synergies with staff and research centres)
  • your proposal’s importance, originality, methods, critical contexts, resources, structure and outputs.

English and Drama Newsletter – November 2017

Welcome to the November edition of our English and Drama newsletter.

Please do let us know if you have any December news: sed-web@qmul.ac.uk.

Events

FEATURED EVENTS

Arts and Culture

Arts & Culture at QMUL
Thursday 8 November, 18:00-20:00
The People’s Palace, QMUL – Mile End

Join us for a celebration of the arts and culture at Queen Mary University of London. Special guests include our very own Drama Professor Lois Weaver, QMUL Associate Research Fellow and performance artist Dickie Beau.

Speakers include:

  • Colin Bailey, Principal and President of Queen Mary University of London
  • Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A Museum
  • Stella Hall, Co-founder of the Green Room and leading festival director
  • Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Masters Open Events
English and Drama Masters Open Events

Drama: Tuesday 28 November, 17:30, Arts Two FADS, QMUL – Mile End
English: Wednesday 29 November, 17:30, Arts Two SCR, QMUL – Mile End

Join us for a drink and discover more about our MA programmes from Early Modern Literature to the latest developments in Live Art.


A Season of Bangla Drama
A Season of Bangla Drama

3-26 November
Various Venues

A Season of Bangla Drama, is now in its 15th year and throughout November, 13 plays with a British-Bengali perspective will bring classic and new stories to life on stages across Tower Hamlets. Physical theatre, dance and music will be used to overcome language barriers and reach new audiences. Queen Mary University of London is a key partner.

 

Other Shylocks
Saturday 4 November
QMUL – Mile End, The Octagon, Queens Building

A symposium presented by the Centre for Global Shakespeare, Queen Mary University of London,
as part of “Shylock in and Beyond the Ghetto” supported by the European Commission under the
Creative Europe programme and sponsored by the Romanian Cultural Institute.

 

Literary Walks Seeing London through Migrants’ Eyes
4 and 18 November, times and locations vary
This autumn Nadia Valman (English) leads a series of free guided walks in collaboration with the Migration Museum Project exploring London through the eyes of migrant writers from the nineteenth century to the present.

November’s events focus on migrants in Bloomsbury and Caribbean migrants in the 1950s. All are welcome but registration is essential.

Also don’t miss The Great Yiddish Parade on 19 November. As part of the Being Human Festival 2017,  Nadia Valman is restaging an 1889 protest march by Jewish immigrants in Whitechapel. Join the choir and band marching to klezmer beats and singing songs written in the 1880s in the East End to rouse workers to join together to fight exploitation. Also participating will be three local schools with whom we’ve been working this term. Anyone interested in the roots of radicalism and the culture of protest in east London is welcome to join the march, or just watch. Register here.

 

QMUL Centre for Sound Cultures Think Tank event
Monday 13 November, 18:30
Arebyte Gallery, Canning Town

This is an open invitation to an exploratory event gathering together interested people in thinking through and defining the future scope of Queen Mary University of London’s newly formed Centre for Sound Cultures.
Email Ella Finer if you’re interested: e.finer@qmul.ac.uk.

 

Afterlives
Thursday 16 November, 14:00-17:30
QMUL – Mile End, FADS, Arts Two Building

Queen Mary Archives at Queen Mary University of London have recently acquired the Ian Hinchliffe archive. To mark this acquisition, Afterlives is an evening of talks, screenings and performances that will consider archives and legacies in relation to performance art and live art, through the art and lives of four extraordinary and influential artists who died in recent years: Ian Hinchliffe, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Lol Coxhill and Roger Ely.

 

Family Album: A 4-way DJ set

Friday 24 November 2017, 17:00

The British Library, Kings Cross

Family Album is 
a 4-way DJ set by Marcia Farquhar and Jem, our very own Ella Finer (Drama) and Kitty Finer, all of whom work with vinyl in distinct ways. Each member of the family will mix sounds that they have individually contributed to the British Library Sound Archive over the years with other records of their own, and other’s, making. Part of the British Library’s Season of Sound.

 

Eirini Kartsaki: Herpes
Friday 24 November, 19:30
Chisenhale Dance Space

Drama’s Eirini Kartsaki presents, HERPES, a performance about desire, STIs and fantasizing about the Duchess of Cambridge. Also don’t miss Eirini’s book launch on Friday 1 December.

News

Daljit Nagra

QMUL Honorary Fellow and Poet Daljit Nagra is interviewed by Rachael Gilmour in this video filmed in Oxford.

The Department of Drama signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Live Art Development Agency on 13 October 2017. Dominic Johnson said ‘The signing of the MOU formalises our relationship, and will hopefully enable and sustain lots more collaborations, opportunities for mutual learning, and related adventures in making, showing and thinking about live art and contemporary performance.’

