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BAMS Elections 2023

The British Association for Modernist StudiesExecutive Steering Committee election, 2023

There are statements below for both staff members and postgraduate representatives. If you are a member of BAMS you are eligible to vote in both elections.

For the staff positions there are 8 candidates for 6 places. You can vote for up to 6 candidates. The candidates are listed below in alphabetical order by surname.  On the ballot the name order is randomized.

The candidates are: Claire Drewery, Sean Ketteringham, Noreen Masud, Rod Rosenquist (for re-election), Rehnuma Sazzad, Luke Seaber, Matthew Taunton (for re-election) and Nathan Waddell.

For the postgraduate representative positions, there are 6 candidates for 2 places. You can vote for up to 2 candidates. The candidates are listed below in alphabetical order by surname.  On the ballot the name order is randomized.

The candidates are: Jennifer Ashby, Ishita Krishna, Ryan O’Shea, Iris Pearson, Isabelle Stuart, Serena Hor Yan Wong.

Candidate statements: staff positions

Dr Claire Drewery

Nominator: Dr Rebecca Bowler, Keele University

I am a longstanding BAMS member and regularly attend the biennial conference. I am involved in several related research networks: the Middlebrow Network, Dorothy Richardson Society, Katherine Mansfield Society, and May Sinclair Society. I am an experienced conference and event organizer, having hosted two international conferences on Sinclair, chaired panels for the BAMS conferences, held workshops for the Sinclair Society, and organized the Northern Modernism Seminar in 2021. I am also involved in maintaining the Sinclair Society website, media accounts, and mailing lists.

My organizational experience and past networking would make it natural for me to contribute to BAMS in these ways. As there is an increasing emphasis on impact and employability strategies in universities, I would be keen to explore ways in which modernist scholars could respond to developments like these, or to generate research funding.

These are also unprecedented times in UK Higher Education. The implications of decreased funding for English degree programmes, as well as the job precarity of both early career and established academics, are ongoing and increasing concerns. I would like to explore ways of supporting members through these challenges.

I have a deep appreciation of the invaluable role the Association plays in bringing together scholars from multiple disciplines to contribute to ongoing developments in modernist studies. Events hosted by BAMS have always been welcoming and collegial, as well as intellectually informative and stimulating. To play any part toward continuing the spirit of BAMS into the future would be something to consider an immense privilege.

Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in twentieth-century literature at Sheffield Hallam University. Together with Prof Suzanne Raitt and Dr Rebecca Bowler, I am co-founder of the May Sinclair Society and General/Volume Editor of the Edinburgh Sinclair Critical Editions.  I have long-standing research interests in modernism, women’s writing, textual editing and archival research, as well as aesthetic and cultural discourses surrounding the abstract intellect and material bodies. Publications include Modernist Short Fiction by Women: The Liminal in Katherine Mansfield, Dorothy Richardson, May Sinclair and Virginia Woolf, (Ashgate 2011), May Sinclair: Re-Thinking Bodies and Minds (Edinburgh 2017), and One Hundred Years of The Stream of Consciousness, Literature Compass, Special Issue: 17:6 (2020).

Dr Sean Ketteringham

Nominator: Professor Rebecca Beasley, University of Oxford

If elected to the Executive Steering Committee, I would like to focus on three main areas of BAMS’s activity: interdisciplinarity, equality and diversity, and addressing early career precarity.

First, I am a keen advocate of interdisciplinary research as a means of clarifying the social value of the arts and humanities within an increasingly strained higher education sector. BAMS must continue to be at the forefront of this debate by enabling its membership to strike out beyond literary studies. In addition to BAMS, I am an active member of the Association for Art History (AAH), the British Art Network (BAN), and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB). These organisations could provide opportunities for collaboration and mutual enrichment with BAMS, enabling us to more extensively develop the interdisciplinarity of modernist studies today.

Second, I would contribute to ongoing work to improve BAMS’s approach to equality and diversity. The AAH’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan could provide a useful model for improving BAMS’s processes by including regular progress reports, data monitoring, and a resource portal on anti-racism and decoloniality in our field. While I acknowledge the privilege I hold as a cis white man, I have recently affirmed my commitment to intersectional anti-racist action and allyship. As graduate rep in the Queen’s College’s Working Group on Race Diversity and Access I gained an insight into the challenges and benefits of implementing institutional reform.

Lastly, from first-hand experience I know that BAMS is already excellent at supporting its community of graduate students and early career researchers. Yet it could do more to maximise the resources available via its website. I would propose the creation of a dedicated ECR page on the BAMS website containing recourses from previous training events and recorded talks on topics such as pedagogy, publishing articles, monograph editing, application writing, and interview technique. BAMS might not be able to address the systemic factors creating this brutal environment of early career precarity, but it can help to equip its members to face it and ease the burden.

Biography

Dr Sean Ketteringham is an interdisciplinary postdoctoral researcher specialising in cultural formations of nation and empire in Britain in the early and mid-twentieth century. Working across literary studies, cultural studies, art history, and architectural history, his work is concerned with how creative production impacts modern communities, nation states, class, and heritage. His AHRC-funded doctoral thesis, completed at the University of Oxford in 2022, examined how modern domestic architecture and its associated literary cultures responded to the decline of the British Empire and the shifting state of English national identity between 1914 and 1948. His first article based on this work was published in Modernist Cultures in January 2022. He has worked extensively in heritage, freelance consultancy, and on research residencies including at the Harry Ransom Center, Texas, Twentieth Century Society, John Latham Foundation (Flat Time House), Grizedale Arts, Charles Moore Foundation, and Archio. From 2023-25 he will be a postdoctoral researcher at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.

Dr Noreen Masud

Nominator: Dr Cleo Hanaway-Oakley, University of Bristol

I’ve benefited from BAMS, and the opportunities for intellectual exchange that it offers, at every stage of my career: I’ve presented at NWiMS as a graduate student, at the 2017 and 2019 BAMS conferences, and at the London Modernist Seminar. I’d bring a range of skills in admin and event delivery to my committee role: I organized the first conference on Stevie Smith’s work in Oxford in 2016, as well as co-organising the English department’s research seminar series at Durham (as a postdoc), and now here at Bristol.

My interests sit slightly outwith the main currents of modernist study: I’ve always been drawn to writers who don’t sit comfortably within narratives of what ‘modernism’ might or might not be. One response might be to redefine ‘modernism’ to be more inclusive; I don’t think I’m alone, though, in the community of people studying twentieth-century literature in Britain, to feel that the word might not itself always be useful. As a result, were I to be elected, I’d seek less to redefine the term than to flag moments – in CFPs, for instance – where it might be beneficial to explicitly couple invitations for ‘work on modernist literature’ with ones defined by a time-period (for instance, ‘work on early- to mid-twentieth-century literature).

BAMS does exemplary work in supporting early-career and precarious colleagues already. Were I to be elected, I’d hope to take that further: to help coordinate and make visible BAMS policy and support around solidarity with striking members.

Biography

I’m a Lecturer in Twentieth Century Literature at the University of Bristol. I finished my DPhil in 2018, and went on to do a three-year postdoc at Durham before taking up my current role. My first monograph is Stevie Smith and the Aphorism: Hard Language (OUP, 2022) and my first trade book is A Flat Place (Hamish Hamilton and Melville House, 2023). My second monograph, nearing completion, is on flat landscapes in twentieth-century literature including D. H. Lawrence, Willa Cather and Gertrude Stein. I’m an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker 2020, and enjoy making radio programmes around my research.

Dr Rod Rosenquist

Nominator: Dr Andrew Frayn, Edinburgh Napier University

Ever since the idea of BAMS was brought for discussion to a meeting of the London Modernism Seminar that I attended, I’ve valued the supportive and encouraging network of scholars that it represents and the formal platforms it offers through conferences, training or communications.  Having joined the steering committee three years ago – in which time I have organised the New Work in Modernist Studies conference in 2021 and helped to judge the BAMS essay prize in 2022 – I now see even more clearly the value offered to individuals early in their careers or sometimes isolated from scholarly communities.

The casualisation of lecturing contracts, the political contexts for higher education, and the lack of recognition of the value of literary scholarship make these dark times for those seeking or holding an academic job and provide reasons for organisations like BAMS to continue to challenge the status quo.  Having personally battled through nearly two decades of teaching-only or temporary contracts and now representing those lecturing at the newer and less-research-oriented universities, I would push for a BAMS that does not shy away from addressing these realities while promoting further opportunities for those struggling to find a place in the modernist studies landscape.  Arguing the value of humanities scholarship, in particular, seems an important battlefield onto which BAMS might step.

