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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.

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!


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


Workshop at IASH Edinburgh

Call for Papers

Above. Degrees of Elevation

One-day workshop – 12 May 2016, IASH Edinburgh

Dreams of reaching the above have animated human beings for millennia, not least showing in the central role of ascension in religious, spiritual and cultural narratives and practices: Icarus’s doomed ascent towards the sun, Christ’s Ascension, or the levitation of saints, to name but a few. Next to the continued importance of such spiritual and mythological interpretations and connotations of height and elevation, the above has also been connected to ideas of modernity and “progress” in more recent history: genealogical trees reaching towards the realm of God, the history of flight as the conquering of the domain above with ever-improved technological tools, or the emergence of a modern “vertical” city epitomised by the skyscraper.

Reflections on the “vertical” dimension thus shape our understanding of basic human conditions and vice versa. Being always situated in space: “I am not in space and time, nor do I conceive space and time; I belong to them, my body combines with them and includes them.” (Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception 1962: 140), human beings use notions of verticality to reflect their relations, environments and relative positions. In negotiations of the above, spiritual and religious connotations of elevation merge with anticipations of modernity and its implications regarding technology, domination and power. That is, imaginations in Western modernity take place in a domain characterised by interrelations and tensions between the spiritual, the technological and the material. This dynamics for example shows in the development of flying contraptions to aid spiritual with bodily ascent, in the Romantic discovery of the Alps as means of sublime elevation, as well as in Gothic architecture, which provides edificial concretisation of the religious yearning for the above. Not least, the interactions between technological progress and spiritual elevation are apparent when the “giant leap for mankind” (Neil Armstrong) onto the moon in 1969 was answered by a surge in the popularity of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s “transcendental meditation” with its promises of elevation of body and mind without technological aids.

Given the significance of non-horizontal spatial dimensions, it is surprising that elevation and verticality have not been a major focus of analysis for scholars working on the construction of space and the urban and rural environment. Despite a generally increased interest in aspects of space, place and scale over the last decades, scholars obviously hesitate to include the “above” as an explicit reference point for their analyses. Only recently have urbanists and geographers begun to break with the dominance of the horizontal and turned to the third dimension of space. Some scholars even call for a “vertical turn” in order to highlight the need and value of accounting for the above and its relations (see Graham and Hewitt (2013), “Getting of the Ground: On the Politics of Urban Verticality”. Progress in Human Geography 37.1: 72-92).

The workshop “Above. Degrees of Elevation” aims to draw on this recently emerging scholarship on the vertical and study the relevance of non-horizontal spaces for the constitution of human relations and connect it with scholarly interests deriving from various disciplines. Not least due to its limited accessibility, the above constitutes a space with specific characteristics, and it has not only been constituted through technology but also, and significantly, through imaginative exploration. Given the inseparability of material and imaginative aspects of the above, the workshop aims to think these together and explore their interrelations and the negotiations between them. Indeed, while scholars from a wide range of fields are concerned with the vertical, more exchange is needed to account for and connect the various aspects that the above and movements of elevation imply. The workshop therefore invites contributions on aspects of degrees of elevation in modern Western society from diverse disciplinary perspectives, including literature, theology, film studies, history and sociology.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words (for 20 min papers) and a short bio-note to

by February 15, 2016.

The Venue

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities The University of Edinburgh
Hope Park Square
EdinburghEH8 9NW

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities was established in 1969 to promote interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Edinburgh. It provides an international, interdisciplinary and autonomous space for discussion and debate. This Workshop has been funded as a Royal Society of Edinburgh Susan Manning Workshop, in memory of IASH’s former Director, Susan Manning. For more information, please see

Call for submissions Workshop

Opportunities for early career print scholars from APS: printmaking workshop and Article Prize

The Association of Print Scholars is excited to announce two major opportunities for early-career scholars of printmaking. Please see the announcements below for:

1) a printmaking workshop scheduled for May 20-21 in Providence, RI; and

2) the Schulman and Bullard Article Prize which carries a $2,000 award.

Applications for both are due on January 31, 2016.


Call for Applications:

Printmaking Workshop for Early-Career Scholars

Sponsored by the Association of Print Scholars (APS)

Providence, RI, May 20-21, 2016

Knowledge of printmaking techniques is integral to a scholarly understanding the field. Print enthusiasts frequently find it necessary to “dissect” a print—count the number of layers used in a screenprint, examine the fineness of a line in a woodcut, or guess how many plates were implemented in the printing of a color etching. Despite this inherent focus on process, many scholars have never had the opportunity to make a print themselves due to issues of time, funding, or resources.

The Association of Print Scholars (APS) is pleased to announce a two-day intensive workshop that will provide early-career scholars with a brief introduction to printmaking techniques. The workshop will begin with a kickoff reception on Thursday evening at Cade Tompkins Projects, a gallery that represents contemporary printmakers including Daniel Heyman, Allison Bianco, and Nancy Friese.

Participants will spend the first day focusing on intaglio processes, with a special presentation on engraving by Andrew Raftery, Professor of Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), held at Overpass Projects, a new printshop founded by RISD printmaking MFA alumni. The second day will focus on lithography. The workshop will be led by Brian Shure, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director in Printmaking at RISD, and a former master printer at Crown Point Press. The number of participants will be limited to ensure a hands-on experience with each demonstration and access to individualized attention.

Who: Graduate students currently enrolled in art history, visual culture, or material culture doctoral programs in the United States or early-career professionals who graduated within the last ten years. Applicants must be members of APS.

