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Plymouth University, UK

This conference is dedicated to exploring the interplay and divide between thinking and feeling in poetry. In what ways might poetry embody a process of thinking? What's the role of emotion in recent poetry? Can thinking be divided from feeling? Does a poetry of the head preclude a poetry of affect, and vice versa? Are these the terms of competing antagonisms or productive dialogues? What's the relationship between the intellect and affect?

Poetry has long explored these questions, but this conference dedicated to 20th and 21st century work, asks what 'new' developments are shifting the terms of debate and practice? Issues we hope to explore include the role and use of autobiography, imagination, sexuality, race, gender, faith, the lyric voice, narrative, conceptualism, history, eco-poetics and poetic materiality.

We welcome papers on 20th/21st century poets or poetries which might exist in that liminal space in between the thinking/feeling binary, or which might privilege either side of the divide. Within this broad rubric, we invite discussion of poets and poetries of the page, spoken-word, digital mediums, 3D design, hybrid constructions etc.

Scholars and creative practitioners alike are welcome.

Plenaries will be given by: Redell Olsen
Keston Sutherland
Matvei Yankelevich
Emily Berry, Sam Riviere, and Jack Underwood

Please submit proposals by email in the form of 100-200 word abstracts for 20 minute long panel papers by 20th January 2016. We also welcome proposals for pre-formed panels of 3 x 20-minute papers.

The conference will be held at Plymouth University, in the port city of Plymouth, Devon, in the Southwest of England.

Anthony Caleshu

Mandy Bloomfield