Student Success Event/ #myblackarts

Friday 9th June 2017, 2-5pm
Lumley and Aphra Theatres, Grimond Building, University of Kent
An afternoon of talks, workshops and discussions
Organised by Alisha Artry and TD.Moyo in collaboration with the School of Arts
#myblackarts seeks to explore racial diversity within academia and creative spaces, offering students the opportunity to have their voices heard.
The event will also engage in practical assistance and conversation regarding how students, especially non-White students, can excel in the School of Arts and beyond.
Full programme tbc.
All staff and students are welcome to attend
Tea, coffee and cake will be provided – please RSVP to to help with catering numbers

Passages of Gothic

Experience an atmospheric multi-screen installation celebrating the Gothic heroine in film. This curated collection of film clips counters her frequent dismissal as a passive observer, instead privileging the Gothic heroine in moments of active investigation and bravery. These often stand directly in opposition to her suffering and persecution. Explore the slippage between women’s private and public behaviours in a setting which underlines the complexity of these under-rated female protagonists and their social significance.

Studio 3 Gallery , Jarman Building

Monday 3 April 2017

Screenings at 11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30.

The Melodrama Research Group and Gothic Feminism are research groups sponsored by the Centre for Film and Media Research within the School of Arts, University of Kent.

Linda Smith Lecture with Susan Calman

Linda Smith Lecture – Susan Calman

Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Tickets: £6

We are delighted that the brilliant comedian Susan Calman has agreed to give the 2017 Linda Smith Lecture. Susan is known to Radio 4 listeners as a regular panellist on The News Quiz, and for her two series, Susan Calman is Convicted and Keep Calman Carry On. On television she has appeared on QI and in the sitcoms Fresh Meat and Dead Boss. She is also known for her superb stand-up act, and her first DVD Lady Like is available from Go Faster Stripe.

The deposit of Linda Smith’s personal archive with the University of Kent in 2013 provided the inspiration for the formation of the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive, which is now growing into a substantial collection, for use by comedians and for those researching stand-up comedy and associated performance arts. The Linda Smith Lecture was established in 2015 to be an annual event to celebrate Linda’s life and work, her interest in comedy and its use in and for political and social commentary, and to promote the work of the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive.

This event is presented by the University of Kent’s Popular & Comic Performance research centre in conjunction with the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive.

Book tickets here.

FREE Dance workshop for Drama Students with Candoco

FREE Dance workshop for Drama Students – Wednesday 29th March 2.30pm-5pm (*please note change of time*)

Book your place here

Free Workshop! Candoco Workshop

Wed 29th March


Jarman Studio 2

Company dancers from internationally renowned Candoco dance will provide an introductory workshop to contemporary dance technique and Candoco’s inclusive practice, exploring Candoco’s repertoire and dance phrases in a fun and collaborative workshop. The workshop will include a discussion/ Q&A session, where participants can also reflect and discuss their learning as well as ask the artists questions on their routes into working in dance/theatre professionally.

The workshop will be led by Candoco dancers Adam Gain and Andrew Graham. Adam and Andrew are both former Company Dancers with Candoco, in fact Adam is still currently on tour with the company, so they will have some excellent insights into the professional life of the company for the Q&A session too.


Book your place here

Please note that places are limited and that they will be allocated to Drama Students on a first-come-first-served basis.

About Candoco

Candoco Dance Company is an internationally renowned contemporary dance theatre company of disabled and non-disabled dancers.  At the heart of its work are national and international productions, created by world class choreographers.

Zombyism and the Post-human Global Imaginary

Wednesday 5 April, 4-6pm in Keynes Lecture Theatre 2

Zombyism and the Post-human Global Imaginary

Dr Adriana Neagu, Associate Lecturer, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

The paper examines post-humanist representations in Anglo-American film productions from a perspective informed by global and hypermodern cultural theory. It is an enquiry into aspects of dystopian sensibility in global cinema seen as manifest in the prolific zombie genre of the post-apocalyptic strand. It is premised on the assumption that global society is endemically one marred by a catastrophic horizon of expectation, whose most congenial form of expression is dystopia, a genre on the rise worldwide, especially productive in Anglo-American cinematic practice. Drawing on global cultural theory, I seek to bring the zombie dominant to bear on what I construe as globality’s post-apocalyptic imagination.