Biography

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 (CUP 2009) and articles on modernist celebrity, advertising and autobiography in journals including Genre, Critical Survey and Modernist Cultures.  With John Attridge, he co-edited Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception (Ashgate 2013), and with Alice Wood, he co-edited ‘Modernism in Public’, a special issue of Modernist Cultures (November 2016). He has held funded 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, as well as serving on the steering committee for the British Association of Modernist Studies since 2020.  He is currently working on a critical volume of Wyndham Lewis’s Blasting and Bombardiering for Oxford University Press.

Dr Rehnuma Sazzad

Nominator: Dr Juliette Taylor-Batty, Leeds Trinity University

My vision for BAMS includes my explanation of Global Modernity as an inevitable force, which transcends socio-political contradictions that effect contemporary cultural transformations at local/global levels. If local/global is presently the most clichéd yet dominant of all binaries, it is important to take into account the remarkable dynamism of local/global cultural products in recording the multifaceted conditions of dwelling in modernity. For example, the Arab-American intellectuals of my first monograph connected the histories of dislocations with the socio-political interdependence of human beings around the globe, as well as brought forward the complex and intersecting points among global cultural histories. Therefore, my vision of Global Modernity is not influenced by critics like Arif Dirlik, who view the persistence of colonial legacy in the phenomenon; but is inspired by polymaths like Rabindranath Tagore, who suggest that the local and global arts’ credential for enriching collective human sensibility through an ‘openness’ that invites ‘at its table all people from far and near’ is crucial for advancing modernism.

With ‘the abode of human joy’ as the objective, which my current research supports through its local/global appropriations, I propose to contribute to BAMS in the following way: hosting and attending executive meetings, organizing the annual postgraduate training symposium, connecting BAMS with ICwS through cross-over events, guest-editing Modernist Cultures, reading for the essay prize, operating BAMS’s membership, maintaining and developing BAMS’s online presence, supporting existing programmes like modernism seminars, and promoting modernist activity in Britain. Indeed, my agenda is to foster Britain’s leadership in the field.

Biography

Rehnuma Sazzad is an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS), University of London, and an Associate Tutor at the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia. She is an Associate Editor and a Reviews Editor of Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and an Editorial Advisory Board Member for English: Journal of the English Association. Her first monograph, Edward Said’s Concept of Exile: Identity and Cultural Migration in the Middle East (2017), adds new depths to discourses of resistance, home and identity. She has published various pieces on postcolonial and world literatures (e.g. The International Journal of Human Rights 2021, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 2016, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 2015, and Middle Eastern Studies 2012); and is working on her second monograph, Dynamics among Mother Language, Motherland, and Liberation Struggle: Decolonization of South Asia in Perspective. She is a regular contributor for Impakter Limited.

Dr Luke Seaber

Nominator: Professor Kristin Bluemel, Monmouth University, NJ, USA

I have an unusual job within British academia and my career path to it has been unusual. I am a permanent full-time teaching fellow on a university foundation year programme for non-UK students only, where I am lucky enough to have a lot of freedom not only to focus on research-led teaching but, because I am not within an academic department and therefore the REF does not apply, to research at my own pace and following solely my interests. I now teach post-1789 European cultural history across disciplines, but my research interest is British literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in which I did my doctorate in an Italian university after an undergraduate degree in both French and Arabic literature. I would like to bring to the BAMS Executive Committee the eclecticism that my career so far has inculcated in me: I envision an Association that is ever more open to texts not in English and disciplinary approaches examining as wide as possible a range of cultural phenomena from the early 20th century. Furthermore, I would like to see BAMS reaching out more to scholars outside Anglophone academia and the Global North, and would like to invite involvement from colleagues with whom I have collaborated in Nigeria, Italy and elsewhere.

           If elected, I look forward to the fullest involvement possible, drawing on my experience since 2020 as a member of the Advisory Board of the Space Between Society (the oldest academic society dedicated to the Modernist period). I also serve on that society’s future conferences committee, and look forward to helping organize BAMS conferences as well as creating more collaboration between the two organizations.

Biography

Luke Seaber is Senior Teaching Fellow in Modern European Culture on the Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities (of which he is also Senior Co-Ordinator) at University College London. He is author of G.K. Chesterton’s Literary Influence on George Orwell: A Surprising Irony (2012) and Incognito Social Investigation in British Literature: Certainties in Degradation (2017). He has published various articles and chapters on British literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and is co-editor (with Michael McCluskey) of Aviation in the Literature and Culture of Interwar Britain (2020) and (with Nick Hubble and Elinor Taylor) the volume on the 1930s in the Bloomsbury Decades of Fiction series (2021). He also co-wrote (with Kate Macdonald and Daniel Kilburn) the introductions to Handheld Press’s 2022 republication of the complete works of John Llewelyn Rhys.

Dr Matthew Taunton

Nominator: Dr Andrew Frayn, Edinburgh Napier University

I have served as a committee member since 2020 and as treasurer of BAMS. While this has been a turbulent time for HE, and for many of our institutions, BAMS has provided a vital point of community and solidarity for scholars of modernism at all career stages. Since I attended the inaugural BAMS conference in Glasgow in 2010, BAMS has been an important and enjoyable strand of my academic life and the association continues (in a way that I think is quite unique) to combine extraordinary, intellectually exciting research with inclusive support for early career scholars and PGRs. I have very much enjoyed working closely with the current committee and I hope that BAMS members will re-elect me as treasurer for one final year so that I have the opportunity to meet and work with the new members elected.

As treasurer I have supported the return to face-to-face conferences and events, through the necessary but unglamorous work of managing the bank account, advising the committee on the affordability of various schemes and on financial processes, and organising funds transfers for speakers, institutions and early career scholars who have benefitted from BAMS bursaries. As treasurer I will work to ensure that the financial management of BAMS continues to run smoothly and that I can hand over to my successor an organisation in good financial health.

Biography

Dr Matthew Taunton is an Associate Professor in Literature at the University of East Anglia, with broad interests in modernist, 1930s and mid-century literature and culture—with a particular focus on literature’s political entanglements. He completed his PhD at the London Consortium (Birkbeck) in 2008. He is the author of Fictions of the City: Class, Culture and Mass Housing in London and Paris (Palgrave, 2009) and Red Britain: The Russian Revolution in Mid-Century Culture (OUP, 2019), and the co-editor (with Benjamin Kohlmann) of A History of 1930s British Literature (CUP, 2019), as well as a special issue of Literature & History called Literatures of Anti-Communism (2015). He has published in journals including Textual Practice, ELH, Modern Fiction Studies and Women: A Cultural Review, and in numerous edited volumes. He is senior deputy editor of Critical Quarterly.

Dr Nathan Waddell

Nominator: Dr Andrew Frayn, Edinburgh Napier University

I’m applying to join the BAMS Executive Committee because I want, in an administrative capacity, to help modernist studies in the UK and elsewhere continue to flourish. I can bring to the Committee experience not only as a scholar who researches and teaches in modernism, but also as a Co-Director of Birmingham’s Centre for Modernist Cultures. In this role, working consultatively with my Co-Director (Dr Chris Mourant) and with the Centre’s members, I’ve contributed to an inclusive community spirit. Together we’ve created an atmosphere of trust, empowerment, and intellectual excitement for Birmingham’s network of modernist scholars, and I’d bring this same impulse to BAMS as the discipline heads into an increasingly global, tech-driven, precarious future.

My vision for the future of BAMS is to assist however I can in its efforts to make modernist studies more inclusive and diverse; to resist institutional and national agendas that cut against intellectual specialization of the kind on which modernist studies depends; and to create opportunities for scholars working in schools and in universities to collaborate on modernism-related projects. I’m particularly interested to explore ways for BAMS to put a spotlight on scholarship by academics either precariously employed or employed outwith academia. One option would be to create a regular team-based podcast series (in the spirit, say, of Oh God, What Now?) focused on precisely this idea. If appointed to the Committee, one of my priorities would be to begin searching for sponsorship for just such a podcast from relevant bodies.

