poetry and politics

Received this today from Derek Beaulieu. Looks like a good one:

Call for papers: Poetry and Politics. A Conference at the University of Stirling, Scotland, 13-16 July 2006.

Poets and speakers to include Moniza Alvi, Eavan Boland, David Dabydeen, Marilyn Hacker, Linton Kwesi Johnson, David Norbrook, Tom Paulin, Deryn Rees-Jones, Jo Shapcott, and the Norton keynote speaker, Adrienne Rich.

Papers are invited which consider the theme of politics in relation to poetry from classical antiquity to the contemporary. The following list suggests some possible areas for development, but proposals in any area relating to the conference theme of poetry and politics will be welcome: The politics of stratifications and hierarchies based on constructions of race, class, age, religion, gender or physical / mental ability; notions of the public and the private; the figure of the exile; the politics of dialect and ‘non-standard’ English; the protest song; prophets and seers; the figure of the committed poet; patriotism and nationalism; globalisation and parochialism; the politics of landscape and environmentalism; mythopoeia; conservatism and radicalism; the politics of tradition; the politics of reading and teaching poetry; the politics of language and the ineffable; the politics of translation; sites of protest, such as the coffee house, the tavern or the rock concert; modes of protest; popular dissent and politics; scurrilous verse and libel; patronage and politics; poetry and religious politics.

Abstracts of 200-250 words of papers not lasting longer than twenty minutes in delivery should reach the organisers by December 15, 2005. The poetry conferences at Stirling have a track record of valuing the work of practising poets. Accordingly, a number of spaces are available for delegates who would like to offer short readings of their own work. Preference will be given to those poets whose work most closely coincides with the conference theme.

The deadline for the submission of requests for slots, as for the submission of abstracts, is the 15th December 2005. Enquiries about these readings should be directed for the attention of Andrew Sneddon. We are happy to accept enquiries and abstracts via email to poetryandpolitics@stir.ac.uk . Abstracts may also be posted to Poetry and Politics Conference, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA. Further details are available on the conference webpages: http://www.poetryandpolitics.stir.ac.uk/

Conference organisers: Glennis Byron, John Drakakis, Marilyn Michaud and Andrew Sneddon.

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