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New Work in Modernist Studies: programme and registration (Online, 10 December 2021)

About the conference
The eleventh one-day graduate conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place online on Friday 10 December 2021, 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).


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.

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9.30-9.40 Introduction

Professor Claire Warden (BAMS Chair, Loughborough University)

Session 1: Panels 1 & 2

9.45-11.00 – Panel 1

Embodied Modernism

Jonathan McAllister (University of Cambridge), ‘Articulating Movement on the Beckettian Stage’

Julia Heinemann (Leipzig University), ‘ “Where each extrudes beyond the tangible”: Mind and Matter in the Revisionary Metaphysics of Mina Loy’

Annie Williams (Trinity College Dublin), ‘Liquid Modernism: Water, Bodies, Joyce’

Luca Pinelli (University of Bergamo & Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), ‘Intercorporeal Subjectivities between Virginia Woolf’s Essays and Simone de Beauvoir’s Early Philosophy (1927-1949)’

9.45-11.00 – Panel 2

Post-45 Modernisms

Niccolò Amelii (‘G. d’Annunzio’ University of Chieti-Pescara), ‘Modernism and Neomodernism in Italy: interpretative attempts of a suffused legacy’

Isavella Vouza (University of Oxford), ‘Re-Familiarising Defamiliarisation’

Ankit Raj (Government College Gharaunda, Karnal), ‘The Devil with Many Faces: Reading Deviants as Tricksters in Kurt Vonnegut’s Fiction’

Dorka Tamás (University of Exeter), ‘Supernatural Transformations in Sylvia Plath’s Poetry’

11.00 – 11.15:  Coffee Break

Session 2: Panel 3 only

11.15 – 12.30 – Panel 3

Health, Hygiene and Organic Modernism

Dominic Berry (University of Sheffield), ‘The Circadian Rhythm in D. H. Lawrence’s Twilight in Italy

Nicola Dimitriou (University of Sheffield), ‘Distance and Proximity to Nature in D. H. Lawrence’s Twilight in Italy (1916): Psychogeography and the Sick Flâneur’

Rory Hutchings (University of Kent), ‘‘Vermin, not animals’: hygiene, modernism, and the verminous’

Domonique Davies (University of Reading), ‘Ecologies of Sound in Wallace Stevens’s “The Idea of Order at Key West”

12.30 – 1.30:   LUNCH

Session 3: Panels 4 & 5

1.30 – 2.45 – Panel 4

Perception, Subjectivity and Art Objects

Bryony Armstrong (Durham University), ‘Phenomenological Encounters in Rosamond Lehmann’s Dusty Answer

Manon Hakem-Lemaire (City University of New York), ‘The Traveller’s Mirror: Indigenous Tribes and the Modernizing West in D.H. Lawrence’s Mornings in Mexico (1927)’

Anne Grasselli (University of Edinburgh), ‘Wassily Kandinsky in Munich: His Early Engagement with Experimental Psychology from 1896 until 1904’

Aiswarya Jayamohan (University of Edinburgh), ‘E.M. Forster and Aesthetic Misuse’

1.30 – 2.45 – Panel 5

Traumatic Modernities

Skylar Kovacs (Queen’s University, Ontario), ‘Trauma and Resilience in Modernist Women’s Literature’

Galen Bunting (Northeastern University), ‘“The Live, Sane, Vigorous World”: Jacob’s Room as Modernist Anti-War Novel’

Edel Hanley (University College Cork), ‘ “the glory of women”: Nurse Veterans in Women’s First World War Poetry’

Farah Nada (University of Exeter), ‘Traumatic Permafrost: Experience and Congealed Memory in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Death of the Heart

2.45 – 3.00:  Coffee Break

Session 4: Plenary Talk

3.00 – 4.00:  Dr Sophie Oliver in Q&A (Chair: Rod Rosenquist)

Academia from the Inside and the Outside

4.00 – 4.15:  Coffee Break

Session 5: Panels 6 & 7

4.15 – 5.30 – Panel 6

Nation, Language and Transcultural Modernities

Paul Cockburn (Durham University), ‘’all the strange weeds’: cultivation, nativism, and revolution in Edith Wharton’s New York’

Juliette Bretan (University of Cambridge), ‘ “I hope he won’t talk”: Joseph Conrad and Esperanto’

Julia Fernelius (Stockholm University), ‘Lost Heritage: Rural Domesticity and the Question of Reconciliation in Ford Madox Ford’s Last Post

Matthew Mullett (University of East Anglia), ‘Transculturation: The Modernism of Fernando Ortiz’

4.15 – 5.30 – Panel 7

Modernist Poetics

Hannah Voss (Durham University), ‘ ‘‘Lightning out of a clear sky’: annihilation as creative possibility in H.D.’s late work’

