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October 10, 2006

The Riddle of Devolutionary Identity: 18th November

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/postgrad/current/students/ensdav/research/devolutionary/

*CALL FOR PAPERS: The Riddle of Devolutionary Identity
A One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Warwick, Humanities Research Centre (HRC)
~ Saturday 18th November 2006*

With Papers and Poetry Readings Featuring:
Prof. Stephen Knight, Cardiff University.
Prof. Susan Bassnett, University of Warwick
Medbh McGuckian, poet and feminist writer.
David Morley, poet and director of the Warwick Writing Programme.

Image by Michael Woodford

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together academics working within the fields of postcolonial studies with regard to regions of Britain such as Scotland, Wales, Northern-Ireland, Cornwall or the North and to British cultures such as that of Islam or the Roma nations. The central aim is to tackle recent debates on whether cultural, social and psychological issues can be explored using post-colonial theory. The organizers welcome a variety of approaches: historical, sociological, linguistic, feminist and textual analysis.

The conference will deal with devolutionary identity in relation to three main themes:

 The End of Britishness
Kirtsti Bohata writes of Britishness as ‘a misleading label that disguises English cultural hegemony and a project of assimilation’. What are the pressures on Britishness? Can one think of contemporary English Literature as ‘devolutionary’ too?

 The Limits of the Postcolonial
Who is ‘excluded’ from Postcolonial Studies? Various minority groups seem to be under-represented within the field of postcolonial theory. We are interested in proposals concerning British regions, but we would also welcome papers on the relatively neglected literatures of peoples such as Native Americans, Australian Aborigines and South Pacific Islanders, Indo-Caribbeans, the Roma nations of Europe. What is the current situation regarding hegemonic structures within the discourse of postcoloniality?

 Difference and Complicity
In their definition of a minor literature, Deleuze and Guattari suggest that in order for a minor culture to represent itself it must subvert a major language by deterritorializing that language and imbuing it with a minor tradition. Are devolutionary literatures subversive and radical in subverting linguistic tradition or are they more complicit with hegemonic Western values?

Negotiations are also being made for the publication of the proceedings of the conference.Delgates attending the conference will receive a free special ‘devolutionary identity’ issue of the Heaventree Press’ magazine, Avocado, featuring work by Medbh McGuckian, Michael Gardiner, Robert Minhinnick and others. See the Heaventree Press’ website for more information about the magazine: www.heaventreepress.co.uk

Deadline for Abstracts: 28th October 2006
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words for 15 – 20 minute papers. Please send by e-mail (in the e-mail body or by attached Word document) to: Zoë Brigley (Z.Brigley.2@warwick.ac.uk) and Jonathan Morley (jonmorley79@hotmail.com) For details on how to register for the conference, please contact Sue Dibben: HRC@warwick.ac.uk

Picture by Michael Woodford.


Undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing Conference (undergrad) (11/30/06; 2/19/07)

Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania (50 minutes north of Harrisburg) invites undergraduate scholars and writers to participate in its third annual Undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing Conference, February 19, 2007. The conference is free of charge.

The keynote speaker this year is Michael Bérubé, Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University. The poet John Hoppenthaler, will conclude the conference with an evening reading.

Undergraduate scholars conducting research on any literary topic, and creative writers working in any genre, are welcome to present their work. Scholarship can take any number of forms: studies of individual authors or groups of authors, individual works or groups of works, literary history, literary form, the relationship between culture, politics, and literature, or the production, circulation and reception of literature. All types of literature and all methods of study, interdisciplinary approaches included, are welcome. Creative writing can also take any number of forms, including poetry, prose fiction and non-fiction, and literary journalism.

To be considered for the conference, undergraduates should submit either a 300-word abstract of a scholarly paper or a work of creative writing appropriate for a 15-minute presentation. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2006.

Please email submissions as an MS Word attachment to englishdept@susqu.edu.

Please include complete contact information and college or university affiliation. In the subject line of the email, please indicate:
Conference: [Title of Paper].

For more information email englishdept@susqu.edu or call 570-372-4196.


September 27, 2006

Academic Writing Sessions for Literature Students

Academic Writing Sessions in Terms 1 and 3.

