Join the Modernist Podcast in 2018!

Since our launch episode in January, the Modernist Podcast has had an overwhelming – and slightly unbelievable! – amount of support from students, academics, networks and institutions. Our audience is constantly expanding, with panellists and listeners from around the globe, critiquing modernism in all its forms. We are proud of our work so far, and excited to hear our future panellists discussing themes as disparate as race, sexuality, war, technology and medicine.

Due to this magnanimous support however, our panels for 2017 are already full. This has led to an overwhelming demand from students, meaning that we have had to turn down projects brimming with talent. To remedy this, we at the podcast have decided to release our schedule for 2018 early, allowing researchers to secure places and panels to get to know one another. We are truly excited about these panels, which expand upon our current discussions, as well as allow us to take the podcast in new directions, with episodes dedicated to Woolf, H.D. and Joyce.

You can check out the full schedule for 2018 here. To get involved, email us at with the panel you would like to be on, and a brief description on your research. We accept exceptional MA students, PhDs or ECRs within two years of their viva. If you are a early career researcher, consider getting involved, and if you are an academic, help our work by sharing this call-out with your students.

We eagerly await participants to join our fantastic line-up!

Many thanks!

The Modernist Podcast

This announcement does not end our commitment to diversifying our panels, as outlined here. If you are a researcher of colour and would like to get involved with any future panel, we will make space for you. 


Prioritising Panellists of Colour

Founded in late 2016 and starting in January 2017, the Modernist Podcast has been an exciting journey for each of us involved. We are overwhelmed by the support from the Modernist community, as well as incredibly happy that we have panellists for all our upcoming episodes. Equally, we are excited that each of our episodes feature women, and that we will not be hosting any all-male panels. However, as we enter March and prepare Episode 3, we are aware that our panels are overwhelmingly white. Because of this, the podcast will be prioritising panellists of colour for all panels in 2017.

Racism is a deeply embedded structural issue within the academic community, and one which we aim to challenge, rather than be complicit in. Overall, 92.4 per cent of professors in the UK are white, while just 0.49 per cent are black. Only 15 black academics are in senior management roles. For women of colour, this issue is even further entrenched, with the Runnymede Trust finding just 17 black female professors in their recent study. As an educational podcast, this is a fact that we would like to draw attention to, and be aware of ourselves.

This is a general call out to all researchers and academics working in the field to help us spread the message and ensure that our panels are as diverse as possible. As each show currently has at least three panellists already, we will not be accepting any further white panellists for 2017. We are willing to make space for panellists of colour on any of our upcoming episodes, including Episode 3, Transatlantic Modernism. If you are in the UK, we can travel to you to make the recording. If you are abroad, all you need is a Dictaphone or good quality phone app, we can do the rest! To get involved, just send us a Tweet @Podernism, or email us at

Many thanks!

The Modernist Podcast