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Contemporary Poetry and its Geographies, 11 October 2008, Cambridge University Faculty of
This one-day conference will bring together geographers, poets, and literary critics to discuss
the engagement of contemporary Anglophone poetry with human, urban and cultural geography.
It will look at the worlds in which poetry is written, the geographical contexts of identity as it is
encountered and explored by today's poets, and the ways in which verse and geographical
writing critique or reconfigure place and space. Topics might include: poetry's articulation of the
local and the global; the political or cultural challenges presented to poets by geographical
thinkers, and vice versa; the impact of environmental concerns on verse and on geographical
discourse; and poetry's interrogations of belonging, the urban environment, and the spaces and
geographical contexts in which verse is produced, circulated and read.
Plenary lectures will be given by the Australian poet, critic and environmentalist John Kinsella, by
the poet, novelist and psychogeographer Iain Sinclair, and by Edward Soja (Distinguished
Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA and visiting Centennial Professor of Sociology at LSE). The
poets Stuart Calton, Ciaran Carson and Alice Oswald will read from their work.
Twenty-minute papers for panel discussion are sought from literary critics, scholars and
geographers. Please send abstracts (no more than 250 words) to
contemporarypoetry.geographies_at_yahoo.co.uk by 1 August 2008.
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