Critical Poetics Summer School 2021: Care Of…

deadline for submissions: 
May 9, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Critical Poetics Research Group, Nottingham Trent University
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The Critical Poetics International Summer School

Critical Poetics: Care Of... 

Online, 25 June – 3 July 2021


Raymond Antrobus

Maya Chowdhury

Marion Coutts

Eva Haifa Giraud

Seán Hewitt

Bhanu Kapil

Astrida Neimanis

Maggie Nelson

Craig Santos Perez

Nat Raha

Laura Salisbury

Mama D Ujuaje

(Further speakers to be confirmed)


The COVID-19 pandemic and recent political, social and environmental crises have fundamentally changed the way that we perceive and experience care. As a result, the double-edged meaning of the term can be felt more sharply than ever; care encapsulates our attention and concern for someone or something at the same time as it defines our troubles, pains and sorrows. Moreover, taking care with our writing is an ethical and aesthetic imperative. In 2021, the Critical Poetics Summer School will be delivered care of a group of internationally recognised artists, writers and thinkers whose work addresses current and pressing issues of care and caring. 


How has the global pandemic changed care? What does care now mean in light of the social injustices and inequalities foregrounded by Black Lives Matter? What does it mean to be charged with the care of animal, vegetal and mineral lifeforms during the sixth mass extinction and the care of the environment in the ongoing climate crisis? Furthermore, how has care, both as a concept and an experience, changed for writers, artists, critics and readers? Over the course of the 2021 summer school, we will explore these issues together, and in the process we will interrogate the degree to which writing, art, criticism, or a combination of these, can help us attend to manifold, interconnected and collective care responsibilities.


Organised by the Critical Poetics Research Group at Nottingham Trent University, and coordinated in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary, the 2021 programme features a wide range of virtual activities – from one-to-one tutorials, to workshops and public events – tailored for interdisciplinary scholars, writers, artists and students. Participants will benefit from access to internationally renowned practitioners and thinkers and will be provided with time and resources to develop their own critical-creative practice. There will be opportunities to produce a publishable output as well as the chance to participate in a form of social action.


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