SITWELLIANA: A Symposium on the Sitwells, 29th & 30th September 2011

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SITWELLIANA: A Symposium on the Sitwells

University of Birmingham & Barber Art Gallery, UK
29th & 30th September 2011

'They were so utterly unlike anybody else, and held a position in the arts that no one aspires to today' (Pearson, 1978). The leading personalities of London's haut bohemia, Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell were ubiquitous in the review columns of the late 1910s and 1920s, and popularly identified with all that was modern in the arts. This conference provides the first dedicated forum for scholars engaged in new research examining and rethinking the role of the Sitwells, their writings, and their influence, to both debate and present their work to a broader public audience. The conference will include a poetry reading by Deborah Tyler-Bennett, and close with a performance of Façade by the Orchestra of St Paul's and William Sitwell.

CFP: Papers are invited addressing any aspect of the Sitwells' lives and works, but also their relation to other writers and artists. Submissions from postgraduate students are welcomed. Please e-mail abstracts by the 30th June to Dr Deborah Longworth


Tim Barringer (Yale)
Marsha Bryant (Florida)
Jane Dowson (De Montfort)
Richard Greene
Faye Hammill (Strathclyde)
Alexandra Harris (Liverpool)
Aaron Jaffe [tbc] (Louisville)
Deborah Longworth (Birmingham)
Daniel Moore (Birmingham)
Gyllian Phillips (Nipissing)
Deborah Tyler-Bennett
Debora Van Durme [tbc] (Ghent)

Organizer: Deborah Longworth