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Centre for Modern Studies Postgraduate Forum

About the forum

About the forum

The Centre for Modern Studies Postgraduate Forum provides a platform for research students working within the modern period to present pieces of work and to share ideas with other students from across the humanities disciplines. Our aim is thus twofold: firstly, we offer opportunities for research students to develop and hone their presentational and discussion skills in an informal atmosphere amongst their peers, and secondly we hope to supplement the interdisciplinary research community based around the Humanities Research Centre. By focusing on the interdisciplinary role of the forum, we hope that a fruitful exchange of ideas and perspectives can be achieved in a manner that disciplinary segregation is simply unable to provide.

The seminar programme for the spring term will consist of two events in weeks four and eight. These events will consist of two student presentations followed by group discussion. We try to pair speakers together who can present topics of relevance to one another, and thereby to spark a discussion which can draw from the content of both presentations.

If you would like to submit a paper for presentation at one of the forum events, please send a 200 word abstract and a short bio to If you do not have a paper ready, but know that you would be interested in presenting something to the forum, or if you would like some experience at chairing a discussion, please feel free to contact us at the above email address.

You can also follow our events by joining our Facebook group, CModS Countervoices and following us on Twitter @cmodspgforum1

The forum committee members for 2020-21 are: Emma V Bryning (, Ishita Krishna (, Gregory Tiani (, Sarah Lapacz (, Flora Sagers (, and Helena McBurney (

Annual symposium

Annual symposium

2020-21 Spatial Modernities: Mapping the Physical and Psychological World

Previous annual symposia

2019-20 Pandemic, Crisis and Modern Studies Twitter conference event page, lecture tweets #cmodspan2020

This presentation explains how the conference was organised and offers tips for those who would like to organise a similar event:

The Secrets of Organising a Twitter Conference (PDF , 20,716kb)

2016-17 Transculturation: Encounters in the Modern Period, 1830 - Present

2015-16 The Modern Body, 1830-present

2014-15 Mapping Identities in the Modern World, 1830-present

2013-14 Nature at War

2012-13 Advertising and Consumer Culture

2011-12 Authenticity

2010-11 Watching and Being Watched 

This term's events

For details of this term's events, see the forum's Facebook Group page

Annual symposium posters

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