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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.

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BAMS PG Representative elections: vote now!

Dear BAMS members and friends

The election for up to two new Postgraduate Representatives to sit on the BAMS Executive Steering Committee opened on Saturday 10 February. If you have BAMS membership for 2018 you should have received an email from Electionbuddy with a unique link to the online election on Saturday morning. Please check your clutter and junkmail files if you have not seen this email. If you still don’t have an email from Electionbuddy contact Suzanne Hobson (s.hobson@qmul.ac.uk) with proof of membership (email receipt from EUP/Paypal) and we will arrange for you to be sent a ballot. The election will close on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

It’s not too late to join BAMS and vote in the election: https://bams.ac.uk/membership/
As above, please send proof of membership purchase to s.hobson@qmul.ac.uk in order to receive your ballot.

The four nominees are: Emily Mills, Gareth Mills, Sean Richardson and Imola Nagy-Seres. Please see below for their biographies and supporting statements.

 

Emily Mills, University of Nottingham
Nominated by Nathan Waddell

Emily is a third-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her research, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the Midlands Three Cities (M3C) consortium, explores to what extent modern editorial theory can illuminate and resolve the challenges involved in reading and interpreting postmodern literature. Bringing postmodern fiction into dialogue with contemporary text-editing models, her research aims to shed new light on both and to investigate what is understood by the term ‘postmodernism’ in the contexts of both fiction and editorial theory. As part of her research, Emily has undertaken a fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center (2016-17), awarded through the AHRC International Placement Scheme, and she was the recipient of a Theodora Bosanquet Bursary in 2017.

Statement
My work on postmodern fiction has had two offshoots which demonstrate my suitability for the role: a concern with how practices of editing modernist fiction can help us reformulate traditional editorial theories; and a growing interest in Ford Madox Ford, which led me to present a paper considering his work in relation to Julian Barnes and the legacies of modernism at the 2017 BAMS conference.

My vision for the future of BAMS is, therefore, to expand the range of its literary-historical focus. In addition to promoting the work of BAMS at unaffiliated conferences, I propose to organise a symposium exploring how modernist scholarship influences research on the work of different chronological epochs, and especially in the post-1950 period. Such an event would bring new scholars into BAMS, particularly those who may not consider themselves modernists, and also present different opportunities for interdisciplinary research partnerships. In this respect, I would hope to work with the Midlands Modernist Network to nurture scholarly relationships between BAMS and PhD students based at the six institutions in the M3C network (Birmingham, BCU, De Montfort, Leicester, Nottingham, and NTU).

I have excellent organisational skills, having helped to organise the M3C Research Festival in 2017; I can help manage the BAMS website and contribute to its social media accounts, having contributed similarly to the New Modernist Editing project in 2017; and given my experience with matters of proofing and copy-transmission, I would be keen to contribute to the running of The Modernist Review.

 

Gareth Mills, University of Reading, University of Bath
Nominated by Nicola Wilson 

I am an AHRC funded second year PhD student at the University of Reading, studying Wyndham Lewis and the publishing industry. I am a contributing reviewer for the Journal of Wyndham Lewis studies and the Journal of Beckett studies, and founder and co-organiser of the Modernist Periodicals Reading Group based at Reading. Last year I founded the interdisciplinary academic outreach journal Question (www.questionjournal.com), of which I am co-editor, now available in print in bookshops and libraries in the Southwest, Wales and London. I also co-coordinate the Gender and Sexuality Research Network at Reading and manage its blog.

Statement
As the current editor of a journal and coordinator of two research groups I have developed relevant competencies in editorial processes, cross-institutional organisation, web design, administration, and social media promotion, and would be very keen to bring this experience to BAMS.

Having experience of the benefits of a setting up a lively postgraduate publishing forum with the new journal Question, one of my priorities would be the revival of The Modernist Review and its website. Where the senior quarterly publication, Modernist Cultures, offers regular insights into a current confluence of research on a specific theme (‘Global Modernism’), a postgraduate publication could not only offer a supportive, rigorous forum for new PhD work but become an exciting indicator of on-the-cusp new research in its own right.

