2017 Elections

Please find below statements from all those standing for election to BAMS. Members will have received an invitation to vote by email; please contact info@bams.ac.uk if you have any queries about the process.

Please submit your vote by February 28th 2017.


Tim Armstrong

Nominated by: Dr Rebecca Beasley

I have taught modernist literature since the mid-1980s at UCL, UCC, Sheffield and, for the last 20 years, at Royal Holloway, University of London, where I am currently finishing a term as Head of Department. My publications in the field include Modernism, Technology and the Body (1998), Modernism: A Cultural History (2005), alongside related work in Haunted Hardy (2000) and The Logic of Slavery (2013). I co-edit the EUP series Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernist Culture and am one of the organizers of the London Modernism Seminar – which I have attended since its inception circa 1993. I have supervised 20 research students to completion, and examined over 50 PhDs in the field.

My long view of the changes in the subject and my involvement in its formation via the EUP series and extensive postgraduate work mean that I am well placed to help to take it forward into emerging areas. I have considerable administrative experience including organizing various conferences at the IES and the BAAS conference (I served on the BAAS executive in the 90s). Finally, I would bring to the role a particular interest in American modernism and would hope to make links to Americanists here and in the USA, at this point where the promise of American modernity seems so much in question.


Alex Goody

Nominated by: Dr Eric White

Alex Goody is Professor of Twentieth Century Literature at Oxford Brookes University. She has served on the BAMS Exec Steering Committee since 2013 and has filled the role as Secretary for 3 years. Alex is the author of ‘Modernist Articulations: a cultural study of Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy and Gertrude Stein’ (Palgrave) and ‘Technology, Literature and Culture’ (Polity Press), and has co-edited the volume ‘American Modernism: Cultural Transactions’. She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and is on the Advisory Board of the collaborative digital humanities project Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde (mina-loy.com)

I have experience serving for 1 term on the BAMS Exec Steering Committee and would welcome the opportunity to continue to support and develop the modernist studies community in the UK and beyond for a further term. As an experienced PhD supervisor and mentor I have a particular interest in working with PGR students and Early Career Researchers. I also have a role as Impact Lead in my University Faculty and so have a particular interest in and knowledge of the agenda around Impact. I would continue to bring these interests and experience to the important work that BAMS does. I am part of international networks of scholars working on Mina Loy and on Gertrude Stein, and am a regular contributor to modernist studies conferences in North America, Europe and the U.K. I am thus able to continue to promote the work of BAMS and its members in a variety of venues. As an interdisciplinary scholar, who works across a range of fields (literary studies, dance, radio, media and cultural studies) I am able to foreground and promote the interdisciplinary underpinnings that are central to BAMS as a modernist studies association. As a member of the Exec Steering Committee I would continue to contribute to the annual events we organise for PGRs and ECRs and to our bi-annual conference. I would also seek to extend our membership across disciplines, to highlight our commitment to equality and diversity, and to develop the impact of modernist studies for the benefit of our membership.


Suzanne Hobson

Nominated by: Professor Tim Armstrong.

Dr Suzanne Hobson is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature in the English Department at Queen Mary University of London. She is the author of ‘Angels of Modernism: Religion, Aesthetics, Culture 1910-60’ and co-editor of ‘The Salt Companion to Mina Loy’. She is the lead co-ordinator of the London Modernism Seminar and has been part of the MSA conference programme committee (Brighton 2013) and MSA prize committee (Pasadena 2016).

I am standing for election to the executive steering committee for a second term, and would like to be considered for the post of Chair. During my first term, I held the positions of Membership Secretary and Vice-Chair. In the first role, I oversaw the transition of membership management to EUP, working closely with EUP over this period to ensure the best deal for, and as little inconvenience to, BAMS members as possible. There is still work to be done in this area, especially in improving communication with members, and I would make this a priority if I were elected. In 2014, I was on the organising committee for the BAMS International Conference, Modernism Now! (300+ delegates) and, in 2016, I organised the New Work in Modernist Studies Conference (70+ delegates). These events, together with the postgraduate training days, have made a significant contribution to the growing strength and sense of community in modernist studies in the UK, and to the visibility of that community overseas. If re-elected I would seek to build on past successes: firstly, by focusing on strategies to increase membership, which is a prerequisite if we are to expand the range of events run and supported by BAMS; and secondly by consolidating connections with other modernist networks in the UK and elsewhere. My existing relationships with BAMs members and friends of BAMS in other organisations puts me in a strong position to lead the association at a time when collaboration and co-operation across borders seems more important than ever.


