Contemporary Poetry and the University: a symposium to be held at Girton College, Cambridge on Saturday 7 May 2011

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Girton College, Cambridge

Proposals from practitioners of poetry, academics, and post-graduate students are invited for the symposium 'Contemporary Poetry and the University', at Girton College, Cambridge. The conveners hope that potential contributors will interpret this theme as broadly as possible, and would welcome proposals on any relevant subject.

Possible areas to consider might include:

University teaching of contemporary poetry
Constructive relationships between poets and university-based research/teaching initiatives
Universities and poetic traditions
The institutionalization of creative writing
The current reforms of higher-education funding and their impact on the teaching and production of poetry within the university
'Impact' and creative writing
The relationship between academic journals and contemporary poetry
Archiving contemporary poetry
Contemporary poetry and the essay

Proposals (300 words) for twenty-minute papers should be submitted to Dr. Adam Crothers at, by 17 March 2011.

This symposium will coincide with the awarding of the first Girton College Jane Martin Prize for Poetry.