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COSMOPOETICS – FINAL PROGRAMME – 8-10 SEPTEMBER 2010

In Uncategorized on 06/09/2010 at 15:30

The following is the FINAL PROGRAMME for the first “Cosmopoetics” event. We look forward to meeting you all in a few days. 

 

 

 

 

ST. JOHNS COLLEGE, DURHAM UNIVERSITY

8-10 SEPTEMBER 2010

 

DAY I (8 September, 2010)

08.30 – 09.15:            Arrival and Registration

                                    Foyer – St. John’s College

09.15 – 09.30             OPENING AND WELCOME

                                    Heather Yeung and Marc Botha, co-organizers;

Stephen Regan, Head of Department, English Studies, Durham                                     

09.30 – 10.30:            PLENARY SESSION

                                    Leech Hall – St. John’s College

                                    Opening Address – Poetics of Transumption

                                    Stephen Bann (Bristol, UK)

10.30 – 11.00:            Refreshments

                                    Bowes Dining Room – St. John’s College

11.00 – 12.30:            PLENARY SESSION

                                    Leech Hall – St. John’s College

 

Panel I: Poetry Beyond Text – Vision, Text and Cognition

i) Anna Katharina Schaffner (Kent, UK) – The Poetics of Rupture and the Cognitive Turn

ii) Lisa Otty (Dundee, UK) – Re-imagining Reading: Digital Poetics and Science

iii) Andrew Michael Roberts (Dundee, UK) – Digital Poetry: Imagination, Interactivity and Ethics

 

12.30 – 13.30:            Lunch

                                    Haugton Dining Room – St. John’s College

13.30 – 15.00:            PARALLEL SESSION

Panel II.a: Digital Politics – Virtual Syntax – Beyond Electronic Literature

Leech Hall – St. John’s College

i) Seb Franklin (Sussex, UK) – From an arc to a loop: towards a political poetics of digital culture

ii) Sam Ladkin (Sheffield, UK) – Virtual Syntax

iii) Phil Leonard (Nottingham Trent, UK) – Remediating the nation: Only Revolutions: beyond electronic literature

Panel II.b: Mediations – Vitalism – Physical Process

Wallis Room – St. John’s College

i) Aidan McCardle (Birkbeck, UK) – Dance in the ‘non spaces’: The physicality of the poetics in Ulli Freer’s Buff Dub’s as ‘a reconsideration of poetic or generative force.’

ii) Erin Gray (UC, Santa Cruz) – Words are Fleshy Ducts: Lisa Robertson’s Vitalist                 Poetics

iii) Juha Virtanen (Kent, UK) – Bodies, Poems, Processes: Allen Fisher’s Blood Bone Brain       

15.00 – 16h30:          PLENARY SESSION  

                                               

Plenary Panel III: Challenges and transformations in twenty-first century publishing

Leech Hall – St. John’s College

i) John O’ Brien (Dalkey Archive Press, US) – What Will Electronic Publishing Mean for the Reader?

ii) Stephen Procter (Carcanet, UK) – Transformation in Poetry and Publishing

iii) Stevie Ronnie (Newcastle, UK) – A Practitioner’s Perspective on Publishing in the Digital Age

16.30                          Refreshments

                                    Bowes Dining Room – St. John’s College                                   

16.30 – 18h00           PARALLEL SESSION            

Panel IV.a: Urban Space – Urban Poetics – Post-Postmodernity

Leech Hall – St. John’s College

i) Yasmine Shamma (Oxford, UK) – “All I Want is a Room Up There”: Poetry in Urban Spaces

ii) Luciana Rocha Bezerra (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – Urban Space as a Medium to Artistic and Poetic Expressions

iii) LeeAnn Derdeyn (Texas, Dallas) – Christian Wiman: Post-Postmodern World rE-visioned

Panel IV.b: Mathematics – Entities – Objects

Wallis Room – St. John’s College

i) Alex Murray (Exeter, UK) – Speculations on a post-correlationist poetics

ii) Michael Lockett (Queens, Canada) – Metaphor, mathematics, and ménage à trois

iii) April Pierce (New York University, US) – Where does the poem go?

