New Work in Modernist Studies 12

Friday 9 December 2022

About the conference The twelfth one-day graduate conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place at Loughborough University, with some hybrid provision, on Friday 9 December 2022 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. 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 students from global majority ethnic backgrounds, who we recognise are underrepresented in the field. Once papers have been accepted we will be issuing accessibility guidelines for live presentations: please read and follow them.

The physical event is open to all, though we can only offer travel bursaries to students at British and Irish institutions. We encourage PhD students from around the world to apply to present virtually. 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 Jade French (Loughborough University) entitled ‘Ageing work in modernist studies: late styles and aftermaths’.

For online attendees, we are keen to enable the making of connections that usually happens in the physical spaces between academic papers and panels. We are working on ways of doing so, and welcome your insights on what has worked well in this area over the past few years.
Proposals 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 18 October 2022.
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.
Registration Registration will open once we have sent out acceptance emails.

The physical event will cost £20 for non-members, and £10 for members. Online only attendance will be charged at £10 non-members/ £5 members.