The British Association for 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.
The next AGM will be held in Summer 2019, to coincide with the next BADS conference. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The BADS Executive Committee
Chair: Jane Desmarais (Goldsmiths)
Jane Desmarais is Senior Lecturer in English in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has written numerous essays on the theme of Decadence and has co-edited several works, including Decadence: An Annotated Anthology (with Chris Baldick, Manchester University Press, 2012), Arthur Symons: Selected Early Poems (with Chris Baldick, MHRA, 2017), and Decadence and the Senses (with Alice Condé, 2017). She is currently working with David Weir on a volume on Decadence for the Cambridge Cultural Concepts series (forthcoming in 2019). Her monograph, Monsters under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers, 1850 to the Present, is published by Reaktion in 2018.
Vice Chair: Matthew Creasy (Glasgow University)
Matthew Creasy is a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. He is the Primary Investigator for the AHRC Network: Decadence and Translation and his critical edition of Arthur Symons’s The Symbolist Movement in Literature was published by Fyfield-Carcanet during 2014. He has published essays and articles on the work of James Joyce, William Empson, Arthur Symons and Decadence. He is currently editing Confessions of a Young Man by George Moore for the MHRA-imprint ‘Jewelled Tortoise’.
Secretary: Alice Condé (Goldsmiths)
Alice Condé is Postdoctoral Associate Tutor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is co-editor of Decadence and the Senses (with Jane Desmarais, Legenda, 2017) and co-editor of 'Betwixt the Bounds of Life and Death': Selected Essays on Ernest Dowson (1867-1900) (with Jessica Gossling). Her essay on 'Decadence and Popular Culture' is forthcoming in Jane Desmarais and David Weir's volume on Decadence for the Cambridge Cultural Concepts series.
Treasurer: Jessica Gossling (Goldsmiths)
Jessica Gossling is a Fractional Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Editorial Assistant for The Literary Encyclopedia. Her current research focuses on the Decadent threshold poetics of Charles Baudelaire, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Arthur Symons, and Ernest Dowson. She is co-editor of 'Betwixt the Bounds of Life and Death': Selected Essays on Ernest Dowson (1867-1900) (with Alice Condé, forthcoming by Peter Lang), and her essay on 'À rebours and the House at Fontenay' is published in Decadence and the Senses. Alice and Jessica are the webmistresses of volupte.gold.ac.uk.
Student Member: Robert Pruett (Oxford University)
Robert Pruett is a DPhil student in French at St Cross College, University of Oxford. He is currently preparing a thesis entitled The Dissociation of Love: Remy de Gourmont and the Crisis of Erotic Idealism, and regularly presents research on fin-de-siècle French, English, and Belgian literature.Alongside the Cercle des Amateurs de Remy de Gourmont (CARGO), he co-organized the Fin de Siècle Symposium (Balliol College, Oxford, November 2016) which featured his essay on ‘TheConcept of Chastity in Remy de Gourmont’s Theory of Art and Mind’. Outside of Oxford, Robert hasgiven talks at the Musée Gustave Moreau in Paris and is the current reviews editor of Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies.
Student Member: Joseph Thorne (Liverpool John Moores University)
Joseph Thorne, having studied for his undergraduate degree at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and his Masters at Cardiff University, is currently a third year PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University. His work looks at the material interactions of decadent social networks at the Fin de Siècle. In 2016, he worked as a research assistant for the Liverpool Central Library exhibition Richard Le Gallienne: Liverpool’s Wild(e) Poet, curated by Professor Margaret Stetz and Mark Samuels Lasner (University of Delaware). Last year, he co-organised an international conference, Neo-Victorian Decadences, held at St Johns’ College, Durham.