18.00 – 19.00             OPENING: COSMOPOETICS EXHIBITION

                                    Institute of Advanced Study, Cosin’s Hall, Palace Green

                                    Wine reception

                                    (including the work of Justin Cockburn, Stevie Ronnie, Kathy                                        Toth, Abigail Barlow, Carlo Viglianisi, James Adair, Meinir Wyn                                                 Jones, Paul Raymond, Susan Mortimer, Toby Lloyd, Clark                                          Lunberry, and Ira Lightman, in co-operation with Empty Shop,                                                 Durham)

19.00 –20h30                        Dinner

                                    Haugton Dining Room – St. John’s College

20.30                                      POETRY READING

                                    Leech Hall – St. John’s College    

                                    Ira Lightman, Clark Lunberry, Jennifer Rogers, Stevie Ronnie

Day II (9th September, 2010)

09.00 – 10.30             PARALLEL SESSION

Panel V.a: Narrative – Atopias – Appropriations

Leech Hall – St. John’s College

i) Carrol Clarkson (Cape Town, South Africa) – J.M. Coetzee’s Poetic Atopia

ii) Matthias Mösch (Durham, UK) – Fiction as Criticism: William Gaddis’s Agapē Agape and the Looms of Western Civilization

iii) Ryan Haas (Stanford, US) – From Factory to Newsstand (And Back Again): The Case of a and Day                                                          

Panel V.b:  Poetry Between Form

Wallis Room – St. John’s College

 i) Johanna Skibsrud (Montreal, Canada) – It Can Never Be Satisfied, the Mind, No: Neotenics and the Poetry of Wallace Stevens

ii) Naomi Shulman (UC, Berkeley) – R. B. duPlessis’s “Draft 52: Midrash”: Challenging the Critical / Poetic Divide

iii) Naomi Banks (Durham, UK) – New Formalism vs. free verse: An American debate? An exploration of form in contemporary Northern Irish poetry

10.30 – 11.00:            Refreshments

                                    Bowes Dining Room – St. John’s College

11.00 – 12.00:            PLENARY SESSION

                                    Leech Hall – St. John’s College

                                    Chris Mann (Rhodes, South Africa)

                                    Seeing the Cosmos in a Grain of Sand

12.00 – 13.30:            PARALLEL SESSION

Panel VI.a: Poetic Dispersion: Air – Water – Earth

Leech Hall – St. John’s College

i) Clark Lunberry (North Florida, US) – Writing on Water / Writing on Air:                         Dispersions of a Borderless Poem

ii) Tim Brennan (Sunderland, UK) – W.A.L.K.Walk, Art, Landskip, Knowledge

iii) Mike Collier and Tim Brennan (Sunderland, UK) – W.A.L.K. Project 

Panel VIb: Authority – Indeterminacy – Economics

Wallis Room – St. John’s College

i) Jack Baker (Durham, UK) –   “Sympathy flows, utterance is end-stopped”: Geoffrey Hill’s singular authority

ii) Diviya Pant (Hyderabad, India) – The Malcontents of Postmodernism: Indeterminacy and Lyricality

iii) Natalie Pollard (York, UK) – Contemporary British Poetry: On the Money

13.30 – 14.30:            Lunch

                                    Haugton Dining Room – St. John’s College

14.30 – 15.30:            PLENARY SESSION

                                    Leech Hall – St. John’s College

                                    Keynote Address: Derek Attridge (York, UK)       

                                    Pink Noise and Poetic Universals: Don Paterson’s Lyric Principle

15.30 – 17.00:            PARALLEL SESSION

 

Panel VII.a: Silences – Thresholds – Mediations

Leech Hall – St. John’s College

i) Stuart Sim (Sunderland) – The Aesthetics of Silence: Empowerment or Alienation?

ii) Hazel Smith (Western Sydney, Australia) – Cosmopoetics as New Media Poetics

iii) Maebh Long (Durham, UK) – Eine Aphoristiche Atemwende (An Aphoristic Breathturn): Celan’s Threshold Poetics.

