Events Seminars

Symposium: The Paris Commune at 150, London, 2 Nov 2021

Tuesday, 2 November 2021, 9.30-19:00 GMT, at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine (London)
We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune with an in-person symposium. The event brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to explore the literary, political, and artistic legacies of the Paris Commune. The symposium will consist of four panels and a concluding roundtable. For the full programme, see:

Confirmed participants include Mark Allison (Ohio Wesleyan), David A. Shafer (California State), Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck), Mark Steven (Exeter), Constance Bantman (Surrey), Matthew Beaumont (UCL), Antony Taylor (Sheffield Hallam), Owen Holland (UCL), Kristin Grogan (Rutgers), Clare Pettitt (KCL), Scott McCracken (QMUL), Julia Nicholls (KCL), Terence Renaud (Yale), Patrick Bray (UCL), Ruth Kinna (Loughborough), Esther Leslie (Birkbeck), Adrian Rifkin (Dutch Art Institute), and Kristin Ross (NYU).

Organizers: Charlotte Jones (QMUL) and Benjamin Kohlmann (Regensburg). Please note that there is no registration fee but that due to Covid restrictions attendance is limited to registered participants. Please use the Eventbrite link to register for the event:

CFPs Seminars

CfP: Collaborations & Networks symposium, 4-5 Sep 2021 (abstract 31 Mar; deadline 31 July)

Virtual Symposium

Irish Women’s Writing Network

4-5 September 2021

The period 1880-1940 was marked by the emergence of a diverse range of Irish women writers into both the public sphere and public consciousness. This development was not accidental but was instead fostered by a variety of networks and collaborations that connected Irish women to one another across space and time. Katharine Tynan and Dora Sigerson, for instance, hosted literary gatherings at their family homes that facilitated wider networks of influence, while collaborative writing efforts forged by Irish women during the period stretched from the works of Somerville and Ross through to the transnational publishing efforts of the Ladies’ Land League and into educational and journalistic endeavours in which Irish women played central roles. These included the foremost Irish literary periodical of the day, The Irish Monthly, in which women writers featured regularly, and the Irish Fireside Club, whose central ‘Uncle Remus’ role was fulfilled by two Irish women writers (Rose Kavanagh and Hester Sigerson). Meanwhile, the efforts of women editors including L. T. Meade, whose London-based periodical Atalanta promoted Irish authors abroad, and family-based connections from the widely known (Constance and Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth) to the more obscure (M. E. Francis, Agnes Castle and Margaret Blundell) were central to Irish women’s creativity and innovation.

With close attention to both individual collaborations and wider networks, the symposium will direct attention to how women writers endeavoured to tell, share and publish their stories. Recognizing the need for research in the field of Irish women’s writing that moves beyond the single-author approach, we are particularly interested in work that considers new critical perspectives on women writers’ creative innovations through collaboration across genres and media and their personal networks and strategies to establish themselves as writers within a rich web of personal connections alongside institutional and infrastructural possibilities, both at home and in transnational contexts.

This symposium will feed into a double issue of English Studies.

Prospective contributors are invited to submit 300-word abstracts for max. 15-minute papers for the one-day symposium. Topics might include but are not limited to the following:

  • collaborations between literature and other forms of production (ie. co-authoring; text and image; dramatists and theatre makers)
  • cross-media storytelling
  • collaborative work and activism
  • collaborations across genres
  • collaborations across media
  • women writers and their private and public networks
  • collaborations between networks
  • self-promotion (memoir/autobiography; travel writing; journalism)
  • salons, “At Homes”, reading groups
  • learned societies and associations
  • alternative networks and spaces (incl. National Library of Ireland; British Library; the Society of Women Journalists etc)
  • networking through paratexts (dedications; prefaces etc)
  • writers and their publishers
  • writers, editors, periodicals and print cultures
  • national and transnational collaborations and networks
  • writing women’s literary history in the period
  • protegées and mentors
  • women writers’ archives and archive networks
  • methodological approaches and challenges


In keeping with the theme of ‘Collaborations and Networks’, the symposium’s structure will follow a more engaged format to focus on time for dialogue between participants. Speakers will be invited to submit short papers of 2500 in advance, which will form the basis of a 10-15 minute presentation to be followed by facilitated discussions via a respondent. Presenters will be encouraged to prepare some questions and/or flag areas where they would like specific feedback. Given this format, there is a 2-stage submission process:

  1. Please submit your 300-word abstract for 15 mins presentations with title and a short biography to by 31st March 2021.
  2. Accepted papers of max. 2,500 words are due by 31st July 2021.


For the publication of the double-issue of English Studies, we seek to invite a selection of symposium contributors to submit an extended article of max. 10,000 words by 31st January 2022. All submissions considered for publication will be subject to peer review.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts.

Call for submissions CFPs Events Lecture Seminars Workshop

Publicising your call for papers and/or event via BAMS

A quick reminder on the different ways you can communicate with the BAMS community to promote your call for papers and/or event.

