Emergent Communities in Contemporary Experimental Writing May 4-5, 2012

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Hosted by the Poetry and Politics Research Cluster, University of California, Santa Cruz

This conference is organized around experimental writing and its many, varying communities including performance art collaborations, small press publishing and editorial projects, virtual and digital work, academic affiliations, and intersecting aesthetic, social and political identities and representations. The goal of this conference is to embrace the productive and generative connotations of these two terms as innovative acts and encounters that are always in the process of both venturing to do something previously untried, and questioning and testing the very boundaries and mores, however contingent, established by those attempts. Of particular interest is how writing communities might be changing historically in the early twenty-first century, and how writers theorize and make use (or not) of various conceptualizations and practices of community. What do such formations include and leave out? What are the conditions of possibility for a community to emerge? From where does one emerge? How are writing communities that share an often contested collective vision themselves experimental formations for attempting new modes of relation, affiliation and creation?

Confirmed respondents include: Tisa Bryant, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Anna Moschovakis, Vanessa Place, Juliana Spahr, and Ronaldo Wilson.

The call for papers is open to all writers and academics, and we encourage proposals that continue to push the critical/creative divide. We welcome interdisciplinary papers that engage philosophy, history, publishing, pedagogy, art and digital media. Conference activities will include panels, round-table discussions and a small press book fair. Each day will culminate with evening readings of the guest writers' creative work.

Please submit an abstract of 350 words to ucsc.poetrypolitics@gmail.com by December 1, 2011. Individual speakers will be placed on panels and allotted 15-20 minutes to present their work. Panel proposals are also welcome. Selected papers will have the opportunity to be published on a post-conference website and in an edited volume of essays inspired by the conference. Please email Andrea Quaid, aquaid@ucsc.edu or Juliana Leslie, julianaleslie@gmail.com if you have any questions.