Modernism Now! BAMS International Conference


26–28 June 2014

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London

Keynote Speakers:
Tyrus Miller (University of California,
Santa Cruz)
Jacqueline Rose (Queen Mary, London)

For full programme details, abstracts and information see:


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Modernism Now! is a three-day international, interdisciplinary conference organised by the British Association for Modernist Studies, designed to explore modernisms throughout the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  The conference aims to discuss the past achievements of modernism, its possible futures, and to provide a review of current activity in the field. In Modernism and Theory, Neil Levi has recently suggested that in thinking about modernism we consider ‘the idea of a contemporary perpetuation of artistic modernism’ and that we see ‘modernist works as events whose implications demand continued investigation.’

Modernism Now! will explore these issues in three distinct ways:

• The conference aims to represent the diversity of modernisms, and calls for papers assessing modernist writers, artists, texts and performances from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, methodological standpoints, and theoretical perspectives.
• The conference will explore the ongoing use of ‘modernism’ as a cultural, philosophical, and artistic category, analysing how and where modernism functions as a continuing aesthetic in the twenty-first century, across multiple disciplines, geographies, and traditions.
• The conference hopes to provide a review of current research in modernist studies, inviting panels and papers (joint or individual) that report on the work of research projects, editions, exhibitions, societies, and institutions.

The conference is open to anyone working on modernism, with reduced registration for BAMS members.


Includes a wine reception sponsored by the London Review of Books and a sandwich lunch on both 27th and 28th June.

WHOLE CONFERENCE: standard rate: BAMS Members: £60

WHOLE CONFERENCE: students/concessions: BAMS Members: £25

SINGLE DAY: standard rate: BAMS Members: £35

SINGLE DAY: students/concessions: BAMS Members: £15

WHOLE CONFERENCE: standard rate: non-BAMS: £80

WHOLE CONFERENCE: students/concessions: non-BAMS: £40

SINGLE DAY: standard rate: non-BAMS: £45

SINGLE DAY: students/concessions: non-BAMS: £25


BAMS Membership:

Current annual BAMS membership rates (which include a subscription to Modernist Cultures) are £30 standard; £25 student; £45 international standard; £35 international student. For more information about BAMS membership, go to

We will be offering some bursaries to enable postgraduate members of BAMS to attend the conference.

Conference enquiries to:

Conference Organising Committee
Sarah Chadfield (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary, University of London)
Chris Mourant (King’s College London)
Sophie Oliver (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Cathryn Setz (University of Oxford)
Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)