Shifting Territories: Modern and Contemporary Poetics of Place

22 - 23 May, 2013

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher conference organised by Oxford Brookes and Reading University, in association with the Institute of English Studies, the Royal Society of Literature and British Academy Literature Week

The conference is funded by Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and The University of Reading's Poetry & Poetics strand of the Modern Studies Centre


Poets and Keynotes:

  • David Morley (Enchantment, The Invisible Kings) - Poetry reading with images
  • Eóin Flannery (Oxford Brookes University) –  'Listen to the Leaves: The Ecologies of Contemporary Irish Poetry'
  • Jo Shapcott (Of Mutability, Tender Taxes, My Life Asleep) - Poetry reading
  • Steven Matthews (University of Reading) will run a training workshop on modern and contemporary poetry research.

Immediately following the final panel sessions of Day 1 of the conference, British Academy Literature Week, in association with the Institute of English Studies and the Royal Society of Literature, presents:
Alice Oswald (A Sleepwalk on the Severn, Woods etc., Dart) - Poetry reading: 6.00pm
Hugh Haughton (University of York) – ‘Poetry and Rivers’: 7.00pm

The Beveridge Hall, Senate House. Followed by a wine reception.  All conference delegates are invited to attend.

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF VERSION OF THE PROGRAMME

‘Shifting Territories’ will consider the recent wave of new nature writing and poetry which goes beyond traditional representations of landscape to venture into borderlands, edgelands and urban environments: a development which has been addressed in texts like Granta 102: The New Nature Writing (Summer, 2008), Tim Dee's 'Nature Writing' essay in Archipelago 5 (Winter, 2010-11) and Poetry Review 102: The Poetry of Place (Spring, 2012). The conference aims to determine if this current poetic and critical interest in poetry of place is a direct response to environmental crises or whether it is merely a refashioning of what poetry has always taken as its subject. By creating a space for dialogue about modern and contemporary poets’ use of place, we seek to address the development of this subject in the 20th and 21st-centuries. The conference will examine the ways in which poets use language to negotiate the relentlessly shifting concepts of identity and place and how particular locations, or states of flux, have shaped their aesthetic.

The conference poster is available here.


Organisers: Anna Hewitt, ahewitt@brookes.ac.uk; Niall Munro, n.munro@brookes.ac.uk; Nissa Parmar, 11111922@brookes.ac.uk

The conference is funded by Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and The University of Reading's Poetry & Poetics strand of the Modern Studies Centre.


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