James Dunnigan (University of Toronto), ‘Phoebus’ Chief of Police: The Reception of Virgil in the Homage to Sextus Propertius

Dafydd Sinden (Newcastle University), ‘ “ez easy as Pound pound it out”: the fate of Pound’s ideogrammic method in ‘late modernist’ British poetry of the 60s and 70s’

Ester Díaz Morillo (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), ‘Of the Awefull Afterlife of Cats: From the Illustrated Book to the Stage’

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States of Modernism: Collapse. London, 16 Dec 2019

A One-Day Symposium at King’s College London

Date: Monday 16 December

Venue: Bush House Lecture Theatre 2 (4.04), 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG

‘Collapse’ offers a framework through which to explore literary and cultural production of the long modernist period, whether via the cataclysm of the world wars, the economic collapse of the 1930s or global anti-colonialism.

Collapsing the ‘now’ and the ‘then’ also generates resonance with our own moment of political and ecological crisis. Through papers, discussion and a closing roundtable, we will consider the state of modernist studies and its place in a rapidly changing academy.

This event is hosted by the English Department and the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture at King’s and is a collaboration with the Centre for Modernist Cultures at the University of Birmingham. States of Modernism 2 will be held at Birmingham in May 2020.

Speakers include: John Attridge (UNSW), John Connor (King’s), Jon Day (King’s), Lara Feigel (King’s), Kélina Gotman (King’s), Alexandra Harris (Birmingham), David James (Birmingham), Jo Malt (King’s), Luke Roberts (King’s) and Emma West (Birmingham).

Organisers: Charlotte Jones (King’s), Clara Jones (King’s), Anna Snaith (King’s), Nathan Waddell (Birmingham)

This is a free event and lunch is provided. Register on eventbrite where you will also find a full programme:

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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.

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Poetry and Philosophy Colloquium: On Poetic Determination, 4 May, Warwick

Saturday, 4 May 2019
University of Warwick, room MS.05 (Mathematics and Statistics Building)

“Determination” is a concept applicable to subjective agency, historical circumstance, and formal particularity. If determinism posits the way things must be, an account of determination is concerned not only with how something is but also how it might be otherwise: with both the genesis and possible transformation of states of affairs. How might attention to poetic determination help us to grasp the mediation of agency, history, and form by the literary work? This one-day workshop will take up this question through the resources of both philosophy and literature, foregrounding poetry and poetics as a key site for thinking through conceptual and political problems.


9.45–10.15: Registration

10.15–10.30: Greetings and Introduction (Daniel Katz, Warwick)

10.30–11.15: Nathan Brown (Concordia): “Baudelaire’s Shadow: Toward a Theory of Poetic Determination”

11.15–12.00: Eileen John (Warwick): “The Experience of Necessity in Poetry”

12.00–12.15: coffee break

12.15–13.00: Emma Mason (Warwick): “Determinacy and Weakness in Peter Larkin’s Seven Leaf Sermons

13.00–14.00: lunch

14.00–14.45: Stephen Ross (Concordia): “Equal, That Is, To the Virtual Itself: Poetic Knowledge and Self-Determination in Samuel Delany’s and Nathaniel Mackey’s Fiction”

14.45–15.30: Kyoo Lee (CUNY): “Determinalization: Serial Poecritiquing with and after Jacques Derrida, Nam June Paik, Fred Moten …”

15.30–16.00: coffee break

16.00–17.00: Round Table with Nathan Brown, Eileen John, Daniel Katz, Kyoo Lee, Emma Mason, Stephen Ross

17.00–18.00: drinks reception

Register Here by April 15, 2019 (registration includes lunch and drinks reception)

Terms and Conditions for Conference Registration

conference contact: Daniel Katz (

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‘out of the air’: Women, Creativity and Intelligence Work, Bletchley Park, 8 March 2019

‘out of the air’: Women, Creativity and Intelligence Work | Bletchley Park | Friday 8 March 2019

This one-day symposium will bring together writers, artists, scholars and technologists to explore the role of women in surveillance, transcription, cryptography, espionage, translation, observation, visualisation and recording. It will consider how this work influenced and inspired creativity following World War II, in art, science, and literature, and how it continues to place pressure on emerging technologically-enhanced means of expression and creative practices. What new modes of seeing, speaking, reading or writing have arisen?  How have women creatives challenged and been challenged by this?

The day’s speakers and panellists will include Dr Khanta Dihal (Cambridge), Dr Natalie Ferris (Edinburgh), Dr Adam Guy (Oxford), Dr Julia Jordan (UCL), Dr James Purdon (St Andrews), Dr Sophie Seita (Cambridge), the artist Nye Thompson, the writer Joanna Walsh and a keynote lecture from Professor Laura Salisbury (Exeter).

