Rethinking Lyric Communities: Christ Church – Berlin workshops open for registrations

Christ Church is pleased to announce that it will be hosting one of two workshops on lyric poetry this summer in its Research Centre, both of which are now open for registrations.

From the circulation of poetic forms across different languages and traditions around the globe, through the envisioning of national and transnational discursive communities, to the use of poetry in contemporary episodes of political resistance and its dissemination on social media, lyric poetry seems to be a privileged site for an inquiry into community formation and its politics.

Various theoretical approaches, in fact, cast poetry in this peculiar role, from French and French-oriented political philosophy, exemplified in the famous exchange between Maurice Blanchot and Jean-Luc Nancy begun in the 1980s, to the reevaluations of poetry’s roots in orality and performance in reader-response criticism, as well as in postcolonial and decolonial studies.

This two-session workshop aims to bring the investigation of historical poetic communities into dialogue with recent developments in the theory of the lyric and theories of community.

While discussing a variety of phenomena in modern European poetry that have been at the center of the critical debate – the poetics of the fragment, the unworking or désœuvrement of the work, the obscurity or polysemy of language, a change of aesthetic regime – the workshop will also explore the lyric, in its longer history and transnational features, as a particular discursive mode that may offer alternative models of community formation.

Speakers and discussants include Derek Attridge, Adele Bardazzi, Roberto Binetti, Philip Ross Bullock, Jonathan Culler, Manuele Gragnolati, Karen Leeder, Peter D. McDonald, Emily McLaughlin, Jahan Ramazani, Daniel Tiffany, and Anita Traninger.

The Oxford session also includes a conversation with poet Vahni Anthony Capildeo and the Berlin session an evening event with Vahni Anthony Capildeo, Christian Hawkey, and Daniel Tiffany, who will read a selection of their poetry and offer their reflections on poetry, community and translation.

Christ Church Research Centre, Oxford, 23 June 2022, 14:00–19:00

ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, 5 July 2022, 14:00–20:30

Organised by Irene Fantappiè, Francesco Giusti and Laura Scuriatti.

Organisers' logos In cooperation with ICI Berlin, Bard College Berlin and the EXC Temporal Communities.  
With the support of the Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership.