Organising Committee

Séan Richardson | Nottingham Trent

Séan founded the Queer Modernism(s) conference. He is currently a second 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 is an artist, writer, and curator. Their research interests emerge from an interest in political relationships between art, language and representing self (race, gender, sexuality) and their studio practice is be central to their methods. Their practice is interdisciplinary in approach, taking form as books, workshops, performance, website, archive, drawings, photography, video and playlists. Jessie makes work from a queer brown (sometimes sad) perspective, foregrounding personal/emotional experiences and proposing these as valid (and so therefore valuable) methods of research or lines of enquiry into relationships between politics, mental health and structures of privilege. Through this work they have the privilege of working closely with a range of artists, curators and families to devise and deliver radical learning programme to families and children, informed by queer and inclusive methodologies.


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 second 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.