For: The 2018 Election of the Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) Executive Steering Committee + up to two Postgraduate Representatives.

On 31 December 2017 the three-year term of the MONC Executive Steering Committee came to an end. We now invite nominations for membership of the Steering Committee and up to two postgraduate representatives. Due to the ongoing USS pensions strike action, the closing date for nominations has been extended until 23 April 2018; the online election will take place between 30 April – 16 May 2018.

MONC is a national network which aims to bring together scholars and professionals working on modernism in Wales. Membership of the Executive Committee is open to anyone, at any stage of their career, with an interest in promoting modernist studies in Wales. The Committee is typically comprised of both those living in Wales and working on modernism and those working on Welsh modernism. The Network is interdisciplinary: as such, we encourage nominations from scholars working in literary studies, art history, design history, history and cultural studies, architecture, music, theatre, dance and performance; practitioners in any of the above fields; and those from the arts and cultural or museum and heritage sectors.

The Committee meets on average 3-5 times a year at a location to suit its members. The Committee is happy to accommodate virtual attendance at meetings via Skype; the majority of participation in the Committee will take place via email. To date, MONC has organised two conferences (A Century On, Swansea University, 2015; Word and Image, National Library of Wales/Aberystwyth School of Art, 2017): our next biannual conference will be held in 2019. Aside from organising events, the committee is responsible for expanding and managing membership, managing our finances, and operating a website, twitter and monthly digest emails. The Committee works in co-operation with the MONC Advisory Board, which features representatives from all academic institutions in Wales.

The Committee has three officers (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer), members without office and two postgraduate representatives. According to the MONC Constitution, existing Committee members are eligible to stand for re-election at the conclusion of their office for two further periods of three years. Currently, there are 2 members who seek re-election in this way and 4 members who may not seek re-election or who are standing down. We also seek to add a new Officer role: that of Web Officer. Please see below for further details about each role.

Candidates are asked to submit a brief biography as well as a 250-word proposal outlining their vision for the future of MONC, their suitability for the role, and their envisaged contribution to the association. Nominees may, if they wish, express interest in one of the named officer positions – Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Web Officer – though it cannot be guaranteed that these positions will be available in the first instance. We encourage applications for shared positions, such as Joint Chair.

Applications should be emailed to the MONC Secretary, Elaine Cabuts (elaine[at] no later than 5pm 23 April 2018. The election will be open to all MONC members (defined as those who subscribe to our mailing list) and will take place between 30 April – 16 May 2018..

Enquiries about the Executive Steering Committee positions can be directed to Emma West (Chair) (e.west[at]

Descriptions of Committee Roles


The Chair acts as a figurehead for the network, seeking to extend its reach and attract new members. S/he will liaise with established partners such as the National Museum of Wales, National Library of Wales, the British Association for Modernist Studies and the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, as well as pursuing potential partnerships with organisations across Wales and beyond. They are involved in the day-to-day running of the network and take the lead when organising events. They will work in close collaboration with the Committee and provide training where necessary, especially to postgraduate representatives.


The Secretary works with the Chair to organise committee meetings, setting out the agenda and writing the minutes.


The Treasurer is responsible for managing our bank account, including writing invoices, making payments and administering student bursaries.

Web Officer

The Web Officer will assume responsibility for MONC’s web output, including its twitter feed, website, email address and monthly digest email. The day-to-day running of some of these platforms may be shared with other Committee members, including the postgraduate representatives.

Member Without Office

Members without office are those wishing to contribute to the development of the Committee but without taking an Officer role. Such members help with the day-to-day running of the network and to organise events.

Postgraduate Representatives

Postgraduate representatives help with the day-to-day running of the network; help to organise events; participate in the promotion of the network, especially among other postgraduates; help with our digital output; and represent postgraduate concerns on the committee. Money is available to help with travel expenses to committee meetings.


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