This conference is the outcome, first, of ‘lyric turn’ in literary studies that has resulted in a reconsideration in in literary as well as in ethical and psychological studies of the significance of lyric as opposed to narrative genres in articulating a variety of interdisciplinary questions. The aim of this conference is to bring together the variety of recent departures in lyric studies. The call for papers specifically encourages fresh interdisciplinary approaches to how not only to count out poetry, but how also to make poetry count in the current economic climate. If T.S. Eliot in ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent’ claimed that poetry can only be ‘measured’ against the ‘standards of the past’, poems are also increasingly measured against the times from which they originate. The conference thus concentrates on poetry written in the 20th and 21st centuries, welcoming papers analysing the measures modern poetry takes in a period of accelerated change, but also in a period that symptomizes uncanny continuities in structures of privilege and power.
Second, the conference is a result of research networks on poetic studies at the universities of York and Sheffield, including ‘Poetry and Poetics’ reading group and Eborakon poetry journal at York and Poetry Society in Sheffield. The aim of this conference is to liaise these networks in a two-day event and bring them in contact with researchers from other institutions with the view of furthering quality and reach of independent and collaborative research. The conference will also provide an opportunity for early-career researchers in public speaking-related training needs. It will also provide an opportunity for the AHRC- and WRoCAH- funded organisers funded to gain experience in event management, administration and marketing – skills which will be more in demand in future job applications.
Laura Blomvall, York
Other student organisers
Alex Alonso, University of York Stephen Grace, University of York David Troupes, University of Sheffield Jack Quin, University of York