mercredi 24 août 2011

INNOVATIVE: Call For Papers: 'The Poetry and Poetics of Popular Culture', Online Conference, 11-12 November 2011

Hosted by the University of South Australia Poetry and Poetics Centre.


Dr Ioana Petrescu, Director, Poetry and Poetics Centre, UniSA Dr Kit MacFarlane, Lecturer, CIL School, UniSA

Keynote Presenter:

Professor Kirpal Singh, Associate Professor of English Literature at Singapore Management University.

The Poetry and Poetics Centre of the University of South Australia invites abstracts for presentations to be part of an international online conference entitled 'The Poetry and Poetics of Popular Culture', with a desirable but not exclusive focus on the Australasian geographical area.

'The Poetry and Poetics of Popular Culture' is seeking an eclectic range of presentations on poetry and poetics and their relations and connections to popular culture in all its forms.

As an influential and intellectual discourse, poetry's presence and influence can be found in all forms of pop culture and everyday life, from the general presence of poetry in popular film and TV, to the role and presence of poets as characters, to the prominence of particular poets in the popular realm, to the poetics of popular media forms.

From 'Star Trek' to 'Rumpole of the Bailey', Aristotle's 'Poetics' in 'The Name of the Rose' to James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in 'Howl', poetry permeates the popular realm.

Similarly, pop culture is equally a presence in poetry, with poets embracing not only its ubiquitous presence as a topic, but also delving into its personal individual resonances, and embracing its forms and structures.

'The Poetry and Poetics of Popular Culture' is an innovative online conference, with international speakers providing pre-recorded video presentations and featuring interactive online forums and chat-rooms so that participants can view and respond to the presentations in the comfort of their own homes and offices.

Video presentations can take any form the presenter chooses, full of professional editing and flashy CGI or a traditional presentation delivered straight to camera with a minimum of fuss. Participants are welcome to take advantage of the video form, but no technical wizardry is expected or required.

The only requirement is that video presentations run no longer than fifteen minutes.

Once recorded, the videos should be sent to the conference organisers to be made available for streamed viewing over the course of the conference (11-12 November 2011).

'The Poetry and Poetics of Popular Culture' conference is partnered with the journal 'Asiatic' (, editor-in-chief Mohammad A. Quayam, and presenters will be able to submit written papers based on their video presentations to the journal to be peer-reviewed for possible publication.

We are proud to announce Professor Kirpal Singh as the Keynote Presenter.

Professor Singh is Associate Professor of English Literature & Creative Thinking at Singapore Management University and Director of the Wee Kim Wee Centre.

Registration for guests and presenters is $35, which includes full access to all online presentations and resources, and participation in the round table internet conference forum on Saturday 12 November 2011. Payment details will be provided shortly and also made available on the Poetry and Poetics Centre website (

Video presentations should be submitted by 17 October 2011. Presenters will be notified of acceptance shortly after submission.

Video submission details will be provided at a later date. Enquiries to Dr Kit MacFarlane (

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