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New Work in Modernist Studies: programme and registration (Online, 10 December 2021)

About the conference
The eleventh one-day graduate conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place online on Friday 10 December 2021, in conjunction with the Modernist Network Cymru (MONC), the London Modernism Seminar, the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, the Northern Modernism Seminar, the Midlands Modernist Network and the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

BAMS is dedicated to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion (please see our Code of Conduct).


Please complete the registration form. This applies whether you are presenting or simply planning to watch and listen in. We welcome attendees.

Applicants and delegates are encouraged to let us know about any access needs they might have, and if we are able to make adjustments to the application or presentation process, we will endeavour to do so.

Questions about the event should be sent to


9.30-9.40 Introduction

Professor Claire Warden (BAMS Chair, Loughborough University)

Session 1: Panels 1 & 2

9.45-11.00 – Panel 1

Embodied Modernism

Jonathan McAllister (University of Cambridge), ‘Articulating Movement on the Beckettian Stage’

Julia Heinemann (Leipzig University), ‘ “Where each extrudes beyond the tangible”: Mind and Matter in the Revisionary Metaphysics of Mina Loy’

Annie Williams (Trinity College Dublin), ‘Liquid Modernism: Water, Bodies, Joyce’

Luca Pinelli (University of Bergamo & Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), ‘Intercorporeal Subjectivities between Virginia Woolf’s Essays and Simone de Beauvoir’s Early Philosophy (1927-1949)’

9.45-11.00 – Panel 2

Post-45 Modernisms

Niccolò Amelii (‘G. d’Annunzio’ University of Chieti-Pescara), ‘Modernism and Neomodernism in Italy: interpretative attempts of a suffused legacy’

Isavella Vouza (University of Oxford), ‘Re-Familiarising Defamiliarisation’

Ankit Raj (Government College Gharaunda, Karnal), ‘The Devil with Many Faces: Reading Deviants as Tricksters in Kurt Vonnegut’s Fiction’

Dorka Tamás (University of Exeter), ‘Supernatural Transformations in Sylvia Plath’s Poetry’

11.00 – 11.15:  Coffee Break

Session 2: Panel 3 only

11.15 – 12.30 – Panel 3

Health, Hygiene and Organic Modernism

Dominic Berry (University of Sheffield), ‘The Circadian Rhythm in D. H. Lawrence’s Twilight in Italy

Nicola Dimitriou (University of Sheffield), ‘Distance and Proximity to Nature in D. H. Lawrence’s Twilight in Italy (1916): Psychogeography and the Sick Flâneur’

Rory Hutchings (University of Kent), ‘‘Vermin, not animals’: hygiene, modernism, and the verminous’

Domonique Davies (University of Reading), ‘Ecologies of Sound in Wallace Stevens’s “The Idea of Order at Key West”

12.30 – 1.30:   LUNCH

Session 3: Panels 4 & 5

1.30 – 2.45 – Panel 4

Perception, Subjectivity and Art Objects

Bryony Armstrong (Durham University), ‘Phenomenological Encounters in Rosamond Lehmann’s Dusty Answer

Manon Hakem-Lemaire (City University of New York), ‘The Traveller’s Mirror: Indigenous Tribes and the Modernizing West in D.H. Lawrence’s Mornings in Mexico (1927)’

Anne Grasselli (University of Edinburgh), ‘Wassily Kandinsky in Munich: His Early Engagement with Experimental Psychology from 1896 until 1904’

Aiswarya Jayamohan (University of Edinburgh), ‘E.M. Forster and Aesthetic Misuse’

1.30 – 2.45 – Panel 5

Traumatic Modernities

Skylar Kovacs (Queen’s University, Ontario), ‘Trauma and Resilience in Modernist Women’s Literature’

Galen Bunting (Northeastern University), ‘“The Live, Sane, Vigorous World”: Jacob’s Room as Modernist Anti-War Novel’

Edel Hanley (University College Cork), ‘ “the glory of women”: Nurse Veterans in Women’s First World War Poetry’

Farah Nada (University of Exeter), ‘Traumatic Permafrost: Experience and Congealed Memory in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Death of the Heart

2.45 – 3.00:  Coffee Break

Session 4: Plenary Talk

3.00 – 4.00:  Dr Sophie Oliver in Q&A (Chair: Rod Rosenquist)

Academia from the Inside and the Outside

4.00 – 4.15:  Coffee Break

Session 5: Panels 6 & 7

4.15 – 5.30 – Panel 6

Nation, Language and Transcultural Modernities

Paul Cockburn (Durham University), ‘’all the strange weeds’: cultivation, nativism, and revolution in Edith Wharton’s New York’

