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Register now for the 2017 BAMS postgraduate training day!

Registration is now live for the 2017 BAMS postgraduate training day, to be held at De Montfort University, Leicester on April 5. Read the full program and sign up below.

Please note: the day will be held in VPPD 2.02 (Vijay Patel Building). A PDF map is attached below.

About the day

This year’s postgraduate training day will focus on modernism and pedagogy. Through a mixture of workshops, talks and discussion, we aim to uncover some of the key challenges and opportunities for teaching modernist work in the contemporary university. The day will be intentionally interdisciplinary, considering performance, visual art, poetry and prose.


10.30 Registration

11 Welcome and Introductions: Claire Warden/Suzanne Hobson

11.30-12.30 Agamben, gesture, and modernist dancing (workshop led by Ramsay Burt)

Giorgio Agamben’s essay Notes on Gesture begins ‘By the end of the nineteenth-century, the Western bourgeoisie had definitely lost its gestures’ (2000, p. 49). In his account of this loss, Agamben cites the dance of Isadora Duncan and Sergei Diaghilev as examples of artists whose work represents an attempt to recover the lost gestures that were slipping through its fingers forever. Looking at examples from silent film and dance, this presentation will examine the ways in which the physical nature of gesture seems at this time to have become problematic, a symptom of tensions within the experience of modernity, of the rupture created by the impact of the modern on subjectivities.

12.30-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2.15 Failure, modernist pedagogy and the new metrics (Claire Warden)

What place might failure have in our modernist teaching? How could we best encourage our students to take risks despite the looming threat of failure? Using Carrie Preston’s recent Learning to Kneel (Columbia UP 2016) as its starting point, this session raises questions about cross-cultural teaching, the role of the teacher, and the place of pain and perseverance in the pedagogical process.

2.15-3.00 What about the TEF then? (Jeff Wallace)

‪’The problem is that the Green Paper’ (Fulfilling Our Potential, 2015) ‘doesn’t know what it means by “teaching quality”‘ (Stefan Collini, LRB, 21st January 2016).

‪The TEF is up and running and, as of December 2016, there is already a Student Guide. What will TEF mean for early career academics in modernism? This session will pose some of the issues and invite discussion.

3.00-3.30 Coffee

3.30-4.30 Bourdieu/Anti-Bourdieu – Modernism-and/as-pedagogy (keynote led by Peter Howarth)

Modernist writing is often difficult. Teaching it can often spark students’ anger at its perceived elitism, and disengage them from learning. When we look at the various reasons the modernists gave for writing that way, though, it’s noticeable both that they see difficulty as part of the necessary artistic effect, and that those arguments then merge into arguments about social power and privileged circulation. If difficulty is one way in which their art reflects on its own sociological conditions, can we help our students use their own hostile reactions to read the texts with more attention and appreciation?

4.30-5 Open Discussion: Beginning Teaching Modernism

5 Drinks


Registration is now open via the De Montfort University website. Sign up now, and do encourage any postgraduate students to join!


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