Elections Past Events Postgraduate

BAMS Elections – Postgraduate Representatives

Nominations for the Postgraduate Representative positions have been received from:

Jamie Callison (University of Northampton)
Sarah Chadfield (Royal Holloway)
Sophie Oliver (Royal Holloway)

We ask you to vote for two of the candidates in an electronic election that will close at 11pm on Thursday 5 December 2013.

In order to vote you must be a fully paid up member of BAMS. For information on how to join BAMS please go to – you will then receive an email prompting you to vote.

NWIMS Past Events Postgraduate

New Work in Modernist Studies – programme announced

Non-speaking delegates are welcome to attend. Registration is £5 for BAMS members, £10 for non-members, and includes lunch, tea and coffee. Please register by emailing, stating any dietary requirements. The venue for the conference is the David Hume Tower, University of Edinburgh.

NWMS 2013 Conference Programme

10-10:30 Coffee, registration, and welcome

10:30-12:00 Parallel Sessions

SESSION ONE: Modernist Perception and Representation
(Chair: Dr Bryony Randall ) (Room: TBC)

1. Oliver Neto (University of Bristol), ‘Object – Epiphany – Banality: Joyce and the ‘Interesting’ Novel’
2. Grant Gosizk (Kent University), ‘Masking the Mask: Exploring O’Neill in Light of ‘Memoranda on Masks’’
3. Leanne Maguire (Liverpool Hope University), ‘May Day! May Day! Capital Degeneration in F. Scott Fitzgerald’
4. Sarah Chadfield (Royal Holloway), ‘’A new way of looking at things…’: H.D. and the ‘real’’
5. Oliver Penny (University of East Anglia), ‘Empty Rooms: Style and the Negative in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Death of the Heart’

SESSION TWO: Legacies of Modernism
(Chair: James Leveque) (Room: TBC)

1. Jennifer Cowe (University of Glasgow), ‘Henry Miller: The Reluctant Modernist?’
2. Lila Matsumoto (University of Edinburgh), ‘Charles Olson and 1960s Experimental Poetry’
3. Joseph R. Shafer (University of Warwick), ‘The Real and The Same: Distinguishing Charles Olson’s Readings of D. H. Lawrence’
4. Alison Stone (University of Exeter), ‘‘Not Pound and Eliot but Pound and Williams’: William Carlos Williams as an Exemplar for Anti-Movement British Poets’
5. Hannah Van Hove (University of Glasgow), ‘Modernist Continuities in the Postwar British Novel: Exploring the Works of Anna Kavan, Alexander Trocchi, and Ann Quin’

12-1: Lunch

1-2.30: Parallel Sessions
SESSION THREE: Modernism and Woolf
(Chair: Dr Gail Toms) (Room: TBC)

1. Amy Bromley (University of Glasgow), ‘Virginia Woolf and Surrealism’
2. Carissa C. L. Foo (Durham University), ‘A Place of One’s Own: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway’
3. Hideki Nakajima (Royal Holloway), ‘The Theory of Mind in Mrs Dalloway’
4. Crispian Neill (Leeds University), ‘‘Outside human limits … outside canine limits’: Dogs, Dasein and Human/Animal Interontology in Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence’
5. Claudia Tobin (University of Bristol), ‘‘Quivering yet still’: Virginia Woolf and the Aesthetics of Attention’

SESSION FOUR: Modernist Genre and Publics
(Chair: Dr Keir Elder) (Room: TBC)

1. Stephanie Boland (University of Exeter), ‘‘An Intelligent Man’s Guide to Albyn’: Scottish Scene and Travel Writing’
2. Charlie Dawkins (University of Oxford), ‘‘Why Study Mainstream Periodicals?’ Magazines and the Emergence of Modernism in the 1920s’
3. Evi Heinz (Birkbeck), ‘Access All Areas: John Rodker’s Experimental Drama and the Yiddish Theatre in Whitechapel’
4. Isabelle Parkinson (Queen Mary), ‘Modernist group identities and Gertrude Stein’s ‘Portraits’ of Matisse and Picasso’
5. Simon Trub (University of Edinburgh), ‘David Jones’s The Anathemata: An Epic in Search of a ‘Community’’

2.30- 2.45: Coffee

2:45 – 3:45 Parallel Sessions

SESSION FIVE: Modernisms of Place
(Chair: Hannah Van Hove) (Room: TBC)