Juliette Bretan (University of Cambridge), ‘ “I hope he won’t talk”: Joseph Conrad and Esperanto’

Julia Fernelius (Stockholm University), ‘Lost Heritage: Rural Domesticity and the Question of Reconciliation in Ford Madox Ford’s Last Post

Matthew Mullett (University of East Anglia), ‘Transculturation: The Modernism of Fernando Ortiz’

4.15 – 5.30 – Panel 7

Modernist Poetics

Hannah Voss (Durham University), ‘ ‘‘Lightning out of a clear sky’: annihilation as creative possibility in H.D.’s late work’

James Dunnigan (University of Toronto), ‘Phoebus’ Chief of Police: The Reception of Virgil in the Homage to Sextus Propertius

Dafydd Sinden (Newcastle University), ‘ “ez easy as Pound pound it out”: the fate of Pound’s ideogrammic method in ‘late modernist’ British poetry of the 60s and 70s’

Ester Díaz Morillo (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), ‘Of the Awefull Afterlife of Cats: From the Illustrated Book to the Stage’

Events Seminars

Symposium: The Paris Commune at 150, London, 2 Nov 2021

Tuesday, 2 November 2021, 9.30-19:00 GMT, at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine (London)
We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune with an in-person symposium. The event brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to explore the literary, political, and artistic legacies of the Paris Commune. The symposium will consist of four panels and a concluding roundtable. For the full programme, see:

Confirmed participants include Mark Allison (Ohio Wesleyan), David A. Shafer (California State), Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck), Mark Steven (Exeter), Constance Bantman (Surrey), Matthew Beaumont (UCL), Antony Taylor (Sheffield Hallam), Owen Holland (UCL), Kristin Grogan (Rutgers), Clare Pettitt (KCL), Scott McCracken (QMUL), Julia Nicholls (KCL), Terence Renaud (Yale), Patrick Bray (UCL), Ruth Kinna (Loughborough), Esther Leslie (Birkbeck), Adrian Rifkin (Dutch Art Institute), and Kristin Ross (NYU).

Organizers: Charlotte Jones (QMUL) and Benjamin Kohlmann (Regensburg). Please note that there is no registration fee but that due to Covid restrictions attendance is limited to registered participants. Please use the Eventbrite link to register for the event:

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CfP: Charlotte Mew and Friends: Decadent and Modernist Networks, 9 July 2021 (online; deadline 31 Jan 2021)

A one-day virtual symposium 9 July 2021


Dr Megan Girdwood, University of Edinburgh

Dr Francesca Bratton, Maynooth University

Dr Fraser Riddell, Durham University


Professor Joseph Bristow, UCLA

Call for Papers

‘I think it is myself I go to meet’ ‘The Quiet House’ (1916)

Charlotte Mew (1869-1928) was a British poet and author of short stories whose life and body of work have so-far remained critically neglected in studies of late Victorian and modernist writing. Yet Mew was far from unknown in her own lifetime: she was admired by Walter de la Mare, Edith Sitwell, and Virginia Woolf; Lady Ottoline Morrell tried (and failed) to collect her for her London literary salon; and Thomas Hardy believed her to be ‘the best living woman poet’. Among her friends and acquaintances were Henry James, Aubrey Beardsley, May Sinclair, and Ella d’Arcy, while her writing appeared in influential periodicals including The Yellow Book, The Egoist, and Temple Bar. Throughout her life, Mew lived in Bloomsbury – the traditional heart of modernism’s queer and artistic networks – where she was close friends with Harold and Alida Monro, proprietors of the Poetry Bookshop on 35 Devonshire Street. Mew’s work is elusive, idiosyncratic, and stylistically diverse, from the decadent short stories ‘Passed’ (1894) and ‘A White Night’ (1902) to her best-known poetry collection The Farmer’s Bride (1916; 1921), which plays with the conventions of the pastoral in poems that are rhythmically and typographically experimental. Both her short fiction and her poetry trouble straightforward distinctions between the heady ennui of the fin de siècle and modernism’s spirit of novelty, revealing instead the porousness of such periodic markers and the literary forms they appear to denote.

