Séan Richardson is a PhD student at Nottingham Trent University, funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Researcher Development Scheme and supervised by Professor Andrew Thacker and Dr Catherine Clay.
Primarily, his research is interested in exploring the relationship between modernism, sexuality, space and place as part of a thesis titled ‘Unorthodox Orientations: The Queer Geographies of Modernism 1913 – 1939’. Focusing on E.M. Forster, Christopher Isherwood, H.D. and Katharine Burdekin, this research sits at the intersection of literary geography and the history of sexuality within the field of modernist criticism. Further to this, Séan has led on multiple digital humanities projects that seek to expand the remit of modernist studies. In particular, he is invested in exploring the potential of audiovisual learning within the humanities. More broadly, Séan is interested in modernism, feminism, queer theory, space and place, biography studies, heritage, fantasy and science fiction, especially within the early 20th century.
Séan has worked extensively in student employability services, as well as a heritage assistant at Alexandra Palace and for a number of research projects. He hosts the Modernist Podcast, runs the Midlands Modernist Network, curates the Forster50 museum exhibition, leads on the Walking with Lawrence project and sits on the executive of the British Association for Modernist Studies. As well as this, Sean is the organiser of multiple international conferences including Queer Modernism(s) II: Intersectional Identities, Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide, and Orientations: A Conference of Narrative and Place. He can be found on Twitter.