Elections Postgraduate

BAMS Executive Steering Committee: call for nominations

The 2022 Election of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS) Executive Steering Committee

There are no vacant positions on the committee. However, the Committee is in a position to co-opt members if appropriate. We would be delighted to hear from colleagues who might broaden the representation of the BAMS Committee either in terms of discipline (whose primary discipline is not English) or identity.

We currently have two open positions for postgraduate representatives.

Nominations will be accepted up to 14 January 2022, and the online election will take place from 21 January–18 February 2022.

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 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. BAMS especially welcomes nominations from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) members, and we are firm and unflinching in our commitment to a vision of an inclusive and diverse Exec.

Existing committee members are eligible for re-election at the conclusion of their term of office for one further period of three years.

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 online 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 the BAMS Chair, Claire Warden ( no later than 14 January 2022.

Postgraduate Representatives

Applications for 2 two-year postgraduate representative positions are sought from registered doctoral students in their first or second year of study (or PT equivalent). The elected representatives will join Jennifer Cameron and Emily Bell, who are a year into their own two-year term as PG Reps for BAMS. BAMS especially welcomes applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) postgraduate members, and we are firm and unflinching in our commitment to a vision of an inclusive and diverse Exec.

Responsibilities include attending two Exec meetings a year and participating actively in PG events and workshops organised by the Association (travel expenses paid). Responsibilities shared between the four PG reps include editing The Modernist Review and running BAMS social media. There are also opportunities to launch new initiatives.

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.

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 the BAMS Chair, Claire Warden ( no later than 14 January 2021. If you would like some more information about the roles before applying, please do write to Claire, Jennifer or Emily.

Essay Prize News Past Events Postgraduate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (

Events Featured NWIMS Past Events Postgraduate

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

Call for submissions CFPs Postgraduate Scholarships

Essay prize: The Emerging Beardsley Scholar Prize (deadline 31 Dec 2020)

To mark the foundation of the Aubrey Beardsley Society, a prize for the best short essay on any aspect of Beardsley’s work, life, and reception will be awarded to an outstanding emerging scholar. The Society aims to encourage new work that is intellectually adventurous and stylistically accomplished, and seeks submissions that highlight Beardsley’s relevance today.

• Postgraduate (MA, MPhil, PhD) and early career researchers who have not held a permanent academic post are invited to participate.
• The participants should join the Aubrey Beardsley Society (discounted
• Essays should be up to 2,500 words and formatted in accordance with the MHRA style.

The amount of the Emerging Beardsley Scholar Prize is £500. Two runners-up will be awarded £100 each, and the three winning pieces will be published in the AB Blog. The Prize is supported by the Alessandra Wilson Fund.

Please email your submission by 31 December 2020 to Dr Sasha Dovzhyk at

CFPs Events Postgraduate

New Work in Modernist Studies, online 11 Dec 2020 (CfP deadline 19 Oct)

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).   As in previous years, this conference will take the form of an interdisciplinary programme reflecting the full diversity of current graduate work in modernist studies; it encourages contributions both from those already involved in the existing networks and from students new to modernist studies who are eager to share their work.  We particularly encourage proposals from BAME students, who we recognise are underrepresented in the field.

Usually the event is open only to students at British and Irish institutions as we offer each student a travel bursary.  However, as the event will be held virtually this year we encourage PhD students from around the world to apply.  The conference will be held during the working day in the UK (approx. 9.30am – 5pm, with regular breaks); please let us know if you are attending from elsewhere in the world and need that to be taken into account.

The day will include a plenary session with Dr Sarah Bernstein and Dr Patricia Malone (both University of Edinburgh) on the principle of difficulty as a theoretical concept and as an experience in constructing an academic career.

Unfortunately the coffee breaks and drinks reception will have to be in your own home this year.  We are still keen to enable the making of connections that usually happens in those spaces between academic papers and panels, and are working on ways of doing so.

Proposals are invited from registered PhD students, for short (10 minutes maximum) research position papers.  Your proposal should be no more than 250 words. Please also include a short biography of no more than 50 words.  If you are outside the UK and Ireland, please give your location and time difference to the UK.

Proposals for and questions about the event should be sent to

Deadline for proposals: 9am UK time, Tuesday 20 October 2020.

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.

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

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!


CFPs Postgraduate

CfP: Clouds, London, 22 May 2020 (deadline 28 Feb)

Call for Papers: A Symposium on Clouds


UCL English Annual Graduate Conference

Friday 22 May 2020, 9.00-19.00

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL



Esther Leslie: Professor in Political Aesthetics and Co-Director of Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Joanna Walsh: Author and critic whose recent books include Break.up (2018) and Worlds from the Word’s End (2017)


“What then is the essential nature of cloudiness?” – Ludwig Wittgenstein, Remarks on Colour


Clouds have excited thinkers for millennia, from Anaximenes’ 6th century BC “Theory of Air” to Peter Sloterdijk’s early-twenty-first century philosophy of Bubbles, Globes, and Foams (1998-2004).