This one-day symposium will open up fresh conversations about Mew’s writing and her position within the literary cultures and networks of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Initially associated with the spirit of the ‘yellow nineties’ and the figure of the New Woman, Mew found new readers during the First World War, and her output provides a fascinating counterpoint to traditional understandings of periodization and genre, signalling important continuities between the fin de siècle and the age of modernism. Marking 150 years since her birth, a new edition of Mew’s Selected Poetry and Prose (Faber & Faber, 2019) has recently been released, while a forthcoming biography by the poet Julia Copus (Faber & Faber, 2021) promises to offer a comprehensive account of Mew’s life, building on Penelope Fitzgerald’s experimental biography Charlotte Mew and her Friends (1984). This symposium will therefore provide new scholarly contexts to support this renewed interest in Mew, which will undoubtedly bring her work to a wider readership. As an author who defied easy categorisation in both her life and her writing, Mew speaks to contemporary debates around gender and sexuality, while offering an intriguing case study for scholars working within the elastic parameters of the ‘long nineteenth century’ and the ‘new modernist studies’. Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Mew, periodicals and publishing networks
  • Queerness, gender and sexuality
  • Decadent Mew and the ‘Yellow Nineties’
  • Mew and the short story form
  • The pastoral and the ecological in Mew’s work
  • Reading Mew and modernism
  • Bloomsbury networks
  • Mew and the New Woman writers
  • Mew’ s poetic voice, form and dialect
  • Mew and the dramatic monologue
  • Mew and other late Victorians
  • Embodiment and the senses in Mew’s work
  • Health, illness and care in Mew’s work
  • Mew, religion and the spiritual
  • Mew, travel and colonialism
  • Mew and First World War poetry
  • Mew and childhood
  • Loss, longing, death and memorialisation in Mew’s work
  • Mew, history and periodisation
  • Mew’ s afterlives, influence and reception

Papers should be 15 minutes in length. Please send 300-word abstracts and a brief biography to by 31 January 2021.

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New Work in Modernist Studies, Friday 11 December 2020: registration and programme

About the conference
The tenth one-day graduate conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place online on Friday 11 December 2020, in conjunction with the Modernist Network Cymru (MONC), the London Modernism Seminar, the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, the Northern Modernism Seminar, the Midlands Modernist Network and the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

BAMS is dedicated to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion (please see our Code of Conduct).

Click for the programme.

Please complete the registration form.  This applies whether you are presenting or simply planning to watch and listen in.  We welcome attendees.

Applicants and delegates are encouraged to let us know about any access needs they might have, and if we are able to make adjustments to the application or presentation process, we will endeavour to do so.

Questions about the event should be sent to

CFPs Events Postgraduate

New Work in Modernist Studies, online 11 Dec 2020 (CfP deadline 19 Oct)

About the conference

The tenth one-day graduate conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place online on Friday 11 December 2020, in conjunction with the Modernist Network Cymru (MONC), the London Modernism Seminar, the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, the Northern Modernism Seminar, the Midlands Modernist Network and the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

BAMS is dedicated to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion (please see our Code of Conduct).   As in previous years, this conference will take the form of an interdisciplinary programme reflecting the full diversity of current graduate work in modernist studies; it encourages contributions both from those already involved in the existing networks and from students new to modernist studies who are eager to share their work.  We particularly encourage proposals from BAME students, who we recognise are underrepresented in the field.

Usually the event is open only to students at British and Irish institutions as we offer each student a travel bursary.  However, as the event will be held virtually this year we encourage PhD students from around the world to apply.  The conference will be held during the working day in the UK (approx. 9.30am – 5pm, with regular breaks); please let us know if you are attending from elsewhere in the world and need that to be taken into account.

The day will include a plenary session with Dr Sarah Bernstein and Dr Patricia Malone (both University of Edinburgh) on the principle of difficulty as a theoretical concept and as an experience in constructing an academic career.

Unfortunately the coffee breaks and drinks reception will have to be in your own home this year.  We are still keen to enable the making of connections that usually happens in those spaces between academic papers and panels, and are working on ways of doing so.

Proposals are invited from registered PhD students, for short (10 minutes maximum) research position papers.  Your proposal should be no more than 250 words. Please also include a short biography of no more than 50 words.  If you are outside the UK and Ireland, please give your location and time difference to the UK.

Proposals for and questions about the event should be sent to

Deadline for proposals: 9am UK time, Tuesday 20 October 2020.

Acceptance decisions will be communicated within seven days.

Applicants and delegates are encouraged to let us know about any access needs they might have, and if we are able to make adjustments to the application or presentation process, we will endeavour to do so.

We’ll host the conference by Zoom, and there won’t be any charge to attend.

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Publicising your call for papers and/or event via BAMS

A quick reminder on the different ways you can communicate with the BAMS community to promote your call for papers and/or event.

1: Use the JISCMail list

If you join the BAMS jiscmail list you can post directly to it.

2: Tweet @ us

If you mention us @modernistudies in a twitter post it’ll come to several of our phones and we’re happy to retweet.

