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CFP: ‘Archival Afterlives’, JRRI

‘Archival Afterlives’: Postwar Poetry in English, 2017 John Rylands Research Institute Conference, 27-29 June 2017, University of Manchester.

Confirmed Speakers: Lucy Collins (UCD), Stephen Enniss (University of Texas, Austin), Rachel Foss (British Library), Peter Jay (Anvil Press), Robyn Marsack (Royal Literary Fund/University of Glasgow), Deryn Rees-Jones (Pavilion Press/University of Liverpool), Michael Schmidt (Carcanet Press), David Sutton (University of Reading), Kevin Young (New York Public Library), with Poetry Readings by Elaine Feinstein and Tara Bergin.

The John Rylands Research Institute invites proposals for its 2017 conference on modern literary archives. Reflecting the strengths of the Special Collections at the John Rylands Library, the conference will focus in particular on archives related to postwar poetry in English.

‘Archival Afterlives’ will provide a forum for academic researchers, postgraduate students, curators, archivists, as well as poets to discuss their relationship with archival material, whether it be through creating, collecting or donating archives, or through using archival and material culture for inspiration, learning or research. The conference also takes place as part of a wider programme of activities at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library to facilitate the study of the holdings in modern and contemporary literature.

Topics for presentation might include:

 Genetic histories of poetic texts; the role and place of genetic criticism in literary studies; the role and place of archival material in the study of contemporary poetry;

 Poetic communities and networks; correspondence and its role in cementing literary networks and movements; collaborations; network mapping;

 Poetry in translation; the process of translation; the relationship between the poet and the translator;

 Life writing; archives and biographies;

 The publishing of poetry; journals, publishing houses, and literary magazines;

 The relationship of poet and editor;

 The materiality of poetic texts; creating, documenting, managing and using literary drafts, manuscripts and proofs in physical and digital form;

 Collecting the archives of modern poetry; ‘being archived’; the relationship of poets with their archives, and the poet with the archivist; collecting policies and strategies; the global diaspora of modern literary archives;

 Archives and life-objects.

We also welcome presentations on any of the poets, translators, editors, publishers and poetic movements represented in the Library’s outstanding collection of Modern Literary Archives. These comprise the archives of poetry publishers Carcanet and Anvil, the literary journals PN Review and Critical Quarterly, as well as papers of and related to a diverse range of poets and translators. Poets represented in the archives include Elaine Feinstein, Grevel Lindop, Elizabeth Jennings, John Heath-Stubbs, Michael Schmidt, Brian Cox, Jeff Nuttall, John Ashbery, Eavan Boland, Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Paula Meehan, Edwin Morgan, Sinéad Morrissey, Les Murray, Dennis O’Driscoll, Sylvia Plath and many more.

Submissions from researchers at any stage of their career, as well as from curators and archivists are welcome. Due to significant interest, the deadline for paper and panel proposals has been extended to Monday, 20th February 2017.

Please visit the conference website for further information and guidelines as to how to submit the proposal.

Enquiries to be directed to jrri.conference2017@manchester.ac.uk.

Conference Convenor: Florence Impens, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester. Steering Committee: Fran Baker (University of Manchester Library), Douglas Field (University of Manchester), Vona Groarke (University of Manchester), Stella Halkyard (University of Manchester Library), John McAuliffe (University of Manchester).

Frank O’Hara, Poet in the City

Poet in the City, ‘Frank O’Hara: In the Heart of Noise’, Wed 9th Nov, 7.30pm, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG. Duration: 2 hours 20 mins (with 20 min interval), £14.50

Poet in the City, in collaboration with Aurora Orchestra, present a special evening of poetry, music and art in celebration of Frank O’Hara, 50 years since his death.

From curating with Jackson Pollock and de Kooning to creating work inspired by John Cage and Billie Holiday, O’Hara was at the restless heart of the 1960s creative explosion and the ‘New York School’; legions of devoted followers have ensued since his death at 40. Featuring poet and critic Mark Ford, players from Aurora Orchestra and the acclaimed soprano Nina Bennet, join us to explore the great legacy of this ceaseless soul.

Mark Ford is the editor of Frank O’Hara’s Selected Poems, and of two anthologies of the work of the New York School Poets. He teaches in the English Department at University College London.

Will Montgomery is Senior Lecturer in English Literature, and Director of the Poetics Research Centre at Royal Holloway University. His recent publications include the essay collection Frank O’Hara Now. Will also works with audio, making field recordings, sound art and music.

Nina Bennet is a talented soprano, having performed with both the City of London Sinfonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Nina is becoming increasingly in demand in contemporary music and is equally at home in both jazz and gospel.