Biography

Nathan is an Associate Professor in Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Birmingham. He’s the author of Moonlighting: Beethoven and Literary Modernism (2019) and has edited or co-edited several essay volumes, including Wyndham Lewis and the Cultures of Modernity (2011), Utopianism, Modernism, and Literature in the Twentieth Century (2013), Wyndham Lewis: A Critical Guide (2015), and The Cambridge Companion to Nineteen Eighty-Four (2020). He’s also active in Orwell scholarship. He has edited the Oxford World’s Classics version of Orwell’s A Clergyman’s Daughter (2021) and is a few months away from finishing work on The Oxford Handbook of George Orwell. His current research, on Wyndham Lewis and fascism, is funded in the 2022-23 academic year by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.

Candidate statements: postgraduate representatives

Jennifer Ashby

As a participant in Hopeful Modernisms and New Work in Modernist Studies, I have been struck by the encouraging intellectual community of BAMS and I would love to contribute more actively as a Postgraduate Representative.

Continuing in-person, hybrid events is essential but running regular online events is an effective way to encourage cohesion and widen outreach. After enjoying its successful implementation at the International Society for the Study of Surrealism, I suggest similarly hosting free, public, virtual book launches where scholars can present their latest publications but with Early Career Researchers (ECR) chairing discussions.

I support establishing a Postgraduate Directory so members can promote their research and connect over shared interests. I would work closely with the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer to do this and to initiate the ECR mentorship programme suggested at the Annual General Meeting.

Sophie Oliver asserted, in the TLS, that The Modernist Review ‘testifies to the exciting expansion of the field’ and, as an interdisciplinary researcher, I am keen to join the editorial team. I have experience as a freelance proof-reader, was editor of Balliol College’s literary arts publication Scrawl, and have peer reviewed for UCL’s Moveable Type and Lost Modernists.

I have run professional social media accounts, including that of the literature festival Ways with Words, various small businesses, and the EUI Queer and Feminist Studies Working Group. With the success of BAMS hashtags, I would trial live tweeting major events and boosting ECR work through guest threads linked to The Modernist Review content.

Biography

Jennifer Ashby is a modern literature studies and art history PhD researcher at the European University Institute, Florence. Her ongoing thesis explores the intersection of early twentieth century spiritualities and scientific discourse with avant-garde aesthetics, focalised through the artist and poet Mina Loy. She is a coordinator of the interdisciplinary EUI Queer and Feminist Studies Working Group. She loves ginger tea, beachcombing with her dog, and visiting ancient stone circles.

Ishita Krishna

I am interested in engaging with and contributing to a larger cohort of modernist scholars and fostering a multidisciplinary approach to modernist studies. As often noted, modernist studies have long been monopolised by western and Eurocentric voices. I am interested in bringing an emphasis on a pervasive decolonial approach through postgraduate activities to the existing valuable work of the organisation. I believe that my experiences of being the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Representative of my department and having worked as a committee member of my University’s Centre for Modernist Studies PG forum will help me make valuable contributions to the organisation. As a part of the latter, I was involved in organising research seminars and conferences, monitoring emails, managing social media, creating cfps, budgeting, and scheduling for the centre’s activities of offering a platform to new modernist researchers. Furthermore, I have some editorial experience, having worked as the editor of my department newsletter both at present and during my BA, and as an editorial assistant and intern at a publishing house and a news agency in the past.

I am interested in curating engaging activities for new postgraduate researchers by, for instance, creating a space for them to share works-in-progress to help them exchange feedback and share ideas with a wider audience. As research can often feel like working in isolation, I would also like to create more informal salons (for example, in the form of reading groups, book clubs, field trips etc) to encourage discussion on underexplored ideas and texts in modernisms beyond the anglophone canon. I think my experience of working in a similar committee on a smaller scale, my EDI and editorial work, and my interest in encouraging postgraduate engagement will be an asset in contributing to the valuable work of the organisation.

Biography

I am a PhD student researching literary and theatrical objects in modernist drama. I began my research in 2021 at the University of York, after completing my BA and MA in English Literature from the University of Delhi, India. My project engages in a study of subject-object encounters in modernist drama. I propose that the relatively understudied field of objects offers a new lens and a heretofore overlooked approach for theatre, literary and modernist studies wherein objects become active interpreters offering alternative perspectives that complicate or contradict established readings of plays and facilitate comparisons between text and its productions. My interdisciplinary research traverses the fields of literature and theatre, combining my interests in fin-de-siecle literature, realism, transatlantic modernisms, 20th century drama, theatre semiotics and phenomenology, objects and the nonhuman in literature, feminist criticism, affect studies, and performance analysis.

Ryan O’Shea

After attending the fantastic NWIMS and seeing the work of the organisation with its brilliant issues of The Modernist Review and Modernist Cultures, I would love to join the BAMS postgraduate committee and continue the work of this collaborative research community.

In terms of experience, I am familiar with WordPress, having acted as a Fiction editor of a student creative writing publication (From the Lighthouse) and having worked freelance for an online film magazine (Tilt Magazine).

I have also previously acted as a facilitator for the interdisciplinary ‘Durham Castle Conference’ in 2021. This resulted in the publication of a postgraduate journal showcasing the work of a few of the speakers, of which I was a sub-editor (‘Durham Castle Journal 2021’ on Issuu.com).

I would aim to bring this editorial experience to the role, and would be thrilled to work collaboratively on the publications of The Modernist Review. I would second the idea of more issues looking at transnational modernisms especially as my own research aims to look at modernisms across cultures and religious traditions. More themed issues which expand our understandings of ‘modernisms’ would be invaluable.

Possible contributors could be gained by contacting those at modernist-adjacent conferences, creating contacts with writers who could convert papers into articles. #ModWrite has brought researchers together and is a tradition that I would love to help continue. Overall, it is this sense of an exciting and collaborative community that drives my application to the committee: it would be a pleasure to join the team.

Biography

Ryan O’Shea is a first-year PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London, funded by The London Arts and Humanities partnership. His research focuses on the representation of spiritual mortification, involving the self-infliction of pain or the abstinence from pleasure, in modernist literatures across different religions. He has previously been published in the Postgraduate English journal.

Iris Pearson

As Postgraduate Representative, I would look forward to developing the Modernist Review, using my experience as Theatre Editor for Cambridge’s student newspaper. I would like to increase publicity for the Review, and to rethink publication frequency, considering whether we could host pieces on a blog throughout the year, combining them into an annual edition. I would consider introducing a graduate peer-reviewing system in order to heighten the Review’s attractiveness as a place to publish.

Thinking about BAMS as a whole, I am interested in widening the society’s sense of ‘modernism’ to include twentieth- (and twenty-first-) century literature which experiments with language, form, and expression, without the need for explicit reference to the movement of modernism. I hope that this widening would increase membership and boost access, and I would also contribute to this by working to promote the society within faculties and graduate communities at universities.

At Oxford, I am one of three convenors for the Modern/Contemporary Graduate Forum, which offers a space for PhD students working in the period to present on their research in a supportive and low-stakes environment. I also have experience on the organising committee for the Oxford English Graduates annual conference (both online and in-person), and these roles make me well-equipped to help organise NWiMS and other graduate workshops. My organisational skills would make me generally successful in this role: working as an independent tutor alongside my PhD has forced me to complete tasks efficiently, while maintaining accuracy and creativity.

Biography

I am a second-year PhD student at the University of Oxford, working on form and readerly affect in late twentieth-century experimental novels by Muriel Spark, B.S. Johnson, Anthony Burgess and Angela Carter. These works betray the influence of high modernists such as Joyce and Beckett, but my thesis seeks to redirect attention away from the pedantries of literary labels, foregrounding instead on the capacity of formal experiments to cultivate readerly affect. I received my undergraduate degree from Cambridge, and an MSt in English Literature 1900-Present from Oxford. I have presented at conferences in Brussels, Loughborough and Oxford (and will soon speak in Chicago) and have published a paper on two experimental Argentine novelists in the Latin American Literary Review. A thorough summary of my research and teaching experience can be found on my website: https://www.irispearson.com/.

Isabelle Stuart

I’ve found BAMS, and especially the postgraduate community, to be really welcoming in the first couple of years of my PhD, so would be keen to help it grow in new directions. I would be able to bring editorial experience to The Modernist Review, from my work as editor-in-chief of The Oxonian Review and editorial assistant for The Cambridge Humanities Review. In terms of new initiatives for the publication, I think that inviting guest editors from different modernist sub-fields could be a great way to reach new contributors. I would also propose starting an interview series with a focus on early to mid-career modernist scholars, to increase transparency and encourage open conversations in the field.

Pre-PhD, I worked in climate communications, a part of which involved managing social media output. The role gave me great experience of the less exciting but useful elements of that work, such as post-scheduling software and CMS, including WordPress. Given both ModWrite’s success and Twitter’s ongoing algorithm shifts, introducing an image-based series could increase engagement in the new year: interesting snippets from the archives, for example, or asking followers to submit pictures of a page of their notes or planning processes for some behind-the-scenes insight.

Given my DPhil’s emphasis on performance, I would also be keen to keep members informed about, and perhaps also organise events centred around current modernist-related performances; the great work done by Dead Poets Live, for example, or the upcoming restaging of Wayne MacGregor’s ballet inspired by Virginia Woolf.

Biography

I am a second year DPhil student at Oxford. During my MPhil, I split my time between Victorian poetry, modernist prose poetry and late twentieth century novels before settling down to modernist poetics for my DPhil My project explores the influence of poetry performance practice and theory on the development of modernist poetics from 1890 to 1945, focusing on the intersection between verse speaking cultures and key features of modernist poetics. As things stand, it comprises chapters on W. B. Yeats, Harold Monro’s Poetry Bookshop, T. S. Eliot and BBC poetry performance. I am supervised by Michael Whitworth at Merton College, and co-funded by the AHRC, Worcester College and a Clarendon Scholarship. In between my MPhil and DPhil, I worked in climate communications for FAIRR, the world’s fastest growing ESG investor network, which informed my adjacent interest in the environmental humanities.

Serena Wong

I value BAMS’ ongoing effort to diversify its discussions across national contexts and look forward to seeing more conversations that challenge Eurocentric understandings of modernisms and modernity in its future projects. In particular, as BAMS continues to promote dialogue that surround understandings of the global and international, I hope to see the association include in its space of inquiry more narratives that consider the unequal power structures in modes of knowledge exchange. I believe it is important to acknowledge the varied ways in which the term ‘modernism’ has come to be interpreted from different national perspectives, and I would thus like to see an increase contribution to BAMS’ critical discourse from scholars who use research methods and materials existing beyond the Western academia(s).

As a BAME academic, I offer a voice that adds representation to BAMS’ dialogue on modernist studies. I am fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, and my education in Hong Kong, England and Scotland has also allowed my familiarity with a range of literatures from both English-speaking and Chinese-speaking worlds. My experiences as a person growing up in Hong Kong’s transition period from British to Chinese rule have moreover heightened my sensitivity to the postcolonial relations at play on the global stage. My linguistically and culturally diverse background is useful in communications with different groups of people across national boundaries, and I am also acquainted with Asian (and particularly Chinese) academic platforms, which puts me in an advantageous position to promote conversations between BAMS and extended communities.

I have also had experience in conference organising and journal editing, and can navigate several software applications well including WordPress and Adobe Photoshop. These skills will help me confidently take on the duties associated with the role of BAMS’ postgraduate representative. 

Biography

Serena Wong is a PhD student in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Her doctoral study situates itself at the crossroads of British modernisms and Chinese modernity, with a focus on the orientalism in Virginia Woolf’s stylistic and formal representations of China. Her research also looks at theoretical and creative studies of ornamentation, which she positions as an important dimension of orientalist thought. Serena holds an MLitt with Distinction from the University of Glasgow (2020) and a LLB with a minor in English from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2019). She has presented her work at conferences including The Aesthetics of Global Modernism organised by MSIA and BAMS in 2021, and will be presenting at the upcoming 2023 MLA Annual Convention. She has served, too, as co-organiser of the 2022 conference Autotheory: Thinking through Self, Body and Practice. She is currently working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in English Literature at the University of Glasgow and is entering her final month as co-editor of the university’s postgraduate journal eSharp.

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BAMS Executive Steering Committee: call for nominations

The 2022 Election of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS) Executive Steering Committee

There are no vacant positions on the committee. However, the Committee is in a position to co-opt members if appropriate. We would be delighted to hear from colleagues who might broaden the representation of the BAMS Committee either in terms of discipline (whose primary discipline is not English) or identity.

We currently have two open positions for postgraduate representatives.

Nominations will be accepted up to 14 January 2022, and the online election will take place from 21 January–18 February 2022.

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.

The name of the nominator should be included in the proposal. Applications should be emailed to the BAMS Chair, Claire Warden (C.Warden@lboro.ac.uk) no later than 14 January 2022.

Postgraduate Representatives

Applications for 2 two-year postgraduate representative positions are sought from registered doctoral students in their first or second year of study (or PT equivalent). The elected representatives will join Jennifer Cameron and Emily Bell, 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 participating actively in PG events and workshops organised by the Association (travel expenses paid). Responsibilities shared between the four PG reps include editing The Modernist Review and running BAMS social media. There are also opportunities to launch new initiatives.

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, Claire Warden (C.Warden@lboro.ac.uk) no later than 14 January 2021. If you would like some more information about the roles before applying, please do write to Claire, Jennifer or Emily.

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BAMS Executive Steering Committee 2021 (election results)

We’ve already announced this via social media, but we’re pleased to confirm that joining the committee from 2021 for a three-year term will be:

Dr Barbara Cooke (Loughborough University)
Dr Rob Hawkes (Teeside University)
Dr Udith Dematagoda (Waseda University, Japan)

The postgraduate rep election was very closely fought – so much so, in fact that we had a tie for second place! In this exceptional circumstance (and in this exceptional year) the committee agreed that we would appoint three postgraduate reps this year. Joining the committee for a two-year term are:

Gillian Beagent (University of Chester)
Emily Bell (University of Antwerp)
Jennifer Cameron (University of Hertfordshire)

Congratulations to everyone above; commiserations to those who missed out, and thank you for standing.

You can find details of the Committee here: https://bams.ac.uk/who-we-are/

Join BAMS: https://bams.ac.uk/membership/

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BAMS Elections 2021, running 22/1-28/2/2021

This year, the BAMS Executive Steering Committee is looking to fill three vacant academic positions and two PG Representative positions. At the close of the application period, we received three academic applications, and five PG Representative applications, all of which included nominations from existing BAMS members. Click to download a pdf containing the names, bios and statements:

The election to fill these positions will run from 22 January to 28 February. On 22 January, members will receive a link from the BAMS membership team through Election Buddy (please check your spam folders for this link if you don’t receive it on 22 January). This link will allow you to register your votes for the election. The results of the election will be posted on the BAMS website and on BAMS social media after the election closes. If you have any questions about the election, please get in touch with Dan Moore (d.t.moore@bham.ac.uk).

If you join the society during the election, you will be able to vote in it. Membership information is here: https://bams.ac.uk/membership/

Academic applications: Because we have 3 applications to fill 3 vacancies, we are posting these applications and confirming that, unless the committee receives an objection to an application, all 3 will be elected unopposed on 28 February 2021, for a 3 year term on the committee. The candidates are:

Dr Barbara Cooke (Loughborough University)

Dr Udith Dematagoda (Waseda University, Tokyo)

Dr Rob Hawkes (Teesside University)

Postgraduate Applications: Members will elect two from the five candidates listed below, all of whom are PhD candidates at the named institutions:

Gill Beagent (University of Chester)

Emily Bell (University of Antwerp)

Jennifer Cameron (University of Hertfordshire)

Domonique Davies (University of Reading)

Elena Zolotariof (Institute of English Studies, University of London)

Here’s the link to the statements again:

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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.

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BAMS Election 2020: Executive Committee candidate statements

Please find below the biographical and candidate statements for election to the BAMS Executive Committee.  These candidates have all been elected, as we received only 6 candidates for 8 vacant positions.  These are in order by candidate surname.

  1. Rebecca Bowler (Keele University)

Nominated by Andrew Frayn, Napier University

Rebecca Bowler is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century English Literature at Keele University. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2013, and then held a Research Assistant post (British Academy funded) and Research Associate PostDoc (AHRC funded) at Keele University, working on the Dorothy Richardson Scholarly Editions Project (OUP). She has held her current lectureship since 2016. She is the author of Literary Impressionism: Vision and Memory in Dorothy Richardson, Ford Madox Ford, H.D., and May Sinclair (2016) and co-edited the edited collection May Sinclair: Re-Thinking Bodies and Minds (2017). She is a co-founder of the May Sinclair Society and General Editor on the forthcoming Edinburgh Critical Editions of the Works of May Sinclair (EUP). Her next monograph project is Modernist Wellness: Transatlantic Literary Dietetics. She is on the organising team of the recently rebooted Northern Modernism Seminar programme, the fisrt of which she recently hosted at Keele.