3: Post to the Facebook group

There’s a BAMS Facebook group you can join and post to.

4: Ask for it to be posted on the website

You can email the BAMS info email address (see Contact page) with formatted text (in Word is fine – it holds formatting when pasted into WordPress) and the Web Officer will post the call when they see it. It might take a little while to respond, so do allow a bit of lead time when requesting web posts.

Events Past Events PG Training Day Postgraduate Workshop

BAMS PGR Training Day: Teaching & Pedagogy, Edinburgh, 3 Apr 2020


Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus

Friday 3 April 2020

Register here

BAMS runs a rotating three-year series of postgraduate training days which focus on the three key parts of most salaried academic contracts: research, teaching and administration.

This year the training day focuses on teaching and pedagogy.  The focus will be on discursive sessions through which attendees can develop their own practice.

We’re delighted that Sarah Bernstein and Patricia Malone, Early Career Fellows at the University of Edinburgh, will join us to lead a session on teaching difficulty.  The sessions will focus on:

  • Teaching difficulty / modernism in the classroom (Sarah Bernstein and Patricia Malone, University of Edinburgh)
  • Teaching at / to different levels and in different settings (Andrew Frayn, Edinburgh Napier University, and Claire Warden, Loughborough University)
  • Pedagogical techniques, methods and approaches (TBA)

The day will run from 11am-5.30pm.  Lunch is not provided, but there will be a generous lunch break, information on local places to eat, and a breakout room if you prefer to bring your own food.

Thanks to the Centre for Literature and Writing at Edinburgh Napier University for supporting the event.

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh!


Events Registration open

States of Modernism: Collapse. London, 16 Dec 2019

A One-Day Symposium at King’s College London

Date: Monday 16 December

Venue: Bush House Lecture Theatre 2 (4.04), 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG

‘Collapse’ offers a framework through which to explore literary and cultural production of the long modernist period, whether via the cataclysm of the world wars, the economic collapse of the 1930s or global anti-colonialism.

Collapsing the ‘now’ and the ‘then’ also generates resonance with our own moment of political and ecological crisis. Through papers, discussion and a closing roundtable, we will consider the state of modernist studies and its place in a rapidly changing academy.

This event is hosted by the English Department and the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture at King’s and is a collaboration with the Centre for Modernist Cultures at the University of Birmingham. States of Modernism 2 will be held at Birmingham in May 2020.

Speakers include: John Attridge (UNSW), John Connor (King’s), Jon Day (King’s), Lara Feigel (King’s), Kélina Gotman (King’s), Alexandra Harris (Birmingham), David James (Birmingham), Jo Malt (King’s), Luke Roberts (King’s) and Emma West (Birmingham).

Organisers: Charlotte Jones (King’s), Clara Jones (King’s), Anna Snaith (King’s), Nathan Waddell (Birmingham)

This is a free event and lunch is provided. Register on eventbrite where you will also find a full programme:

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CfP: Making Sense of Violence in the Digital Age, Gdansk, 24-26 Feb 2020 (deadline 20 Nov 2019)

Call for papers

Making Sense of Violence in the Digital Age

University of Gdańsk (Poland), 24–26 February 2020

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Jeff Hearn and Dr Nena Močnik

Organizers: Marta Laura Cenedese and Helena Duffy

We invite scholars, students, practitioners and activists from all fields to take part in the inaugural symposium of the Study Circle Narrative and Violence (2020–2022). The Circle is run under the auspices of the Nordic Summer University, a migratory, non–hierarchical group of international researchers that is a forum for experimentation and cross–disciplinary collaboration welcoming members from both within and outside universities and other institutions.

We will launch our Study Circle in a city that last year was the stage of an outrageous act of violence. As evidenced by the hate-speech-motivated public murder of Paweł Adamowicz, the Mayor of Gdańsk, in the digital age violence calls for an urgent redefinition, and its hermeneutics for a rethinking within theoretical, sociological and cultural perspectives. Bringing together scholars and practitioners (journalists, politicians, political analysts, activists, criminologists etc.), we will discuss the ways in which the newly arisen media have become powerful vectors for violent acts.

We are interested in contributions dealing with various narrativisations of digital violence and the ethical issues they bring to the fore, approached through interdisciplinary perspectives. Some of our research questions are (but not limited to):

  • What new guises does violence take in the digital age?
  • How is violence articulated through social media (FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)?
  • How is digital violence narrativised in cultural productions (literary, cinematic, artistic etc.)?
  • How has sexual violence changed with the onset of digital technology?
  • How can digital media diffuse/counteract violence (e.g. bloggers suffering domestic abuse, violence experienced by minorities, etc.)?
  • What are the negative impacts of digital technology on the animal world and the natural environment?
  • What are the forms and impacts of cyberbullying?
  • What are the potential negative implications of violent video games? How to use them, instead, as non-violence learning tools?
  • Can digital surveillance be considered a form of violence and what are the possible alternatives?

