Guidelines for Host Institutions

Potential host institutions are invited to contact Rebecca Bowler. Organisation of the seminar is up to the host institution, but our experience is that following the guidelines below is a good idea.

• After having found a number (2 or 3 preferably) of dates that would work for your department/institution and speakers, please check these dates with the NMS co-ordinators before confirming with your invited speakers.

• We would normally expect the host institution to provide no more than one academic speaker. If needed, the NMS co-ordinators are happy to make suggestions about possible speakers.

• The host institution usually provides one (or maximum two) postgraduate speakers, but the NMS co-ordinators would be happy to make suggestions about possible postgraduate speakers interested in presenting their work in progress.

• Academics or postgraduates who are interested in presenting at future Northern Modernism Seminars should, in the first instance, get in touch with the NMS co-ordinators, who can then feed suggestions to the host organiser(s).

• The sooner the host institution publicises the day programme (inclusive of maps, locations, and directions) the more successful it usually is in terms of attendance and organisation.

• In addition to normal institutional channels, the publicity material is to be passed on to the co-ordinators, who will put it up the NMS website; it is a good idea to post it on the BAMS website (, too.

• We have found that the seminar works best when:
there are no more than 4 speakers (5 if two of the speakers are postgraduates)
academic speakers present a 40-45 minute paper
postgraduate students present 20 minute papers
generous time is allowed for questions and discussion (at least 20 minutes or more after each speaker)
the organisers allow for at least one hour for lunch and for one coffee or tea break of 20 or 30 minutes
a late start (11ish) and a 4:30 close to allow for comfortable travelling time.