Modernism In The Archives

Panel: Nissa Cannon, Bret Johnson, Emma West


Nissa Cannon | University of California, Santa Barbara

Nissa is an Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Pre-doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is completing her Ph.D. in English. Her dissertation, “Paper Identities and Identity Papers” argues that the documents of interwar itinerancy are responsible for creating a distinct mode of migratory identity: expatriation. She has published on Jean Toomer’s Cane, and has an article forthcoming in symploke on Claude McKay’s Banjo and the modern passport system

Bret Johnson | University of Loughborough

Bret is a fully-funded researcher at Loughborough University, with an interest in the role of literary prizes, small publishers, and the avant-garde. His work currently looks at literature throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a focus one Modernism and its legacy within contemporary fiction and combines archival research with oral history interviews. He gained a BA at Goldsmiths (2012) and an MA at the University of Birmingham (2014) before winning a studentship at Loughborough University in 2016 to work under the supervision of Dr Lise Jaillant and Professor Nigel Wood

Emma West | University of Cardiff

Dr Emma West is an early-career researcher specialising in the relationship between modernism and popular culture. Her PhD thesis, The Highs and Lows of Modernism: A Cultural Deconstruction, aimed to interrogate the modernist high/low culture divide; her postdoctoral project, Revolutionary Red Tape, will explore British state patronage of the arts from 1918-51. She has published essays on modernism, fashion and theory and is the organiser of several conferences, including Alternative Modernisms (2013). She is the Founder and Chair of Modernist Network Cymru (MONC).