UPDATE: Pressure to Experiment (UK) (7/15/06; 9/28/06-9/29/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Mandy Bloomfield
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UDATE: Deadline extended to July 15th, 2006/ new information about keynote

Pressure to Experiment

A two day international conference on experimentation in contemporary

Organised by the Centre for Contemporary Writing

To be held at the University of Southampton, UK on

28th and 29th September 2006

Keynote speakers:

Michael Davidson

Joan Retallack

Jena Osman

Lisa Jarnot

Caroline Bergvall

This conference explores the role of literary experimentation in
contemporary writing. After nearly a hundred years of modernism we ask what
purpose and meaning we now attribute to experimentation in fiction, in
poetry and in critical thought. Specific questions to be addressed include:

What are the contemporary aesthetic, political, and cultural pressures on

How might innovative writing practices address the social issues facing us
at the start of the twenty-first century?

Is experimentation still necessary? What politics can we attribute to it? Is
it becoming harder to achieve?

How valid and how fragile are the existing histories and achievements of
experimental writing?

Forms and genres to be addressed can include:




* experimental poetry

* innovative fiction

* new media

* hypertext

* lyric essay

* creative non-fiction

* cross-genre and hybrid forms




We welcome proposals for both academic papers and more practice-based
presentations. Please email abstracts of 150-300 words to

mandy_at_bloomfield.f2s.com or jennifermyoung_at_mac.com by 15th July. If
electronic delivery is not possible, abstracts can be sent by post to:

Mandy Bloomfield, Department of English, School of Humanities, University of
Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK

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