Proposal:  I have been a member of BAMS from the beginning of my PhD and have attended NMS events from 2009 (Leeds Trinity). I hosted the Spring 2010 NMS at the University of Sheffield while I was studying for my PhD there. My fondness for BAMS was sustained by the Northern Modernism Seminars and I am excited to be part of the team bringing them back: while I was a PhD student and in my precarious years it was vital to me to have research events that didn’t charge conference fees and close enough to my base that I could afford to travel to them. As a member of the steering committee for both BAMS and the NMS I would keep each regional network’s committee in communication.

I would also like to be involved with both NWiMS and the postgraduate training days. I was inspired, at NWiMS this year, by the inclusion of Beryl Pong’s keynote address on her career to date. Her paper was thoughtful and reflective but also practical. With the current crisis of precarity in HE, it strikes me that this kind of discussion is more vital than ever.

My vision for BAMS then is a closer relationship between the larger (inter)national biennial conferences, and the smaller regional networks with their biannual events; and greater integration of the postgraduate events and the larger (inter)national events. The aim here is to integrate both regional networks and junior networks and ensure greater participation across geographical lines and lines of seniority.

 

  1. Daniel Moore (University of Birmingham)

Nominated by: Tim Armstrong, RHUL

 I am standing for re-election to the BAMS steering committee with the desire to take over the position of Chair in this election. Over the course of my last 3 years on the BAMS steering committee, I have taken an active role in the running of the society. I co-organised the BAMS conference at Birmingham in 2017, and since that time I have been external relations secretary and deputy chair of the association. Over that time, I have seen just how important BAMS is in fostering the study of modernism in Britain, especially among PhD and post-PhD scholars.

Proposal:  If re-elected, I hope to continue to extend the reach of the organisation, in particular by developing connections outside of academia – with galleries, museums, other organisations and with the wider public. Modernism’s upcoming centenaries give us a unique window to engage with the public in exciting ways, and public engagement will give BAMS a range of exciting new opportunities to develop its brief.

In addition to my role on the BAMS steering committee, I have also taken over (sin summer 2019) as lead editor of the journal Modernist Cultures. A closer rapprochement of BAMS and the journal will also be something I’d like to explore should I be re-elected, in particular through opportunities for the PG community of BAMS to get involved in the administration of the journal.

 

  1. Beryl Pong (University of Sheffield)
    Nominated by: Sophie Oliver, University of Liverpool

 

Beryl Pong is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in English at the University of Sheffield. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. Her monograph, British Literature and Culture in Second World Wartime: For the Duration, is forthcoming in 2020 from Oxford University Press’s Mid-Century Studies Series. Her essays have appeared in journals such as Modernism/modernity, Journal of Modern Literature, and Literature & History. She is the current holder of a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, as well as a commissioning editor of Literature Compass.

Proposal:  Over the past few years, BAMS has done amazing work in cultivating a vibrant community. I’d like to continue this work by promoting the association’s international links. Building on my experiences working on both sides of the Atlantic, I’ll add some transatlantic nuances to the community resource pack in terms of job applications and teaching documents. I will also explore extant links and opportunities for collaboration with the Australasian Modernist Studies Network, the Modernist Studies Association, the Modernist Studies in Asia Network, and others.

My deeper vision is for BAMS to focalise some of the most important legacies of modernism itself—which includes probing questions not only surrounding internationalism, but liberalism and labour—for addressing the state of modernist studies as a discipline today.

To this end, I want to tackle two areas which are currently unignorable, though not exclusive, to modernist studies: precarity and diversity. I’ll seek to establish more financial support for post-doctoral researchers on precarious contracts, or researchers employed in non-academic roles. I’ll also promote diversity within modernist studies and advocate for underrepresented critical voices. Both of these areas would benefit from a 1:1 mentoring component coincident with annual the New Work in Modernist Studies Symposium (at which I was privileged to deliver this year’s plenary), and which I would propose to facilitate as an executive member. I’ll also continue to actively commission and mentor authors for submitting works to the ‘Modernist Geographies’ section of Literature Compass, which I co-edit, to complement the work of Modernist Cultures.

 

  1. Rod Rosenquist (University of Northampton)
    Nominator: Alice Wood, De Montfort University

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 (CUP 2009) and articles on modernist celebrity, advertising and autobiography in journals including Genre, Critical Survey and Modernist Cultures. With John Attridge, he co-edited Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception (Ashgate 2013), 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 volume of Wyndham Lewis’s Blasting and Bombardiering for Oxford University Press.

Proposal:   While I am proud of my publications and my scholarly accomplishments, it is not these that lead me to seek a position on the BAMS Steering Committee. Over the course of twenty years in modernist studies, I’ve come to recognise the value of people, of networks, along with debating and sharing values – and it is in these areas that BAMS can and does contribute most readily. In the last decade, the energy and commitment of BAMS members has been infectious, and I believe I have something to offer in these areas.

In reading the dialogue between the postgraduate reps published in the recent issue of the Modernist Review, I was startled to find Gareth Mills offering me full citation for being ‘immensely helpful in getting my shit together.’ I would be immensely proud to have that on my academic tombstone and would like the chance to help others like Gareth.

Modernist scholarship has, it strikes me, got its shit together some time ago, but there’s still a significant job left to do in broader academic circles. The casualisation of lecturing contracts, the political contexts for HE and the lack of recognition of the value of literary scholarship make these dark times for those seeking or holding an academic job and provide reasons for organisations like BAMS to continue to challenge the status quo. Having personally battled through nearly two decades of teaching-only or temporary contracts and now representing those lecturing at the newer and less-research-oriented universities, I would push for a BAMS that does not shy away from addressing these realities while promoting further opportunities for those struggling to find a place in the modernist studies landscape.

 

  1. Matthew Taunton (UEA)
    Nominator: Dr. Suzanne Hobson, QMUL

 

Dr. Matthew Taunton is a Senior Lecturer in Literature at the University of East Anglia, with broad interests in modernist, 1930s and mid-century literature and culture—with a particular focus on literature’s political entanglements. He completed his PhD at the London Consortium (Birkbeck) in 2008. He is the author of Fictions of the City: Class, Culture and Mass Housing in London and Paris (Palgrave, 2009) and Red Britain: The Russian Revolution in Mid-Century Culture (OUP, 2019), and the co-editor (with Benjamin Kohlmann) of A History of 1930s British Literature (CUP, 2019), as well as a special issue of Literature & History called Literatures of Anti-Communism (2015). His work is published or forthcoming in journals including Textual Practice, ELH, and Women: A Cultural Review, and he has also published a number of book chapters. He is deputy editor of Critical Quarterly.

Proposal:   BAMS has been an essential source of intellectual community for me ever since I attended inaugural conference in Glasgow in 2010. My research interests have skirted the boundaries of modernism—the long 1930s, the mid-century, realism, science fiction—and BAMS has been an indispensable forum in which to discuss these areas. It is important to me that BAMS remains inclusive in its definition of modernism, and open to explicitly non-modernist culture.

Since being appointed at UEA in 2012 my administrative roles have focussed on PGR matters, including as PGR director for my school, and as UEA academic lead for the CHASE DTP. I would like to use my experience and expertise in this area to continue to build on the excellent support offered to graduate students and ECRs by BAMS. I would be interested in developing further links between BAMS and DTPs for the benefit of our modernist PGR community.

Specialist associations have an important role to play in defending the professional structures that make intellectual enquiry possible. Modernist studies faces a number of challenges: the rise of ‘presentism’ as a cultural-historical orientation, the increasing dominance of creative practice as a paradigm for the study of literature and culture, and the erosion of working conditions in universities. I believe that we start from a strong position, but that there is a need for strong advocacy on behalf of the field, to defend the historical study of modern culture. I see BAMS as a crucial site for co-ordinating such a defence.

