Conferences, Symposia and Workshops
Troublesome Modernisms | Senate House | June 2019
Queer Modernism(s) III: Queer Networks | University of Oxford | May 2019
BAMS Postgraduate Networking Event | University of Birmingham | October 2019
Orientations: A Conference of Narrative and Place | University of Nottingham | May 2018
Queer Modernism(s) II: Intersectional Identities | University of Oxford | April 2018
Echoes: A Symposium on Classic-Modern Relations | University of Birmingham | April 2018
Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide | University of Birmingham | April 2018
Queer Modernism(s) | Nottingham Trent University | April 2017
Bridging The Divide: Literature and Science | University of Kent | June 2016
Papers and Talks
Homeophobia: Christopher Isherwood and Domestic Refusal | Graphic Modernisms | MSA | Columbus, Ohio | November 2018
Chair | Class Feelings: Emotion and Affect | Class and Capitalism Reading Group| Nottingham | July 2018
Roundtable on Alternative or Adjacent Academic Careers | British Association of Victorian Studies Careers Day | University of Warwick | June 2018
Curators Talk: Walking with Lawrence | Orientations: A Conference of Narrative and Place | University of Nottingham | May 2018
Walking with Lawrence | Global Heritage Showcase | Nottingham Trent University | May 2018
Queer Heritage in Practice | Queer Modernism(s) II: Intersectional Identities | University of Oxford | April 2018
The Queer Chronology of Katharine Burdekin’s Proud Man (1934) | New Work in Modernist Studies | The British Association for Modernist Studies | Leeds Trinity | December 2017
Chair | Critical Kinks: Theorizing BDSM | Contemporary Studies Network | Nottingham | October 2017
Bogeymen of the Blitz: Bombings, Breakdowns and Black Magic in the Wartime Writing of H.D. | American Literature Association | Boston | May 2017
Queering the Camera: Sexuality, Sight and the Self in Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Novels | Queer Modernism(s) | Nottingham Trent University| April 2017
‘I really don’t exist’: Queer (auto)biography and the fragmented self in Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye To Berlin (1939) | New Work in Modernist Studies | The British Association for Modernist Studies | Queen Mary University of London | December 2016
Mechanical Reproduction: The Queer Craftsmanship of Mina Loy | Sensory Modernisms | University of Leeds | December 2015
Peer Reviewed Publications
Richardson, Sean and Green, Heather. E.M. Forster and Community. (Dorking: Cockerel Press, 2020). [Forthcoming]
Richardson, Sean and Heather Green. ‘Talking Women/Women Talking: The Feminist Potential of Podcasting for Modernist Studies’. Feminist Modernist Studies. DOI: 10.1080/24692921.2018.1505818
Richardson, Sean. ‘“A certain kind of romanticism”: An Interview with Mike Parker’. Studies in Travel Writing, 21.4 (2017).
Richardson, Sean. ‘Introduction’, in E14: Our Stories, ed. by Liam Harney (London: Queen Mary, University of London, 2015), pp. 1‐3.
Reviews and Reports
Richardson, Sean, Patty Argyrides, Michelle Rada and Meindert Peters. ‘Conference Review: MSA 2018‘. The Modernist Review. 1.3 (2018).
Richardson, Sean. ‘In Search of Lost Time: Precarious Research in the UK’. Modernism/Modernity Print+ 3.2 (2018).
Richardson, Sean. ‘Aural Pleasure: Podcasts, Pedagogy and the Public Humanities’. Modernism/Modernity Print+ 2.3 (2017).
Research Projects and Digital Humanities
Curator | Forster50 | Dorking Museum | 2020
Séan is currently curating the Forster50 exhibition, set to be held at Dorking Museum in 2020. The exhibition commemorates 50 years since the passing of one of England’s greatest writers, E.M. Forster, exploring his place in the local community and its impact on his work. The exhibition will culminate in the publication of a book, E.M. Forster and Community, which will be published by Cockerel Press.