 

Panel VII.b: Reconfigurations of Media, Consciousness and Genre

Wallis Room – St. John’s College

i) Jennifer Rogers (Berlin, Germany) – We don’t exist: emerging a new consciousness though the cosmopoetics of Alice Notley

a) Edwin Musoti (Witwatersrand, South Africa) – Topicality in Contemporary Poetry: Reconfiguring Press-poetry Through Songs of the Season

iii) Lauren Hauser (Virginia, US) – Toomer’s Synesthetic Text: Transcendent Music and Genre in Cane

 

17.00 – 18.00:            Wine Reception

                                    Music Department, Palace Green

18.00 – 19.00:            COSMOPOETICS CONCERT

                                    Music Department, Palace Green

                                    Trevor Wishart, Kelcey Swain, Abraham Mennen, including                                           electroacoustic works, composition for solo saxophone, and                                         saxophone and tape

19h00 – 20h30:         Dinner

                                    Haugton Dining Room – St. John’s College

20.30                          POETRY READING

                                    Leech Hall – St. John’s College

                                    Gareth Reeves, Evie Shockley, Hazel Smith, Michael Lockett

 

 

 

 

 

Day III (10th September, 2010)

09.00 – 10.30:                        PARALLEL SESSION

VIII.a: Los Angeles Cosmopolitanism – Cosmopoetic Sublime – Eastern European Poetic Translation

Leech Hall – St. John’s College

i) Erman Kaplama (London Consortium, UK) –  Defining Cosmopoetics through Cosmological Aesthetics with regard to the Kantian Sublime and Nietzschean Dionysian

ii) Kurt Ozment (Bilkent, Turkey) – What’s Happened Since the Nineties? A Perspective from L.A.

iii) John Clegg (Durham, UK) – Bloody fables: the Eastern European translation bubble, 1963-1991

iv) Joseph Frank (McMaster, Canada) – Earthquakes Can’t Shake Us: On the Seismic (Per)Formation of Cosmopolitics and Carvens Lissaint’s Haiti

Panel VIII.b: Exiles – Immigration –  Dislocation

Wallis Room – St. John’s College

i) Dipannita Datta (Jadavpur, India) – “Merging of all Colours.” Reading Toru Dutt: Negotiating Identities and the Difficulties of Cultural Displacement

ii) Arthur Rose – Yo no tengo la culpa: Immigration, Locality, and a sense of belonging in Roberto Arlt’s ‘Argafuertes Portenas’ and J.M. Coetzee’s Slow Man

iii) Henri Oripeloye (Adenkunle Ajasin, Nigeria) – Globalization and Emerging Configurations in Exilic Poetry of Odia Ofeimun and Tanure Ojaide

 

10.30 – 11.30:            PLENARY SESSION

                                    Leech Hall – St. John’s College

                                    Keynote Address: Michael Davidson (UC, San Diego, US)

                                    ‘Living in the same place…and different places’: Cosmopolitan                                          Citizenship in Contemporary Poetry

11.30 – 12.00:            Refreshments

                                    Bowes Dining Room – St. John’s College

12.00 – 13.30:            PARALLEL SESSION

Panel IX.a: Diasporal – Cosmopolis – Shifting Allegiances

Leech Hall – St. John’s College

 i) George Gasyna (Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, US) – Mediating the margins: the poetics of borderland mythopoeia in Andrzej Stasiuk’s recent writing

ii) Saptarshi Mallick (Calcutta, India) – Inscribing a Cultural Cosmopolitanism: Some Contexts of Modern Indian English Poetry.

