Monthly Archives: April 2015

Call for Papers: CERCOP-conference, Aalborg University, Denmark

Invitation and call for papers

Key note speakers:

Marjorie Perloff, University of Southern California
Peter Dayan, University of Edinburgh
Unni Langås, University of Agder
Mats Jansson, University of Gothenburg

The conference takes place in Aalborg, Denmark, December 3rd to December 5th 2015 and is arranged by Center for Research in Contemporary Poetry (research cooperation between University of Aalborg and Aarhus, Denmark, and Hedmark University College, Norway).

Venue: Kroghstræde 3, Auditorium 1.104, Aalborg University

Center for Research in Contemporary Poetry:
The Experiments in Contemporary Poetry is the fourth conference of CERCOP (Centre for Research in Contemporary Poetry) and the project “Contemporary Poetry between Genres, Art Forms and Media”, which was established in 2013 with a grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities (FKK). The project focuses on the explosive development with regard to the production, distribution and reception of poetry, which we have witnessed in recent decades. An orientation towards sound and performance has taken place, in which poetry, drama and music have entered into new constellations. We have seen more extensive sampling poetry and an orientation towards the narrative, as well as syntheses between poetry and visual artistic expressions. The technological development of the media has contributed to the development of new poetic forms of interaction on the Internet. The aim of the conference is to develop new interdisciplinary methods for reading contemporary poetry, and to discuss the literary-historical, art-historical, social and political implications of the expansion of poetry as a genre.

We invite all scholars and doctoral candidates to present papers that address the questions and issues mentioned above. Topics might include but are not restricted to:

· Intermediality: word, sound and image in the digital age
· Politics of space: poetry in digital or real public spaces
· Sensibilities: affects, atmospheres and materialities
· History: rethinking poetry (old or new) in respect to media (old or new)
· Conceptualism: challenges to the poiesis of poetry
· Translation: the local and the global
· Interventions: poetry outside of poetry, or reading the world poetically
· Autonomy vs. heteronomy: the borders of poetry
· Poetry now: close-readings of contemporary poetry
· Interfaces: between poetry and criticism
· Other arts: as in film and poetry

The time for paper presentations is strictly limited to 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. The official language of the conference is English. Please send your abstract (around 300 words) including a short CV as an attachment to Peter Stein Larsen ( or Louise Mønster (

The deadline for paper proposals is August 15th, 2015.

Please let us know if you wish to be registered as a participant without presenting a paper.

The conference fee will be 120 EUR including conference dinner. A preliminary conference program will be published November 1st at

The conference is kindly hosted by Center for Research in Contemporary Poetry, Aalborg University and the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University.

Conference organizers: Peter Stein Larsen and Louise Mønster

Conference Committee: Peter Stein Larsen, Louise Mønster, Rasmus Dahl Vest and Jakob Schweppenhäuser, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University and members of CERCOP.


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Local Meeting: ALSCW at the University of Chicago

We had a lively and convivial celebration of the poetry of Eugenio Montale on the evening of April 22 in Chicago.  David Michael Hertz discussed the stages in the composition of his book, Eugenio Montale, The Fascist Storm, and the Jewish Sunflower. After his presentation, Rosanna Warren, David Hertz, and Rebecca West read English translations of a selection of Montale’s poems for his American lover, the Dante scholar Irma Brandeis, and Silvia Guslandi followed with beautiful renditions of the poems in Italian. The evening concluded with discussion and hearty consumption of Middle Eastern delicacies.

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Baton Rouge Regional Meeting: Poetry & Translation, Thurs. April 23

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Weds. April 22: Edwin Frank at the Editorial Institute

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Robert Seidman on James Joyce, May 11 at Barnard

“Inexhaustible Ulysses”

a talk by



Monday, May 11, 2015



Sulzberger Parlor

on the Third Floor of Barnard Hall


Barnard College

3009 Broadway

New York, NY 10025


(Barnard Hall is located immediately upon entering through the main gate of the Barnard College campus at Broadway & West 117th Street)


Conversation & Refreshments to follow


ROBERT SEIDMAN is a novelist, Emmy-winning screenwriter, and literary critic. With Don Gifford, he is co-author of Ulysses Annotated: An Annotation of James Joyce’s Ulysses, University of California Press, 1988. His recent novel, Moments Captured, based loosely on the work and life of the pioneering nineteenth century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, was published in the U.S. by the Overlook Press in 2012 and in England by Duckworth Press in 2014. One Smart Indian, his novel about a Northern Cheyenne set in mid-nineteenth century America, was published by the Overlook Press in 1980. Robert Seidman’s screenwriting credits include the documentary, A Life Apart: Hasidism in America. He co-wrote Margaret Mead: An Observer Observed, a docu-drama about Mead’s life, intellectual contributions, and the creation of her legend. He wrote In Our Time, the final program of the nine-part Art of the Western World series; the film focuses on American and European art after World War II. He is co-writer of Waiting for Beckett, which won the Golden Apple of the National Educational Film and Video Festival and the Silver Hugo Award. He also wrote Wallace Stevens: Man Made Out of Words, which appeared in the Voices and Visions series. Seidman was co-writer of Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life, winner of the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Documentary, a George Foster Peabody Award, and the Emmy for Best Documentary, 2007.



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