Who we are

The Executive Steering Committee for 2017 is as follows:

Iain Bailey (University of Manchester): Treasurer

Rebecca Beasley (University of Oxford): Past Chair

Rebecca Beasley is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oxford. She joined BAMS in 2008 as one of the original working party, and was subsequently elected Secretary of its first Executive Committee (2010-13), and Chair of its second (2013-14). Between 2000 and 2016 she was a member of the organising committee of the Modernism Seminar at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. She is the author of  Ezra Pound and the Visual Culture of Modernism (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and Theorists of Modernist Poetry: Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and T.E. Hulme (Routledge Critical Thinkers, 2007), and editor, with Philip Ross Bullock, of Russia in Britain, 1880-1940: From Melodrama to Modernism (Oxford University Press, 2013). Her new monograph, Russomania: Russian Culture and the Creation of British Modernism, 1881-1922, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2017. She is general editor, with Tim Armstrong (Royal Holloway), of the Edinburgh University Press series, Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernist Culture.

Katharine Cockin (University of Hull): External Relations Secretary

Alex Goody (Oxford Brookes University): Secretary

Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary, University of London): Vice-Chair and Membership Secretary

Deborah Longworth (University of Birmingham)

Sam Rose (St Andrews University)

Cathryn Setz (University of Oxford): Website Officer

Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)

Alex Thomson (University of Edinburgh)

Bernard Vere (Sotheby’s Institute of Art)

Jeff Wallace (Cardiff Metropolitan University): Chair

Jeff Wallace is Professor of English at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He joined BAMS in 2013, and the BAMS Executive Steering Committee in 2014. He is the author of Beginning Modernism (2011), D.H. Lawrence, Science and the Posthuman (2005), and the co-editor, with Andrew Smith, of Gothic Modernisms (2001). His most recent published work includes an essay, ‘Modern’, in the Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Posthuman (eds Bruce Clarke and Manuela Rossini, 2016), and an article, ‘Murphy and Peace’, in Twentieth-Century Literature (61:3, 2015). He is currently working on a study of abstraction as a critical concept in the literary and visual arts.


Claire Warden (De Montfort University)

Adam Watt (University of Exeter)

Adam Watt is Associate Professor (Reader) in French at the University of Exeter where he is also Director of Research for Modern Languages. His books include Reading in Proust’s A la recherche: le délire de la lecture (Oxford University Press, 2009);The Cambridge Introduction to Marcel Proust (Cambridge University Press, 2011; Persian edition forthcoming 2017); an illustrated biography, Marcel Proust (Reaktion Books, 2013; Chinese edition, Lijian Publishing, 2015); and, as editor, Marcel Proust in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2013; paperback 2016). He is seeking to develop a network for those working on modernist topics in the South West.


Postgraduate Representatives:

Stephanie Boland (University of Exeter) (2016-18)

Stephanie Boland is a graduate student at the University of Exeter writing on modernism and non-fictional forms. Her work has appeared in the James Joyce Quarterly, Literature & History, and The Cambridge Quarterly. As a journalist, she has written for the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, the LA Review of Books and Asymptote, a specialist journal of translation. She is regular contributor to the New Statesman.

Helen Saunders (King’s College London) (2016-18)

Helen Saunders is PhD student in the English department at King’s College London, researching the representation of fashion in the works of James Joyce. Helen teaches on English BA modules at King’s and on the university’s ‘Literature in the City’ summer school programme. She is an administrator at the faculty’s Centre for Modern Literature & Culture, a postgraduate representative for the British Association of Modernist Studies, and has published in Irish Studies Review and James Joyce Broadsheet.


BAMS Advisory Board:

Ian Bell, Department of American Studies, Keele University

Jonathan Bignell, Department of Film, Theatre & Television, University of Reading

Ramsey Burt, Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities, De Montfort University

Sascha Bru, Department of Literary Studies & MDRN, University of Leuven

Laura Doan, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester

Vivien Gardner, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, University of Manchester

Graeme Gilloch, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

Susan Harrow, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol

Ben Highmore, School of Media, Film, and Music, University of Sussex

Peter Osborne, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London

Barbara Penner, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

David Peters Corbett, Centre for American Art, Courtauld Institute of Art