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BAMS Essay Prize 2021 winners: Imola Nagy-Seres and Doug Battersby

Two essays have jointly been awarded this year’s BAMS Essay Prize of £250 and the publication of the essay in Modernist Cultures. We would like to congratulate both:

Imola Nagy-Seres, ‘Katherine Mansfield’s Poetics of Breathing’

The committee found this a fabulous rereading of Katherine Mansfield’s work though breath and physical culture.

Doug Battersby, ‘Ford Madox Ford and the New Cardiology’

The committee found this a wonderfully convincing article on cardiology, the heart, and Ford Madox Ford.

The standard of essays submitted this year was truly astounding and the prize committee would like to thank everyone who took the time to share their work. The field of modernism is in excellent hands if this is the standard of scholarship from our new and emerging colleagues.

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New Work in Modernist Studies 11, online, 10 Dec 2021 (deadline 20 Oct)

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).   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 again 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 this to be taken into account.

The day will include a plenary session, with details to be confirmed.

Unfortunately, the coffee breaks and drinks reception will still have to be in your own home this year.  We are 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
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 nwims@bams.ac.uk.

Deadline for proposals: 9am UK time, Wednesday 20 October 2021.

Acceptance decisions will be communicated within two weeks.

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

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

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Aesthetics of Global Modernism conference programme (Mon 12 July)

The Aesthetics of Global Modernism

12th July 2021

A one-day online event by the Modernist Studies in Asia network (MSIA) and the British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS).

Organisers:

Udith Dematagoda, Assistant Professor, Waseda University, Tokyo (BAMS)

Nan Zhang, Associate Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai (MSIA)

Kevin Riordan, Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (MSIA)

Opening Remarks – 18:20 Tokyo / 10:20 London / 5:20 New York

FIRST PARALLEL SESSION

Panel 1 – 18:40 Tokyo / 10:40 London / 5:40 New York (Chair: Udith Dematagoda)

Mohit Abrol (PhD Candidate, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi) —

 “Eliot’s Anti-Fascist Agenda, Anglo-Catholicism, and the Bergsonian Impulse” 

Asa Chen Zhang (PhD Candidate, University of Michigan) —

“Possession and (In)Visibility: Articulating Michio Itō’s Performing Body in W. B. Yeats’s At the Hawk’s Well and Beyond” 

Geraldine Suter (Lecturer, Bridgewater College) —

 “Marxist Aesthetics in Alfred Döblin’s Dramas” 

Panel 2 – 18:40 Tokyo / 10:40 London / 5:40 New York (Chair: Adam Guy)

Simona Amăriuței (PhD candidate, University of Manchester) —

“Andrei Bely and Cubism” 

Gaultier Roux (Lecturer, Fudan University) —

“Baudelaire Misinterpreted: Thwarted Modernity: A Theoretical Rereading” 

 Yuxin Zhang (PhD Candidate, University of Sydney) —

“Beyond Ideographic Poetics: Sound, Writing, and the Chinese Texts in Ezra Pounds Later Cantos”

SECOND PARALLEL SESSION

Panel 3 – 20:20 Tokyo / 12:20 London / 7:20 New York (Chair: Kevin Riordan)

Desmond Harding (Professor, Central Michigan University) —

 “Yokomitsu Riichi’s Urban Aesthetics” 

Andrew Houwen (Associate Professor, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University) —

 “‘Tokio Takes Over, Where Paris Stopped’: Kitasono Katué’s VOU and Global Modernism”  

Sophia Sherry (PhD Candidate, University of Chicago) —

“Self, Genre, Ukigumo: Hayashi Fumiko’s Japanese Modernism in Global Space and Time” 

Panel 4 – 20:20 Tokyo / 12:20 London / 7:20 New York (Chair:Nan Zhang)

Gavin Herbertson (PhD Candidate, Oxford University) —

“Derek Walcott, T. S. Eliot, and the Role of Allusion in Epitaph for the Young

Usha Kishore (PhD Candidate, Edinburgh Napier University) —

“Alter-nation of Modernism: The Metropolitan Sensibility of Kamala Das”

Serena Wong (PhD Candidate, University of Glasgow) —

“Ornamental Modernism: The Decorative Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf and Ling Shuhua” 

FINAL SESSION

Panel 5 – 22:00 Tokyo / 14:00 London / 9:00 New York (Chair: Udith Dematagoda)

Maurizia Boscagli (Professor, UC Santa Barbara) — 

“Alter Modernism: Eileen Gray’s Queer Orientalism” 

Arka Chattopadhyay (Assistant Professor, IIT Gandhinagar) —

“Bengali Modernisms: Political Aesthetics of Avant-Garde World Form” 

Adam Guy (Lecturer, Oxford University), —

“C. L. R. James as Theorist of Modernism: Existentialist Doctrines” 

Closing Remarks – 23:20 Tokyo / 15:20 London / 10:20 New York 

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CfP: The Aesthetics of Global Modernism, 12 July 2021 (deadline 15 June)

Proposals for 25-30 minute papers are welcome for a one day event to take place online (via Zoom) on the 12th of July 2021, as a collaboration between the Modernist Studies in Asia network (MSIA) and the British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS). Attendance is free and will be part of BAMS’s Festival of Modernism.

