Together: An anthology from the COVID-19 pandemic is the fundraiser book compiled by authors Dev Aditya and Dr Pauldy Otermans, two former Brunel students. The publication collects the global human experiences, emotions and stories from the time of the pandemic. The 100 contributors, from 5 continents, 50% BAME authors, express themselves through poems, prose, letters and art.
The project was created to support and fund movements, frontline services and initiatives, while fighting the COVID-19 virus. The main beneficiary in the UK is the National Health Service (NHS) with 90% allocation of funds raised and 10% is donated monthly to selected non-UK organisations in need of resources to perform their duties. Visit the website for more information and here to donate.
Congratulations to both Scholars for making the University of Greenwich Community proud!
When the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) challenged students to present their best dissertation work, Noah Ergen, an Politics and International Relations student, raised to the occasion. Under the current circumstances the student produced a pre-recorded video of his dissertation on the topic Hypersonic Missiles and the Revolution in Military Affairs. The video is available on OUR YouTube page, where you can also view other student projects. Noah is the recipient of a prize awarded by Dr Louise Owusu-Kwarteng, the project lead.
In addition to his academic achievements, Noah is also a virtual student federal service (VSFS) Intern with USAID producing research and analysis documents for distribution to multiple organisations throughout the U.S. Government.
Congratulations to Noah on the successful achievement!
In a publication that addresses current issues in society, Elena Vacchelli features in a Special Issue on urban youth, diversity and the right to the city, co-edited for the online Sociology magazine Discover Society with Agata Lisiak (Bard College Berlin).
The April/May editorial article (Focus) can be read here
The article by Dr Louise Owusu-Kwarteng, recently featured in Studies in Higher Education Journal, analyses the challenges and benefits of being a West African – international student in the English Academic scenario.
The study, based on the experience of 12 West African (Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone) students illustrates why ‘studying in this England is trouble’. If on one hand there is an underlying promise of a more successful career future with academic achievement accredited abroad, on the other, the contrasts in education systems, adjustment to a different culture, environment, cost of living, lifestyle and contrasting study pace can be a hard hit for some students. Nothing prepares them to this reality, it must be lived and experienced. Pessimism aside, this narrative is a clear contrast with that portrayed in the comedy film Coming to America but equally enlightening.
Dr Louise Owusu-Kwarteng cleverly achieves a Publication that draw us to reflect on the polarity of two very distinct education system – the Western world and Africa, while subtly creating awareness for this reality.
Dr Elena Vacchelli was recently invited to attend an ‘Expert meeting on the cooperation between Africa and Europe‘ in Dakar, Senegal. The event took place earlier this year and was the final meeting of the Horizon 2020 project CrossMigration. Dr Vacchelli delivered a well received talk highlighting methodological aspects of her research. The 2 day meeting focused on the cooperation between Africa and Europe for a strategic research agenda on migration and was attended by over 40 participants including international organisations and NGOs.
Amongst the organising committee was Papa Sakho, Geography Professor at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar and Riccardo Pozzo, History and Philosophy Professor at Tor Vergata University in Rome.
Congratulations to Dr Vacchelli for putting Greenwich on the map and stealing the spotlight!
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