Poetry & Poetics of the 1980s – Call for Proposals

Poetry & Poetics of the 1980s – Call for Proposals

National Poetry Foundation, University of Maine
June 27-July 1, 2012

Direct 300-500 word proposals for 20 minute papers
to NPF_Paideuma@umit.maine.edu

The Editorial Collective of the National Poetry Foundation invites paper and panel proposals for the next in our sequence of “decade” conferences, to be devoted to The Poetry and Poetics of the 1980s, American and international, and to be held from Wednesday to Sunday, June 27-July 1, 2012, on the flagship campus of the University of Maine System in Orono, Maine.

The NPF welcomes paper and panel proposals on any and all aspects of poetic practice in the decade of the 1980s. What emerged? What changed? What happened just out of frame? What connections brought poetry into dialog with other fields? What social and political contexts mattered most? What of the present can be traced back to that moment? What poets, poetic formations, tendencies in poetics warrant our continued attention? What accidents of reception might we now revisit and perhaps repair?

Prospective participants are encouraged to draw on the full range of archival resources in conceiving their projects, including the digital audio, digital video, and digital facsimile holdings now widely available on-line.

As with previous NPF conferences, the scholarly presentations and panels will be amply supplemented by a variety of poetry readings, including plenary readings by notable figures associated with the decade being explored.

Paper proposals consisting of a title and a brief (300-500 word) abstract should be directed to the NPF Editorial Collective at NPF_Paideuma@umit.maine.edu. Panel proposals should include, in addition, a brief rationale for the envisioned grouping. Proposals for alternative forms of intellectual practice/presentation, such as roundtables or seminars, will be read with interest.

The deadline for proposals has been extended to March 15, 2012.

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Queries may be directed to any member of the Editorial Collective:

Carla Billitteri, Associate Professor of English, NPF

Steve Evans, Associate Professor of English, NPF

Benjamin Friedlander, Associate Professor of English, NPF