Elections Past Events Postgraduate

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.



NWIMS Past Events

New Work in Modernist Studies, Liverpool, 6 Dec 2019 (register by 25 Nov)

NWiMS 2019 draft programme

Registration is now open for the ninth one-day graduate conference on New Work in Modernist Studies, which will take place on Friday 6 December 2019 at the University of Liverpool, 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. 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.

The day, which also marks the relaunch of the Northern Modernism Seminar, will include a plenary session with Dr Beryl Pong (Sheffield) and will close with a discussion of the legacies of modernism, for which we’ll be joined by writers Preti Taneja (We That Are Young, 2017) and Chris McCabe (Dedalus, 2018), and Eloise Millar, editor and co-founder of Galley Beggar Press. This will be followed by a drinks reception.

The main part of the day will run from roughly 10am-5.30pm, followed by the evening plenary session and drinks, which will finish by 8 pm.

Registration deadline: Monday 25 November.

To join BAMS, and receive a discounted rate to attend New Work in Modernist Studies, please visit

If you have any questions about the conference, email:

Call for submissions CFPs Essay Prize Featured Past Events Postgraduate Uncategorized



The British Association for Modernist Studies

Essay Prize 2019

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 31 January 2020. The winner will be announced in March 2020.

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 or rtf 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 Tim Armstrong, Chair of the British Association for Modernist Studies, at

CFPs Events Featured NWIMS Past Events Postgraduate

New Work in Modernist Studies, Liverpool, 6 December

About the conference
The ninth one-day graduate conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place on Friday 6 December at the University of Liverpool, 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. 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.

The day, which also marks this semester’s relaunch of the Northern Modernism Seminar, will include a plenary session with Dr Beryl Pong (Sheffield) and will close with a discussion of the ‘new modernism’, for which we’ll be joined by writers and publishers including Chris McCabe (Dedalus, 2018) and Galley Beggar Press. This will be followed by a drinks reception.

Proposals are invited, from PhD students registered at British and Irish universities, for short (10 minutes maximum) research position papers. Your proposal should be no longer than 250 words, and please include with it a short (50 words) biography. If you wish to apply for a contribution to your travel expenses please also include an estimate of travel costs with your proposal (see below for details).

Proposals should be sent to, to which any other enquiries about the conference can also be addressed.

Deadline: Friday 25 October.

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.

Conference registration will open soon. The conference fee is £25 (£15 for BAMS members) and includes lunch, coffee and a wine reception.

It is anticipated that a subsidised contribution to all travel costs over £20 will be offered to all postgraduates who present a paper at the conference. This means that we will aim to pay the amount that remains after the first £20, for which you will be responsible. (If your travel expenses are less than £20 we will not be able to contribute.) Please note that funds are limited and our ability to contribute depends on your co-operation in finding the cheapest fares. To apply for a travel bursary please include a separate indication of your estimated travel costs with your proposal. This will not be taken into account when assessing your proposal.

BAMS Conference News Past Events

Troublesome Modernisms: likely change of venue

BAMS 2019 Conference, Troublesome Modernisms, 20–22 June

There is currently a boycott of Senate House in support of the campaign to make outsourced workers (including cleaners, receptionists, security officers, catering staff, porters, audiovisual workers, gardeners and maintenance workers) direct employees of the University of London:

The BAMS 2019 organisers support this boycott, as do many of our members and affiliate organisations. For this reason, we are currently looking to confirm an alternative venue in Central London. We regret the uncertainty that this situation introduces into planning for your trip and will keep delegates and potential delegates updated on the conference location in the coming weeks.

Further details about the conference and the fees, which are discounted for BAMS members, can be found here.

Registration is now open.

Please email if you have any questions.


Elections Past Events

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:

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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(, 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.

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.

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.

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!