1. Klairi Angelou (University of Bristol), ‘Reimagining and Remapping Modernism: The Case of Greek Modernism’
2. Adela Beiu (University of East Anglia), ‘Pseudo-Romania: Avant-Garde Preludes’
3. Daniel Hughes (Bangor University), ‘Outlining Modernism in Wales’
4. Kaitlin Staudt (University of Oxford), ‘Daughters of educated men in the world: Comparing Halide Edib Adivar’s Sinekli Bakkal and Virginia Woolf’s The Years’

SESSION SIX: Sound and Visions of Modernism
(Chair: Dr Samantha Walton) (Room: TBC)

1. Faye Harland (University of Dundee), ‘Casting off the Self-Fashioned Chains of Slavery’: Katherine Mansfield and Visual Culture ‘
2. Ciaran McMorran (University of Glasgow), ‘Verbal Geometry in James Joyce’s Ulysses’
3. Elizabeth R. J. Pritchett (Keele University), ‘The Stormy Sonata: Beethoven’s ‘Sonata Pathétique’ and the Sociality of the Female Artist in Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage’
4. Merlin Seller (University of East Anglia), ‘Modernist Ghosts: Influence as Haunting in Walter Sickert’s Interwar Painting’

3:45-4 Coffee

4-5 Keynote Lecture:
Professor Randall Stevenson (University of Edinburgh), ‘’Innumerable Circles . . . Chaos and Eternity’: Conrad, Modernism and the Maritimes’
(Chair: Dr Alex Thomson) (Room: TBC)

5-6:30 Christmas Drinks Reception

NWIMS Past Events Postgraduate

New Work in Modernist Studies – updated CFP and travel bursaries

Please find attached an updated CFP for the upcoming BAMS postgraduate conference, New Work in Modernist Studies, to be held at the University of Edinburgh on Saturday December 7th 2013.

Proposals are invited from on-course PhD students at British universities for short 10 minute research papers. Please send proposals (300 words), with a short biography (50 words including details of your year of study) by email to: by November 18th. We will inform you whether your abstract has been accepted by November 22nd.

We are now able to offer subsidized travel to all students and invite applications for travel bursaries. Please see the attached document for details.

UPDATED 2013 New Work Modernist studies cfp

BAMS Conference Past Events

CFP: BAMS International Conference, Modernism Now! – deadline: 31 January 2014

Modernism Now!
BAMS International Conference

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 ‘modernism’ today. The conference thus aims to discuss not only the past achievements of modernism but also to consider its possible futures. 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 two distinct ways:

The conference aims to represent and reflect on the diversity of modernist studies today, and calls for papers assessing modernist writers, artists, texts and performances from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, methodological standpoints, and theoretical perspectives.

Modernism Now! also wishes to 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.

Topics might include (but are not restricted to):

• The idea of a contemporary modernism
• Modernist futures and legacies
• Past and previous modernisms
• Modernism as a continuing event
• 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 e.g. periodical studies
• Anachronism
• Disciplinary borders and boundaries around modernism today
• ‘Early’ and ‘late’ modernisms; periodising modernism
• Current theorisations of modernism as a social/cultural/philosophical/political category
• How modernism informs the practice of contemporary artists/writers/performers
• Modernism and the tradition of the avant-garde
• Singular and plural modernism(s)

Proposals are welcomed for 20min papers, panels of 3-4 speakers, and focused round-tables on particular topics. Proposals should be no longer than 250 words per individual paper and should include a short biography for each speaker, including contact details.

Delegates must be members of BAMS in order to register. To become a member, go to

Proposals should be emailed to by January 31st 2014.

Conference Organising Committee
Dr Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary, University of London)
Chris Mourant (King’s College London)
Dr Cathryn Setz (University of Oxford)
Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)

Modernism Now CFP

NWIMS Past Events Postgraduate

CFP: BAMS New Work in Modernist Studies – deadline: November 18

Call for Papers
New Work in Modernist Studies
The University of Edinburgh
Saturday 7th December 2013

Keynote Lecture: Professor Randall Stevenson (University of Edinburgh)

This one-day graduate conference is the third joint-event held by the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, the London Modernism Seminar, and the Northern Modernism Seminar and in collaboration with the British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS).

