About

The Modernist Podcast is a monthly discussion of art, literature and culture in the early twentieth century, providing academics with a platform to share their research with the wider community. Our aim is to bring critical debates beyond the bindings of the journal and out from within the walls of the conference, into the airwaves and across digital media. We believe that this is a great way for scholars to have their voices heard in a thought provoking and fresh format that is accessible to a diverse audience.

Our episodes are proudly international, with panelists from across the UK, the USA, Japan, Canada, Australia and beyond. So no matter where you are in the world, don’t hesitate to contact us – all you need to get involved is a recording device. The podcast is committed to a broad discussion of modernism, located throughout the globe, spanning the late 19th century to new modernism(s) and encompassing forms as diverse as poetry, music, prose, newspapers, dance, painting, drama, photography, radio, sculpture and film. We are invested in a dialogue that considers high modernism alongside non-fiction and the middlebrow, Bloomsbury with rural England, Harlem with Berlin, the Americas with the Middle East.

Our host is Séan Richardson, a first year PhD student at Nottingham Trent University. You can find out more about him here.

Panel 1

Modernism and Race

Panel: Phoenix Alexander, Ryan Weberling, Madison Priest, Paul J Edwards

Phoenix Alexander | Yale

Phoenix is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the departments of English, African American Studies and WGSS. Before coming to Yale, he trained as a fashion and textile designer at Central Saint Martins, and completed a BA and MA in literature at Queen Mary, University of London. His article ‘Spectacles of Dystopia: Lauren Beukes and the Geopolitics of Digital Space’ was published in Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, and his non-fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. His dissertation is titled Voices with Vision: Writing Black Feminist Futures in Twentieth Century African America.

Ryan Weberling | Boston University

Ryan is a doctoral candidate in the English department at Boston University, where he is also completing a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His dissertation, ‘One World, One Life’: Modernist Fiction and the Politics of Federation, considers how writers such as Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and Salman Rushdie responded to the emergence of liberal federalism as a mode of governance and structure of feeling.

Madison Priest | City University New York

Madison is a doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center specializing in 20th century U.S. women’s writing. She is currently at work on her dissertation, “Women We Don’t Want to Be: The Female-Authored Antiheroine in American Modernism.” The project situates this character within an American literary tradition of comingled “brows” and seeks through her to map the landscape of women’s choices during what a Harper’s Weekly Columnist called “feminism’s awkward age.”

Paul J Edwards | Harvard University

Paul is a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University. He holds a PhD in American Studies from Boston University. His research has been supported by a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship (2012-2015) Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) research fellowship (2015-2016) and Dissertation Fellowship at the Boston University Center for the Humanities (Spring 2017). He graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts degree with honors in Music with a focus on ethnomusicology and American music history. His work in race and gender consider the ways discourses precede human interaction and often becomes obstacles for human contact. His methodology and analysis synthesize Michel Foucault, Carl Jung, Judith Butler, and Eve Sedgwick to focus on the epistemology and ontology of gender and race. At the heart of this methodology is a concern with how race functions in different contexts especially in the late 19th- and early 20th-century.

At the time of interview, Paul was a PhD student at Boston University.

Panel 2

Modernism, Its Influence and After

Panel: Benedict Jones-Williams, Heather Green, Chris Beausang,
Veronika Schuchter

Benedict Jones-Williams | University of Edinburgh

Benedict is a first year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh – his doctoral research focuses on the relationship between museums and literature in Europe and North America from 1850 until the present day. He recently graduated with distinction from Edinburgh’s Book History and Material Culture Masters programme, prior to which he studied English Literature at the University of Aberdeen, where he co-founded The Elphinstone Review, an undergraduate journal for the arts and social sciences. He has presented at conferences in Toronto and Leeds, and will soon be giving a paper at the 27th annual Virginia Woolf conference.

Heather Green | Nottingham Trent

Heather is a PhD candidate at NTU, researching the interpretation of literary heritage within Nottingham under the supervision of Duncan Grewcock. She completed her MA in Museum and Heritage Development at NTU in 2016, and has worked professionally within libraries and archives since 2009.