iii) Evie Shockley (Rutgers, US) – Will Alexander’s Black Diasporic Aesthetics

Panel IX.b: Anthro-Poetics – Geopoetics – Cosmopoetics

Wallis Room – St. John’s College

i) Norman Bissell (Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, UK) – The International Movement that is Geopoetics: A Way of Being in the World and its Creative Expression in Different Forms

ii) Elspeth Murray (Edinburgh, UK) – Applied anthro-poetics at the boundaries between lived experience, policy rhetoric and imagination

iii) Camilla Nelson (Falmouth, UK)– The Importance of Being There: A Discussion of Alec Finlay’s Mesostic Herbarium and Heidegger’s ‘Dasein’

13.30 – 14.30:            Lunch

                                    Haugton Dining Room – St. John’s College

14.30 – 15.30:            PLENARY SESSION

                                    Leech Hall – St. John’s College    

                                    Patricia Waugh (Durham University)

                                    Affective Cosmopolitanism: Inhabiting Fictional Worlds

15.30 – 16.00:            Refreshments

                                    Bowes Dining Room – St. John’s College

16.00 – 17.30:            PARALLEL SESSION

Panel X.a: Sovereignty – Transnationalism – Poetry

Leech Hall – St. John’s College

i)AnneMarie Perez (Southern California, US) – On Re-vision Aztlan

ii) Nissa Dalager (Oxford Brookes, UK) – Adrienne Rich: The Poet’s Web

iii) Joshua Steffey (Marquette, US) – Lacking Sovereign Ground: Making the World in the Poetry of Auden, Jarrell, and Burt

Panel X.b:  Landscapes – Seascapes – Escapes

Wallis Room – St. John’s College

i) Niamh O’Mahony (Cork, Ireland) – “with a fast letter of intent”: Tracing the letter in the poetry of J.H. Prynne

ii) Mandy Bloomfield (Southampton, UK) – A sea that diffracts

iii) Samira Nadkarni (Aberdeen, UK) – “The content of the town is our pleasure; everything  that remains is form”: Reading the landscape of Joshua Clover’s The Totality for Kids

18.15 – 19.15             POETRY READING

                                    Bailey Room – St. John’s College

                                    Alec Finlay, Michael O’Neill, Jennifer Rogers

19.15 – 21.15             CONFERENCE DINNER

                                    Haugton Dining Room – St. John’s College

21.15                          POETRY READING

                                    Bailey Room – St. John’s College

                                    Chris Mann, Camilla Nelson, LeeAnn Derdeyn, Aidan McCardle,                                                Johanna Skibsrud, Juha Virtanen

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Conference Update

In Uncategorized on 21/08/2010 at 14:41

We learnt on Friday 20 August that Frank Lentricchia will no longer be participating at the “Cosmopoetics” conference. We also received the good news that the panel/workshop on publishing 21st century literature will include Stephen Procter from Carcanet!

Otherwise, the conference line-up remains unchanged. We will publish further details regarding poetry readings, the art exhibition and performances – together with any necessary changes to the programme – in due course! We look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks!

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: COSMOPOETICS, 8-10 SEPTEMBER, 2010

We warmly invite the participation of delegates who may not be presenting, but are interested in attending and participating in the upcoming international conference, “Cosmopoetics: Mediating a New World Poetics” at Durham University from 8-10 September 2010.

The conference includes keynote addresses from leading academics in the fields of modern and contemporary poetry, art history, critical and cultural theory, art history and aesthetics, including Derek Attridge (York), Stephen Bann (Bristol), Michael Davidson (San Diego), and Patricia Waugh (Durham).

The conference aims to integrate the intersection of theory and practice in a unique way. It will include around 60 academic papers over three days, covering a range of topics relevant to literary studies, contemporary poetry, critical and cultural theory, and interdisciplinary aesthetics within the  broad parameters defined by the call for papers.

We are privileged to have amongst our participants several leading poets who will be reading or installing their work. These include Chris Agee, Alec Finlay, Ira Lightman, Clark Lunberry, Chris Mann, Michael O’Neill, Gareth Reeves and Evie Shockley. Many of the delegates presenting at the conference are themselves extremely accomplished poets, and there will be numerous poetry readings over the three days of the conference, in addition to an art and intermedia exhibition and  concert (including a world premiere performance) with work and performances by Sarawut Chutiwongpeti, Justin Cockburn, Liliane Lijn, Abraham Mennen, Kelcey Swain and Trevor Wishart.

