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Seminar: Questions of the Present
in Contemporary Poetics

@ MSA 19 Amsterdam
10–13 August 2017
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Since 2011, there has been an explosion of new writing in poetics as an academic discourse and a proliferation of new approaches to poetry that unite formal concerns (after Language writing, conceptualism, Flarf, and other avant-gardes) with radical accounts of the millennial present—in a manner reflecting on, but departing from, modernism. This seminar will perform several tasks: first, to survey recent writing in poetics that “question the present,” involving concerns of political economy, ideology and public discourse, documentary and digital sources, gender and sexuality, race and poets of color, hybrid forms, and multi-languaged writing/translation. Then, it will undertake an overview of new forms of writing that engage these questions of the present. Finally, it will ask how poetry and poetics can create new critical and creative, activist and interventionist, initiatives, to counter deformed public discourse(s) of our presentist epoch. What does it mean to question poetics and poetry as a historicism of the present?

Seminar organizer: Barrett Watten
Professor, English, Wayne State University
Contact: barrett.watten@gmail.com
Registration: MSA 19 website here

Poetics as Value Thinking:
Transvaluations of Language Writing

Presented at Fondation des Etats-Unis, Paris
sponsored by Double Change/Ecole normale supérieure
15 March 2017

This lecture is a hybrid of two thought experiments—one, a discussion of the poetics of value that sees political economy and poetics as twin forms of historically specific making, linked discourses of the determination of value. The second is a proposal for the transvaluation of poetics, and specifically Language writing, as a prospective organization of poetic labor as a form of a “knowledge base” (adopted from information and digital theory). The notion that unites both is that poetry and poetics are forms not only of value making but value thinking—sites for the transvaluation of a general notion of value into particular values. … More

Paris, 13–20 March 2017

Monday, March 13

DTW > CDG

Françoise de Laroque
Juliette de Laroque

Le Tagada Bar

Tuesday, March 14

Isakaya Issé

Abigail Lang

Wednesday, March 15

Lecture and reading @
Fondation des Etats-Unis
sponsored by Double Change
& Ecole normale supérieure

“Poetics as Value Thinking:
Transvaluations of Language Writing”

Reading of “Plan B” and translation

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Poetics as Knowledge Base:
The Example of “Plan B”

Presented at the Louisville Conference
on Literature and Culture after 1900
24 February 2017

This paper is a thought experiment that reads experimental poetry and poetics in relation to the concept of “knowledge base”—even as poetic attempts to create a knowledge base itself. The making of poetry has always been attended by some kind of “lore,” the necessary but often obscure or intractable set of background knowledges and beliefs that are crucial for its understanding—T.S. Eliot’s notes to The Waste Land or Louis Zukofsky’s parallel texts for “Mantis” are modern examples of this. Historicism in poetics depends on accessing and developing this lore, which it extends to more nuanced contexts; at the same time, theory-based approaches creates a metadiscourse of key concepts that may become part of the knowledge base of poetics. From the romantics to the postmoderns, the construction of such a knowledge base is a necessary entailment of “the making of the work in its condition of possibility”—the task of poetics as a discourse. I want to look at a range of ways this knowledge base is represented and accessed, from the archiving of writings in poetics to modernist and postmodern concordances to major works (such as Zukofsky’s “A”) to online poetry/poetics archives to recent experimental methods. What would a rigorous use of the concept of “knowledge base” in computing and information theory bring to understanding poetics in such terms? … More

The Louisville Conference
on Literature and Culture since 1900
23–25 February 2017
University of Louisville

Alan Golding
George Hart
Jennifer Bartlett
Aldon Lynn Nielsen
Diana Rosenberger
Kelly Roy Polasek
Jill Darling
Erik Mortenson
cris cheek
Lisa Hollenbach
Jack Halberstam
Juliana Spahr
James Smethurst
Magdalena Zurawski
Norman Finkelstein
Tyrone Williams
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Poet Sandra Simonds kicks off the Open Field Reading Series at Wayne State University, Monday, January 30, 4 PM, in the Department of English Conference Room, 10302 5057 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. Tuesday, January 31, 7:30, she will lead a discussion on “Antifa Sorcery / Mongrel Dialectics,” at N-Space in the Canfield Lofts, 460 W. Canfield, Detroit. For flyer, click below:

simonds poster

If there is a 24/7 poet now writing, Sandra Simonds is it. Bridging language-centered experimentalism, engaged feminism, media culture, and immediate politics, her poetry demonstrates the neural networking that we require, suffer, and live under millennial capitalism. Writing in fluid and inventive formal structures, she mines the materiality of the everyday, distributing it in nuanced combinations and pushing toward the resistant truths it reveals.

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“Other Logics of Writing”
Arkadii Trofimovich Dragomoshchenko at 70
Second International Conference ATD: Variations
24–25 November 2016
Saint Petersburg State University
Brobinsky Palace, Saint Petersburg

Premiya Arkadiya Dragomoshchenko
25–27 November 2016
Novaya Tsena Aleksandrinskovo Teatra
Saint Petersburg, Russia

Zina Dragomoshchenko
Evgeny Pavlov
Elena Dolgikh
Aleksandr Skidan
Selena Valyavkino
Nina Savchenkova
Anna Glazova
Aleksandr Ulanov
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Document 48: I Saw (Chicago)

Chicago, 18–20 November 2016

Friday, November 18

Jennifer Rupert
Chris Glomski

Saturday, November 19

40 Years, part 2: Gender. Race. Identity @ Rhona Hoffman
Courttney Cooper @ Western Exhibitions
Four Large Drawings @ Western Exhibitions
Ania Jaworska @ VOL
Sara Greenberger Rafferty @ Document
McArthur Binion @ Kavi Gupta
Lisa Nankivil @ McCormick Gallery
Diana Guerrero-Maciá @ Carrie Secrist
Anne Lindberg @ Carrie Secrist
Justin John Greene @ Andrew Rafacz
Theaster Gates @ Richard Gray
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago … More

“Avant-Garde Counter-Ideology:
The Example of Ai Wei-wei”

“Ideology”
Humanities Center Fall Symposium
McGregor Conference Center
Wayne State University
14 October 2016

Alina Klin
Kai Xu
Elizabeth Stoycheff
Jeffrey Horner
Elena Past
Eun-Jung Kim
Anne Duggan
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“The Millennial Condition:
A Report on Knowledge”

The Wittreich Family Lecture
University of Louisville
6–7 October 2016

Alan Golding
Lisa Shapiro
Fran McDonald
Karen Hadley
Kristi Maxwell
Jameson Welch
Matthew Biberman
Simona Bertacco
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