 

  1. Juliette Taylor-Batty (Leeds Trinity University)
    Nominated by Suzanne Hobson, QMUL

 

I am a Senior Lecturer in English at Leeds Trinity University and have worked in the HE sector since 2003. I am currently programme coordinator for English Literature, and have held a range of administrative posts, including student employability, admissions, and internationalisation. I am on the organising committee of the newly-relaunched BAMS Northern Modernism Seminar. My first monograph, Multilingualism in Modernist Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), focused on the use of different languages by Anglophone modernists. I have articles and chapters published and forthcoming on Rhys, Jolas, Joyce, Beckett, Baudelaire, Nabokov and Rushdie, and am the co-author of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (Bloomsbury, 2009). I have a particular interest in comparative and global approaches to modernism, and work across languages and literary traditions.

Proposal:  BAMS is a vibrant and inclusive association, but it could be more international, and this is an aspect that I would be keen to develop if elected to the committee. I would seek to extend the range and scope of BAMS membership, targeting potential members working in modern languages, translation studies, and other under-represented areas. This would be supported by more sessions within BAMS conferences and events that specifically address global and transnational modernisms.

I work part-time and have a young family, and I understand the need to accommodate the diverse commitments of BAMS members: I would promote family-friendly policies at BAMS events, as well as spaces for supportive discussion around the challenges of balancing academia with other responsibilities. I would like, too, to share ideas about how to diversify the forms of intellectual exchange that we engage in at BAMS events, creating opportunities for more informal discussion of work in progress, and promoting formats such as seminars to be held alongside the more traditional panel presentations. I am committed to continuing the important work that BAMS does in supporting postgraduate and early career academics, and I would be keen to help develop a mentoring scheme

 

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BAMS Postgrad Rep Election 2020: Candidate Statements

Here are the candidate statements for the three candidates for the open BAMS postgradauate rep positions.  Members who are eligible to vote should have received an email with a link.  There are two positions available.  Candidates are presented in alphabetical order by surname.

Members who are eligible to vote should have received an email with a link.

 

  1. Bryony Armstrong

I am a first year PhD student in English Studies at Durham University, following a joint MA in English and Mathematics and an MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature. My research is on the modernist kiss, with a focus on touch, looking at the work of D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster and Elizabeth Bowen, among others.

My vision for BAMS is to grow its lively community, promote its learning resources, and expand its digital presence. Through its responsive Twitter page, networking events, training days and conferences, BAMS fosters a supportive and inclusive postgraduate community. I hope to build upon the collaborative work of the association, and continue to listen to and meet the needs of its members.

Proposal:    As well as supporting existing schemes, I envisage three new contributions to develop my vision. The Modernist Review currently offers the opportunity to publish pieces online; I wish to expand this platform by creating an accompanying podcast that records spoken papers, allowing members to engage with content in a flexible format. I would also develop the Community Resource Pack by introducing modernist-specific writing resources, such as literature review examples and skeleton thesis chapter plans, alongside the existing application advice. Finally, I would like to connect directly with universities to make their students, particularly those who do not use social media, aware of BAMS’ community and how it can enhance their postgraduate studies.

I can bring a range of relevant experience to this role. I am co-convenor of Durham’s Late Summer Lecture Series 2020, which involves releasing Call for Papers, engaging with the national literary community, and organising events. I also co-edited Label Press for two years. Having joined the magazine at its inception, I successfully established both a team of writers and a readership base. I wrote and edited articles, made publication schedules, and promoted on social media.

 

  1. Will Carroll

I am a second-year PhD student at University of Birmingham, researching small-town American narrative in the early-to-mid twentieth century across literature, art, and photography. I am a proactive researcher with a keen interest in publishing and presenting my work. I have had work published in Screen, ASAP/J, Question, U.S Studies Online, among others; I have also presented papers at BAMS 2019; New Works in Modernism; PG BAAS; Modernism in the Home, and many others.

As a newly-enrolled PhD student, the BAMS postgraduate networking day (September 2018) was the first formal event I attended and became a formative experience in shaping my experience of doctoral study to this point. The welcoming and friendly nature of the BAMS community, made so by my fellow researchers and the hosting BAMS PG reps, immediately dispelled the worries of isolation and solitude I had harboured regarding doctoral study. The warmth of sharing ideas and finding common ground; the excitement of liaising with newly-made contacts for conference panel proposals; socialising with researchers equally new and nervous – all of this was made possible because of BAMS’ commitment to creating spaces and events where postgraduates are welcome.

Proposal:    I am applying for this position because, put simply, I want to help provide this same environment of community, warmth, and stimulation to other postgraduate researchers who are perhaps uncertain, as I was, about the challenges innate to doctoral study. Whether this is through fostering community via networking days; creating an important sense of active community on social media; or providing a supportive place for publishing new and exciting work with thoughtful, considerate feedback (care of The Modernist Review), I will strive to work with the current PG reps, and BAMS’ executive committee, to achieve a sense of belonging and camaraderie to new and existing postgraduates alike.

As a scholar, I operate very much on the fringes of modernism and am eager to draw together equivalent scholars with established, conventional modernists in a bid to broaden the remit and definition of ‘modernism’ within the academy. I have extensive experience working directly with The Modernist Review, including a special issue I edited on ‘Visual Modernism’ which aimed to directly disturb our expectations and definitions of modernism and provoke new questions for the field. My enjoyment of editing work and engaging with exciting new scholarly material would make me an ideal permanent editor of The Modernist Review, a forum for new academic inquiry which I believe is vital in moving Modernist studies forward.

I am eager to bring my interdisciplinary interests to BAMS in a bid to bridge gaps within the discipline, engaging with scholars and creatives alike who are interested in probing the fixity of traditional modernist ideologies. Thank you for considering me for this role, and I hope that my message of community and support resonates with the BAMS committee. I hope that, through this role, I will be given the chance to give something back to this research network.

 

  1. Josh Phillips

Josh Phillips is a second-year PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, researching Virginia Woolf’s late manuscript drafts. His article ‘Thoughts on Peace in a Wine Cellar’ is forthcoming from Woolf Studies Annual. In 2019, he helped to run the ‘Theory Now’ symposium at Glasgow. He is a contributor to The Year’s Work in English Studies and has written for The Modernist Review. Prior to starting his PhD, he worked in a number of digital marketing and editorial positions.

Proposal:  One of the most professionally and personally satisfying aspects of BAMS is the way that the organisation works to build a modernist community. While events like the BAMS conferences or NWiMS are justly high points of the BAMS calendar, more can be done to foster community beyond these national events. To this end, I would work in conjunction with affiliated modernist networks such as the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, the London and Northern Modernist Seminars, or the Modernist Network Cymru to run smaller local events, such as seminars on professionalisation and career development for modernist PGRs. These would create opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas while seeking to mitigate the economic and environmental costs associated with cross-country conference travel. These would be supplemented with ongoing digital initiatives, such as an online modernist ‘Salon’ hosted on The Modernist Review website which would provide a space for virtual discussion and collaboration, and a series of virtual writing ‘retreats’ which would allow attendees to share, discuss, and get feedback on their writing and build on the success of #ModWrite.

My background in digital marketing and editorial roles has given me a set of skills that I believe will help implement these proposals. Digital marketing work has taught me how to use social media and email platforms to communicate effectively online, while editorial work – both copy-editing and editorial planning, often to tight deadlines – stands me in good stead for working on The Modernist Review. Put simply, I know how to pull shenanigans on Twitter and love wrangling semicolons.

 

 

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BAMS Committee elections: vote now!

We are seeking to elect 2 postgraduate representatives and 3 further members to the Executive Steering Committee of BAMS. You can find further information about the election at: https://bams.ac.uk/2018/12/30/bams-elections-2019/

Voting is open to all current members of BAMS. You can find more information about joining BAMS here.

Executive Committee nominations:

Andrew Frayn
Andrew Frayn is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture at Edinburgh Napier University.  He is the author of Writing Disenchantment: British First World War Prose, 1914–1930 (Manchester University Press, 2014), and has edited recent special issues of Modernist Cultures(12.1, 2017) and the Journal of War and Culture Studies(11.3, 2018).

Statement
The development of BAMS has been transformative for modernist studies in the UK. The organisation now brings together researchers across disciplines, supporting researcher development effectively at an acutely difficult time for Higher Education.  As BAMS continues to grow, it is worth thinking about ways of ensuring the health of early-twentieth-century studies within and beyond the academy by engaging with subject organisations such as University English, the European Society for the Study of English, and the English Association.  In the current social and political climate, is vital that we look outwards.