Hosted by Bletchley Park in collaboration with the school of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh, the Leverhulme Trust, and Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

The Mansion, Bletchley Park
10am – 5.30pm
Followed by readings and wine reception.


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Summer courses in Cambridge, July 2019

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, excursions, with leading scholars.

Virginia Woolf’s Gardens, 14–19 July 2019

Fictions of Home: Jane Austen to contemporary Refugee Writers, 21–26
July 2019

Early bird discount for bookings made by 15 November 2018.

Literature Cambridge

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Registration open: Modernist Archives in Context: Periodicals and Performance, 22–24 November, Reading

Modernist Archives in Context: Periodicals and Performance

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Beckett International Foundation

Beckett Week at the University of Reading, 2018

22 – 24 November 2018

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for Modernist Archives in Context: Periodicals and Performance. We would like to thank those who submitted abstracts and will be publishing a full programme on our website and Facebook page shortly. During the conference, there will also be an exhibition with paintings by Avigdor Arikha, Henri Hayden, Geer van Velde, and Matias, as well as artists’ books and a selection of notebooks and letters from the archive. Our two keynotes will be delivered by Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University) and Dr Jonathan Herron (University of Warwick). The two workshops will be led by Dr Adam Guy (University of Oxford), who will be talking about periodical cultures in transition, and by Dr Matthew McFrederick (University of Reading and University of the Arts London), who will be using the Billie Whitelaw collection to talk about staging Beckett.

On Thursday 22 of November there will be a reception to celebrate the exciting Creative Fellowship programme launched by the University of Reading’s Samuel Beckett Research Centre, and also the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Beckett International Foundation (BIF). All conference delegates are invited to attend. This event will feature a Q&A with the award-winning novelist Eimear McBride, the first recipient of a Beckett Creative Fellowship. The Beckett International Foundation will be holding a seminar on Saturday 24 of November, with invited speakers Dr Julie Bates (Trinity College Dublin), Dr Lucy Jeffery (University of Reading), Dr Pim Verhulst (University of Antwerp), and Professor Shane Weller (University of Kent). A separate registration for the BIF seminar will be available in due course.

To find out more about the conference fees and register to attend the conference please follow the link:

Please note that a separate registration for the BIF Seminar will appear in due course.

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Registration open: The Working-Class Avant-Garde, London South Bank, 22 June 2018

The Working-Class Avant-Garde

One-day Symposium, London | Friday 22 June, 2018

This symposium seeks to examine contributions to the twentieth-century British avant-garde by artists and writers of working class heritage. The avant-garde is often conceived to be the domain of the elite – those with the financial backing, education, and networks to succeed in this competitive arena. Indeed, studies such as John Carey’s divisive text, Intellectuals and the Masses, have understood the high intellectualism of the twentieth-century avant-garde to have developed in response to the improved education of the mass populace: a means to retain the divide between the masses and the elite. This symposium solicits papers about artists and writers who are outliers to this rule: the working-class figures who partook of the elite world of the avant-garde.

In recognising the fluidity of the term ‘working class’, and indeed its changing conditions through the twentieth century, we welcome studies of artists and writers who represent this designation relative to their own generation. Equally, as the definition of ‘avant-garde’ may well be contested, we propose an inclusive and flexible understanding of the term. Notable figures may include Henry Moore, DH Lawrence, Merk Gertler and David Bomberg in the early twentieth century, or later figures such as the ‘Two Roberts’, Merseybeat poets, and some YBAs. Studies of lesser-known figures of the avant-garde are welcomed, as are papers on the conditions of working class artists during the twentieth century.

Did their background influence their practice, or was it rejected in favour of a depoliticised aesthetic? Who were the patrons, institutions, art schools and collectives who supported these figures? How did the cultures and ideas of the working classes influence the development of British art throughout the twentieth century?

The symposium will take place on Friday 22 June 2018. In keeping with the symposium’s theme, it will be held at London South Bank University, previously the Borough Polytechnic, and home of Bomberg’s Borough Group.

Registration is open here.

This symposium is organised collaboratively by:

Dr Alexandra Trott (Oxford Brookes University, Fine Art)

Dr Leon Betsworth (London South Bank University, English)

Dr Nick Lee (Royal Holloway, University of London, Media Arts)

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Maud Ellmann to give the Inaugural Lorna Sage Memorial Lecture at UEA: PG bursaries available

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at UEA is pleased to announce the first annual Lorna Sage Memorial Lecture, to be given by Professor Maud Ellmann. The lecture will be titled ‘The Salesman Only Rings Once: Julian Maclaren-Ross and the Vacuum Cleaner in the 1930s’ and will take place in the Curve Auditorium at The Forum, Norwich on Thursday 14th June 2018 at 5.30pm. The lecture will be introduced by Professor Vic Sage, and followed by a wine reception. A symposium exploring Professor Ellmann’s will take place at UEA on Friday 15th June. Invited speakers at the symposium include Ian Patterson (Cambridge), Nicholas Royle (Sussex), Clair Wills (Princeton), Robert Young (NYU), Rachel Potter (UEA), Karen Schaller (UEA), Lyndsey Stonebridge (UEA), and Matthew Taunton (UEA). For further information or to register, please go to Both events are free and open to all, but advance booking is essential.

