Symposium - In the making: On poetry and poetics

Tangled roots of a river red gum in Bingara, NSW

Friday, 29 November 2019, 9.30am to 4pm

University of New England, Armidale, NSW
E011 A3 Arts Lecture Theatre 3

Keynote Speakers
Warwick Mules (Southern Cross University)
Jessica White (University of Queensland)

Synopsis: This symposium will explore the basis of poetry and poetics in poiesis, or making. What does poetry make happen in the world? What does poetry disclose about ourselves and our relations to others? What sorts of poetic interventions are particularly urgent in the context of global climate crisis?


Download the symposium program

Symposium presenters are also invited to take part in the environmental writing workshop Words for Earth: Writing Place and Environment (with presenters John Ryan, Fiona McDonald, Wendy Beck and David Mackay) at Newholme Field Laboratory on 30 November 2019 (Saturday) from 9.30am to 4pm. For more information and to register, please visit the New England Writers’ Centre website.

Keynote speakers 

Dr Warwick Mules is Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University. He is the author of With Nature: Nature Philosophy as Poetics through Schelling, Heidegger, Benjamin and Nancy (Intellect 2014) and Film Figures: The Figural Analysis of Narrative Film (Bloomsbury, forthcoming), as well as numerous articles on art, poetics, film and media. His particular interest lies in deconstructive analysis of poetic and visual texts.

Dr Jessica White is the author of the novels A Curious Intimacy (Penguin 2007) and Entitlement (Penguin 2012), and a hybrid memoir Hearing Maud (UWAP 2019). Her short stories, essays and poems have appeared widely in Australian and international literary journals, and have been shortlisted or longlisted for prizes. Jessica is also the recipient of funding from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts and she has undertaken residencies at the B.R. Whiting Studio in Rome and at Ridgeline Pottery near Hobart. She currently researches and lectures at The University of Queensland, where she is writing an ecobiography of Western Australia’s first female scientist, 19th century botanist Georgiana Molloy.

Call for papers

We welcome papers of 15 minutes on any aspect of poetry and poetics inclusive of all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. In addition to traditional presentation formats, we encourage non-traditional, experimental and practice-led/-based approaches integrating, for example, performance, reading, demonstration, image-text dialogue, work-in-progress and audience interaction. There will be five minutes for questions following each presentation.

We invite abstracts on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • poetry, philosophy and theory
  • poetry, language and consciousness
  • poetry, poiesis and phenomena
  • poetry, science and empiricism
  • poetry, emotion and affect
  • embodied, sensory and visceral poetics
  • Indigenous poetics and ethnopoetics
  • feminist, postcolonial and decolonial poetics
  • the intersections of poetry, art, film, photography and performance
  • comparative studies of poetic traditions including Eastern and Western
  • practice-based/-led approaches, collaboration and experimentalism
  • publishing, marketing, co-authoring, editing, translating and archiving poetry
  • digital, online and social media-based poetry
  • ecopoetics, zoopoetics, phytopoetics and interspecies poetics
  • social justice and environmental activism through/as poetry
  • Anthropocene, Symbiocene and/or Chthulucene poetics
  • poetry, sustainability and climate futures
  • urban, regional, place-based and translocal poetics
  • the poeticisation of everyday life and ordinary lives
  • pedagogies: teaching poetry in the academy or community
  • stories from the field: surviving as a poet or poetry scholar in this day and age

Please send abstracts of 250 words and a 100-word bio statement for each presenter to John C. Ryan and Julie Hawkins no later than 5pm AEST Friday 15 November 2019.


Registration is open.

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