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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).


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


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”


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” 


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 

BAMS Conference Past Events

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:

The event will be co-hosted by

Nan Zhang – Associate Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai

Kevin Riordan – Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Past Events PG Training Day

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:
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:

Call for submissions CFPs Essay Prize Past Events Postgraduate

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:

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:

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 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 (

Elections Past Events

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:

Join BAMS:

Elections Past Events

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 (

If you join the society during the election, you will be able to vote in it. Membership information is here:

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.

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

Essay Prize Past Events

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.

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!


Elections Past Events

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