BAMS Elections 2021: call for nominations (deadline 15 Jan)

2021 Call for Nominations

For: The 2021 Election of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS) Executive Steering Committee.

There are three vacant positions on the committee, and we seek nominations for those vacancies.

Nominations will now be accepted up to 15 Jan 2021, and the online election will take place 22nd January-28th February 2021.

Executive Steering Committee

Nominees for membership of the steering committee will ideally be in academic posts, as members are expected to take a turn in hosting executive meetings and the annual postgraduate training symposium, and to fund their attendance at BAMS events and meetings (financial support is provided for postgraduate representatives only). Members of the steering committee attend two committee meetings a year, organise an annual postgraduate training symposium, operate membership of the association, maintain and develop BAMS’s online presence, support existing modernist programmes and events (such as the several modernism centres and seminars) and generally promote modernist activity in Britain. BAMS especially welcomes nominations from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) members, and we are firm and unflinching in our commitment to a vision of an inclusive and diverse Exec.

Existing committee members are eligible for re-election at the conclusion of their term of office for one further period of three years.

Candidates for the Executive Committee require a nomination from an existing member of BAMS and must themselves be members of the association. Instructions for joining BAMS can be found on the website: https://bams.ac.uk/membership/. The final selection will be made through an online election process open to all BAMS members.

Candidates are asked to submit a brief biography as well as a 250-word proposal outlining their vision for the future of BAMS, their suitability for the role, and their envisaged contribution to the association. Nominees may, if they wish, express interest in one of the vacant named officer positions – Treasurer or Vice-Chair.

The name of the nominator should be included in the proposal. Applications should be emailed to the BAMS Chair, Dan Moore (d.t.moore@bham.ac.uk) no later than 15th January 2021.

Postgraduate Representatives

Applications for 2 two-year postgraduate representative positions are also sought from registered doctoral students in their first or second year of study (or PT equivalent). The elected representatives will join Bryony Armstrong and Joshua Phillips, who are a year into their own two-year term as PG Reps for BAMS. BAMS especially welcomes applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) postgraduate members, and we are firm and unflinching in our commitment to a vision of an inclusive and diverse Exec.

Responsibilities include attending two Exec meetings a year and helping out with PG events and workshops (travel expenses paid). Responsibilities shared between the four PG reps include editing The Modernist Review, running BAMS social media, answering info@BAMS.ac.uk emails and sending welcome emails to new members. There are also opportunities to launch new initiatives such as the BAMS networking day organised by our current PG reps.

Candidates are asked to submit a brief biography as well as a 250-word proposal outlining their vision for the future of BAMS, their suitability for the role, and their envisaged contribution to the association.

Candidates for the Postgraduate Representative positions do not require a nomination from an existing member of BAMS. They must themselves be members of the association. Instructions for joining BAMS can be found on the website: https://bams.ac.uk/membership/ The final selection will be made through an online election process open to all BAMS members.

Applications should be emailed to the BAMS Chair, Dan Moore (d.t.moore@bham.ac.uk) no later than 15th Jan 2021. If you would like some more information about the roles before applying, please do write to Dan.

Co-option

The BAMS constitution allows us to co-opt up to four committee members in the interests of furthering interdisciplinary connections.  These also serve a three-year term, but are not elected positions as such.  Our core membership is in English/literary studies, but we are an inclusive organisation and are always looking for ways to connect with colleagues in other areas.  We welcome expressions of interest; please contact Dan.