Essay Prize Past Events

BAMS Essay Prize 2014

The winner of the BAMS Essay Prize 2014 is Jamie Wood, for his essay ‘“On or about December 1910”: F.T. Marinetti’s Onslaught on London and Recursive Structures in Modernist Studies’. The essay will be published in Modernist Cultures, and Dr Wood will also receive £250 of books.

Runner up: Katherine Perko (Stony Brook University), ‘Gossip at Work: Professionalism, Oral Communities, and Narratives of Scandal in Lord Jim’.


Beth Blum (University of Pennsylvania), ‘Bouvard and Pécuchet: Flaubert’s D.I.Y. Dystopia’

Jamie Callison (University of Northampton/ University of Bergen, ‘Jesuits and Modernism? Versions of Late Modernism’

Ned Hercock (University of Sussex), ‘Like a Tongue to a Loosening Tooth: Modernism and Lyric’

Helen Tyson (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘Reading Childishly? Learning to Read Modernism: Reading the Child Reader in Modernism and Psychoanalysis’

The entries were of an extremely high calibre, and the judges congratulate Dr Wood, and thank all the entrants for their submissions.

NWIMS Past Events Postgraduate

‘New Work in Modernist Studies’ 2014 – programme and registration

Registration is now under way for the conference ‘New Work in Modernist Studies 4’, at Cardiff Metropolitan University (Cyncoed campus) on Saturday 6 December 2014. Attached is a full programme for the day, and a link to registration. It would help us if you could register by 28 November if at all possible. We look forward to welcoming you in Cardiff on 6th December.
The conference fee is £15 (£10 for BAMS members) and includes lunch, tea and coffee and a post-conference drinks reception / book launch.
Elizabeth English, Kathryn Simpson and Jeff Wallace
NWiMS2014 Programme
Conference Registration Form
NWIMS Past Events Postgraduate

CFP: New Work in Modernist Studies — deadline 3 November

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New Work in Modernist Studies


Cardiff Metropolitan University


Saturday 6th December 2014


Keynote Speaker: Dr Jane Goldman (University of Glasgow)

The fourth one-day Graduate Conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place at Cardiff Metropolitan University (Cyncoed campus), in conjunction with the Welsh Network of Modernist Studies, the London Modernism Seminar, the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, the Northern Modernism Seminar, and the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

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 students who are eager to share their work.

Proposals are invited, from PhD research students registered at British universities, for short (10 minutes) research position papers. Your proposal should be no longer than 300 words, and please include with it a short (50 words) biography. It should be emailed to to which any other enquiries about the conference should also be addressed.

Deadline:  3 November 2014. Acceptance decisions will be communicated within one week.

The conference fee is £15 (£10 for BAMS members) and includes lunch, tea and coffee and a post-conference drinks reception/book launch. If you are not already a member of BAMS, you may wish to join online at Benefits include a free subscription to Modernist Cultures (3 issues per year from 2015), free or reduced fee entry to all BAMS events, access to a members-only area of the BAMS website, and subscription to the dedicated BAMS email list.

It is also anticipated that a subsidized contribution to all travel costs over £20 will be offered to all postgraduates who contribute to the conference. Further details will be forthcoming, but please include a separate indication of your estimated travel costs with your proposal. This will not be taken into account when assessing your proposal.

Conference organizers:

Elizabeth English

Kathryn Simpson

Jeff Wallace

Elections Past Events Postgraduate

The Welsh Network of Modernist Studies: Call for committee members

This autumn the Welsh Network of Modernist Studies will elect its first steering committee. Available positions will include Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Online, and will be filled following an online election. 

Like its sister organisation the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, the Welsh Network aims to provide a platform for better communication and collaboration between modernist scholars in and around Wales. The group includes, but is not limited to, the study of Welsh modernism. 

We are holding a meeting for all members this autumn to discuss both the future of the network and the upcoming election (date and location tbc). In addition to maintaining our existing mailing list ( we hope that the new committee will organise seminars and symposia to be held at locations across Wales. 

If you are interested in either joining the network and/or attending our next meeting, please contact Emma West at for more information. 

Essay Prize Past Events

BAMS Essay Prize — Deadline 30 September

The British Association for Modernist Studies Essay

Prize 2014

The British Association for Modernist Studies announces the launch of an essay prize for early career scholars. The winning essay will be published in Modernist Cultures, and the winning entrant will also receive £250 of books.

Eligibility and Requirements

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. Essays are to be 7-9,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and references. The closing date for entries is 30 September 2014. The winning entry will be announced 31 January 2015. 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 Chicago style. Entrants should include a title page detailing their name, affiliation, and e-mail address. 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 Rebecca Beasley, Chair of the British Association for Modernist Studies at

BAMS Conference Past Events

BAMS Conference 2014: Modernism Now!

Conference information now available here

Final programme here

Abstracts here



BAMS Conference Events Past Events

Modernism Now! – provisional programme

The provisional programme for the international BAMS conference 2014 – Modernism Now! – is available below:

Modernism Now! – provisional programme

Poster: Modernism Now!