Zara Dinnen has published a piece about Code on Screen in New Criticals ahead of her book which will launch in January 2018. Follow her on Twitter here.

Links

Audiobooks

1. Jerry Brotton has been recording more handy Hay Levels videos on Youtube. See the latest here.

2. Read a report entitled Creative Hubs and Urban Development Goals (UK/Brazil) led by Morag Shiach.

3. Read Matthew Rubery‘s blog post for World Sight Day online: Remembering The Audiobook Pioneers (pictured above).

New for 2018 entry: Our Degrees Now Can Have a Year Abroad

A year abroad can really open up new opportunities and give you valuable life experience to take into your future career. 

According to the UK Universities International Report (March 2017):

  • Graduates who were mobile during their degree were less likely to be unemployed (3.7% compared to 4.9%), and more likely to have earned a first class or upper second class degree (80.1% compared to 73.6%) and be in further study (15% compared to 14%).
  • Those in work were more likely to be in a graduate level job (76.4% compared to 69.9%) and earn 5% more than their non-mobile peers.

The study abroad experience is intense, and because of this special quality and the quality of emotional investment in this period students are likely to make particularly strong friendships and have particularly memorable experiences. There are all sorts of opportunities that students will find access to because of location or circumstance that they wouldn’t necessarily get in London- one former student was offered a role in a professional production in New York, students on exchange with Howard University have inbuilt work experience and opportunities on Capitol Hill with the US government, students in New York might seek out opportunities with the UN.

We’re delighted to announce that the following undergraduate BA (Hons) programmes now have a year abroad:

Our Current Year Abroad Partners

  1. Columbia University, New York, USA
  2. University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
  3. University of Miami, Florida, USA
  4. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  5. University of Melbourne, Australia
  6. The University of Toronto, Canada
  7. The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  8. The University of Monash– Melbourne, Australia Semester 1 and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Semester 2 [pending approval]

Semester Abroad

Please note we are still offering our Semester Abroad in the second year of all of our courses with the following institutions:

Columbia University, New York; Howard University, Washington DC; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; The George Washington University, Washington DC; University of Miami, FL; University of Richmond, VA; The University of Texas at Austin; University of Melbourne; University of Sydney; The University of Toronto; University of Ottawa, Canada; The University of Auckland, NZ; University of Hong Kong; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Seoul National University; Waseda University, Tokyo; Renmin University, Beijing.

Advice and Guidance

If you would like any advice on Study Abroad opportunities within the School of English and Drama please contact:

Visit the QMUL Global Opportunities website for more information

Please note study abroad is subject to availability, application and the host University’s own terms and conditions.

And the #SEDstories competition winners are…

#SEDstories ran in Summer 2017 to find the best visual stories from our students’ time studying with us.

All of our SED staff formed the selection panel and the voting happened in October 2017.

Thanks to everyone who entered we will be using all entries to help us give better information to prospective students.

And after adding up all of the votes the winners are:

Big Prize Winner (£250)

Elizabeth Tan

Special commendation (£50 prize)

Meg Hodgson

Andy Bourne

Mt favourite moment from my time at QM is far more than a moment. During the final hellish month of dissertation writing, spending countless hours In the tiniest room in Arts one, arriving at 9am, leaving gone midnight day in day out. The G.03 study group was formed. If you needed to work, study, research or even cry, you knew that you’d never be alone in G.03. Different combinations of people emerged each day, but the support and community was always present. Proofreading, discussion, communal beatboxing, you name it, G.03 had it. Writing a dissertation isn’t easy, but when the going gets tough, the tough get going, and we did. We banded together to drag each other through every seemingly insurmountable obstacle and together we made it. The sense of community and support we founded throughout that month was the epitome of the University experience. Friendships forged in fire are sturdy ones, and ones that I’ll cherish forever. #sedstories #qmul #QM #qmulsed #friendship #uni #blessed #drama #dissertation

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Josie Durney

Daisy Catterall

In my second year I took Renaissance Drama with the wonderful Kirsty Rolfe and for a weeks we had the pleasure to be lectured by Jerry Brotton. His speciality being maps, we had fascinating lectures in regards to mapping the renaissance globe and how early modern london viewed foreigners in plays such as Tamburlaine The Great. In June earlier this summer I went travelling through Italy for three weeks visiting cities from Naples to Rome, Pompei to Venice and while I was in Florence I came across a familiar face, or rather name. In the book shop inside the famous Uffizi Gallery, home to Botticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus’ and Caravaggio’s ‘Medusa’, I came across our very own Jerry Brotton and his publication ‘A History of the World in Twelve Maps’. I couldn’t believe it! My travelling partner and another tourist we had met at the gallery didn’t believe me either that I had been taught by the man himself however on the first page it read ‘Professor at Queen Mary, University of London’. Of course I had to buy the book, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it on the train between Florence and Venice. I could hear Jerry’s voice as I read to myself, recognising his turn of phrase. No matter where you go in the world, QM apparently will go with you!

