DOCUMENTARY POETRY, POPULAR PROTEST AND ACTIVISM – AN INTERNATIONAL POETRY AND POETICS SEMINAR
Co-Directors Geoff Gilbert and William Dow
The American University of Paris hosts a documentary poetry conference from 15-17 June 2023 on its campus in Paris, France.
Here are some questions the conference hopes to address. How do contemporary poets in the US and France position themselves in relation to popular political protest and activism? What use are they making of experimental documentary traditions (whose practices can be placed along a continuum from “subjective” auto-ethnographies to “objective” documentary tendencies)? How does writing outside France and the US relate to these two centers for poetry and poetics? What challenges does this offer to conceptions of the relation between poetry as an art form and other social and political utterances and actions? The conference will also look at the history of documentary poetry traditions in France and the United States, locating this history in an international, transnational, and pluri-disciplinary context.