Fees: Participants will be responsible for travel expenses to Providence and lodging. Stipends will be offered, by application, to offset these costs for those without institutional support.

Application: To apply, please submit the following documents:

  1. a brief statement (500 words or less) describing your research and how it would be enriched by this workshop

  2. a current CV

  3. one letter of reference (sent directly to

  4. a proposed budget for your expenses (only required if you would like to be considered for a stipend)

Please send your application as a single PDF attachment to with the subject line “Providence printmaking workshop.” Applications are due by January 31, 2016. Applicants will be notified by February 15, 2016.

This workshop is sponsored by a generous grant from The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation.


Call for Applications:

The Schulman and Bullard Article Prize

The Association of Print Scholars invites applications for the Schulman and Bullard Article Prize. The Prize is given annually to an article published by an early-career scholar that features compelling and innovative research on prints or printmaking. The award, which carries a $2,000 prize, is generously sponsored by Susan Schulman and Carolyn Bullard. Following the mission of the Association of Print Scholars, articles can feature aspects of printmaking across any geographic region and all chronological periods. Articles will be evaluated by a panel of advanced scholars for the author’s commitment to the use of original research and the article’s overall contribution to the field of print scholarship.

The Association of Print Scholars invites nominations and self-nominations for the 2016 Schulman/Bullard Article Prize meeting the criteria outlined below:

Nomination Criteria:

  • Authors must have graduated with an MA, MFA, or PhD fewer than 10 years prior to article publication and have less than 10 years of experience as a practicing professional in an academic or museum institution or as an independent scholar.

  • Authors must be current members of APS.

  • Articles must have been published in a journal, exhibition catalogue, or anthology between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Online publications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Articles must be between 3,000 and 10,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and references.

  • Entries for consideration must be in English, though the text of the original article may be in any language.

To submit an article for consideration, please send the completed nomination form along with an electronic or hard copy of the article to Angela Campbell, the APS Grants Coordinator:

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2016


Angela Campbell

Grants Coordinator

Phenomenology and Literature: An Afternoon Workshop


Phenomenology and Literature: An Afternoon Workshop

An Oxford Phenomenology Network Event

Thursday 14th January, 12.00-18.00

at TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities)

Oxford Phenomenology Network invites anyone with an interest in literature and/or phenomenology to join us for this half-day event. We hope to provoke stimulating and productive conversations about how phenomenology and literature can inform each other.

The event will have a colloquial atmosphere, comprising no more than 30 participants. The event will include a workshop element with pre-circulated readings. We are also delighted to welcome a panel of five researchers working at the intersection of phenomenology and literature: Dr Elizabeth Barry (University of Warwick), Dr Carole Bourne-Taylor (University of Oxford), Professor Maximilian De Gaynesford (University of Reading), Dr Ulrika Maude (Bristol University), and Dr David Nowell Smith (University of East Anglia). Each researcher will deliver a 10-to-15-minute talk on how they approach the phenomenology-literature relationship; these brief provocations are designed to stimulate subsequent open discussion on questions such as:

What is at stake in using phenomenology as a theory to be applied to literary texts?

How can phenomenological contexts for literature operate fruitfully alongside
other formal, historical and theoretical contexts?

How can phenomenological ideas help us to understand the process of reading?

How can literary texts help us to illuminate phenomenological ideas?

To what extent are phenomenological texts ‘literary’ in their own right?

Thanks to our TORCH Network Grant, this event will be free to all participants. A sandwich lunch, plus tea and coffee, will be provided. If you would like to attend, please email the organisers – Dr Cleo Hanaway-Oakley, Dr John Scholar, and Erin Lafford – at, briefly (in no more than 100 words) outlining your interest in the topic. As places are limited, we urge you to get in touch soon (definitely by Wednesday 23rd December) – places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Thursday, January 14, 2016 – 12:00pm to 6:00pmRadcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GGSeminar RoomOxford…
Postgraduate Reading group Seminars Workshop

‘Literary Cosmopolitanism: Theory and Practice’

‘Literary Cosmopolitanism: Theory and Practice’

A one-day Graduate Workshop

Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

19 November 2015

Call for Participations

Cosmopolitanism, etymologically derived from the Greek for ‘world citizenship’, offers a radical alternative to the ideology of nationalism, asking individuals to imagine themselves as part of a community that goes beyond national and linguistic boundaries. Together with the cognate concepts of inter-nationalism and trans-nationalism, cosmopolitanism has become a widespread and contentious term within literary studies, affecting our understanding of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature in particular.

This one-day graduate workshop is designed to introduce doctoral students to the current critical debate on cosmopolitanism. It will consist of a seminar based on pre-circulated critical material followed by the opportunity to relate the discussion to the participants’ individual research. The workshop is open to PhD students in all areas of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literary studies (English, comparative literature, modern languages), from all universities, but it is limited to a maximum of 15 participants. No previous knowledge of theories of cosmopolitanism is required. There is no registration charge and lunch will be provided as part of the event. Two small travel bursaries are available for participants coming from further afield.

In order to secure a place, or for general enquiries, please write to Prospective participants should send a CV and a short statement of maximum one page stating how they envisage that attending the workshop will benefit their research by 30 September 2015 at the latest.

‘Literary Cosmopolitanism: Theory and Practice’ is part of the AHRC-funded project The Love of Strangers: Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English ‘Fin de Siècle’ (PI Stefano Evangelista, Oxford University). It is a collaboration between Birkbeck, University of London and Oxford University. The workshop will take place in London and will be led by Stefano Evangelista, Ana Parejo Vadillo, and Clément Dessy.