Adriana Neagu is Associate Professor of Anglo-American Studies at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Department of Applied Modern Languages. She is the author of two reference works in postmodern critical theory and of numerous literary and cultural theory articles. Her teaching areas are diverse, combining translation, interpretation, and cultural studies disciplines. Her main specialism is in the poetics of modernism and postmodernism, postcolonial theory and the literatures of identity, and translation theory and practice. At present her research centres on global theory and multiculturalism in post 9/11 context.

The Dream for a New (Disney) World; The idea, the plans and the creation of the Orlando, Florida Walt Disney Resort

Tuesday 4 April, 12-2pm in Cornwallis North-West, Seminar Room 9

The Dream for a New (Disney) World; The idea, the plans and the creation of the Orlando, Florida Walt Disney Resort.

Konstantinos Karatzas, Associate Lecturer, University of Zaragoza, Spain

This lecture will focus on the first stages of the creation of Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The lecture will chronicle and describe the selection process of the site, purchases of land and the creation of the Reedy Creek Improvement District that encompasses the property. The lecture will analyse the tax assessor’s plats that used to identify and evaluate alternative World’s sites and also present feasibility studies, news releases and the early stages of the advertising campaign of the ‘New Disney World’.

Konstantinos D. Karatzas is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, specializing in African American history. His work focuses on the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma Race War, the Civil Rights Movement, the interpretation of violence and race in the United States along with the examination of collective memory. During the summer of 2017, Konstantinos was a visiting research scholar at the Universities of South Florida, Florida-Gainesville and Central Florida where he explored the modern history of Florida.

#KentGrads photobooth in Medway and Canterbury

The photobooth is open to all students graduating this summer. This is your chance to write a message of thanks to the people who supported you during their studies, and then be photographed holding it by professional photographers. These photos will be displayed to your guests on television screens in the Cathedral before your graduation ceremony and then shared across social media during graduation week.

Medway – Tuesday 28 March

Canterbury –   Wednesday 29 March and Thursday 30 March

Kent Bunny’s Epic Easter Egg Hunt

This fun highlight of the 50th anniversary year is returning throughout next week, and there are great prizes up for grabs. There are 100 eggs to be found, with prizes kindly donated by Kent Sport, Hospitality, Kent Union, GK Union, Gulbenikan, Tempest Photography, Design and Print Unit, Corporate Events… and lots of chocolate eggs too! It’s open to all staff, students and alumni. At the end of the week, everyone who returned an egg will be entered into a prize draw for a camera and an IPad Mini.

85 eggs on campus

There will be 85 small, colourful plastic eggs hidden across the Canterbury and Medway campuses, as well as at the University’s centres in Paris and Brussels. There is a winning ticket inside each one. Return it to Kent Bunny’s Warren to claim a prize. Everyone who returns an egg will also be entered into a prize draw for a camera and an IPad mini taking place next Friday.       

15 eggs on-screen

A new element this year; Kent Bunny is hiding 15 ‘onscreen’ eggs and to enter the competition people just need to take a selfie in front of them and share it on Twitter, Instagram or post to the Facebook event using #KentBunny. Everyone who does so will be in for a chance to win that egg, a prize and be entered into the final prize draw.

To all a helping hand, the University will be publishing clues at 10am every morning.

Join the Facebook event and follow progress on #KentBunny and @unikentevents.

£2000 Bursaries for Beijing Internship

This year the Careers and Employability Service, in conjunction with the Dean for Internationalisation, has offered 3 bursaries of £2000 to students wishing to undertake a 1 month summer internship experience in Beijing with CRCC Asia, starting 20 July 2017. In addition to the internship, pre-departure language and culture training opportunities have been provided through the Centre for English and World Languages.

For more details click here:

Deadline 3rd April.

Awaken The Giant Within: Crowdfunding

Kent Film Alumni Mads Beier is crowdfunding for his latest film ‘Awaken the Giant Within.’

Having struggled with anxiety, depression, and an overpowering fear of failure and death, we finally made a conscious decision to take control of our emotions and to begin working on empowering ourselves. We quickly became aware of how many others are struggling with similar and often worse issues. We hope this documentary will bring people together and begin a movement that celebrates your human capacity to overcome fears and achieve your biggest dreams. Join us in Awakening The Giant Within!

More information and how to contribute can be found here.