The month of March celebrates women, firstly marking Women’s International Day then followed by Mother’s Day and this year The Phenomenal Women exhibition raises the bar by highlighting the role of Black Women in Education.
Perceived as the first photographic exhibition honouring Britain’s black female professors, The Phenomenal Women exhibition features a collection of portraits captured by the prestigious photographer Bill Knight, OBE and curated by Dr Nicola Rollock, reader in equity and education at Goldsmiths, University of London. The black and white images of 40 professors in Academia range from different subject area; law, medicine, creative writing and sociology.
University of Greenwich’s Research Professor Tracey Reynolds is among the group of black women honourees who are setting the path and an example of excellence in Education. The news featured on the BBC website.
The show is free to attend and will be at London’s City Hall from 18 March until the end of the month.
Congratulations to Professor Tracey Reynolds for the recognition of Excellence and getting the Spotlight!
From Margins to Centre?: An Undergraduate Conference on Marginalised Histories! was a one day conference attended by Gabriel B. Couto Ribas, a Sociology a BSc Hons Sociology and Psychology at the University of Greenwich, which took place 28th February 2020 at the University of York. The conference had a particular focus on LGBT+ history, women’s history, BME history and history of disability. Aimed specifically at undergraduate students to involve them in the discipline.
Gabriel was an invited panellist and presented the paper ‘Drag and Me’ – Autobiographical reflections on the impact of drag artistry in my life- a very personal approach, shared in the recently published autobiography ‘Livin’ Our Best Lives: Autobiographical Reflections of life in Current Times’ soon available online.
The keynote speech was given by Catherine Hall, Emerita Professor of History at UCL , with panels chaired by Jonathan Saha and Sue Lemos.
Congratulations to Gabriel and the Applied Sociology Group!
Calling out all poetry lovers! Megan Fernandes, Emily Critchley, Polly Atkin and Will Harris will be reading poems on an evening hosted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata The event will take place on 13th March from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at Burley Fisher Bookshop in East London, 400 Kingsland Rd, Dalston, London E8 4AA
Meet the poets
Will Harris is a writer of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage, born and based in London. He has worked in schools, led workshops at the Southbank Centre and teaches for The Poetry School. He is an Assistant Editor at The Rialto and a fellow of The Complete Works III. Published in the Bloodaxe anthology Ten: Poets of the New Generation, he was featured in ES Magazine as part of the “new guard” of London poets. His poem ‘SAY’ was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018, and he won a Poetry Fellowship from the Arts Foundation in 2019. His debut pamphlet of poems, All this is implied, published by HappenStance in 2017, was joint winner of the London Review Bookshop Pamphlet of the Year and shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award by the National Library of Scotland. Mixed-Race Superman, an essay, was published by Peninsula Press in 2018 and in an expanded edition by Melville House in the US in 2019. His first full poetry collection, RENDANG, is forthcoming from Granta in the UK in February 2020 and from Wesleyan University Press in the US later in the year.
Emily Critchley‘s poetry collections have been published by Boiler House, Barque, Intercapillary, Corrupt, Holdfire, Torque, Oystercatcher, Dusie, Bad and Arehouse presses. A 2011 selected writing, Love / All That / & OK (US), was published by Penned in the Margins; her most recent collection, Ten Thousand Things, was published by Boiler House Press in 2017. She is also editor of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street, 2016)(US) and a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich, London. She has publications forthcoming from Shearsman and Crater presses.
In an interview with Vicky Featherstone, the first female Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, Professor Mark O’Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Greenwich discussed, among other things, the Royal Court’s relationship to social class, race, disadvantaged communities and, in particular, focuses on Featherstone’s artistic programme since taking charge at the Court in 2013.
The conversation between Mark O’Thomas and Vicky Featherstone is featured in the book chapterCommunity and Ownership: Uncovering New Voices at the Royal Court Theatre and highlights the importance of theatre in the context of current times.
The publication Redefining Theatre Communities: International Perspectives on Community-Conscious Theatre-Making, edited by Marco Galea, and Szabolcs Musca is available to purchase, as hard copy or kindle edition from Amazon
The University of Greenwich is proud to announce that PhD student Beth Gaskell has been awarded the Curran Fellowships. The grants were founded by pioneer researcher Eileen Curran to support primary source and archival research into the periodical press of 19th-century Britain and its empire. The 2020 Curran Fellowships include: Beth Gaskell, The History of Early Regimental Journals
This grant will enable Beth to pursue her work on C19 military periodicals after her PhD, which is nearly completed.