Essay Prize News Past Events Uncategorized

BAMS essay competition 2018: winner announced

We’re delighted to announce that the winning essay in the BAMS Essay Competition 2018 is “Humphrey Jennings’s ‘Film Fables’: Democracy and Image in The Silent Village” by Masashi Hoshino. Masashi has recently been awarded his PhD by the University of Manchester. The essay will be published in a forthcoming issue of Modernist Cultures and Masashi will receive £250 of book vouchers. The runner-up essay is “Anglo-French Poetic Exchanges in the Little Magazines, 1908–1914” by Sze Wah Sarah Lee. Sarah successfully completed her doctorate at Goldsmiths in 2016. Congratulations to both!

Past Events PG Training Day Postgraduate

BAMS Training Day, Bristol, 27 March

British Association for Modernist Studies

Postgraduate and Early Career Training Day: Research and Digital Humanities in Modernist Studies

Hosted by the AHRC South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Programme

University of Bristol, Wednesday 27 March 2019

Southwell Street Training Rooms, 1st floor, New Veterinary School, Southwell Street, Bristol

The 10th annual BAMS training day, in partnership with the South-West and Wales Doctoral Training Programme, will focus on research skills for modernist studies, with a special emphasis upon the Digital Humanities. As in all BAMS training days, the focus will be on practical advice for entry into a career in the field of modernist studies, or for those at an early-career stage. The day will combine talks and workshops presented by visiting speakers and by members of the BAMS Executive Steering Committee. Registration is free for BAMS members, £5 for non-members; travel bursaries will be available for SWW DTP researchers.

Register at:
(registration closes 19 March)

To join BAMS (including a subscription to Modernist Cultures), go to:

Student rates: £40 including print subscription to Modernist Cultures; £30 online-only access to Modernist Cultures.

To find out more about the opportunities offered by the SWW DTP, visit:



Welcome (Gareth Mills/Jeff Wallace, University of Reading/Cardiff

Introduction: Canon versus Literary History in Modernist Research (Tim
Armstrong, Royal Holloway University)


Pursuing and presenting your research: application, grants, appointments
(Adam Watt, University of Exeter)

Lunch (not provided)


Keynote speaker 1: Helen Southworth, University of Oregon: On MAPP
(Modernist Archives Publishing Project)


Workshop: Gabriel Hankins, ‘The Weak Powers of Digital Modernist Studies’ (article, Modernism/modernity 25:3, September 2018, pp.569-585) (Suzanne Hobson and Jeff Wallace)

Keynote speaker 2: Finn Fordham, Royal Holloway University: Uses and Abuses of ‘The Network’ for Humanities Research

Concluding reflections; pub

Elections Past Events

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:
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 ( no later than 1 February 2019.

Information about the Exec Committee positions can be directed to:

Suzanne Hobson (outgoing Chair):

Tim Armstrong (incoming Chair):

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 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:

The final selection will be made through an online election process open to all BAMS members.

Applications should be emailed to Suzanne Hobson ( no later than 1 February 2019

Information about the positions can be directed to:

Suzanne Hobson (outgoing Chair)

Tim Armstrong (incoming Chair)

Séan Richardson (PG rep 2018–20)

Gareth Mills (PG rep 2018–20)

NWIMS Past Events Postgraduate

New Work in Modernist Studies, 1 December 2018, Glasgow: registration open

Saturday 1 December 2018, 10–5.30 pm

The University of Glasgow, 5 University Gardens

Plenary Speaker: DR ANOUK LANG (University of Edinburgh)

This one-day graduate conference is a joint event hosted by Scottish Network of Modernist Studies (SNoMS) in conjunction with Modernist Network Cymru (MONC), the London Modernism Seminar, Modernism Studies Ireland (MSI), the Northern Modernism Seminar, the Midlands Modernist Network and the British Association of Modernism (BAMS).

All those interested in modernist topics are welcome to attend.

The cost of the conference is £25 (or £15 for BAMS members) and includes lunch, tea, coffee and a Christmas drinks reception. If you are not already a member of BAMS you can join at


Please go to register. Payment will be taken on the day. Places are limited and we advise early registration to avoid disappointment.