The conference will also include a workshop on the publication of 21st century literature to include publishers John O’Brien (Dalkey Archive Press) and Stephen Procter (Carcanet).  

Please follow the link below for registration information regarding conference fees (which have been kept to a minimum), accommodation and travel. 

Registration form – Cosmopoetics

COSMOPOETICS – Revised Preliminary Schedule – 12 August 2010 

We kindly request that you complete the registration process no later than Friday 3 September 2010.

We very much hope that you will be able to join us for COSMOPOETICS!

“Cosmopoetics” is the inaugural event for Durham’s new Centre for Poetry and Poetics, and is being held under the auspices of the Faculty of Humanities, the Department of English Studies, Graduate School and Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Durham University.

Conference Registration Information – Cosmopoetics, 8-10 September 2010

In Uncategorized on 02/07/2010 at 19:33

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: COSMOPOETICS, 8-10 SEPTEMBER, 2010

We warmly invite the participation of delegates who may not be presenting, but are interested in attending and participating in the upcoming international conference, “Cosmopoetics: Mediating a New World Poetics” at Durham University from 8-10 September 2010.

The conference includes keynote addresses from leading academics in the fields of modern and contemporary poetry, art history, critical and cultural theory, art history and aesthetics, including Derek Attridge (York), Stephen Bann (Bristol), Michael Davidson (San Diego), Frank Lentricchia (Duke) and Patricia Waugh (Durham).

The conference aims to integrate the intersection of theory and practice in a unique way. It will include around 60 academic papers over three days, covering a range of topics relevant to literary studies, contemporary poetry, critical and cultural theory, and interdisciplinary aesthetics within the  broad parameters defined by the call for papers.

We are privileged to have amongst our participants several leading poets who will be reading or installing their work. These include Chris Agee, Alec Finlay, Ira Lightman, Clark Lunberry, Chris Mann, Michael O’Neill, Gareth Reeves and Evie Shockley. Many of the delegates presenting at the conference are themselves extremely accomplished poets, and there will be numerous poetry readings over the three days of the conference, in addition to an art and intermedia exhibition and  concert (including a world premiere performance) with work and performances by Sarawut Chutiwongpeti, Justin Cockburn, Liliane Lijn, Abraham Mennen, Kelcey Swain and Trevor Wishart.

The conference will also include a workshop on the publication of contemporary poetry by John O’Brien, director of leading international publisher, Dalkey Archive Press.  

Please follow the link below for registration information regarding conference fees (which have been kept to a minimum), accommodation and travel. 

Registration form – Cosmopoetics

COSMOPOETICS – Revised Preliminary Schedule – 12 August 2010 

We kindly request that you complete the registration process no later than Friday 3 September 2010.

We very much hope that you will be able to join us for COSMOPOETICS!

“Cosmopoetics” is the inaugural event for Durham’s new Centre for Poetry and Poetics, and is being held under the auspices of the Faculty of Humanities, the Department of English Studies, Graduate School and Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Durham University.

CONFERENCE: NEWS!

In Conference on 07/05/2010 at 18:28

NEWS!

We are extremely pleased to be able to announce the participation of Patricia Waugh, Gareth Reeves, Michael O’Neill and Stephen Regan of Durham University; visual artist and poet, Alec Finlay and conceptual poet Ira Lightman.

The conference will also include an art exhibition and performance of contemporary new music, pressing the boundaries between disciplines and the poetic generation of sonic, visual and conceptual worlds.

Conference!

In Conference on 23/04/2010 at 20:41

We’re pleased to announce the first Cosmopoetics event – a three-day conference taking place at the University of Durham, U.K.  Keynote speakers to include: Derek Attridge, Stephen Bann, Michael Davidson, and Frank Lentriccia.  Dates: 8-10 September, 2010.  If you’re interested in participating do send 300 word abstracts to Heather Yeung and Marc Botha: cosmopoetics@googlemail.com by 15th May.  Watch this spot for further information!