I have direct experience of a wide range of institutions and situations.  A first-in-family postgrad, I studied for my PhD part-time and then full-time, unfunded and then funded; I have taught on precarious, temporary, fractional and permanent contracts at Russell Group and post-1992 institutions in the north-west, the midlands, and Scotland. When I got my permanent post I was applying and interviewing for a range of jobs in and out of the academy, so am acutely conscious of the impact of precarity, having actively faced the possibility of not working full-time in academia.

If elected, I will use these experiences to continue to recognise and advocate for researchers in modernist studies across the disparate range of experiences in the twenty-first century academy.  I will look to contribute to the enhancement of the society’s existing excellent development work, which is vital to the continuing health of the field, and to help ensure that BAMS remains an open, inclusive, and diverse organisation.

Nominator: Dr Tara Thomson (Edinburgh Napier University)


 

Cleo Hanaway-Oakley
Cleo Hanaway-Oakley is Lecturer in Liberal Arts and English at the University of Bristol. Prior to joining Bristol in 2018 she worked in a professional services role, supporting knowledge exchange and impact at the University of Oxford. She has also worked for Oxford University Press’s journals division and the Bodleian Library. She holds a D.Phil. (2013) from Oxford and an MA (2007) and BA (2006) from Leeds. Her first monograph, James Joyce and the Phenomenology of Film, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. She is currently working on a new book, provisionally entitled Modernist Spectacles: Literature, Eyesight, and Eye Care, c. 1890-1950. Her work is interdisciplinary and collaborative. At Oxford, she founded and led the Oxford Phenomenology Network. At Bristol, she has started a new Senses Clusterto bring together researchers, artists, medics, and anyone else with an interest in sensing, sensation, and the sensory.

Statement
As a student, I presented at BAMS’s inaugural conference; I have wonderful memories of snow falling faintly through the Glaswegian air as I jabbered on about Joyce. Other fond remembrances of things past include sharing ideas on teaching tricky modernist texts at the first BAMS Training Day. Last year, I was delighted to be able to give something back to BAMS; I spoke honestly about my experiences as a job-hunting ECR at the Association’s training event.

But BAMS is more than a series of events. I would like to strengthen the sense of community BAMS members feel every other day of the year, when we are not at BAMS events and, instead, are beavering away in our day jobs. As BAMS membership secretary, I would consolidate the link between EUP (who manage the membership process) and BAMS itself, creating a more friendly and engaged virtual face of BAMS. My previous work in journals publishing and knowledge exchange should prove useful here.

I am eager to widen BAMS’s membership, to engage more members from outside of literary studies. My own work is interdisciplinary and I gain a huge amount from connecting with colleagues from different disciplines. Having led two multidisciplinary networks I am experienced in bringing together people from a wide range of fields. I am also keen to better support early career members. I would develop the resources section of the BAMS website (adding, for example, a database of commonly asked interview questions), and establish a BAMS mentoring programme.

Nominators
Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary, University of London) & Ruth Clemens (Utrecht University)


 

Juliette Taylor-Batty
I am a Senior Lecturer in English at Leeds Trinity University and have worked in the HE sector since 2003. I am currently programme coordinator for English Literature, and have held a range of administrative posts, including student employability, admissions, and internationalisation. My first monograph, Multilingualism in Modernist Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), focused on the use of different languages by Anglophone modernists. I have articles and chapters published and forthcoming on Rhys, Joyce, Beckett, Baudelaire, Jolas, Nabokov and Rushdie, and am the co-author of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot(Bloomsbury, 2009). I have a particular interest in comparative and global approaches to modernism, and work across languages and literary traditions.

Statement
I would be keen to foster more comparative and international approaches to modernism within BAMS. I would seek to extend the range and scope of BAMS membership, targeting potential members working in modern languages, translation studies, and other under-represented areas. This would be supported by including more sessions within BAMS conferences and events that specifically address global and transnational modernisms.

BAMS does important work in supporting postgraduate and early career academics, and I would be committed to continuing this, for example by creating a mentorship scheme whereby experienced academics could offer support to colleagues earlier in their careers. I work part-time and have a young family, and understand the need to accommodate the diverse commitments of BAMS members: I would promote family-friendly policies at BAMS events, as well as spaces for supportive discussion around the challenges of balancing academia with other responsibilities. I would like, too, to share ideas about how to diversify the forms of intellectual exchange that we engage in at BAMS events, creating opportunities for more informal discussion of work in progress, and promoting formats such as seminars to be held alongside the more traditional panel presentations.

Nominated by Rebecca Beasley


 

Claire Warden
I am a Senior Lecturer in English and Drama at Loughborough University. The author of three monographs, including the British Academy-supported 2016 Migrating Modernist Performance: British Theatrical Travels through Russia, my research focuses predominantly on interdisciplinary modernism, performance history and physical culture. I am also the academic lead for the Arts Council-funded Wrestling Resurgence project.

Statement
I was co-opted on to the BAMS Exec in May 2016 and took up the role of Secretary later that year. Since then I have completed the administrative tasks associated with the Exec in a timely and comprehensible manner – agendas, minutes, setting up of meetings, coordinating conversations, and supporting the Chair. But my contribution to the BAMS Exec has, I hope, been more expansive than that, particularly in three key ways. I am asking to be considered for re-election in the hope of continuing to work on these three areas. Firstly, my presence on the Exec has enabled a stronger sense of interdisciplinarity, bringing a more performance-based perspective and encouraging fruitful cross-disciplinary conversation within the modernist community. It is important to reflect modernism’s on going expanding definitions on the BAMS Exec. Secondly, I have enjoyed getting alongside PhD and post-PhD colleagues throughout the BAMS membership. This opportunity to encourage and support a new generation of scholars has been one of the great joys of my role. Thirdly, I have been able to promote BAMS at a number of other modernist collectives, including at the past three MSA conferences and last year’s EAM conference. Responding to some of the key socio-political challenges of our time, it is increasingly important to develop dialogues with scholars out with Britain. I have actively sought to do this during my time with BAMS and have recently been involved in developing informal memoranda of understandings between BAMS and the worldwide modernist community. I am keen to be reconsidered for re-election in order to continue these contributions, to administratively support the new Chair by remaining Secretary over the next year thereby ensuring a straightforward handover, and to provide a core sense of stability as the Exec takes on new members.


Postgraduate representative nominations:

Polly Hember
Polly Hember is a first-year AHRC and TECHNE PhD student in Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. Focusing on modernism and networks of intimacy, her research explores the POOL group and the work of Oswell Blakeston, Robert Herring and Kenneth Macpherson. Her research interests are in modernity, twentieth-century literature, mass culture, early cinema and technology.

Statement
My vision for the future of BAMS is a collaborative and generative one. The sense of community that BAMS has already fostered is hugely important: the sharing of relevant events, the regular Calls for Papers, and the encouragement to participate in writing for The Modernist Revieware hugely important. This, along with the opportunities to meet and engage with other modernist scholars at events like the 2018 Postgraduate Networking Day, contributes to a productive and dynamic research culture. These are all integral aspects to my vision of an inclusive and supportive community which I will help to develop.

As Postgraduate Representative, I am keen to organise more networking events and continue supporting New Work in Modernist Studies. Included within this, I hope to launch screenings of modernist films to encourage BAMS’ interdisciplinary outputs, as well as a monthly email round-up to members compiling and highlighting the vast array of information, events and opportunities that are available. My contribution will continue developing BAMS’ collaborative postgraduate community through proactively planning events and maintaining a strong, responsive online presence.

I am well suited to this role; I am a well-organised, highly motivated and enthusiastic individual. As Postgraduate Representative at Royal Holloway, I organise social events, organise annual research conferences and participate in committee meetings. Further to this, I run an online culture magazine(www.on-the-beat.co.uk), where I edit contributions and commission creative pieces – a skillset that I can bring to The Modernist Review.


 

Lillian Hingley
Lillian Hingley is a second-year doctoral student and Hertford College – English Faculty Scholar in Irish Literature at Oxford University. She is currently writing a thesis on how Theodor Adorno’s theory draws upon the modernist writers Ibsen, Joyce and Beckett. She is a convenor of the Oxford English Faculty’s Modern and Contemporary Literature Seminar and founded the TORCH-fundedOxford Critical Theory Network. Previously, she ran the Oxford Ulysses Reading Group,worked on various Widening Participation activities at Warwick University and was the founding editor of Warwick Uncanny: Journal of Literature, Theory and Modernity.


