Early Career Researchers

MSA Research Travel Grant

The MSA is pleased to announce its 2019-20 Research Travel Grant program. These grants aim to help scholars of modernism conduct their research through visits to archives, collections, and other pertinent sites. Applications will be selected on the basis of the merit of the proposed research and demonstration of need. As this grant is supplementary to other sources of support, applicants should also apply for any available support from their home institutions and the target archives.

Purpose: The funding is designed to supplement other existing sources of support, enabling scholars to travel to archives or other pertinent sites to conduct original research. Scholars may apply for up to $1,000 in funding.

Eligibility: All scholars are eligible, regardless of stage of career, employment status, institutional affiliation, or lack thereof. However, preference will be given to members of the MSA, early career researchers, scholars in contingent academic positions, and those who have sought other sources of support for the proposed research. MSA Board members are not eligible to apply. Applicants may apply more than once, but preference will be given to those who have not been awarded a previous grant. All applicants must be members of the MSA before they can receive research travel grant funds.

Deadline: January 1, 2020

How to Apply: Submit a two-page CV and the application form (including 500-word research statement and short budget) to modernistforms@gmail.com by January 1, 2020. The subject line of your email must read “MSA Travel Grant Application 2020.”

Applications will be judged by a committee comprised of three members of the MSA Board. Grants will be announced in early spring. All applicants will be notified.

Successful applicants will be asked to spend their funds within the 2020 calendar year and will be required to provide a 500-word research report for publication on the MSA website within one month of completing the research trip.

Full information and contact details: MSA Research Travel Grants


New Work in Modernist Studies: Graduate Conference

Friday 6 December 2019 | University of Liverpool

Registration is now open for the ninth one-day graduate conference on New Work in Modernist Studies, which will take place on Friday 6 December at the University of Liverpool, 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).

See more here: New Work in Modernist Studies

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.

The day, which also marks the relaunch of the Northern Modernism Seminar, will include a plenary session with Dr Beryl Pong (Sheffield) and will close with a discussion of the legacies of modernism, for which we’ll be joined by writers Preti Taneja (We That Are Young, 2017) and Chris McCabe (Dedalus, 2018), and Eloise Millar, editor and co-founder of Galley Beggar Press. This will be followed by a drinks reception.

The main part of the day will run from roughly 10am-5.30pm, followed by the evening plenary session and drinks, which will finish by 8 pm. A full programme will be released soon.

Registration deadline: Monday 25 November.

To join BAMS, and receive a discounted rate to attend New Work in Modernist Studies, please visit BAMS Membership

If you have any questions about the conference, email: sophie.oliver@liverpool.ac.uk


BAMS Essay Prize 2019

The British Association for Modernist Studies

The British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS) invites submissions for its annual essay prize for early career scholars. The winning essay will be published in Modernist Cultures, and the winner will also receive £250 of books.

 The BAMS Essay Prize is open to any member of the British Association for Modernist Studies who is studying for a doctoral degree, or is within five years of receiving their doctoral award. You can join BAMS by following the link on our membership pages: https://bams.ac.uk/membership

Essays are to be 7-9,000 wordsinclusive of footnotes and references.

The closing date for entries is 31 December 2019. The winner will be announced in early March 2020.

Essays can be on any subject in modernist studies (including anthropology, art history, cultural studies, ethnography, film studies, history, literature, musicology, philosophy, sociology, urban studies, and visual culture). Please see the editorial statement of Modernist Cultures for further information: http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/mod.

In the event that, in the judges’ opinion, the material submitted is not of a suitable standard for publication, no prize will be awarded.

Instructions to Entrants

Entries must be submitted electronically in Word or rtf format to modernistcultures@gmail.com and conform to the MHRA style guide.

Entrants should include a title page detailing their name, affiliation, e-mail address, and their doctoral status/ date of award; they should also make clear that the essay is a submission for the BAMS Essay Prize.

 It is the responsibility of the entrant to secure permission for the reproduction of illustrations and quotation from copyrighted material.

Essays must not be under consideration elsewhere.

Enquiries about the prize may be directed to Tim Armstrong, Chair of the British Association for Modernist Studies, at T.Armstrong@rhul.ac.uk

Full information: BAMS Essay Prize