Peter Manson Symposium

deadline for submissions: 
June 14, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
University of Glasgow


The University of Glasgow, 27th-28th October 2017


Over the last twenty-five years, Scottish poet and translator Peter Manson (1969-) has established himself as one of the foremost exponents of contemporary experimental poetry, as well as a renowned translator of, and advocate for, the work of Stéphane Mallarmé. His books include the collections of poetry For the Good of Liars (2006), Between Cup and Lip (2008) and Poems of Frank Rupture (2014), the prose work Adjunct: an Undigest (2009), his translation of the Poésies of Stéphane Mallarmé, The Poems in Verse (2013), and English in Mallarmé (2014).


In October 2017, we will host the first symposium dedicated to Peter Manson’s work. Please join us at the University of Glasgow for a carnival of epistemophilia, pareidolia and paranoia, deciphering and decoding, as we reckon with the Manson panoply. An evening of poetry by poets, friends and accomplices precedes the symposium, which closes with a reading by Peter Manson.


We could approach Manson’s work through considering his place in contemporary British innovative poetry, via Goldsmith and Dworkin’s anthology of conceptual poetry, in the context of the company of poets here and across the Atlantic whose work he promoted as co-editor of Object Permanence, through an interest in 21st century permutations of Oulipian constraints, or from the perspective of his formidable engagement with the work of Mallarmé. Readers’ responses to his work are, in many cases, shaped by the context of their first encounter.


This symposium will seek to follow some of the threads of his output, teasing out thematic and structural links that unify his work across diverse domains. We invite papers on any aspect of Manson’s works. Responses may include but are not limited to:


Object Permanence

UK contemporaries, European and Cross-Atlantic influence


humour, carnival, play

the body (phenomenological, biological, erotic, etc.)

Psychoanalysis and language acquisition

lyric, secrecy, confession

matter, material, materialism

constraint and process

performance and voice


Please send abstracts of c.250 words to by the 14th of June, 2017.


The Peter Manson Symposium is organised by Ellen Dillon, Tom Betteridge, Colin Herd and Nicky Melville.

Please check for updates, and many thanks to The Andrew Tannahill Fund for the Furtherance of Scottish Literature for their generous support.