The increasingly central place of archival work to modernist studies in general stands to benefit from BAMS’ national outreach. I would support the growth of information-sharing workshops to complement the wealth of existing skills-based support, which is mostly aimed at newer members.

Finally, I would encourage the current trend in AHRC backed doctoral training consortiums of linking publications in journals, such as The Modernist Review, to more popular online news and opinion sites. The Conversation and Aeon are emerging as influential news sources backed by academics which have had, as yet, a sporadic engagement with modernist research. Opportunities for engagement would have a good impact on early membership uptake too – thereby getting newer PGRs in the BAMs information loop earlier.

 

Imola Nagy-Seres, University of Exeter
Nominated by Suzanne Hobson

Imola is in the third year of her PhD studies in English Literature at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on the phenomenology of touch in the modernist novel. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Leeds and completed her BA studies at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. Her reviews have been published in the Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, and she is currently working on an article for the inaugural issue of the Elizabeth Bowen Review. She has written shorter pieces for The Virginia Woolf Blog and The University of Exeter Doctoral College Blog.

Statement
I have attended events organised by BAMS for two years. In 2016 and 2017 I presented papers at the New Work in Modernist Studies Conference in London and Leeds, and in April 2017 I participated at the Postgraduate Training Day in Leicester. I have found these events not only intellectually challenging but also reassuring in the sense of making doctoral students feel part of a larger community of like-minded peers and academics.

As a postgraduate representative I will contribute to the maintaining and strengthening of community spirit within BAMS. Writing a doctoral dissertation represents a challenge, but there are many ways in which students’ academic skills and mental wellbeing can be improved. I would like to organise study days with a specific focus on research skills, such as writing and editing dissertations and journal articles, preparing for the viva, and revising the thesis into a monograph. While many universities offer general workshops on these topics, I think that students would benefit more from subject-specific training and the possibility to talk to journal editors. As the representative of Graduate Teaching Assistants at Exeter, I have gained experience in organising a series of workshops for PhD students teaching English literature.

Finally, as a postgraduate representative I will ensure that BAMS continues to offer support for students to share innovative ideas on online platforms such as The Modernist Review. As stated in my biography, I have experience in writing blog posts for non-academic audiences, and would be happy to relaunch The Modernist Review.

 

Sean Richardson, Nottingham Trent University
Nominated by Andrew Thacker

Sean Richardson is a second-year doctoral candidate at Nottingham Trent University. He is the host of the Modernist Podcast, the founder of the Midlands Modernist Network, the curator of the Forster50 museum exhibition and the organiser of Queer Modernism(s), Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide and Orientations: A Conference of Narrative of Place, amongst other conferences. He likes biscuits.

Statement
I believe BAMS is currently doing excellent work to support its postgraduate community and, if elected, would seek to continue building on the achievements of the outgoing postgraduate representatives. To do this, I would focus on:

One: Collecting feedback from our existing members. Last year, BAMS ran its first postgraduate survey. I would like to follow this up yearly, adding to the existing questions and collecting case studies. This data will elucidate how to best support BAMS members, as well as illuminate pathways for progression once the PhD has finished.

Two: Continuing to foster academic achievement at postgraduate level. Our postgraduate community is doing fantastic work, and this deserves recognition. I would like to work to produce a ‘BAMS Certificate of Excellence’. BAMS members would be able to nominate PhD students for this award, providing a mark of recognition.

Three: Diversifying our postgraduate membership. Currently comprised of mostly literature scholars, I believe BAMS can do more to reach out to those in fields such as art history, modern languages and book history, allowing for further interesting, interdisciplinary discussions.

Having run the Modernist Podcast, set up the MMN and blogged extensively on higher education issues, I am heavily invested in platforming postgraduate voices in the modernist community on a local and national level. I would love to continue this structural work as BAMS postgraduate representative, as well as provide a friendly face for members old and new. If you have any questions, you can tweet me at: @southldntabby