Transnational Modernisms Research Cluster



Led by Dr Dorothy Price (formerly Rowe), the Transnational Modernisms Research Cluster has core research strengths in the study of British, German and Soviet art and visual culture across national and international boundaries.

Researchers within the group are concerned with the study of cultural dialogues and visual exchange within and across nation states and national borders. The group asks how the movement and migration of artists, writers and intellectuals across borders, challenges hegemonic narratives of national identity and changes the conditions of the cultural encounter. Of particular interest is the dynamic relationship between the hegemonic constructions of national identities and the conflicting concerns of the international avant-garde.

Current research focuses on Internationalism and Cultural Exchange in Britain between 1870-1918; the impact and legacies of German Expressionism and Weimar culture; and the visual culture of sport and the Olympic Games in the twentieth century.

Staff committee

Dr Grace Brockington

Grace Brockington’s research examines the interface between art and internationalism, primarily at the long fin de siècle (ca. 1870–1920).

Dr Mike O’Mahony

Mike O’Mahony’s research interests have focused largely on two areas: the art and cinema of the Soviet Union c.1917-1945 and the representation of sport and the body in visual culture.

Dr Dorothy Price

Dorothy Price’s research is divided along two specific areas of interest, German modernism and aspects of contemporary diasporic art in Britain.

Professor Simon Shaw-Miller

Simon Shaw-Miller researches on the interface of musical and artistic modernism. He is particularly interested in the relationships between media, medium and ideology.

Faculty members and areas of research

Dr Kate Elswit (Drama: Theatre, Film and Television)

Kate Elswit is an academic and dancer whose research on performing bodies combines dance history, performance studies theory, German cultural studies, and experimental practice.

Dr Terry Flaxton (Drama: Theatre, Film and Television)

Terry Flaxton is currently an AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellow situated at Bristol University in partnership with South West Screen and the Watershed Media Centre.

Professor Andrew Ginger (Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies)

Andrew Ginger’s research aims to reshape our understanding of the place of Hispanic culture in the modern world. His work is based on interdisciplinary sources from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

Professor Susan Harrow (French)

Susan Harrow’s research and teaching interests lie in the later-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially poetry and the novel with a particular focus on the interrelation of literary modernism and visual culture.

Dr Madhu Krishnan (English)

Madhu Krishnan’s research considers contemporary African writing in the context of transnational literary production. She is particularly interested in the ways in which literary writing contributes to, subverts and is shaped by a broader, a priori image of 'Africa' circulating in a global imaginary.

Dr Laura Jansen (Classics)

Laura Jansen is lecturer in the Department of Classics & Ancient History. She works on classical language, literature and culture, as well as on the tradition of classical antiquity in twentieth-century writing. Her main publications include The Roman Paratext: Frame, Texts, Readers (Cambridge, 2014 and reprinted in 2017) and Borges' Classics: Global Encounters with the Graeco-Roman Past (Cambridge, 2018). Following her work on Borges and antiquity, her next book, entitled Transcultural Classicisms: The Post-1945 Argentine and Italian Traditions, explores the circulation and identity of the classics in the postmodern fiction and cultural criticism of Alberto Manguel, Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, Roberto Calasso, amongst others. 

Dr Ulrika Maude (English)

Ulrika Maude's research interests are in modernism and post-war writing. She has published essays and articles on modernist literature, perception and philosophies of embodiment.

Dr Nicoletta Momigliano (Classics and Ancient History)

Nicoletta Momigliano’s main research interests are in Aegean Prehistory; Minoan archaeology, especially the archaeology of Knossos; the history of Aegean Bronze Age studies; Ceramics; Bronze Age Anatolia and Anatolian/Aegean interactions.

Dr Simon Potter (Historical Studies)

Simon Potter’s research focuses upon the history of the mass media in the British empire. His early research examined the role played by newspapers and news agencies in linking up the component parts of the ‘British world’ (Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Dr Theo Savvas (English)

Theo Savvas's main research area is contemporary American writing, particularly postmodernist fiction, and multi-ethnic writing.

Dr Siobhán Shilton (French)

Siobhán Shilton specialises in postcolonial studies, with particular reference to the cultures of France, the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa and former ‘Indochina’.

Professor Sarah Street (Drama)

Sarah Street’s main areas of research activity are British cinema history and the contemporary film industry. She has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant for a three-year project entitled, 'Colour in the 1920s: Cinema and its Intermedial Contexts'.

Read The Leverhulme Trust Newsletter (PDF 1,464Kb)April 2012

Professor Robert Vilain (German)

Robert Vilain specializes in German, Austrian, French and Comparative Literature in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with a special interest in lyric poetry.

Postgraduate student members and areas of research

  • Klairi Angelou: Modern women Greek sculptors (History of Art)
  • Lindsay Carter: Early Film Music in Germany and the Soviet Union (Music)
  • Maria Hadjiathanasiou: Cypriot artists under British colonial rule
  • Elizabeth Kajs: Citizenship, Gender and the Family in the work of Käthe Kollwitz
  • Tessa Kilgariff: (Re)Producing Fame: Painted, Printed and Photographic Theatrical Portraits in Britain, 1830-1870
  • Alice Hoad: Fragments of Presence: Towards an Ekphrastic Mode of Performance Art Documentation
  • Alexander Leese: The art of football: Representing the 'beautiful game', 1863-1953
  • Vesna Lukic: Kladovo Transport: The river Danube as a Holocaust Landscape (Drama and History)
  • Lydia Mills: Magic Realism in Latin America
  • Oliver Neto: Boredom and Narrative in modernist literature, with a focus on James Joyce (English Literature)
'Russian Girl with Compact' by Laserstein (1928)
'Fizkultura Parade poster, 1937'
'Relay Race on the B Ring Road' by Aleksandr Deineka (1947)
'Venetian Maps - Ceramicists' by Lubaina Himid (1997)
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