Statement
I envisage that BAMS could further strengthen its postgraduate support beyond the traditional academy to reflect the current job landscape. We need to confront the fact that many of the postgraduates engaged with BAMS will go onto “alternative-academic” jobs. Many in these careers will continue to research and contribute to modernist studies. Therefore, I propose that the organisation particularly focuses on helping postgraduates to explore and communicate their research through public events to better prepare their job applications for careers inside and outside academia. Through these events, they could collaborate with MA/PhD holders in “alt-ac” careers, which would also better engage potential BAMS members outside universities.

I can especially contribute organisational and logistical support to run event-planning workshops where groups of PhDs can try out and run activities for other attendees. I would accompany these activities by helping run informative sessions about event planning (from budgeting to social media) and workshops for the other attendees to develop their own activity ideas. This initial association with BAMS would give extra weight to projects that postgraduates might want to take back to their institutions and expand, especially for future funding applications.

As a convenor for the Oxford Modern and Contemporary Literature Seminar and Oxford Critical Theory Network, I have ample experience of promoting, organising and running modernist-related publications, websites and low-cost events. After working in Outreach for 5 years, I enjoy devising creative, accessible opportunities for other students and hope to offer this support to my fellow modernists as a PG rep.


 

Jasmine McCrory
Jasmine McCrory is currently a level one AHRC PhD student in English Literature at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and based in Sussex. Researching the private garden in modernist poetry, her primary interests span American literature, horticulture, botany, ecofeminisms and poststructuralism. Outside of the university sphere, Jasmine has worked as an intern for the Irish Association for American Studies and as an artificial language and emotional intelligence development intern with QUB’s Adoreboard. In the spring, she looks forward to giving a lecture and workshop series in collaboration with the National Trust on Virginia Woolf and horticulture.

Statement
My vision for the future of BAMS is informed by my own experience as a postgraduate who has a passion for research but has been disillusioned by academia. Undertaking a PhD is often intellectually, emotionally and financially draining, and in the current academic climate this is compounded by a paucity of secure jobs or funded opportunities, leading to increased competition amongst academics and thus researcher isolation within the community.

As postgraduate representative, I hope to build on the work already being undertaken by BAMS as a means of encouraging community spirit, support and cohesion amongst postgraduate modernists. My two-year vision includes the establishment of a postgraduate forum allowing members to share research, upcoming conferences and funding opportunities, as well as opportunities for collaboration with other academics. In addition to this, I would like to tailor training days to specifically aid new postgraduates with understanding how to publish their research in journals and how best to prepare for future careers (both inside and outside of academia), as well as organize more social events and retreats which encourage creative thinking and non-academic input. In doing so, I hope to increase postgraduate membership numbers, foster new opportunities for academic and creative collaboration, and thus inspire innovative research.

Whilst my previous experience as intern for various academic societies has provided me with communication and organisation skills that would aid me in a postgraduate position, it is my belief in a fair, equal and passionate postgraduate community that makes me the ideal candidate for this role.


 

Cécile Varry
Cécile Varry is currently a second-year PhD student at the Université Paris Diderot, where she teaches British and American poetry. Cécile’s research focuses on emotions in the work of T.S. Eliot – especially the themes of relief and consolation, and the feeling of being at home. Further to this, her research interests include visual modernism and emotional studies. She has a soft spot for Louis MacNeice and the Russian Ballet.

Statement
If elected as BAMS rep, I propose to focus on three points. The first of these is international outreach. By making events such as New Work in Modernist Studies open and attractive to young scholars outside the UK, we can strengthen BAMS’s position as a hub for Modernist Studies in Europe. Secondly, I propose to create new opportunities for the performance of modernist text, not only within academic conferences but also in pedagogical contexts and in events targeted at a wider public audience. This will involve setting up workshops to discuss the role of academics in giving voice to the cultural productions of the past. Finally, having been struck by how friendly, supportive and welcoming BAMS is as a community, I propose to build on this legacy, in particular by continuing discussion about mental health in postgraduate studies and by helping to strengthen the existing support networks.

My academic experience makes me well suited for this role. I am currently a postgraduate representative in my university, with responsibility for organising monthly transdisciplinary seminars and sitting on the doctoral scholarship panel. Due to this, I have a sound understanding of the challenges facing PhDs in the current academic climate, and want to continue supporting postgraduates by working with BAMS. Together with other representatives at Diderot, I am relaunching the faculty’s doctoral review, Work In Progress, after a two-year hiatus – a skill set that will allow me to help edit the newly established Modernist Review. I have also helped organise a mental health awareness campaign. Some of my other exciting projects for this year include setting up a research network around the study of emotions and starting a poetry salon.

You can tweet at me @CecileVarry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BAMS elections 2019

Call for Nominations

For: the 2019 Election of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS) Executive Steering Committee and up to two Postgraduate Representatives.

On 31 December 2018, the three-year terms of three members of the BAMS Executive Steering Committee came to an end. We now invite nominations for membership of the Steering Committee, along with up to two Postgraduate Representative positions.

Nominations will now be accepted up to 1 February 2019, and the online election will take place 8–28 February 2019.

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 approximately 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. A BAMS International Conference, Troublesome Modernisms, will take place at Senate House, London, 20–22 June 2019.

Existing committee members are eligible for re-election at the conclusion of their term of office for one further period of three years. Although it is expected that some members of the committee currently eligible to nominate for re-election will do so, there will be in total 3 vacant positions on the Executive, and prospective new members are very warmly invited to stand.

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 on-line 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 – Secretary and Membership Secretary – though it cannot be guaranteed that these positions will be available in the first instance.

The name of the nominator should be included in the proposal. Applications should be emailed to Suzanne Hobson (s.hobson@qmul.ac.uk) no later than 1 February 2019.

Information about the Exec Committee positions can be directed to:

Suzanne Hobson (outgoing Chair): s.hobson@qmul.ac.uk

Tim Armstrong (incoming Chair): t.armstrong@rhul.ac.uk

Postgraduate Representatives
Nominations 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 Séan Richardson (2018–20) and Gareth Mills (2018–20). Responsibilities include attending two Exec meetings a year and helping out with postgraduate events and workshops (with reasonable travel expenses paid). Responsibilities shared between the four postgraduate representatives include editing The Modernist Review each month, running BAMS social media, answering info@BAMS.ac.uk emails and sending welcome information to new members. There are also opportunities to launch new initiatives such as the BAMS networking day organised by our current PG reps in October 2018.

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. Séan and Gareth are happy to field any questions you may have about the process, as well as provide feedback on biographies and proposals. Their emails are included below.

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 Suzanne Hobson (s.hobson@qmul.ac.uk) no later than 1 February 2019

Information about the positions can be directed to:

Suzanne Hobson (outgoing Chair) s.hobson@qmul.ac.uk

Tim Armstrong (incoming Chair) t.armstrong@rhul.ac.uk

Séan Richardson (PG rep 2018–20) sean.richardson2016@my.ntu.ac.uk

Gareth Mills (PG rep 2018–20) Gareth.Mills@pgr.reading.ac.uk

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New BAMS PG reps elected

We are delighted to announce the result of our recent election for two PGR representatives to sit on the BAMS Executive Committee. Our new members are Gareth Mills and Séan Richardson, who will join Ruth Clemens (Leeds Trinity) to make up a fantastic team of PG reps. We welcome both of them are very much looking forward to working with them over the next two years.

Gareth Mills is an AHRC-funded second-year PhD student at the University of Reading, studying Wyndham Lewis and the publishing industry. He is the founder and co-editor of the interdisciplinary academic outreach journal Question (www.questionjournal.com), now in its second issue and available in print in bookshops and libraries in the Southwest, Wales and London. He is a contributing reviewer for the Journal of Wyndham Lewis StudiesJournal of Beckett Studies and the Review of English Studies, and founder and co-organiser of the Modernist Periodicals Reading Group. He co-coordinates the Gender and Sexuality Research Network at Reading and manages its blog.

Séan Richardson is a doctoral researcher at Nottingham Trent University focusing on the queer geographies of modernism. He is the host of the Modernist Podcast, the curator of the Forster50 exhibition and the founder of the Midlands Modernist Network.