We invite participants across the humanities to consider the interstitial nature of the cloud in culture, both as natural object and artificial media ecology.


How do the clean lonely clouds pootling through Wordsworth’s Romantic poetry relate to the “asbestos-y texture” of Tan Lin’s millennial urban skyscapes? Do the toxic textures of the Anthropocene influence contemporary ecocritical ideas like “solastalgia”? Might “cyberspace”, which, as Joanna Walsh puts it, “is an old-fashioned word for the Net, which has evaporated into the Cloud”, relate to Virginia Woolf’s view that in modernity even “the air seemed to become fibrous”?


Topics might include, but are not limited to:

• Information flow in the digital age, cloud technologies and media ecologies

• Clouds in the visual arts

• Cloud imagery in early modern and religious texts

• Ecocritical takes on clouds and weather

• Word Clouds: the utility or limitations of corpus stylistics

• Cloud as metaphor

• Unstructured feelings and/or affect.


Abstracts of 250 words should be emailed to by 5pm, Friday 28th of February 2020. Please include a brief biographical note.

Please visit to stay up to date with the details of the symposium.

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.



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CfP: Making Sense of Violence in the Digital Age, Gdansk, 24-26 Feb 2020 (deadline 20 Nov 2019)

Call for papers

Making Sense of Violence in the Digital Age

University of Gdańsk (Poland), 24–26 February 2020

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Jeff Hearn and Dr Nena Močnik

Organizers: Marta Laura Cenedese and Helena Duffy

We invite scholars, students, practitioners and activists from all fields to take part in the inaugural symposium of the Study Circle Narrative and Violence (2020–2022). The Circle is run under the auspices of the Nordic Summer University, a migratory, non–hierarchical group of international researchers that is a forum for experimentation and cross–disciplinary collaboration welcoming members from both within and outside universities and other institutions.

We will launch our Study Circle in a city that last year was the stage of an outrageous act of violence. As evidenced by the hate-speech-motivated public murder of Paweł Adamowicz, the Mayor of Gdańsk, in the digital age violence calls for an urgent redefinition, and its hermeneutics for a rethinking within theoretical, sociological and cultural perspectives. Bringing together scholars and practitioners (journalists, politicians, political analysts, activists, criminologists etc.), we will discuss the ways in which the newly arisen media have become powerful vectors for violent acts.

We are interested in contributions dealing with various narrativisations of digital violence and the ethical issues they bring to the fore, approached through interdisciplinary perspectives. Some of our research questions are (but not limited to):

  • What new guises does violence take in the digital age?
  • How is violence articulated through social media (FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)?
  • How is digital violence narrativised in cultural productions (literary, cinematic, artistic etc.)?
  • How has sexual violence changed with the onset of digital technology?
  • How can digital media diffuse/counteract violence (e.g. bloggers suffering domestic abuse, violence experienced by minorities, etc.)?
  • What are the negative impacts of digital technology on the animal world and the natural environment?
  • What are the forms and impacts of cyberbullying?
  • What are the potential negative implications of violent video games? How to use them, instead, as non-violence learning tools?
  • Can digital surveillance be considered a form of violence and what are the possible alternatives?

Please send proposals (max. 300 words) with a title and a short biographical statement (100 words) to Marta Laura Cenedese ( by 20th November 2019. We encourage participants to craft their presentations in the format that they find most suitable, but please specify details of required equipment. If you wish to attend without presenting, contact Marta. PhD and MA students are eligible for up to five ECTS points for participation and presentation of a paper. The preliminary programme will be announced in mid–December 2019 at There you will also find more information about NSU and may sign up for the newsletter.


Conference participation fee:

The participation fee includes lunches, coffee/tea during breaks, and the conference dinner.

€ 80 – standard fee (€ 65 – early-bird registration by 20th January)

€ 60 – students, self-financed/freelance/independent scholars and artists (€ 50 – early-bird registration by 20th January)



To participate in the symposium you need to become member of the Nordic Summer University (NSU). The annual membership fee facilitates the existence of NSU, which is a volunteer-based organisation. As a member you can sign up for all events organised by NSU, take part in the democratic decision-making process on which NSU is based, and become part of the extensive network of NSU. There are two rates: a standard fee of € 25 and a discounted membership of € 10 for students, self-financed/freelance/independent scholars, and artists.

The Nordic Summer University builds on the values of equality, inclusion, and sustainability by combining two traditions: the continental ideals of learning and cultivation of the self, and the Nordic heritage of folkbildning and self-organization, with its investments in open–access education and collaboration through participation and active citizenship.

Circle 4 is actively committed to implementing sustainable practices at its events. At our symposia we offer vegetarian/vegan food only and aim towards zero waste. We thus invite members to bring their own reusable coffee cup and water bottle to the symposia and to consider carefully the carbon footprint of their travel choices.