John Reid is Principal Piano of Aurora Orchestra, with whom he has appeared at the major London concert venues, and at the BBC Proms. He is an associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Jane Mitchell is Principal Flute of Aurora Orchestra and plays in ensembles in the UK, France and Germany on both period and modern flutes. A member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she works regularly with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and L’Orchestre des Champs-Elysées.

More information about the event can be found here.
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Responding to Crisis – Workshop and Poetry Reading

Responding to Crisis: Forced Migration & the Humanities in the 21st Century, AHRC-funded project, Keele University, 5th October 2016

  1. Workshop: ‘Contemporary crisis of values and ‘necropolitics’ (12.00-16.00)

This  workshop consists of  5-10 minute presentations from speakers which include academics, practitioners, activists and artists (among which are Neelam Srivastava, Maggie O’Neill, Anthony Good, Roger Bromley, Jerome Phelps, Robert Hampson, Saradha Soobrayen, Carolina Albuerne).

Participants will illustrate the ways in which their current/recent work and activities engage with the deathly context of contemporary migration to Europe, which results in both literal and social deaths. As re-evaluations of humanism and humanitarianism continue, what role can/does the humanities play in discourses of forced migration? What methodologies do different sectors use to approach mass migration and displacement?

The overall aim of the workshop is to explore diverse approaches among activists, practitioners and academics to  the current ‘crisis’; hence, a key part of the workshop includes a roundtable to engage in a discussion on multidisciplinary, multi-agency responses among all participants and attendees. (venue tbc)

2) Poetic Responses to Contemporary Migration (17.00-20.00)

An evening of poetry on the theme of contemporary migration will be hosted at Keele as part of the AHRC-funded international project Responding to Crisis: Forced Migration and the Humanities in the Twenty-First Century. Readings by Saradha Soobrayen, Robert Hampson, David Herd, among others will engage the audience with the challenges of forced displacement. A selection of poems by Keele Creative writing students will also be presented along with an exhibition of photography and placement poetry. This will be hosted in the beautiful setting of Keele Hall. All participants are warmly invited to the wine and canapé reception after the readings. All welcome.

Sign up to both sessions or to one; all events are free, but numbers are limited. So, please make sure you let us know!

Further details can be found here.


The project Responding to Crisis, led by Mariangela Palladino (Keele) and Agnes Woolley (RHUL), aims to develop cultural responses to the current crisis. The arts and humanities have a vital role to play in shaping current debates on forced displacement – this is not only a crisis of geopolitics, but also of values. What role do the arts and humanities play in this critical context? How do we interpret, represent and conceptualise forced migration in the twenty-first century, and how do criticism and the arts play an active role in political transformation?

‘Roland Barthes and Poetry’ Conference at Leeds

The University of Leeds will be hosting a conference titled ‘Roland Barthes and Poetry‘ on 27-28 March 2015 to mark the centenary of the birth of the French literary critic Roland Barthes.

The conference sets out to complement other events taking place by focussing on poetics as a general theory of communication and of human signifying practices in and beyond language as a central Barthesian concern, be it in the work of the Hellenist George Thomson, or the poetic theory of Roman Jakobson. The conference aims to suggest the place of poetry in Barthes’s work as well as looking at the ways in which poets have responded to Barthesian poetic theory, especially in the case of American avant-garde poetry of the 1950s-1970s.

The conference is supported by the British Comparative Literature Association, the Modern Humanities Research Association and the Society for French Studies, and attendance is free of charge, but registration is required due to space constraints.

Visit the website for details and the programme.

Poetry in Metamorphosis

Organised by the British Comparative Literature Association, the British Academy, the British School at Rome and the Italian Cultural Institute London, Poetry in Metamorphosis will take place in London at the British Academy and the Italian Cultural Institute on 21 October 2014 as part of the British Academy Guardian Language Festival and the Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo 2014.

Speakers include: Jacob Blakesley (Leeds), Nadia Cannata and colleagues (Sapienza Università di Roma), Daniela Caselli (Manchester), F. M. Federici (UCL), Paul Howard (Cambridge), Daniela La Penna (Reading), Matthew Reynolds (Oxford), Claudia Rossignoli (St Andrews) and Nigel Vincent (Manchester).

In addition, BCLA Secretary Matthew Reynolds will be introducing readings by Philip Terry (Essex) from Dante’s Inferno and BCLA President Marina Warner will be introducing Jamie McKendrick’s new translation of the poetry of Antonella Anedda.

See the programme or visit the website for details.