Please send proposals (max. 300 words) with a title and a short biographical statement (100 words) to Marta Laura Cenedese ( by 20th November 2019. We encourage participants to craft their presentations in the format that they find most suitable, but please specify details of required equipment. If you wish to attend without presenting, contact Marta. PhD and MA students are eligible for up to five ECTS points for participation and presentation of a paper. The preliminary programme will be announced in mid–December 2019 at There you will also find more information about NSU and may sign up for the newsletter.


Conference participation fee:

The participation fee includes lunches, coffee/tea during breaks, and the conference dinner.

€ 80 – standard fee (€ 65 – early-bird registration by 20th January)

€ 60 – students, self-financed/freelance/independent scholars and artists (€ 50 – early-bird registration by 20th January)



To participate in the symposium you need to become member of the Nordic Summer University (NSU). The annual membership fee facilitates the existence of NSU, which is a volunteer-based organisation. As a member you can sign up for all events organised by NSU, take part in the democratic decision-making process on which NSU is based, and become part of the extensive network of NSU. There are two rates: a standard fee of € 25 and a discounted membership of € 10 for students, self-financed/freelance/independent scholars, and artists.

The Nordic Summer University builds on the values of equality, inclusion, and sustainability by combining two traditions: the continental ideals of learning and cultivation of the self, and the Nordic heritage of folkbildning and self-organization, with its investments in open–access education and collaboration through participation and active citizenship.

Circle 4 is actively committed to implementing sustainable practices at its events. At our symposia we offer vegetarian/vegan food only and aim towards zero waste. We thus invite members to bring their own reusable coffee cup and water bottle to the symposia and to consider carefully the carbon footprint of their travel choices.

Events Postgraduate

Imprints of the New Modernist Editing Workshop, Glasgow, 5 Dec 2019 (apply by 14 Nov)

Imprints of the New Modernist Editing

Yapping with Cutbush: A one-day practical workshop on letterpress typography and print, led by Edwin Pickstone (project CoI)

Glasgow School of Art, Thursday 5th December 2019

The early twentieth century saw great waves of reform, standardisation and professionalisation move through the European and American print industries. However, the period is also of great consequence for the breaking down of formal and orthodox barriers, with artists, authors and designers finding new senses of ‘authorship’ in the production of the printed word. In exploring these historical contexts, workshop participants will be able to better appreciate the practical and aesthetic considerations at play in the creation of modernist texts through hands on experience of the technologies which were used in their production, and through the creation of their own new printed material. Held in the Caseroom, Glasgow School of Art this workshop is intended to give participants an experience of how independent printers such as the Hogarth Press found new forms as they grappled to combine language and aesthetics with the practical restrictions of letterpress printing. Over the course of the day each participants will move through the roles of Editor, Designer, Printer and Binder to produce their own unique edition of Virginia Woolf’s currently unprinted short story ‘Ode written partly in prose on seeing the name of Cutbush above a butcher’s shop in Pentonville’.

The Caseroom, Glasgow School of Art, is the largest collection of letterpress printing equipment in a higher education institution in Scotland. Dedicated to the art of moveable type this fully functioning workshop houses a wide range of typefaces in both metal and wood, multiple printing presses and associated machinery, the oldest of which was produced in the mid nineteenth century. Amongst other credits, The Caseroom is a listed member of the International Association of Printing Museums and European Association of Printing Museums.

Edwin Pickstone is Lecturer, Typography Technician and Designer in Residence at The Glasgow School of Art, where since 2005 he has cared for the school’s collection of letterpress printing equipment. Focusing on the material nature of print Pickstone uses letterpress technology, collaborating with artists and designers on a wide range of projects. His work spans academic, artistic and design worlds, with particular interest in the history of typography, graphic design, the nature of print and the book.

Due to limited space at the workshop, we ask those interested in attending to complete and return this form to by 9am on Thursday 14th November. Participants will be informed by Friday 15th November as to whether their application
has been accepted. All expenses for workshop participants, including UK travel, catering, and accommodation if required, will be covered. Please note that due to location and the practical nature of the workshop, some aspects of the event may not be suited to those with limited physical mobility – if you require further information regarding this, please contact .

Please complete the application form available at (Imprints of the NME > Activities).  You must apply by Thursday 14 November 2019.