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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

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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“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
… More

Friday, September 23
Seminar on Questions of Poetics
Moe’s Books reading and discussion
Hearst Field Annex, Beta Lounge, Moe’s Books

Lyn Hejinian
Charles Altieri
Dan Blanton
Jane Gregory
Andrew Key
Mark Goble
Mitch Breitwieser
George Lakoff
Kathleen Frumkin
Brian Ang
… More

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On September 23, Questions of Poetics was the focus of an intense and productive discussion among a group of faculty and students from the English Department at UC Berkeley. The event was introduced by Lyn Hejinian and continued with response papers from Charles Altieri, Dan Blanton, Jane Gregory, and Andrew Key. Participants were provided with pdfs of the introduction and the first part of chapter 2, on “Language Writing and Late Capitalism.” The discussion centered on key claims of the book as a whole and of that chapter, including: radical particularity, textual materiality, period style, reception history, and recent controversies in poetics. The conversation continued later in the day at the Beta Lounge, followed by a book launch at Moe’s Books that evening.

Association for the Study
of the Arts of the Present (ASAP)
University of Tartu, Estonia
2–6 September 2016

Johannes Göransson
Carla Harryman
Myka Tucker-Abramson
Joel Tyler Nickels
Joseph Jeon
Jonathan Eburne
Brian McHale
Jaak Tomberg
Märten Rattasepp
Agnes Neier
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Bill Berkson Memorial
San Francisco Art Institute
24 July 2016

Moses Berkson
Nathaniel Dorsky
Duncan McNaughton
Mac McGinnes
Clark Coolidge
Norma Cole
Doug Hall
Joanne Kyger
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          Bavarian-American Academy
          Summer Academy
          Florida International University
          Miami Beach, 5–11 June 2016

Martha Schoolman
Heike Paul
Meike Zwingenberger
Margarethe Schweiger-Wilhelm
John Landreville
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          Berlin (23–30 May 2016)

Scott DeGregoris
Donna Stonecipher
Manfred Uhlitz
Shane Anderson
Ulf Stolterfoht
Christian Hawkey
Uljana Wolf
Florian Werner
Josepha Conrad
Dorothee Haffner
Susanne Reumschüssel

          Paris (30 May–1 June 2016)

Linda Watten
Hélène Aji

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