Curator | Walking with Lawrence | 2018
Séan is leading on Walking with Lawrence, a year-long project that will culminate in an audioguide tour of Nottingham, exploring writer D. H. Lawrence’s relationship with the city. The project, which will launch in November 2018, straddles literature, heritage and the digital humanities.
Founder | The Modernist Podcast | 2016
Séan founded and hosts the monthly Modernist Podcast. The Modernist Podcast is a platform for academics to share their research with the wider scholarly community. Its aim is to bring critical discussion beyond the bindings of the journal and out from within the walls of the conference, into the airwaves and across digital media. The podcast has a global reach, with over 2000 listeners and panelists from Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.
Oral Historian | Twilight People | Rainbow Jews | 2015
Séan worked as an oral historian for Twilight People, a landmark heritage project that celebrates the hidden history of transgender and gender-variant people of faith in the UK. As part of the project, Séan interviewed a series of trans and non-binary people of various faiths, discussion which culminated in a museum exhibition that traveled Britain throughout 2016.
Associate Lecturer | Nottingham Trent University | Ongoing.
Séan is currently an Associate Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, teaching research skills and an accredited second year module, ‘Culture and Anarchy’, a survey course of Twentieth Century literature. Here, he is involved in seminar teaching, marking and pastoral care.
Organiser | Modernism in Focus | March 2018
Séan has organised Modernism in Focus, as part of the Midlands Modernist Network. Modernism in Focus is an intensive, four-day retreat in Sussex designed to equip PhD students with the skills and knowledge necessary to completing a PhD in modernist studies.
Organiser | Nottingham Trent Employability Series | October 2017 – January 2018
Séan has organised an ongoing series of workshops designed to equip postgraduate students at institutions in Nottingham, Birmingham, Derby, Leicester and Coventry with the necessary skills to succeeding within the academic sphere.
Awards and Funding
MSA Scholarship | Modernist Studies Association | November 2018.
One scholarship to attend the Modernist Studies Association annual conference.
BAMS Scholarship | British Association of Modernist Studies | November 2018
One scholarship to attend the Modernist Studies Association annual conference.
Christopher Isherwood Fellowship | The Huntington Library | September 2018
One fellowship to undertake research into Christopher Isherwood.
Summer School Funding | Midlands3Cities | January 2018
Award to run Midlands Modernist Network summer school in March 2018.
School Funding | University of Birmingham | April 2017
Award to provide travel stipends for the Midlands Modernist Network throughout 2017.
Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship | Nottingham Trent University | October 2016
AHRC-matched award to undertake PhD research at Nottingham Trent University.
Sasha Roberts Scholarship | University of Kent | December 2015
Award for best Masters interview at the University of Kent.
Postcolonial Studies Scholarship | University of Kent | September 2015
Award to undertake MA English and American Literature at the University of Kent.
Media and Representation
Editor | The Modernist Review | 2018-2020
Séan currently edits The Modernist Review, a digital platform that presents exciting new research in modernist studies on behalf of the British Association of Modernist Studies.
Postgraduate Representative | British Association for Modernist Studies | 2018 – 2020
Séan was elected to the British Association of Modernist Studies committee and will be acting as one of three postgraduate representatives until 2020. As part of this role, he organises events, writes reports, runs social media accounts and edits The Modernist Review.
Founder | Midlands Modernist Network | 2016
Séan founded the Midlands Modernist Network, a collaborative research cluster for scholars at institutions in Nottingham, Birmingham, Leicester, Coventry, Loughborough and the surrounding area. The network hosts a monthly reading group, organises an annual conference and supports students through offering travel stipends, networking opportunities and critical discussion.
Adviser | Queer Britain | The BBC | 2016-17
Séan advised the BBC on queer identity and history for their Queer Britain documentary series, focusing on what it means to be LGBTQ+ in the modern day. The show is comprised of six episodes, spanning themes as various as religion, pornography, homelesness and identity.