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PG and Early-Career Workshop on Expanded Poetics: Poiesis Means Making

Location: Room OC1.08 (Oculus Building)

PG and Early-Career Workshop on

Expanded Poetics: Poiesis Means Making

With Dr. Nathan Brown and Dr. Stephen Ross (IAS Fellows)

April 30, 2019, 15.00-18.00

Room OC1.08 (Oculus Building)


This interdisciplinary workshop is open to scholars in all fields, including those not traditionally associated with poetics.


The Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and the IAS are delighted to invite all interested PGs and early-career scholars (within 3 years of defence of PhD) in all disciplines to participate in a workshop on Expanded Poetics with Nathan Brown and Stephen Ross. Dr. Brown is the Director and Dr. Ross an Affiliated Member of the Centre for Expanded Poetics at Concordia University, Montreal Canada.


As the Centre’s website explains, “The Centre for Expanded Poetics is an experimental research laboratory for the interdisciplinary study of structure, form, and fabrication.” It explicitly aims to bring about discussions between scholars trained in literature (more precisely poetics) and those in other disciplines:



“We study connections between scientific and poetic approaches to structure, form, and fabrication, attending in particular to how biology, physics, chemistry, metrology, and materials science might inform the conceptual resources of poetics.”


Visual and Performing Arts

“Approaching poetry as practice of material construction and conceptual articulation, we study its participation in a larger field of artistic practices, including cinema, photography, architecture, sculpture, and performance.”


Politics, Social Sciences, Medical Humanities:

“Eschewing disembodied accounts of poetic subjectivity, we approach poetics as a politically, historically situated practice inflected by embodied positionality.”



“We study the history of philosophy alongside contemporary theory and media studies in order to situate poetic making in relation to conceptual problems traversing different fields of artistic, architectural, and scientific practice.”



How to Participate:

If you are a PG or Early-Career Scholar with a project you think would benefit from the Workshop, please reserve a place with Prof. Daniel Katz ( by email by April 15. You will need to include a 500-word abstract of the project you want to workshop: MA paper or thesis, PhD thesis, book manuscript, article, etc. As noted above, the Workshop warmly welcomes projects from beyond the Arts and Humanities.


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