Call for Papers

Poetry on the Move Symposium 2021:
Archives, counter-memory, creative practice and poetry

We are seeking wide-ranging work for a Poetry on the Move 2021 symposium (in Canberra and via Zoom) and a subsequent issue of the Axon Creative Explorations journal that takes up what has been a lively discussion about archives and counter-memories situated in opposition to official histories.

This call is for presentations/papers that explore the contemporary relationship between creative thinking, creative practice, poetry and the archive. We are especially interested in topics that connect to the following issues:

  • Poetry and the archive
  • The archive re-imagined as counter-memory and/or resistance
  • Creative writers as archivists
  • Poetry and memory
  • Poetic biography
  • Archives, connections and genealogies
  • Non-dialectical histories and the reconstruction of memory
  • Poetry and the digital archive
  • The quotidian, fact and creative writing
  • Poetry and forms of resurrection

The editors are seeking papers for a symposium to be held in Canberra and via Zoom on Thursday, 14 October 2021, from 10 am to 3:30 pm (it will be followed by the launch of the Poetry on the Move festival). Selected papers from the symposium, as well as other papers on theme, will be published in the first issue of Axon: Creative Explorations for 2022.

Please submit a 100–150-word abstract by midnight on 30 September 2021. If you wish to write full paper of between 3,000 and 5,000 words for subsequent publication in Axon: Creative Explorations (subject to the usual referee processes) this paper will be due on 15 March 2022.

When you submit your abstract, please record whether you want it to be considered for 1) the symposium; 2) the journal issue; 3) or both symposium and journal issue

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