1. Sessions for UG students on

v seminar presentations

v critical thinking

v working with sources

v exam preparation

v planning and structuring a long essay

Details are listed online at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/writingprog/expowriting/english/

2. Sessions for MA students

Students wishing to apply to write an MA dissertation are required to attend three proposal writing workshops. These aim to encourage students to think carefully about their proposal and to discuss its feasibility and intellectual contribution with members of staff and peers. We will meet, for one-hour sessions, in the Graduate Space at 12:00 noon in weeks 2,3 and 4.

Details can be found at:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/writingprog/expowriting/masessionsenglish/

3. Essay writing handbook is now online

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/writingprog/expowriting/english/

4. RLF fellows’ timetable

William Palmer: Mondays and Tuesdays (term time for 3 terms)

Anita Mason: Wednesdays and Thursdays (term time for 3 terms)

The Fellows will be in room H421. As usual students should leave their sample of writing in the folder outside room H421 by 10:00 am and sign up for a consultation on the same day.


September 26, 2006

Online Literature

As a result of a generous grant from Indiana State University, Snow*Vigate Press will be publishing a printed anthology of the best on-line writing which has appeared over the past ten years. Hopefully the anthology will be released in August 2007.

The book will include poetry broken into lines, prose poetry, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and 10 minute plays. If you would like to nominate your own on-line work or work from others, please follow these guidelines:

Paste the URLs of 3-7 pieces of each writer in the body of an email. You may nominate up to 3 writers. In the subject line of your email, please type “Submission to Snow*Vigate Anthology.” Send all submissions to dougmartin832@yahoo.com.

Work from any on-line site is acceptable, as long as it has not been published in printed form.

Editors of on-line journals are strongly encouraged to submit work from their sites. The submission period will end on October 15, 2006.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Doug Martin


Concrete Poetry

From Clemente Padin

This invitation is directed not only to the great community of visual poets of the whole world but and above all to specialists and lovers of poetry. At the end of this year, 2006, we will celebrate 50 years of the birth of one of the most important tendencies of visual poetry of the world: we refer to Concrete Poetry.

In December, 1956, the historic Art Concrete expositions began in Brazil giving birth to one of the most important artistic movements in the world in the second half of the XX century. The participant poets in those expositions were: Decio Pignatari, Augusto and Haroldo de Campos, Ronaldo Azeredo, Ferreira Gullar and Wlademir Dias-Pino. The first exposition took place in San Pablo, from 4 to 18 December, in the Art Modern Museum (MAM) and the next one was inaugurated in Rio de Janeiro, in February 7, 1957, in the vestibule of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Brazil.

Concrete Poetry arose, simultaneously, in Europe and in Latin American: in 1952 Noigandres group was founded in Sao Paulo; in 1953 the manifesto “For Concrete Poetry” of Oyvind Falström appeared in Sweden and in 1953 “Constelaciones” of Eugen Gomringer, the Swiss-Bolivian poet, secretary of the Superior School of the Form of Ulm, Switzerland, heiress of the German Bahaus, appears in Switzerland. Gomringer and Pignatari were the one who coined the term Concrete Poetry in 1955.

In homage to these outstanding events we invite you to send us notes, commentary, bibliography, photos, poems or documents that remember those historic moments to form a body of knowledge and works in relation to one of the last poetic movements we have known. Send material to Clemente Padin´s email (7w1k4nc9@adinet.com.uy).

Subsequently, around November 2006, the selected material will be added to BOEK861, the website of Cesar Reglero, at the time of the Colloquium on the 50 anniversary of concrete poetry that will be carried out in the University of Stuttgart, Germany, from 23 to 26 November, 2006.

The pictures and poems should be no larger than 300 KB in JPEG files of high resolution and, the texts on DIN A4, or letter-sized pages in Word files. Deadline for
receipt: 10 November 2006.


February 17, 2006

Announcement: AVOCADO LAUNCH

Writing about web page http://www.heaventreepress.co.uk

Avocado

Saturday 18th February

The launch of Avocado magazine issue #5.

The only poetry magazine of lasting merit produced by Warwick students! Featuring a world exclusive interview with renowned Australian poet Les Murray.

Plus poetry readings, live music and photographic installations by Cov-based media collective Dialectic Arts.

6–8pm, Way of the Goose, 32–42 East St, Coventry (5 minutes walk from Pool Meadow towards the old football stadium). £2 entry to include magazine. Refreshments provided.


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