1: Use the JISCMail list

If you join the BAMS jiscmail list you can post directly to it.

2: Tweet @ us

If you mention us @modernistudies in a twitter post it’ll come to several of our phones and we’re happy to retweet.

3: Post to the Facebook group

There’s a BAMS Facebook group you can join and post to.

4: Ask for it to be posted on the website

You can email the BAMS info email address (see Contact page) with formatted text (in Word is fine – it holds formatting when pasted into WordPress) and the Web Officer will post the call when they see it. It might take a little while to respond, so do allow a bit of lead time when requesting web posts.


Northern Modernism Seminar


As you may know, the Northern Modernism Seminar restarted last year after a period lying fallow.  It now has a new website:

Do keep an eye on it for updates and further details of coming events.

There are already dates to mark in your diary for the next couple of seminars:

Sheffield Hallam University, 1 May 2020 [CANCELLED]

Teesside University, 6 November 2020

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Société d’Etudes Modernistes, Friday 12 October 2018, Paris

Biannual seminar of the Société d’Etudes Modernistes 

Friday 12 October 2018 (5–7pm)

Institut du Monde Anglophone (Room 16)

5 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, Paris 6th, France.

Benjamin Kohlmann (University of Freiburg): Proletarian Modernism

Respondent: Benoît Tadié (University Rennes 2).


This paper identifies a neglected tradition of twentieth-century literary, cultural, and theoretical production that I call “proletarian modernism”. Focusing on Sergey Eisenstein’s early Proletkult films as well as on the retooling of modernist (Joycean, Woolfian) styles in literary fiction of the 1930s and 1940s, my paper shows that proletarian modernists hope to find in modernist formal experimentation elements of a genuinely democratic aesthetic. At the same time, proletarian modernists are divided between a commitment to radical democracy and a political investment in the more ambiguously ‘democratic’ promise of the dictatorship of the proletariat.
Events Seminars Uncategorized Workshop

Summer courses in Cambridge

Virginia Woolf and Politics summer course, Wolfson College, Cambridge
1–6 July 2018

Women Writers: Emily Bronte to Elizabeth Bowen, Homerton College, Cambridge
8–13 July, seminars, tutorials, excursions, with leading scholars.

Looking ahead to 2019:

Woolf’s Gardens, July 2019

Literature Cambridge

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CFP: New Directions in David Jones Research

Call for Papers: New Directions in David Jones Research

Inaugural Research Seminar of the David Jones Research Center

 7–8 June 2018

Join us this June to inaugurate the David Jones Research Center, housed within the Honors College at Washington Adventist University. Designed to be a collaborative space for scholars interested in the work of artist and poet David Jones, the center seeks to:

  • foster original scholarship concerning David Jones and associated subjects
  • support emerging scholars in the field
  • facilitate focused research seminars to be held once per year with the aim of producing a published volume
  • organize or support further public lectures, exhibitions, and conferences, as interest and resources permit

The first day of this two-day research seminar will feature presentations outlining the present state of David Jones studies in light of recent publications in the field. Papers (of no more than 2000 words) might use material and themes from the following works as points of departure, critique, wondering or reframing:

Thomas Dilworth, David Jones, Artist, Painter, Engraver, Poet

Erik Tonning, Jamie Callison and Anna Johnson, editors, David Jones: A Christian Modernist?

Thomas Berenato, Anne Price-Owen and Kathleen Staudt, David Jones on Religion, Politics and Culture: Unpublished Writings (forthcoming)

Paul Hills and Ariane Banks, The Art of David Jones: Vision and Memory

The second day of the seminar will use reflections and reactions to the material presented on the first day to discuss new possibilities and directions the field of Jones studies might take, and how these directions might inform the future programming of the David Jones Research Center. In addition to papers responding to the recent scholarly works listed above, we welcome papers describing work in progress and new ideas.

Paper proposals (250 words) may be sent to:

Deadline: April 7, 2018

For more information please visit:

CFPs Events Seminars

Roll up for Craft Modernism: an assembly at the University of Sussex, 15 June

What is “craft modernism” – and how do you enact it in a group? See below for a message from Dr Annabel Haynes and Dr Hope Wolf on their June 15 “assembly”.

Events Seminars

Register now for “Dockland Encounters”, Dún Laoghaire, 22 June

Registration is now open for “Dockland Encounters”, a one-day interdisciplinary symposium to be held at Ireland’s National Maritime Musem, Dún Laoghaire, on June 22.

CFPs Postgraduate Seminars

Join the Black Artists & Modernism project at “Conceptualism – Intersectional Readings, International Framings”, December 2017

The Black Artists & Modernism research project is pleased to announce the forthcoming conference, Conceptualism – Intersectional Readings, International Framings, in collaboration with Van Abbemuseum. The conference will take place from Friday 8th December to Saturday 9th December 2017 at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.