Hybridity, Poetry, and Social Change: A Creative and Critical Panel

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2017
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NeMLA Annual Convention - Baltimore, MD 23-26 March 2017

How does postmodern and experimental poetry and literature challenge our ways of knowing and understanding contemporary life and culture? In The Language of Inquiry, Lyn Hejinian suggests, “poetics entails involvement in public life. And that involvement, in turn, demands a negotiation with, and a willingness to take on, power” (32). This panel will explore the relationship between research methodologies, creative practice, and social change. By inviting papers from scholars working in the area of poetics and social action, and practitioners working with research as methodology for their socially-oriented creative work, as well as a hybrid of the two approaches, the presentations will explore the social life of poetry that is, as Anthony Reed suggests in his book Freedom Time, productive rather than reactive (7). Our panel will engage with creative and scholarly work that combines and balances the aesthetic concerns of postmodern literature with wider social, political and cultural concerns, with particular attention given to globality, gender, race, and the politics of identity. We are interested in criticism and creative work that summons readers by effecting a call to action in public, social, and political forums.

Writers of poetry, fiction, and drama are encouraged to submit a selection of creative work (a 250-word abstract or 5 poems) that engages with both experimental forms and social action. Scholars are invited to submit papers concerning the relationship between literature and social movements. We also welcome and encourage hybrid presentations that include both a critical and creative component.

We invite papers from scholars working in the area of poetics and social action, and practitioners working with research as methodology for their socially-oriented creative work, as well as a hybrid of the two approaches. The panel will explore the social life of poetry that is, as Anthony Reed suggests in his book Freedom Time, productive rather than reactive (7).The presentations will engage with creative and scholarly work that combines and balances the aesthetic concerns of postmodern literature with wider social, political and cultural concerns, with particular attention given to globality, gender, race, and the politics of identity. This panel will afford a meaningful and rare opportunity to explore the interaction between research, creative practice and activism.

Please submit 250-word abstracts or 5 poems alongside a short bio before September 30th (confirmation will be sent by October 15th) through the NeMLA submission page: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16206

Applicants are not required to be NeMLA members at the time of submission but accepted speakers will have to become members by December 1st, 2016.

For further information contact Claire Farley at mcr.farley@gmail.com or consult http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html