Lisa Jaillant

Nominated by: Rebecca Beasley and Nathan Waddell.

Expressions of interest: 1) Treasurer; 2) Website Officer.

Lise Jaillant is Lecturer in the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University. She previously held positions at Newcastle University, the University of East Anglia and the University of Manchester. She has an MA (Distinction) in Modern and Contemporary Literature from Birkbeck, University of London, and a PhD in English from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Lise specialises in 20th century literature and culture, with a particular interest in literary institutions (publishers, creative writing programmes). All her research has been based on archival work and supported by world-class organisations such as the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, the Humboldt foundation, the Harry Ransom Centre in Austin (Texas), the Bibliographical Society of America and the Newberry Library in Chicago. Her first book ‘Modernism, Middlebrow and the Literary Canon – the Modern Library Series, 1917-1955’ was published by Routledge. A paperback edition will be released in Spring 2017, to coincide with the publication of her second monograph ‘Cheap Modernism: Expanding Markets, Publishers’ Series and the Avant-Garde’ (Edinburgh UP).

My vision for the future of BAMS is resolutely international. I have worked in the UK since 2013 and I have an MA from a British University (Birkbeck). But I also have extensive experience of other academic systems in Continental Europe and North America. It is essential for BAMS to continue to reach out and create collaborations with similar organisations abroad. As a member of the Executive, I would also encourage digital initiative in teaching and research. My experience in this area includes collaborating on digital projects (such as the Modernist Archives Publishing Project and the Modernist Versions Project) and initiating the Digital Humanities Research Group at my institution, Loughborough University. This digital element would be a central aspect of the annual postgraduate training symposium that I would organise when it is my turn to do so. In terms of suitability for the role: I have a long experience of professional and administrative service. I am currently the Liaison Officer for SHARP (the book history organisation) at the Modern Language Association Convention. In this role, I organise the annual guaranteed session and I work with other groups to organise joint sessions. For MLA 2018, I have collaborated with the Edith Wharton Society for a joint session on Edith Wharton, Book History and Digital Humanities. As a full-time, permanent member of staff at Loughborough University, I also serve on various committees – including the International Committee and Research Group Leaders Committee. Finally, I am well familiar with ‘Modernist Cultures.’ I am currently co-ediging a special issue on Global Modernism with Alison Martin at the University of Reading.


Daniel Moore

Nominate by: Jeff Wallace

I wish to stand for election to the BAMS Executive Steering Committee, in any capacity. My current involvement as one of the organisers of the 2017 BAMS conference – Modernist Life – and my role as editor on the journal ‘Modernist Cultures’ both tie me closely to the activities of BAMS, and my research and teaching expertise in the area means that I am committed to ensuring that modernism thrives in the UK in coming years.

My monograph, ‘Insane Acquaintances: British Modernism and Public Taste, 1900-1945’ is coming out this year which, along with recent work I’ve undertaken on writers such as Henry James and Ford Madox Ford, cements my place within the field. In addition to this, I have significant experience as an organiser of modernist events: I am Director of the Centre for the Study of Modernist Cultures here at Birmingham which runs a seminar programme each year, along with events aimed directly at postgraduates. In this capacity, I recently organised conferences at Birmingham: ‘Objects of Modernity’ (2014) and ‘Local Modernisms’ (2015), the latter being the title for an upcoming AHRC Network bid devoted to thinking about the provincial, civic and regional manifestations of modernist culture in Britain in the first half of the twentieth century.

Modernism’s continuing relevance – as a scholarly subject and, perhaps more importantly, a utopian social vision not quite pulled off – has been driven home by recent geo-political events. With the number of centenaries of writers, events, texts and films upcoming over the course of the next decade, now is the time to encourage a new generation of modernist scholars to develop the scope of the term. BAMS’ role in this can hardly be overstated, and my vision for the future of the association involves the encouragement of PGRs and ECRs in the subject.


