CfP: UC-Berkeley, 14-16 April 2016


  UC-Berkeley, 14-16 April 2016

  Active Aesthetics:
  Contemporary Australian Poetry

A Conference on Innovation and Aesthetics
in Contemporary Australian
Poetry and Poetics

Proposals should be no longer than one page long and should be sent by May 15, 2015 to

Thursday, April 14 to Saturday, April 16, 2016
at U.C.Berkeley, California

Convened by Lyn Hejinian (Professor, Dept of English, University of California, Berkeley) in conjunction with Ann Vickery (Senior Lecturer, Deakin University, Melbourne) and Kate Fagan (Lecturer, University of Western Sydney, Sydney)

Berkeley map
Berkeley map
Proposals are invited for papers to be presented on one of six panels that will take place over the course of a 3-day conference on contemporary Australian poetry being held at the University of California, Berkeley on April 14-16, 2016.

Proposals should be no longer than one page long and should be sent by May 15, 2015 to Proposal acceptances will be announced in early July. Some funding support for travel may be available, depending on need. Delivered papers should take approximately 20 minutes and address a topic pertinent to contemporary Australian poetry and poetics. Issues related to the following are of obvious mutual concern. Many others exist and are welcome in proposals:
  —   climates, ecologies, and habitats; ecopoetics; the biopolitical
  —   transnationalism and transculturalism
  —   Asia-Pacific regions and networks
  —   the post-human; worlds of species presence; language beyond language
  —   persistent colonialism; the future post-colonial
  —   aesthetic work under late capitalism
  —   the surveilled life
  —   race and ethnicity; race in aesthetic production
  —   activist aesthetics; political style; social poetics
  —   affective subjectivities
  —   new genres and/or new technologies
  —   lyric and crisis; the apocalyptic lyric
  —   slow time and the commons
  —   collaborative formations and creativities

In addition to the panel sessions, the event will include three evening poetry readings by Australian and American poets.

The planned series of events is intended as a transcultural exchange between innovative and activist poets of Australia and the San Francisco Bay Area. The conveners anticipate that it will begin a long-term conversation on a diversity of issues that are transcultural in their implications, even if local and particular in their manifestations.

US poet Barrett Watten in Sydney, July 2014, photo John Tranter
US poet Barrett Watten in Sydney, July 2014, photo John Tranter

Also see: these photos in JPR01. Don’t worry: you will be taken there automatically, as soon as you click on the link. John Tranter took lots of photos, including of Barrett Watten, Wayne State University, Detroit, beginning the ‘Experimental’ Conference in Lecture Theatre N395 in July 2014 in the John Woolley building, University of Sydney, and of many other participants both at the University and at a reading at Sappho Bookstore in Glebe, Sydney. Poet John Ashbery had earlier (in September 1992) sanctified room N395 with a reading of his poetry. Others in attendance: Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Jessica Wilkinson, Pam Brown, Fiona Hile, John Tranter, Gig Ryan, Kate Fagan, Peter Minter, Toby Fitch, Sam Moginie, Luke Harley, Ella O’Keefe, Anna Gibbs, Corey Wakeling, Chris Edwards, Andy Carruthers, et alia.

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