Keynote Speaker Professor Sarah Churchwell

Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of East Anglia. An American living in London, she has a BA in English from Vassar College, and an MA and PhD in English from Princeton. She is the author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (2005), as well as various scholarly articles and introductions. Her new book, Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby, will be published by Virago (UK) and Penguin (US) in 2013. She is a contributing writer to New Statesman magazine, and her journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, the TLS, the New York Times Book Review, the Times, the Telegraph, the Spectator, the Liberal, the Financial Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Elle, and Glamour. She has judged literary prizes including the Orange Prize, the David Cohen Prize for Literature, and the Guardian First Book Award, and comments on culture, news and politics for a range of tv and media outlets, including a feature appearance in the film documentary Love, Marilyn, which will appear on HBO in 2013, and regular appearances on The Review Show (BBC2).

She will deliver a keynote lecture entitled ‘Creating Impact: Being a Humanities Scholar in the Digital Age’.