More detail of the Curran Fellowships can be found at
Written by Professor Tracey Reynolds, Research Lead of Applied Sociology Research Group and Rohima Begum Miah (Sociology Graduate and GWES intern)
The Applied Sociology Research Group is new to University, established in September 2016. This multi-disciplinary group consolidates and brings together social science research across schools/departments located in various Faculties. The research groups’ key thematic priorities are:
Enhancing citizenship and participation for marginalised groups
Social inclusion, health and wellbeing
Since the group’s
inception we have placed particular emphasis
on creative, participatory and applied social research for
community engagement partnerships with voluntary and community organisations to identify and respond to the needs of the local
community using research for social activism. Oftentimes this involves
developing research projects in
collaboration with voluntary organisations and social justice agencies. We
have organised various activities, events with the aim of promoting and
supporting research and engagement activities with marginalised groups in local
community settings. For list of recent activities please project website Applied
Our most recent example, was an event organised in celebration of Black History Month 2019. Entitled ‘United By/Divided By Race, Ethnicity and Gender: Inter-generational legacies explored’ this event involved collaboration with Caribbean Social forum, a local community organisation for BAME/Caribbean elders and National Maritime Museum, based in Greenwich (26th October 2019). The University’s campus Bathway Theatre in Woolwich, situated in the heart of Woolwich, with an ethnically diverse community, provided the ideal place in which to hold this event.
The event sought to commemorate the history, achievements and legacies of
Black people in the UK, across ethnic, gender
and generation divides. It was important for us to also celebrate the
contribution of Black people to UK
society and raise public awareness and knowledge of Black history and culture.
In addition to being a day of celebration, we also wanted it to be a learning too
and the activities that took place on the day very much spoke to our ethos of the
importance of participatory learning!
The Internet of Things and Security (ISEC) research group has attracted a new H2020 project, called ENSURESEC, which has a total budget of 9 Million Euro (UoG share: 489K Euro). The P.I. is Muhammad Taimoor Khan and the team also includes Ivana Tomic, George Loukas and Georgia Sakellari. It will be a sociotechnical solution for safeguarding the Digital Single Market’s e-commerce operations against cyber and physical threats.
It combines an automatic, rigorous, distributed and open-source toolkit for protecting the e-commerce infrastructure, with monitoring of the impact of threats in physical space and a campaign for training SMEs and citizens aimed at creating awareness and trust. It addresses the whole gamut of modern e-commerce, from standard physical products purchased online and delivered via post, to entirely virtual products or services delivered online.
A huge congratulations to the team on the achievement!
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 7pm – StAlfege Church, Greenwich
School of Design and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences invite you to the next concert in the Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert
Series in the historic St Alfege Church.
Explore Ensemble immerses instruments
and audiences among a live 3D loudspeaker orchestra to present the London
premiere of Natasha Barrett’s ‘Sagittarius A*’ and rare modernist works
reimagined with ambisonic technology .
Explore Ensemble work at the radical frontiers of new music, offering audiences outstanding performances of internationally acclaimed composers, advocating music rarely heard in the UK, and working closely with composers on new works to foster a repertoire for the future. Described as ‘Indefatigably outstanding’, Explore Ensemble have featured at several editions of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival while performing alongside the EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, as well as feature on BBC Radio 3, at London’s Principal Sound Festival, Cafe OTO, Kings Place, the Royal College of Music, and outside of London in Manchester, Leeds, Oxford, and Germany.
The Loudspeaker Orchestra presents
immersive acoustic experiences through programmed concerts of multichannel
sound design, sonic art and electroacoustic music. Regular concerts, featuring
work by international artists alongside students of Sound Design, take place in
and around Greenwich.
musical programme will be complemented with a free glass of wine in the
Tickets are FREE for University of Greenwich students and staff, and £5 for external guests.
The first of a series of books created by the Applied Sociology Research Group in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research, ‘Livin’ Our Best Lives’ is an autobiographical account of undergraduate students life experience. Special acknowledgement to Dr Louise Owusu-Kwarteng and Dr Ewa Sidorenko.
Students from the Sociology, Sociology & Psychology, Education Studies, Childhood & Youth Studies study programmes have contributed to the achievement of this page turner.