International Conference on Poetry Studies

27 May 2017 – London, UK

organised by Interdisciplinary Research Foundation


London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research


Poetry is a constant, being produced by all known civilizations from ancient to modern times. Throughout this extensive history, poetry has been made to address a vast array of subject matters, including love, war, social issues, the beauty of nature etc. As poetry is meant to invoke experiences, it emphasizes the role of the senses, calling to mind memories and feelings in stirring and sometimes turbulent ways.

Poetry inspires as well as instructs. It sweeps away human thoughts, soothes human suffering and feeds human emotion. It ennobles, enlightens and entertains. It enters into the very depth of the human soul and lights up the dark corridor of human nature. Poetry acts as a great force through the pleasure it gives, because the expressive boundaries of poetry are virtually unlimited.

The conference aims to bring together international poets and scholars from diverse contexts and interdisciplinary fields to share their work. We invite manuscripts, performances, poetry, and other forms of presentations.

Areas of investigation may include, but are not limited to:

  • form and genre
  • scale in poetry
  • brevity and length
  • poetic sequences
  • units of measurement in poetry
  • form, proportion and balance
  • the immeasurable and/or non-measurable in poetry
  • beginnings and ends
  • poetry and other art forms: music, visual arts and/or craft; ekphrasis
  • poetry and architecture
  • poetry and mathematics
  • language-centered poetics (including Language- and post-Language writing)
  • performance-based poetics
  • the political character of the aesthetic
  • (non-)originality/individuality/voice amidst technical innovation
  • subject-construction in poetry
  • ecopoetics
  • New Narrative
  • hybrid & cross-genre poetic modes
  • conceptual and post-conceptual poetry
  • poetic and poetic/artistic collaborations

Paper proposals up to 250 words and a brief biographical note should be sent by 30 April 2017 to:              poetry@irf-network.org. Please download paper proposal form.

Conference venue:  Monticello House, 45 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 4JP, UK