Chris Mourant

Nominated by: Deborah Longworth

Prior to joining the University of Birmingham in September 2016, I worked as a Lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University and completed my PhD at King’s College London. I am currently preparing my first monograph for publication, titled ‘Katherine Mansfield and Periodical Culture’. Between 2013-15, I served on the BAMS Executive Steering Committee as a Postgraduate Representative.

I am seeking election to the BAMS committee as the representative of the journal Modernist Cultures. Since joining the University of Birmingham, I have become an Assistant Editor of the journal, and I am also on the organising committee for the BAMS international conference that will be held at Birmingham this summer, ‘Modernist Life’.

My previous experience on the BAMS committee has given me wide exposure to the running of the association. I was on the organising committee for the 2014 BAMS conference ‘Modernism Now!’ held in London, and I was solely responsible for the organisation of the annual BAMS Postgraduate Training Day on the topic of ‘Research’ in 2013, for which I secured a successful funding bid of £750. I feel that I can bring this experience of administration and collaboration to the role of Modernist Cultures representative on the BAMS committee. Previously serving as BAMS Postgraduate Representative also means that I am very familiar with the priorities of the association in regards to postgraduate and ECR members. If I were to join the BAMS committee again, I would want to continue this work, serving as a point of contact between postgraduates, ECRs, and the wider BAMS community. As a member of the Centre for Modernist Cultures, I am also well placed to organise future BAMS events at the University of Birmingham.


Lisa Mullen

Nominated by: Dr Terri Mulholland

Scholarship in recent years has radically expanded the scope of modernist studies, and BAMS has been at the forefront of these developments. I believe it is vital to keep pushing disciplinary boundaries, not only to support the vibrancy of the work that is already being done, but to encourage future scholars to bring fresh ideas to the table.

BAMS already supports a lively research community through its website, and I would like to see it promote its visibility across even more online platforms, and perhaps encourage members to discuss their research via short interviews, videos/podcasts, or informal blog entries. The core of the Association’s offer, though, will remain its international conferences and other seminars and events. This year’s conference on Modernist Life will be a perfect example of how BAMS can bring together people working in disparate fields in order to open up exciting lines of inquiry.

My research has encompassed literature, film, art and opera, the history of computing, medical humanities, object theories and psychoanalysis; if I were elected to the steering committee, I would hope to use my experience of interdisciplinary methodologies to help formulate the Association’s future projects. I am particularly interested in modernism’s afterlives in the mid-twentieth century, and in its intersections with medicine and disease. I have considerable experience of convening events and conferences, and I have also promoted public engagement by organizing talks and film screenings, and making podcasts. I would be delighted to be able to contribute to the Association’s important work in any way.

Dr Lisa Mullen is the Steven Isenberg Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford University, where she is working on a book called ‘Orwell Unwell: Pathology and the Medical Imaginary in the Fiction and Journalism of George Orwell’. She was awarded a PhD at Birkbeck in 2016 for a thesis which identified an emergent critique of post-war consumerism in mid-twentieth-century gothic narratives; she then took up a six-month ISSF Wellcome Trust research fellowship in medical humanities, also at Birkbeck, with a project called ‘Medical Material: Reading Objects and Bodies since 1900’.


Sophie Oliver

Nominated by: Suzanne Hobson, standing for non-officer position

Sophie Oliver is finishing a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she also teaches courses on modernism. Her research focuses on female modernists and fashion, from clothes to literary vogues. She has published articles on modernism, fashion and celebrity in ‘Literature Compass’ and ‘Modernist Cultures’, and recently curated an exhibition at the British Library on the making of Jean Rhys’s reputation.

From 2014 to 2016 I served as one of the postgraduate representatives on the BAMS committee. BAMS has been important to me during my PhD, as a source of news, a wide network of colleagues and a host of events – like the postgraduate training days. The association already does a lot for students, but I think that one of the ways in which it could extend this support to those at the beginning of their careers is through teaching resources. In addition to the materials associated with the training day on ‘Teaching Modernism’, if re-elected I would propose to develop a section of the website for pedagogical resources, from a bibliography to digital resources and online archival material, and – potentially – donated syllabi and lesson plans. As a new feature, this would build on BAMS’s increasingly strong online presence and consolidate the role it plays in helping the development of early-career academics, but also assert the centrality of teaching to the association.