Chris Beausang | Maynooth Univeristy

Chris is a first-year PhD candidate in An Foras Feasa at Maynooth University, working under the supervision of Professor Susan Schreibman. His research investigates the resurgence of modernist aesthetics within the novels of contemporary novelists such as Anne Enright, Eimear McBride, Tom McCarthy and Will Self and involves reaching a definition of literary style through the use of machine learning and the construction of neural networks. Chris received his B.A. in English Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 2014 and his MPhil in Digital Humanities and Culture, also from Trinity, in 2015. He has had fiction published in Gorse, The Galway Review and The Bohemyth.

Veronika Schuchter | University of Innsbruck

Veronika is a final year PhD student at the University of Innsbruck and a Visiting Scholar at Nottingham Trent University where her doctoral project in the area of contemporary women’s writing is co-supervised. She is particularly interested in feminist and postcolonial theory as well as Canadian literature and women’s writing. She is steering group member of the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network (PG CWWN) and on the executive committee of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA).

Featured NTU Researcher: Connor Murphy | @captainconk

Panel 3

Queer Modernism

Panel: Megan Girdwood, Lloyd Houston, Sean Richardson

Megan Girdwood | University of York

Megan is a third year PhD student in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. Her thesis explores the place of the modernist dancer in performance, focusing on the legacy of Salome in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century drama and choreography. She has published work in the Journal of Religion & Film and the Irish Studies Review, and will participate in the discussion panel of the upcoming Modernist Podcast episode on Queer Modernism.

Lloyd Houston | University of Oxford

Lloyd is the Hertford College – Faculty of English DPhil Scholar in Irish Literature in English at the University of Oxford. His work explores the politicised role of venereal disease and discourses of sexual hygiene in Irish modernism. His recent publications include a history of the Bodleian’s restricted ‘Phi’ Collection and a reception study of Joyce’s Ulysses in Britain’s copyright libraries.

Séan Richardson | Nottingham Trent

Séan is a first year PhD student at Nottingham Trent University, funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Researcher Development Scheme and supervised by Professor Andrew Thacker. His work focuses on E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence, Christopher Isherwood, Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman, H.D. and Katharine Burdekin, and sits at the intersection of space theory, queer theory and cosmopolitanism within the field of Modernist criticism. Primarily, his research is interested in developing current thinking within cosmopolitan debates, asking how queer writers engaged with and relied on the cosmopolitan in the Modernist era. His working thesis title is Voyaging Out: Queer Writers and the Cosmopolitan 1905 – 1945.

Featured NTU Researcher: Sabrina Moro | @SabrinaMoroPhD

Panel 4

Transatlantic Modernism

Panel: Matthew Holman, Gabby FletcherRachel Eames, Anna Girling

Matthew Holman | UCL 

Matthew is a PhD student at University College London. He works on late modernism (1955-65) and on the transatlantic avant-garde. His research focuses on the poet and curator Frank O’Hara, and on his relationships and collaborations with European gestural art.

Gaby Fletcher | National University of Ireland

Gaby is a first year PhD candidate at the National University of Ireland, Galway and is a recipient of the Hardiman Research Scholarship. Her research draws together the writers Edith Wharton, Djuna Barnes, and Gertrude Stein to consider how their writing responds to the articulation of female identity found in American social reform campaigns.

Rachel Eames | University of Birmingham

Rachel is in the first year of her Midlands3Cities funded PhD in English at the University of Birmingham. She is working on the relationship between early 20th Century physics, literature and culture, looking particularly at the ways physics was experienced and adopted by Modernist poets.

Anna Girling | University of Edinburgh

Anna is a PhD student in the English Department at the University of Edinburgh. Her thesis looks at the American writer, Edith Wharton, and at her ambivalent engagement with modernity. More broadly, Anna is interested in the transatlantic culture of the interwar period, and in the relation of gender, sexuality and race to representations of transnationalism and cosmopolitanism – particularly in non-canonical (and middlebrow) texts. Her work on Edith Wharton has been published in the Edith Wharton Review and the Times Literary Supplement.

Featured NTU Researcher: Richard Bromhall | @richardbromhall