Anthony Powell in the 20s & 30s
7th Biennial Anthony Powell Conference 2013
Anthony Powell in the '20s & '30s
Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September 2013
Windsor, Berkshire, UK
First Announcement & Call for Papers
Anthony Powell (1905-2000)
English novelist Anthony Powell is best known for his 12-volume series A Dance to the Music of Time published between 1951 and 1975, which many consider one of the great literary works of the 20th century. In addition to Dance Powell wrote another 7 novels, a biography of John Aubrey, four volumes of memoirs, and three volumes of journals; he also authored almost 40 papers on Radnorshire genealogy. He was a regular reviewer and a literary editor throughout his life. Powell was internationally regarded not just as an influential novelist but also as a literary critic, man of letters and genealogist.
The Anthony Powell Society
The Anthony Powell Society, founded in June 2000 by a group of scholars and enthusiasts following Powell's death at the age of 94, emerged from the Anthony Powell Resources website (begun in 1994 by Dr Keith Marshall) and its associated e-mail discussion list.
The Society's aim is to advance for the public benefit, education and interest in the life and works of the English author Anthony Dymoke Powell.
The Society's first major project was a Conference in April 2001 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of A Question of Upbringing, being the first volume of Dance. Subsequent conferences, held every two years, have been in Oxford, London (twice), Bath and Washington, DC.
In addition to the conferences the Society organises events for members and an annual lecture (in association with The Wallace Collection), and publishes a quarterly Newsletter and an annual journal, Secret Harmonies. Occasional Powell-related monographs are also published. Reflecting Powell's international reputation the Society has members worldwide and a number of local groups.
The Society is regularly asked for advice by researchers and media organisations around the world and took a major role in the conception of The Wallace Collection's Powell Centenary Exhibition in 2005.
The Society, which is actively welcomed and supported by the Powell family, was granted charitable status in 2003 and is a Member of the Alliance of Literary Societies.
Call for Papers
The Anthony Powell Society is pleased to announce that the 7th international conference, dedicated to the work, life and times of Anthony Dymoke Powell, is to be held at Eton College, Powell's alma mater, on 27-29 September 2013.
The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for the discussion of Powell, his life and his works. The organisers hope to attract Powell academics, enthusiasts aficionados and newcomers to his work alike.
Papers and discussions during the conference might include, but are by no means limited to:
• the influence of Eton and Oxford on Powell's writing
• Powell's early literary friendships
• Powell and the London artists of 1920s and 1930s
• the importance of the publishing industry to Powell and his friends
Papers that directly address the conference theme of Anthony Powell in the '20s and '30s will be especially welcome and may be given priority.
Prospective speakers are invited to submit for review paper proposals of not more than 300 words.
Submissions may be made by email, fax or by post accompanied by the attached form (or equivalent information).
Submissions must be received by Monday 7 January 2013.
Submitted papers will be reviewed for acceptance by the Society's Editorial Board:
• Dr Christine Berberich, University of Portsmouth
• Dr Nicholas Birns, New School University, New York, USA
• Stephen Holden, University of Westminster
• Dr Keith C Marshall, Hon. Secretary, Anthony Powell Society
Authors will be advised no later than 31 March 2013 whether their paper has been accepted for the conference.
Conference speakers should expect to be allocated approximately 20 minutes in which to present their paper. There will be an opportunity for open discussion during each session.
Papers will be accepted on the basis that authors pay the appropriate delegate fee and attend the conference. Abstracts of the accepted papers will be issued to delegates at the conference.
Speakers will be asked to submit, for publication in the Society's journal Secret Harmonies, a written version of their paper not exceeding 5000 words, within one month following the conference – although they are encouraged to submit their manuscript prior to the conference. The Society reserves the right not to publish the manuscript of any paper not received by 1 November 2013.
If you are not submitting a paper but wish to receive further information about the conference and be placed on the priority mailing list please complete and return the attached form, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposed Conference Programme
Plenary Sessions: Friday afternoon & Saturday
Reception or Dinner: Friday evening
Events: Friday morning (pre-conference), Saturday evening & Sunday morning
Full details to be confirmed.