On the Art of Boxing in the East End: A Conversation

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


The celebrated East End prize-fighter Daniel Mendoza revolutionised boxing in the late 18th and early 19th century. As a Jewish boxer, Mendoza experienced and challenged antisemitism throughout his life. Mendoza’s body was buried in the Novo Jewish Cemetery at Queen Mary, which still contains a plaque commemorating his life. Following a series of workshops with QMUL students on autobiography and boxing, this conversation gets into the ring with Mendoza to consider the arts and histories of boxing in the East End. Chaired by QMUL’s Dominic Johnson, Professor of Performance and Visual Culture, the conversation will include Professor of Urban Literature Nadia Valman (QMUL), who will explore the Jewish histories of Mendoza’s East London, while the artist Jake Boston will discuss his autobiographical show Bare Knuckle, along with other guests from the boxing world, TBC. They are joined by sports scientist and Upper Limb injury specialist Ian Gatt of the English Institute of Sport, who is Head of Performance Support for GB Boxing and Dr Mark Phelan of QUB Drama who will engage with the Irish history of bare knuckle boxing
Period16 Apr 2021
Held atQueen Mary University of London, United Kingdom


  • History of boxing,bare-knuckle boxing