Ms Polly Hember

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Polly Hember is a final-year techne-funded PhD student and Visiting Tutor at Royal Holloway University of London, where she is supervised by Prof. Christopher Townsend and Prof. Tim Armstrong. Focusing on modernism and visual culture, her doctoral research explores the work of the POOL group and their queer affective network through the fictional work of Robert Herring and Oswell Blakeston. Her research sits at the intersection of film studies, literary modernism and the history of sexuality. More broadly, Polly is interested in modernism, twentieth- and twenty-first century literature, queer theory, affect studies, early cinema, technology and literary theory.

She is a former postgraduate representative for The British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS) and co-edited The Modernist Review from 2019-2021.  She has organised a number of events and conferences, including the AHRC techne conference in 2019, the Modernism and Alternative Spiritualities Symposium at the RCA in 2020, and the Following the Affective Turn Symposium and Public Lecture Series in 2021. She currently co-hosts the AHRC podcast, the Technecast, which celebrates and platforms work being done by current PGRs. 

She has work forthcoming in the edited collection Hotel Modernisms, 1890-1950 (Routledge, 2022) and in Modernist Cultures (2022). 

Twitter: @pollyhember

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