UEA is also making available two postgraduate bursaries, to cover UK standard-class rail travel and one night’s accommodation on campus. All students registered on a postgraduate degree in English or a related discipline are eligible. To apply, interested postgraduates should email a brief account (300 words) of why the lecture and symposium will be useful to their research to The deadline is midday on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

Maud Ellmann is Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English at the University of Chicago. She is a leading figure in modernist studies, with wide-ranging interests in psychoanalysis, feminism and critical theory. Her publications include The Poetics of Impersonality: T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound (Harvard, 1987), The Hunger Artists: Starving, Writing, and Imprisonment (Harvard, 1993), Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism (ed.) (Longman, 1994), Elizabeth Bowen: The Shadow Across the Page (Edinburgh, 2003) and The Nets of Modernism: Henry James, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and Sigmund Freud (Cambridge, 2010).

Lorna Sage (1943–2001) was Professor of English Literature at the University of East Anglia. She held degrees from Durham and Birmingham, and was appointed assistant lecturer at UEA in 1965, shortly after the university was founded. From the 1970s she was a prominent critic and reviewer for newspapers and journals, including the New York Times, the Observer and the London Review of Books. In 1981 she was appointed Florence B. Tucker visiting professor at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, but she returned to UEA in 1985 to take up the post of Dean of the School of English and American studies, becoming a professor in 1994. As a scholar who specialised in modern fiction by women writers, Sage produced editions of books by Katherine Mansfield and Jean Rhys, among others, and wrote important studies of Doris Lessing and Angela Carter. She also published two collection of critical essays, Women in the House of Fiction (1992) and Moments of Truth: Twelve Twentieth-Century Women Writers (2001), and edited the Cambridge Guide to Women’s Writing in English (1999). Her childhood memoir,Bad Blood (2000), won the Whitbread prize for biography shortly before her death in January 2001. A posthumous collection of her journalism, Good as Her Word, appeared in 2003, edited by her former husband, Professor Vic Sage, and their daughter, Sharon.

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Interwar Women Writers: Politics, Citizenship, Style, King’s College London, 1 June 2018

Interwar Women Writers: Politics, Citizenship, Style

Organized by Dr Clara Jones (KCL) and Dr Natasha Periyan (Goldsmiths)


The political activism and social commitments of interwar women writers were extensive and varied. Winifred Holtby was a member of the Six Point Group and Independent Labour Party, Sylvia Townsend Warner was a communist and a Red Cross volunteer in Spain, Naomi Mitchison was a committed socialist and Labour activist, Virginia Woolf had a life-long affiliation to the Women’s Co-operative Group, Storm Jameson founded the Peace Pledge Union, Rosamond Lehmann organised and spoke at anti-fascist meetings, and Elizabeth Bowen and E M Delafield were presidents of their local WIs. These writers lived through two rounds of electoral reform in 1918 and later in 1928, the opening up of the professions to some women through the 1919 Sex Disqualification Removal Act, the reform of divorce law in 1924 and 1937, as well as significant socio-political upheaval, including the first Labour government in 1924 and the 1926 General Strike. Interwar women writers responded to their social and political contexts and wrote their own commitments into their fiction and non-fiction texts in a range of ways. ‘Interwar Women Writers: Politics, Citizenship, Style’ is interested in the nature of these responses and relationship between these writers’ political concerns and their aesthetic decisions. The symposium will be an opportunity to re-contextualize the work of more ‘canonical’ writers while bringing them into dialogue with and drawing attention to women writers who have been marginalised in studies of interwar literature.

Panels of invited speakers will consider the following topics:

  • The political activism and civic commitments of interwar women writers
  • Their negotiation of domestic identity in their lives and work
  • The relationship between feminism and patriotism in writing of this period
  • The way that race, class and colonial status mediated in writers’ work
  • Interwar domesticity and conservatism
  • Women in and out of work
  • Publishing contexts

This symposium is generously funded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King’s College London and the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Speakers include: Maroula Joannou, Nick Hubble, Anna Snaith, Victoria Stewart, Nicola Wilson, Alice Wood, Vike Plock, Carole Sweeney, Catherine Clay, Kate MacDonald, Rowena Kennedy-Epstein, Suzanne Hobson, Matthew Taunton

Please register for this free event here: