Call for Papers: Canada Concrete: Material Poetries in the Digital Age

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How have digital technologies changed the way we create and understand poetry and ‘the poetic’? How, in particular, have the new media conditioned the production and dissemination of material(ist) forms of poetic art, whether established or emergent? What role do digital technologies play in oral and performance-based poetries? How have practitioners taken advantage of the multi-media possibilities of the internet and social media, the productive and reproductive possibilities of digitization, the computerization of inscription and composition in three dimensions? Have we finally achieved the necessary conditions for a truly ‘verbi-voco-visual’ work, the one-time dream of the modernist avant-garde?

Something has changed in the way we make and share poetry. Yet criticism has been slow to respond to both these new forms and the changed circumstances affecting existent works and practices. “Kanada Koncrete: Material Poetries in the Digital Age” hopes to address this gap, among others. The symposium will take place over three days, May 4-6, 2018, at the University of Ottawa.

We seek papers and artist’s talks related to the preceding and to any of the following topics (submissions with a Canadian focus are especially welcome)

  • sound poetry and sonic experiments
  • visual concrete
  • poetry in performance
  • web-based and digital poetries
  • animated poetry/ video poems
  • transcorporeal poetics
  • poetry and social media
  • poetry and comics
  • treated texts
  • poetry and photography
  • poetry installations
  • poetics of ‘the found’
  • activist poetries
  • collecting and archiving non-print poetry
  • teaching Canadian poetry ‘off the page’

Deadline for 300-word paper proposal or artist talk description: September 25, 2017. Contact rstacey@uottawa.ca

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