Proposals are invited from on-course PhD students at British universities for short (ten-minute) research papers. The conference aims to engage participants in the three established modernist seminars, and the new Welsh Network of Modernist Studies, as well as students who are new to modernist studies in dialogues that will develop and expand our scholarly knowledge. Building on the impressive range of the New Work in Modernist Studies events since 2010, we hope to put together an interdisciplinary programme that will reflect the full diversity of work in modernist studies. Travel bursaries will be available, by competitive application.

The cost of the conference will be £10 (or £5 for BAMS members) and include lunch, tea and coffee, and a Christmas drinks reception. If you are not already a member of BAMS, you can join online at Benefits include a free subscription to Modernist Cultures, 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.

Please send proposals (300 words), with a short biography (50 words including details of your year of study) by email to: by November 18th. We will inform you whether your abstract has been accepted by November 22nd.

BAMS Conference Past Events

Advance Notice: BAMS International Conference, ‘Modernism Now!’ – 26-28 June 2014

We are delighted to announce details about a three-day international, interdisciplinary conference organised by the British Association for Modernist Studies. ‘Modernism Now!’ aims to discuss not only the past achievements of modernism but also to consider its possible futures. The conference will be held at the Institute of English Studies, London, 26-28th June 2014. Keynote speakers include Jacqueline Rose and Tyrus Miller.

Please save the date; further information and a cfp will be circulated soon.

NWIMS Past Events Postgraduate

BAMS ‘New Work in Modernist Studies’ Postgraduate Conference – Saturday 7th December, University of Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce that this year’s New Work in Modernist Studies, the third annual postgraduate conference held by the London Modernism Seminar, the Northern Modernism Seminar and the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies in collaboration with the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS), will take place on Saturday 7th December at the University of Edinburgh. Please save the date; further information and a cfp will be circulated shortly.

Elections Past Events

BAMS Call for Nominations – Executive Steering Committee / Postgraduate Representative

Call for Nominations

2013 Election of the British Association for Modernist Studies Executive Steering Committee and one Postgraduate Representative

On 31 December, the three-year terms of the members of the first executive steering committee will come to an end. We now invite nominations for membership of the steering committee and for one postgraduate representative position, for election before that date.

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). According to the BAMS constitution existing committee members are eligible for re-election at the conclusion of their term of office for a maximum of two more consecutive periods. Although it is expected that a minority of current members of the committee will stand for re-election, prospective new members are very warmly invited to stand. Nominees may, if they wish, express interest in one of the named officer positions: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Web Administrator.

Nominees for a two-year postgraduate representative position are sought from registered doctoral students who have completed their first year of study. The elected representative will join Emma West (Cardiff) and Chris Mourant (KCL), who were elected at the beginning of 2013.

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’ 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 Conference, Modernism Now, will take place in June 2014.

Candidates require a nomination from an existing member of BAMS and must themselves be members of the association. 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. The name of the nominator should be included in the proposal. Applications should be emailed to Andrew Thacker ( no later than October 31 2013.

Information about the positions can be directed to:
Andrew Thacker (Chair) (
Rebecca Beasley (Secretary) (

For information about the position of postgraduate representative, enquiries can also be directed to:
Chris Mourant (
Emma West (

Past Events

BAMS Membership – Changes for 2012

Dear BAMS member,

I am writing to you to explain the changes to membership that the BAMS executive committee have, after much discussion, agreed to implement.  In order to further develop BAMS we believe that some form of membership fee is desirable.  This is in order for BAMS to more fully support the kinds of activities that we believe are important for the future success of the organisation. These include bursaries for postgraduate attendance at conferences; website development and admin; and underwriting future conference/seminars.  After consulting widely it appears that there is general agreement that BAMS members would be willing to make a contribution to help develop modernism in the UK.

Therefore the Executive have agreed to implement the following membership charges:

  • Standard (waged) rate of £30 per annum and £25 for students/unwaged.

The benefits of becoming a full member of BAMS will include the following:

  • Subscription to the cutting-edge journal Modernist Cultures, published by EUP. This represents a discount on the normal price for the journal.
  • Free or reduced access to all BAMS events (e.g. postgrad training days; conferences etc).
  • publisher discounts (to be announced).
  • full access to all areas of the new website (e.g. jiscmail; additional papers; reviews etc).

The other social media (facebook and Twitter) websites for BAMS will continue to be available without charge.

Our hope is that members will feel not only that they get something from being a BAMS member, but also that they are actively supporting the development of modernism here.

For an application form download here  BAMS Membership letter June 12-2

Andrew Thacker

Chair, BAMS Executive