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Upcoming Events

Ongoing: Global Health Security and Pandemics

This digital series is organised by the Mile End Institute and available to view online.

Ongoing: Mile End Institute podcast - Debating politics, policy and public life

Listen in to the Mile End Institute podcast series in which we bring together politicians, commentators, academics, students, and members of the public to discuss and debate the major challenges facing the country in a fast-moving and ever-changing world.

Ongoing: Hidden Histories podcast series

Hidden Histories sees QMUL PhD student Helen Carr exploring some of the country's hidden treasures, as she and some of our finest historians scramble through the actual spaces where history happened. Whether she's visiting the whorehouses of Covent Garden, or retracing the steps of the Peasants Revolt, Helen and her guests are a delightful guide to the hidden histories that lie just off the beaten track. Listen to her conversations with AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers here.

16 December 2020: 'Collectivity and Affect in Crisis Times: Dancing in Berlin, 1989-2020' online event

This event is part of the 2020-2021 seminar series Crowds Affects, Cities, jointly convened by the Centre for the History of the Emotions and the QMUL City Centre. The event will begin at 8pm, and Dr Ben Gook (University of Melborne) will present. Register your interest by contacting and we’ll send you the Zoom link.

20 January 2021: 'Art, Action and Poverty' online talk

Just as G F Watts documented the plight of the poor and disadvantaged, poverty and social injustice remain a pressing issue for both contemporary artists and activists. Join former Deputy Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Abigail Scott Paul, in conversation with internationally renowned photographer, Jillian Edelstein, to discuss the responsibility of artists and philanthropic organisations in highlighting the stories and experiences of those living in poverty today. The webinar will start at 6pm. Please register here.

17 February 2021: 'Art, Action and Design' online talk

Inspired by the Arts & Crafts principle of collective design and collaboration, what potential do design teams today have in tackling the biggest challenges we face like climate change, wealth inequality and racial injustice? As a collective pursuit, design has extraordinary potential, but the principles and values we have inherited from commercial practice needs reimagining. In this open discussion, members of Shift - a UK non-profit - will explore the limitations of design and how collective design practitioners are experimenting with radically different approaches to taking action in the modern world. The webinar will start at 6pm. Please register here.

8 March 2021: 'Art, Action and Craft' online talk

The history of craft is also a history of action. Pioneering artists like Mary Watts used their creative output to address issues of social cohesion, gender equality and political change. To mark International Women's Day, award- winning activist, Ashoka Fellow and the Founding Director of the global Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett will celebrate the role of craft in activism. Corbett will weave together her practical experience of her 'gentle protest' craftivism that has helped change hearts, minds, policies and laws, with the history of craft as a tool for change, in the past, present and future. The webinar will start at 6pm. Please register here.