British Association of Decadence Studies

The British Association of Decadence Studies (BADS) is a scholarly association that brings together academics and practitioners from across the UK and beyond in order to explore the field of Decadence in the broadest sense, from the perspective of various cultures and multiple disciplines, from antiquity to the present day, including written, visual, performative, and audible texts, in English and in other languages.


Jane Desmarais (Chair)

British Association of Decadence Studies (BADS)
Department of English and Comparative Literature,
Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK

Aesthetic Time, Decadent Archives

This two-day conference, co-organized by the British Association of Decadence Studies (BADS) and the Aestheticism and Decadence Network, will explore the ‘archival turn’ in Aestheticism and Decadence studies and investigate Aestheticist notions of history, temporality, and periodization. Our aim is to extend discussion of the Aestheticist and Decadent archive beyond the bounds of the fin de siècle, to foreground a long history of Aestheticism and Decadence that looks back to their roots in the ancient world and ahead to their continuing presence in Modernism, neo-Victorianism, Steampunk and other twentieth and twenty-first century literature and art.

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Membership of the society enables you to enter our annual essay prize (one for postgraduates and another for established scholars) and reduced fees to any BADS events.

Please see our membership page (or click HERE) for more details of member benefits and discounts.

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