Having sat on the committee in another capacity, I could also contribute to its work in more general ways. Assisting the membership secretary, I learnt a lot about the functions of the association, for example the importance of promoting membership around key events. I was also one of the organisers of the 2015 BAMS conference Modernism Now! I hope these experiences would make me a useful committee member again; ultimately I would be glad to help in whatever way I can.


Rod Rosenquist

Nominated by: Andrew Thacker

I would like the chance to serve on the Executive Steering Committee of the British Association of Modernist Studies because I feel so clearly the benefits it has provided me. I remember first hearing the pitch for BAMS made at a London Modernism Seminar in 2008 and feeling, as an early-career researcher, that new opportunities and new networks would arise from this – as they have. While modernist studies in Britain was already in a healthy place in 2008, it is undoubtedly stronger as a result of the expansion of BAMS since then, now offering training events, workshops, conferences, an active website and partnership with Modernist Cultures and Edinburgh University Press. I would like to ensure such opportunities and networks remain for postgraduate students, for early-career and for established academics alike.

If modernist studies are in a healthy place, it is impossible to say the same about the environment we work in. In recent months, populist politicians have escalated a war on ‘the expert classes’ and, at times, a restless voting public is listening to them. The response of specialist societies, like BAMS, is both tricky and vital. How to engage a public with a message particularly significant now in an atmosphere where the instinctive reply is: ‘They’re trying to inform you – don’t let them!’? Modernist studies can speak truth to power and to the powerless, but must find an approach that disarms distrust and disdain. I would like to help the Executive Steering Committee explore opportunities for a modernist studies with an increasingly public role.

Rod Rosenquist is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Northampton. He is author of ‘Modernism, the Market and the Institution of the New’ (Cambridge 2009) and articles on modernist celebrity, promotional culture and life writing in journals including ‘Genre’, ‘Critical Survey’ and ‘Modernist Cultures’. With John Attridge, he co-edited ‘Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception’ (Ashgate 2013), with Paraic Finnerty, he co-edited ‘Transatlantic Celebrity’, a special issue of Comparative American Studies (March 2016), and with Alice Wood, he co-edited ‘Modernism in Public’, a special issue of Modernist Cultures (November 2016). He has held fellowships at the Beinecke Library at Yale and the Harry Ransom Center at University of Texas, and peer reviewed for OUP, EUP, Bloomsbury and Modernism/modernity. He is currently working on modernist life writing and celebrity culture, including editing a critical edition of Wyndham Lewis’s Blasting and Bombardiering for Oxford University Press.


Jeff Wallace

Nominated by: Andrew Thacker

I have been a member of BAMS and of the Executive Steering Committee since 2014; during that time I was Vice-Chair throughout 2015 and Chair throughout 2016, and have agreed for logistical reasons to continue as Chair until the end of April 2017. Having become Chair at a relatively early point in my involvement with BAMS, my acquaintance with the Association, its procedures, cycles of events and priorities, has grown in parallel with this higher level of responsibility. I wish to seek re-election to the Executive Steering Committee, in the first instance in order to continue as Chair until 1st May 2017 and then to act as Past Chair for the year to follow, and in this period to follow through the delivery of projects I have been involved in co-organising: the 2017 BAMS conference ‘Modernist Life’, and the BAMS panels at the ‘English: Shared Futures’ conference. Beyond this period, however, I would like to build on the experience gained over the last three years in order to help shape the activities and direction of BAMS up to 2020. BAMS is rebuilding its membership base after the change to calendar year membership with EUP, is extending its disciplinary reach, developing its online and social media presence in highly significant ways, and continues to nurture the postgraduate modernist community in the UK. I wish to continue to play an active role in these initiatives, and to work to enhance the European profile of BAMS.

Jeff Wallace is Professor of English at Cardiff Metropolitan University and current Chair of the British Association for Modernist Studies. He is the author of ‘Beginning Modernism’ (2011), ‘D.H. Lawrence, Science and the Posthuman’ (2005), and co-editor of ‘Gothic Modernisms’ (2001).