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Conference: ‘The Expanded Lyric’, Queens University Belfast, 3 & 4 April 2014

‘The Expanded Lyric’ is a two-day interdisciplinary conference which aims to explore the state of the lyric poem in the contemporary world by bringing together writers and researchers in English Literature and Creative writing, artists, performers, musicians, filmmakers, designers, independent scholars and others for whom lyric poetry is a core part of their practice.

While the conference aims to be inclusive of a wide range of ideas and perspectives, other topics of interest are:

  • How contemporary practice and lyric poetry’s historical position(s)might compete, overlap, intersect, contradict and/or complement the other?
  • In what ways has this poetic form evolved and expanded on the page?
  • The expansion of the lyric poem beyond the page into a transmedia context, including but not limited to the visual arts, film, sound,
  • animation, music, dance, video, installation, performance
  • The relation between the lyric as sung and as spoken: i.e., given that most lyric poems are not set to music, wherein does their musicality actually lie?

They are interested in innovation on the part of the participants and are open to presentations which take on non-traditional and alternative forms.

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words for papers, readings, performances or screenings of 18- 20 minutes to the by 18 October 2013. In addition to your abstract, please include your contact details, a title for the proposed presentation, your intended presentation format and whether or not your presentation will require additional technological support.

The Expanded Lyric is co-organized by PhD students at Queens University Belfast & Newcastle University

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