Past Events PG Training Day Postgraduate

BAMS Postgraduate Training Day 2014 – Manchester, May 29th

This year’s BAMS postgraduate training day will take place on Thursday 29 May at the University of Manchester, and will focus on ‘Modernist Studies and Teaching’. The day will include practical workshops as well as a broader discussion of pedagogical issues in the field: the institution, theory, practice, & modernism as pedagogy. It’s an opportunity to meet other BAMS members and talk through some of these common concerns. The programme for the day is attached. Registration is free to members of BAMS (£10 for non-members); lunch & a reception will be provided.
Places are limited; please register before the end of Thursday 22 May by completing the form here. Enquiries should be directed to
For those who are interested: the BAMS-affiliated symposium on ‘Modernism and the Moral Life’ is taking place in Manchester the next day, on Friday 30 May. Keynotes are Jay Bernstein and Esther Leslie and more details can be found here.
Modernist Studies and Teaching
Elections Past Events

BAMS Executive Update

Sent on behalf of Rebecca Beasley:
Many thanks to all of you who voted in the BAMS elections in December.
The BAMS Executive Committee for 2014 is
Iain Bailey (University of Manchester): Treasurer
Rebecca Beasley (University of Oxford): Chair
Katharine Cockin (University of Hull)
Alex Goody (Oxford Brookes University): Secretary
Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary, University of London): Membership Secretary
Deborah Longworth (University of Birmingham)
Cathryn Setz (University of Oxford): Website Co-ordinator
Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)
Bernard Vere (Sotheby’s Institute of Art)
Jeff Wallace (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
Postgraduate Representatives
Sarah Chadfield (Royal Holloway, University of London) (2014-16)
Chris Mourant (King’s College, University of London) (2013-15)
Sophie Oliver (Royal Holloway, University of London) (2014-16)
Further information about the committee and BAMS is available at We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in joining the executive committee in the future.
If you are not already a member, please consider joining BAMS: the membership fees are £30 waged, £25 student/ unwaged, £45 international, £35 international student. Membership includes an annual subscription to Modernist Cultures and reduced or free entry to BAMS events. Join here:
The BAMS conference, Modernism Now!, will take place in London on 26-28 June. See the call for papers here:
Dr Rebecca Beasley
The Queen’s College   
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 4AW
BAMS Conference Past Events Postgraduate

Modernism Now! – revised CFP and extended deadline: February 28th 2014

The British Association for Modernist Studies International Conference 2014


26–28 June 2014
Institute of English Studies
Senate House, London

Keynote Speakers:

Tyrus Miller (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Jacqueline Rose (Queen Mary, London)

Modernism Now! is a three-day international, interdisciplinary conference organised by the British Association for Modernist Studies, designed to explore modernisms throughout the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The conference aims to discuss the past achievements of modernism, its possible futures, and to provide a review of current activity in the field. In Modernism and Theory, Neil Levi has recently suggested that in thinking about modernism we consider ‘the idea of a contemporary perpetuation of artistic modernism’ and that we see ‘modernist works as events whose implications demand continued investigation.’

Modernism Now! will explore these issues in three distinct ways:

• The conference aims to represent the diversity of modernisms, and calls for papers assessing modernist writers, artists, texts and performances from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, methodological standpoints, and theoretical perspectives.
• The conference will explore the ongoing use of ‘modernism’ as a cultural, philosophical, and artistic category, analysing how and where modernism functions as a continuing aesthetic in the twenty-first century, across multiple disciplines, geographies, and traditions.
• The conference hopes to provide a review of current research in modernist studies, inviting panels and papers (joint or individual) that report on the work of research projects, editions, exhibitions, societies, and institutions.

Topics might include (but are not restricted to):

• Modernist futures and legacies
• Past and previous modernisms
• The idea of a contemporary modernism e.g. how modernism informs the practice of contemporary artists/ writers/ performers
• Modernism as a continuing event
• Issues in presenting modernism today (new editions, exhibitions, etc)
• Current debates in world literature and global modernist studies that stretch the historical/geographical framework of modernism
• The ‘nowness’ (Jetztzeit) of modernism; the new and the now
• Assessments of individual writers, artists, performers, texts, works of art that explore their status and relevance today
• Historical assessments of the term ‘modernism’
• New trends in modernist studies
• Anachronism
• Disciplinary borders and boundaries around modernism today
• ‘Early’ and ‘late’ modernisms; periodizing modernism
• Current theorisations of modernism as a social/ cultural/ philosophical/ political category
• Modernism and the tradition of the avant-garde
• Singular and plural modernism(s)

The conference is open to anyone working on modernism, with reduced registration for BAMS members. Current annual membership rates (which include a subscription to Modernist Cultures) are £30 standard; £25 student; £45 international standard; £35 international student. For more information about BAMS membership, go to

We will be offering some bursaries to enable postgraduate members of BAMS to attend the conference.

Proposals are welcomed for individual 20 minute papers, or panels of 3-4 speakers. Proposals for papers should be 250 words long. Panel proposals should include a short paragraph naming the organiser of the panel and explaining its rationale as well as a 250 word abstract for each paper. Panels from single institutions are acceptable. For all proposals, please also include a short biographical statement in the same document. Word format preferred.

Proposals should be emailed to by February 28th 2014.

Conference Organising Committee
Sarah Chadfield (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary, University of London)
Chris Mourant (King’s College London)
Sophie Oliver (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Cathryn Setz (University of Oxford)
Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)

Modernism Now CFP BAMS 2014