We invite proposals for papers which explore the continuities and confluences of aesthetic theory within Global Modernisms. There is no specific emphasis on historical periodisation, geographic location or medium. Rather, we seek papers which offer innovative, speculative or heterodox perspectives that engage with philosophy, literary and critical theory to discuss ‘modernism’ (broadly conceived) not only as a historically contained phenomenon, but as an immanent and ambient aesthetic mode which informed (and continues to inform) literary, artistic and conceptual practises around the world. Comparative papers and those which focus on work at the peripheries, and across disciplines, are highly encouraged.

Please send proposal abstracts of between 250 – 400 words, including a brief bio, as a single document to the organiser Udith Dematagoda (Assistant Professor, Waseda University, Tokyo) by the 15th of June 2021:

udith.dematagoda@aoni.waseda.jp

The event will be co-hosted by

Nan Zhang – Associate Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai

Kevin Riordan – Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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BAMS Postgraduate Training Day: Pedagogy (9 April 2021)

We’ve already circulated a save the date for this, but here are further details of this year’s BAMS Postgraduate Training Day, which will run online (via Zoom) on Friday 9 April 2021.

This year’s topic is pedagogy. In addition to the kinds of questions that we all have when we come to teach for the first time, this year we’ve been having to think again about our practices in delivering material online.

The outline for the day is:

11-12.30: Modernism and Teaching Difficulty (Dr Barbara Cooke)
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.45 Modernism and Teaching in Different Places (Dr Sophie Baldock and Dr Andrew Frayn)
2.45-3.00 Coffee Break
3.00-3.45 Roundtable on Modernism and Postgraduate Pedagogy (BAMS executive committee members)
3.45 End

Those times will include space for Q&A, and discussion in breakout rooms which will be hosted by our PGR reps. We’re working on the best way to organise this, and in registering we’re asking for research keywords to try to facilitate this.

As we’ll be doing the event online this year, it’s free and open to all.
Please register at the form here: https://forms.gle/2wrMr3m3q4YXMxrn7
You will need to register by 4pm (UK time) on Thursday 8 April 2021. The event link will be sent via email.

We’re looking forward to talking about teaching with you next month!

If you appreciate the work we do, then please help to fund us by joining the society: https://bams.ac.uk/membership/

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BAMS Essay Prize (deadline 16 July 2021)

The British Association for Modernist Studies invites submissions for its annual essay prize for early career scholars. The winning essay will be published in Modernist Cultures, and the winner will also receive £250 of books.

The BAMS Essay Prize is open to any member of the British Association for Modernist Studies who is studying for a doctoral degree, or is within five years of receiving their doctoral award. You can join BAMS by following the link on our membership pages: https://bams.ac.uk/membership

Essays are to be 7-9,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and references.

The closing date for entries is 16 July 2021 (the final day of the Festival of Modernism). The winner will be announced at the start of the new academic year.

Essays can be on any subject in modernist studies (including anthropology, art history, cultural studies, ethnography, film studies, history, literature, musicology, philosophy, sociology, urban studies, and visual culture). Please see the editorial statement of Modernist Cultures for further information: http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/mod.

In the event that, in the judges’ opinion, the material submitted is not of a suitable standard for publication, no prize will be awarded.

Instructions to Entrants

Entries must be submitted electronically in Word format to modernistcultures@gmail.com and conform to the MHRA style guide.

Entrants should include a title page detailing their name, affiliation, e-mail address, and their doctoral status/ date of award; they should also make clear that the essay is a submission for the BAMS Essay Prize.

It is the responsibility of the entrant to secure permission for the reproduction of illustrations and quotation from copyrighted material.

Essays must not be under consideration elsewhere.

Enquiries about the prize may be directed to Claire Warden, Chair of BAMS (c.warden@lboro.ac.uk)

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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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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.

Registration
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 nwims@bams.ac.uk.

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BAMS Essay Prize winners 2020

The BAMS Essay Prize 2020 received a huge response – far bigger than in recent years. The judging panel read some truly outstanding, innovative and challenging essays from all over the world, and decisions to arrive at a short-list and a winner were extraordinarily difficult. The sheer variety of the work being done by research students and early career scholars demonstrates the strength of our field and points to an extremely healthy future for modernist studies!

The judging panel felt that the quality of the field merited the award of two prizes this year. The winners are:

Megan Girdwood (University of Edinburgh) for ‘”Puppet of skeletal escapade”: Dance Dialogues in Mina Loy and Carl Van Vechten’

Harriet Walters (University of Birmingham) for ‘Rural Ritual, Gardened Faith: Ford Madox Ford’s Memorial Plots

Our congratulations to Megan and Harriet, and our thanks to everyone who submitted an essay this year. Megan and Harriet will both have their essays published in upcoming issues of Modernist Cultures.