BAMS Postgraduate Survey 2018

Following our 2017 findings, in October 2018 we launched an in-depth survey to gather feedback from PhD students working across the broad field of modernist studies throughout the UK. This survey has allowed us to develop our understanding of the general postgraduate community, as well as continue planning to better the support we offer as an association. We present the findings here.

We are exceptionally grateful to all those who filled out the survey and are taking the time to reflect on these results. Initially, what we have found cheering about is that – though there are undeniable systemic issues in academia – respondents feel valued by BAMS and are enjoying the events that we are organising as postgraduate representatives.

Outside of this survey, we have been listening to the feedback given to us at BAMS events and on Twitter. Responding to this, in the New Year we have a trio of special issues planned under the auspices of three excellent guest editors: Lilly Markaki will be editing an issue on Modernism Beyond the Literary, Will Carroll will be editing an issue on Modernism and Visual Culture, and Alana Sayers will be editing an issue on Decolonising Modernism. We are excited to be working alongside them. As ever, should you want to write for one of these issues, please email us.

If you would like to get involved with supporting PhDs across the country, the BAMS elections will soon be opening, and we have two Postgraduate Representative positions opening. Follow us on Twitter to keep up with all current news. 

GarethRuth, and Séan

The Editors

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BAMS PhD Survey: Have Your Say!

In 2017, postgraduate representatives Helen Saunders and Stephanie Boland launched a survey to gather feedback from the BAMS membership. This year, we are introducing a second, PhD-specific survey to develop our understanding of the general postgraduate community. We hope that this survey will help to reflect the needs, hopes, and wants of those undertaking a PhD in modernist studies, as well as tell us more about how BAMS can continue supporting you. Continue reading “BAMS PhD Survey: Have Your Say!”

From PhD to Postdoc: An Interview with Rachel Murray

Gareth Mills, University of Reading

Dr Rachel Murray was recently appointed a Postdoctoral Prize Fellow at Loughborough University. She completed her SWWDTP AHRC funded PhD at the University of Bristol in 2018, her thesis looking at the role played by popular entomology in the formal experimentation of Wyndham Lewis, H.D., D.H. Lawrence and Samuel Beckett. We recently interviewed her to find out more about her new role and to provide some insight for current PhD students and Early Career Researchers who may be seeking a similar position in the near future. Continue reading “From PhD to Postdoc: An Interview with Rachel Murray”

The Shimmering Intensity of Virginia Woolf: An Interview with Rosi Braidotti

Ruth Clemens, Leeds Trinity University and Utrecht University

Rosi Braidotti is a philosopher and Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University and the founding director of the Centre for the Humanities in Utrecht. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages, and includes the monographs Patterns of Dissonance (1991), Nomadic Subjects (1994), Metamorphoses (2002), Transpositions (2006), and The Posthuman (2013), as well as a number of edited volumes including, with Paul Gilroy, Conflicting Humanities (2016). Although not known as a literary scholar, many students and scholars of comparative literature and contemporary literary theory will recognise her influence on their fields, especially within gender studies, new materialism, and the posthuman. Along with the philosophical influences of Spinoza, Deleuze, and Irigaray, throughout Braidotti’s oeuvre there are multiple appearances by the figure of Virginia Woolf, and in June 2018 Braidotti delivered a keynote lecture at the 28th International Conference on Virginia Woolf at the University of Kent. The Modernist Review recently caught up with her to chat about her love of Virginia, feminist resistance in times of crisis, and why literature matters. Continue reading “The Shimmering Intensity of Virginia Woolf: An Interview with Rosi Braidotti”

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