10–10:30 Coffee, registration, and welcome (Room: Foyer)

10:30–12:15 Parallel Sessions

SESSION ONE: Modernism, Gender and Sexuality

(Chair: Dr Bryony Randall, University of Glasgow) (Room: 5/101)

  1. Rosie Reynolds (University of Westminster) ‘“Have you any aunts?” Virginia Woolf and the Usefulness of Aunts’
  2. Josh Phillips (University of Glasgow) ‘Thoughts on Peace in a Wine Cellar: Finding utopia in the drafts of The Years
  3. Jessica Widner (University of Edinburgh) ’Animal States: The Transformed Female Body in Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood
  4. Jade French (Queen Mary, London) ‘Embodied Lateness in Djuna Barnes’ “Rite of Spring”’
  5. Hailey Maxwell (University of Glasgow) ‘A Matter of Form: Carl Einstein and Georges Bataille in Collaboration’
  6. Polly Hember (Royal Holloway), ‘Through the Yellow Glass: Modernism, Mass Culture and Gossip’

SESSION TWO: Modernist Identities

(Chair: Dr Maria-Daniella Dick, University of Glasgow) (Room: 5/205)

  1. Adam James Cuthbert (University of Dundee) ‘James Joyce: “Camera-Eye” and the Stream of Consciousness in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.’
  2. Wei Zhou (University of Leeds) ‘Why False Teeth Matter: Deterritorialising Economy, Desire and the Return of the Soldier in The Waste Land
  3. Emon Keshvaraz (Durham University) ‘Colonel Connie: how Domestic Heterosexuality Masks the Trauma of Homosocial Loss in Lady Chatterley’s Lover’
  4. Helena Roots (Edinburgh Napier University) ‘Spangin’ and Stravaiging: Scottish Women Writers and the Nature of Rural Modernity’
  5. Gaby Fletcher (NUI Galway) ‘Margaret Sanger: Displaying the female body’

12.15–1.15: Lunch (Room: Foyer) & BAMS AGM

1.15–3.00:  Parallel Sessions

SESSION THREE: Transatlantic Modernisms

(Chair: Dr Suzanne Hobson, Queen Mary, London) (Room: 5/101)

  1. Jaime Ellen Church (University of Wolverhampton) ‘Zelda Fitzgerald, the Belle, and the Performance of Ballet in Save Me the Waltz
  2. Nicola John (University of St Andrews) ‘Art and Authorship: between Modern(ist) and National(ist) in Southeast Asian Art’
  3. Aija Oksman (University of Edinburgh) ‘Black Women Writers and Hooverite Counterliterary Activities’
  4. Ahmed Honeini (Royal Holloway) ‘Saying No to Death?: Mortality, Voice, and the Work of William Faulkner’
  5. Laura Ryan (University of Manchester) ‘“You are white – yet a part of me” : D. H. Lawrence and the Harlem Renaissance’

SESSION FOUR: Modernism Across Media

(Chair: Dr Andrew Frayn, Edinburgh Napier University) (Room: 5/205)

  1. William Carroll (University of Birmingham) ‘Main Streets and Dark Rooms: The legacy of modernist American photography in the work of Walker Evans and David Plowden’
  2. Tiana Fischer (NUI Galway) ‘Media avant la théorie, mais après la lettre: “Waking” Modernist Literature’s Media Theory’
  3. Joseph Owen (University of Southampton) ‘Degenerate Decisions: Art, Schmitt and Endless Chattering’
  4. Sofie Behluli (Lincoln College, Oxford) ‘The Figure of the Artist in Contemporary Anglo-American Fiction: Chevalier, Messud, Tartt’
  5. Shalini Sengupta (University of Sussex) ‘Objects and Difficulty in Twentieth-Century Poetry’

3.00–3.30: Coffee (Room: Foyer)

3.30–4.30 Keynote Lecture:

Dr Anouk Lang (University of Edinburgh), ‘From Markov Chains to Vector Space: Digital Approaches to Modelling Modernism’

(Chair: Professor Faye Hammill, University of Glasgow) (5/205)

4.30–5.30 Christmas Drinks Reception (Foyer)