Cosmopoetics: Mediating a New World Poetics

In Conference on 23/04/2010 at 20:28

Moon-Gate – Alec Finlay, 2008. Photograph, Alexander Maris
COSMOPOETICS: Mediating a New World Poetics

An International Conference – 8-10 September, 2010

Department of English Studies – Durham University, UK

Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2010

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Derek Attridge (University of York)

Stephen Bann (University of Bristol)

Michael Davidson (University of California, San Diego)

Frank Lentricchia (Duke University)

CALL FOR PAPERS

Cosmopoetics aims to expose an important aperture in contemporary poetry and poetics. Departing from the significant ground gained in late twentieth century poetic avant-gardism, Cosmopoetics takes up the difficult task of defining a twenty-first century poetics. Neither utopian nor dystopian, Cosmopoetics directs itself towards thinking a poetic atopia, a poetic interval within which the multiple currents of communication, mediation and influence mix; poetics as a particular border-crossing, trans-linguistic, socio-economic phenomenon. It is simultaneously sensitive to cultural and natural concepts of world or cosmos, and individual and aesthetic concepts of poesis, or the production of poetry, and seeks to re-centre contemporary poetry in its mediating capacity, as bridge between the singular and the universal, the local and the global, the creative and the critical.

Michael Davidson speaks of the North American Free Trade Agreement as having created “a form of unheimlich reality through which subjects are produced and economic displacement is lived”. He sees the literary upshot of this is a community which operates cosmopoetically, “across national borders and cultural agendas”. Cosmopoetics amplifies the prospect of a cosmopolitics: “Cosmos protects against the premature closure of politics and politics against the premature closure of cosmos”, in the words of Bruno Latour. At the intersection of poetic form and formation, Cosmopoetics investigates the immediate forces of mediation – poetry as medium and mediator – between otherwise heterogenous ideas and concepts.

We hope that the conference will reveal some of the many ways in which contemporary poetry and poetics still has a significant role to play in forging both new worlds and new ways of relating to existing paradigms of “cosmos”. As Franco Moretti wrote, “The literature around us is now unmissably a planetary system”. In this light, we propose to explore the manner in which poetry, whether by design or accident, is also capable of revealing the contemporary as an atopian paradigm, a space sans frontières, or of non-spaces which simultaneously reflects upon and makes possible the reconsideration of poetic or generative force.

Proposals are welcomed in (but not restricted to) the following areas:

Innovations and trends in c.21st poetry and poetics
Cosmopoetics and Cosmopolitics
Poetry as mediation
Communicative poetic force
Poetic atopia or cosmos
The space of poetry
Poetry and ‘World Literature’
Digital / Print culture
Poetic form today
New media poetics
Poetry between the local and the global
Relocation / dislocation of resistance
Writing across / without borders

Please send 300 word proposals for papers of 20 minutes to Marc Botha and Heather Yeung at cosmopoetics@googlemail.com by 15th May 2010.

This conference is taking place with the support of the Department of English Studies,  Centre for Poetry and Poetics, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Advanced Study,  and Graduate School of the University of Durham.

Manifesto (of a sort…)

In General info on 23/04/2010 at 18:44

The literature around us is now unmissably a planetary system

— Franco Moretti (2000)

