Organising Committee

Séan Richardson | Nottingham Trent

Séan founded the Queer Modernism(s) conference. He is currently a third year PhD student at Nottingham Trent University, funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Researcher Development Scheme. His work interrogates the relationship between sexuality and space in the modernist period. He hosts the monthly Modernist Podcast and has published on space, place and heritage.

Jessie McLaughlin | Goldsmiths University

Jessie McLaughlin is an artist & amateur footballer (no sporting ambition beyond doing excellent kick ups in the park). They work from a queer brown (sometimes sad) perspective, foregrounding emotional experiences & proposing these as valid methods of research. Currently, they are doing a PhD with Goldsmiths (University of London) and Tate, funded by ARHC researching how to queer and decolonise the space of the art museum through working with young people.

Lloyd Houston | University of Oxford

Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston is the Hertford College – Faculty of English DPhil Scholar in Irish Literature in English at the University of Oxford. His thesis explores the political and aesthetic roles of sexual health discourse in the emergence of Irish Modernism. Other research interests include queer modernisms, literature and the law, and the institutional construction of obscenity. His work has been featured in the ‘Review of English Studies’, ‘The Library’, and the ‘Irish Studies Review’. He was recently awarded the 2017 British Association for Irish Studies Essay Prize.

Rio Matchett | University of Liverpool

Rio is a third year Doctoral candidate at the University of Liverpool, and a freelance theatre director. Her research focuses on women in the world of modernist little magazines, and her theatre work strives to give platform to voices that aren’t always lifted up, to tell their own stories in a beautiful and brave way.