Alex Legge

Thanks to QM & Air Supply, I now work for artists & organisations that I admired & studied during my time there. Love you QM! #SEDstories ❤️

Runner up prizes (£10 prize)

Lauren Church


Rima Rashid

Your girl just went and graduated! Yesterday was a whirlwind of emotions. Exhaustion from planning a wedding, relief at getting to the ceremony in time, anxious about the future, tears for the memories and pure elation at surviving three years of English at @officialqmul with the most inspiring, intelligent and crazy girls and lads. #QMULgrad ~ If I hadn’t studied here, I would never have become WOKE, never studied postcolonial literature, discovered so many artists of colour and been able to recommend them to you all. So even though the five-figure student debt haunts me, I will always value my time at Queen Mary and and it’s impact on the confident and braver person I am today. ~ My absence here is unforgivable but I have been reading more so some great reviews are coming your way! What have you been reading?

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Eleanor Rose Morrissey

One of my best QM memories: seeing Antony & Cleopatra with brilliant friends at the Globe, laughing as the heavens opened on us in true British style #theatre #shakespeare #theglobe #britishweather


Jessica Kendrixs

Studying English Literature i knew I would come across amazing novels written in periods beyond my life time and in places I never knew existed. I was always amazed by the novels I learnt each year and the beautiful stylistic techniques that each author individually created towards their work. However one book that resonated with me was My Place by Sally Morgan that I studied in Postcolonial Literatures in second year. The autobiography explores the young protagonist Sally telling us about the moment she discovered her aboriginal heritage, and understanding the decisions her mother and grandmother took to provide a safe home for their children. This book explores relationships, something I realised was so important during university, and female empowerment which I am pleased to have discovered a great department that continues to strengthen women (and men) to reach their greatest potential. Sally had an amazing support network with her family and I realised that I have one too with not only my family but the friends I made at university and also in the academics I met across the three years. I learnt a lot about myself but also others around me. My fellow students all see the literary works differently and it amazed me that one book can create hundreds of perspectives. I started university young and naive and looking for a place to belong. Sally at the end of the novel had discovered her place within a community that many have ignored for decades. She cemented the history of Aboriginals and the stolen generations into the public sphere, with Australian school children reading her book in their school curriculum. I discovered my place within the amazing SED community and the school of english and drama have cemented this new breadth of understanding and knowledge into my mind and heart. #SedStories


Zaina Brabani

Books, glorious books! One of the best things about studying English Literature is that so much of our time is spent just reading books, something that we would do as a pastime! Seeing some of the books I’ve read during my time at Queen Mary really makes me realise how far we’ve all come. You don’t always realise how day by day, your thinking is changing, but when I look back at the kind of thinker I was when I first came to QM and how my thinking is now, I realise that a lot has changed.

Besides the books, I love how I’m surrounded by teachers and students who love books and literature just as much as I do, and most of all, that they love to think critically. On no other course could you possibly have passionate, heated discussions about fictional characters! My best memories are having really meaningful discussions which left me thinking long after the lecture/seminar is over. Thank you to all the staff and students who make SED what it is and who have helped me to give expression to my thoughts, feelings and ideas through your inspiration in lectures and seminars.

Lucy Sofrouniou

There was so much reading to do, my cat learnt to become a living bookmark.


Anna Lily Dean


Rosie Vincent

Drama at Queen Mary has taught me to never apologise for my own work. If you come to study here, expect to make pieces that you’re embarrassed to tell your mum about but excited to tell your friend about. For example – An exhibition showcasing 52 vomit images captured on the streets of London. A.k.a. ‘London is Vomit’. ???????????????? #sedstories #bacstransfer #londonisvomit #qmul

Francesca Cross

After spending a year abroad, being a part of QMTC really helped me settle back into QM and meet new people. Being on the committee added a whole new dimension- it was like a full time internship, with all the responsibility that comes with it. Despite countless moments of thinking ‘oh my gosh, Edinburgh isn’t going to happen. I’m going to be the first treasurer in 22 years to not take everyone to Edinburgh fringe’, I managed it! The best thing about the trip was the people. We truly are like a family and certainly made a million memories. I promised myself that during my MA at QM I wouldn’t get involved with QMTC because of the time it takes up but I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist! Now over with the cringey stuff! Let’s end with a few of my favourite quotes from the fringe: ‘I’m on me holibobs’, ‘you can basically do everything’, ‘wooooow’. ❤ u guys xxx #SEDstories #fringe #Edinburgh #qmul #QMTC

Peter Whitehead

The time that the Arthurian Lit lecture had GoT spoiler slides. And that time Run the Jewels explained Hegel. Brilliant. #sedstories https://t.co/EJxuACdk5W