Program & Info

“Earth,” Yinka Shonibare, 2010. Photo by Jonty Wilde.

March 31, 2023

Plenary Speaker

April 1, 2023

Plenary Speaker

Robert Stilling, Associate Professor of English at Florida State University and recipient of the 2019 Modernist Studies Association Prize for a First Book, Beginning at the End: Decadence, Modernism, and Postcolonial Poetry (2018).

Futures of Decadence Studies Roundtable

Adam Alston, Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, and director of Staging Decadence

Peter Bailey, Assistant Professor of English, University of the Bahamas

Jane Desmarais, Professor of English, Goldsmiths, University of London, Director of The Decadence Research Centre, Editor-in-Chief of Volupté: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies.

Stefano-Maria Evangelista, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Oxford University, and author of Citizens of Nowhere: Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English Fin de Siècle (2021).

Kristin Mahoney, Assistant Professor of English, Michigan State University, and Co-Editor of  CUSP: Late 19th and 20th Century Cultures.

Michèle Mendelssohn, Professor of English and American Literature, Oxford University, and award-winning author of Making Oscar Wilde (2018).

To Be Determined

Conference Chair

Cherrie Kwok, PhD Candidate and Elizabeth Arendall Tilney and Schuyler Merritt Tilney Jefferson Fellow, University of Virginia. Email:

Vice Chairs

Joe McLaughlin, PhD Student, University of Toronto. Email: 

Amy Sailer, PhD Candidate, University of Utah




All the images on the conference poster and website are under a creative commons licence. This website uses various photographs of four artworks by Yinka Shonibare, a British-Nigerian artist: “Wind Sculpture VII” (pictured below and in the conference poster), “Prospero’s Monsters (CFP page)” “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle,” (CFP page) and “Earth” (at the top of this page).

For more on Shonibare’s relationship to Decadence, see Robert Stilling’s chapter, “Decadence and Anti-Realism in the Art of Yinka Shonibare” in Beginning at the end: Decadence, Modernism, and Postcolonial Poetry (2018).

“Wind Sculpture VII,” 2020, Yinka Shonibare. Photo taken by Ron Cogswell