Turning Queen Mary Inside Out

Leading academics at Queen Mary, University of London will feature prominently in the forthcoming Inside Out Festival, taking place from 25 to 31 October 2010. Now in it's second year, the Festival showcases the fascinating contribution made by nine London universities to the arts and cultural scene in the capital. 

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Curated by the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange (LCASE), this year's Festival is held in association with New Statesman, media partner Times Higher Educationand sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

On 28 October, Professor Peter Hennessy, Whitehall historian at Queen Mary will be debating 'The uses and abuses of contemporary history', alongside fellow historian and political writer Professor Timothy Garton Ash and Tessa Jowell MP at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Drama lecturer Ali Campbell, will showcase TREE platform on 27 October, a web 2.0 community of people involved in socially-engaged art practice. With TREE platform participatory arts techniques can be shared online (or planted like a virtual TREE). The TREE will continue to grow as more clips and files of exercises, lesson plans and project models are uploaded - and new links and networks unfold. On the day, guests can trial the site, design and plant their own virtual trees and even plant a real one in the Queen Mary grounds. 

Jonathan Griffiths, who specialises in intellectual property law at the College, is participating in a discussion on Copyrights and Wrongs at the British Society on 27 October.

Lois Keidan, an Honorary Fellow at Queen Mary, is taking part in a discussion on the UN declaration of Human Rights at King's College Chapel on 28 October.

Expert in philosophy and politics, Dr Shahidha Bari, of the Department of English, is contributing to a debate on the Literature of New Labour on 29 October at Somerset House.

Dr Graham Dorrington, a senior lecturer in aerospace design at the College, is leading a screening and panel discussion at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, on 29 October, entitled Science and it's Publics: a treetop odyssey.

Meanwhile work by Arts and Humanities Research Council Creative Fellow in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary, Oreet Asherry will be shown in the me maskuline exhibition, for the duration of the Festival at King's College London.

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