Are we a generation marked by cries for innovation rather than by any specific innovation itself?  This question, posed to anybody who exists in this world of fast scientific advancement and exploration and global communication networks, seems almost ridiculous.  This world is markedly less geo- than cosmo-centric.  Indeed, the social and anthropological effects of these cosmos-spanning, hyper-accelerated systems of exchange have been theorized extensively: within the last decade, various brands of systems theory have continued to develop, Bruno Latour has offered Actor Network Theory (ANT) as an alternate model for mapping this situation, Michel Serres has written of virtual global networks, and Peter Sloterdijk has constructed a foamy metaphor for the contemporary world which represents universe-spanning networks and exchanges, the exsitence of which, in turn, explains man’s newfound capacity to exist in larger social forms than were previously imagined possible. At the intersections of science, philosophy, mathematics and politics, numerous thinkers continue to press the question of belonging. Isabelle Stengers has written extensively on the concept of a cosmopolitics, on the real limits which the natural and political worlds represent for one another. Giorgio Agamben exposes the immanence of a new form of community by analysing the symmetrical logics of the exception and the example and their exposition of paradigmatic modes of belonging. Alain Badiou’s mathematically-supported proposition of a properly infinite Truth that emerges from an Event, an Event which steps outside of and cuts across being and belonging, effects a decisive recuperation of a positive political and aesthetic subjectivity.

With these models and their attendant technologies, this ability to communicate trans-hemispherically at the click of a button, comes a dissolution of concrete borders.  Transnational trade agreements, for instance, are conceptualised and actualised more readily; it was not a single nation, but the whole world, that was affected by the recent economic down-turn. Through its globe-spanning exchange networks, crisis and catastrophe become increasingly universal phenomena, instantanously communicated across time-zones, multilingually and outside of the traditional markers of identity. With the dissolution of concrete borders, margins and interstices blur with their contents.  New borders which are erected or conceptualized signify a dislocation of power, and an increasing sense of the enclosed culture’s disempowerment in the face of the possibility of a real transnationalism.  Displacement (if place is still to be understood as a culturally totalizing lived environment) becomes a norm.  It is out of displacement that a new mediation arises, new cultural force is generated.

But where does literature fit into all this?  We propose Cosmopoetics as the term through which a new global understanding of literature may be mediated, a term which moves the idea of World Literature away from Goethe’s euro-centric border-bound poetic to something more world- and word- spanning.  Here, cosmo(s) is the ordered and ornamented universe (both perceived and conceived – as distinct from geo, implying a thought which is almost phenomenologically world-bound), and poetics is the artistic fashioning of that universe, or cosmos. Cosmopoetics will thus acknowledge the space of literary creation, or generative force, as a space sans frontières, a non-space the margins and interstices of which no longer mediate between defined places, but, rather, are these places.

The address of these questions, the use of this term, does not suggest that we should simply open out lines of flight from existing fields, however.  Rather, the field itself should be reconceptualized, as is already taking place in much socio-political discourse. As Franco Moretti wrote, now a decade ago, “world literature is not an object, it is a problem, and a problem that asks for a new critical method […] the categories have to be different”.  Equally, Kenneth White has spoken for a long time of the demand for “a new poetic anthropology” which results from this “new world sensation” and which is mediated by “a wavelength our culture has not yet turned to”.

It seems that these new demands on literature and its poetics are on the way to being met.  The English Journal PN Review has long operated under the philosophy of a “poésie sans frontières”. Irish Pages, in collaboration with journals from Sarajevo, New Delhi and New York (so far), is in the process of setting up a Global Literary Network of contemporary literature journals which, unimpeded by dissemination from a single, totalizing, culture, operates freely between nations and languages.  Michael Davidson speaks of the North American Free Trade Agreement as having created “a form of unheimlich reality through which subjects are produced and economic displacement is lived”.  He sees the literary upshot of this is a community which operates cosmopoetically, “across national borders and cultural agendas”.

We hope that this initiative will reveal some of the many ways in which contemporary literature and poetics still has a signficant role to play in forging both new worlds and also new ways of relating to existing paradigms of “cosmos”.  As such we envisage “Cosmopoetics” as both developing and challenging existing concepts of space/place, and relation of space to identity, and the productive relation these have to poetry and poetics in particular, literature in general.  In this light, we propose to explore the manner in which literature, whether by design or accident, is also capable of revealing the contemporary as an atopian paradigm, a space of non-spaces which simultaneously reflects upon and makes possible poetic or generative force.