[UPDATE] Contemporary American Poetry and Science Panel for ALA 2015 (Boston, May 21-24)

full name / name of organization: 
Tana Jean Welch / Florida State University College of Medicine
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Quantum Metaphors and Fractal Verse: Intersections in Contemporary American Poetry and Science

How are contemporary American poets utilizing science-based theories and ideas to create verse relevant to the concerns of the 21st century? Seeking abstracts for a panel that explores intersections between science and contemporary American poetry. Papers should discuss how poets engage science through form and/or content, including how poets represent the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. Possible interdisciplinary topics include: cognitive science or neuroscience; posthumanism; new materialism; medicine, illness, and health; quantum physics; evolution; eco-poetics, eco-criticism; science, race, and/or gender; science and sexuality; and animal studies.

Please submit a 250-500 word abstract and a brief CV or bio to Tana Jean Welch (tana.welch@med.fsu.edu) by Friday, January 15th.

American Literature Association
26th Annual Conference
May 21-24, 2015
The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02116-5798