Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being
The 18th annual Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) Conference, 2013
Dates: Monday 25 November – Wednesday 27 November 2013
Venue: University of Canberra
The 18th annual conference of the AAWP will be a site for creative manoeuvres of divergent kinds. It will showcase artistic works and highlight creative modes of speaking; it will enable investigations of how we make and say; it will provide opportunities to explore how creative artists engage with research.
- Is writing, no matter what its genre, always a kind of creative manoeuvre; a slant way of approaching the world and knowledge? Is it, implicitly, always an exploration of the irreducibly abstract and metaphorical nature of language?
- When writers and other artists engage in the act of making, what do they do and what creative manoeuvres are involved? How do writing and speaking connect to non-verbal modes of expression and non-verbal forms of art?
- In what ways does writing live in the body as well as in language, and how does it narrate ‘being’? What does it mean to use language to speak of being when so much of ‘being’ exists outside of language?
Michele Leggott is a Professor of English at the University of Auckland and was the Inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate 2007-09. She has published seven books of poetry, including Milk & Honey (2005, 2006), Journey to Portugal (2007) and Mirabile Dictu (2009). She edited Robin Hyde’s long poem The Book of Nadath (1999) and Young Knowledge: The Poems of Robin Hyde (2003). A major project since 2001 has been the development of the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc) at the University of Auckland. Michele was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the 2009 New Year Honours for services to poetry. See also www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/authors/leggott/index.asp
Ross Gibson is Professor of Contemporary Arts at the University of Sydney. Outside academia he has been Creative Director for the establishment of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image on Federation Square in Melbourne (1998 - 2002) and a Senior Consultant Producer during the inauguration and early years of the Museum of Sydney (1993 - 96). He has served on the Boards of Screen NSW, Lucy Guerin Dance Company, the Hawke Research Institute and Western Sydney's Information & Cultural Exchange. He has also been an advisor on the Foresighting Working Group for the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and the Object (Design Institute) Creative Committee advising the Sydney City Council's 2030 foresighting process.
In his research Gibson makes books, films and art installations and he encourages postgraduate students in similar pursuits. His scholarly work spans several media and disciplines addressing environmental consciousness and cross-cultural negotiations in colonial history, particularly in Australia and the Pacific. Recent projects include: the books Seven Versions of an Australian Badland (2002), The Summer Exercises (2009) and 26 Views of the Starburst World (2012); the video installation Street X-Rays (2005 - continuing); and the minimalist, photographic poem, 'Accident Music' which emerges weekly in a blog published by the Justice & Police Museum in Sydney (2010 -- continuing).
Day 1, Monday 25th November
12.00 pm – AAWP Executive Meeting
3.00 pm – Registration Opens
6.00pm – Keynote Session – Michele Leggott
7.00pm – Welcome reception
Day 2 , Tuesday 26th November
9.00am – Registration continues
Panel sessions until 3.15 pm
3.15- 4.15 – Keynote Session – Ross Gibson
Day 3, Wednesday 27th November
9.30am – 3.15pm – Panel Sessions
3.45 –Closing plenary session
4.15 – 6.00 Farewell Drinks.
Keynote Sessions by Michele Leggott and Ross Gibson
- Postgraduate poetry – by Kevin Brophy and Jen Webb (Day 2)
- All Shook Up: Using psychoanalysis to enhance writing – by Dominique Hecq (Day3)
‘Young and Emergent writers: policies and publishers’: chaired by Scott Brook and Tony Eaton. (Day 3)
Call for Papers
CALL FOR PAPERS IS NOW CLOSED.
Papers and creative presentations are encouraged to explore, but are not limited to, the following:
- creative expression
- a way of making
- a way of being
- a linguistic manoeuvre
- slant and/or opaque
- a deviation or subversion
- a tactic for expressing bodily experiences
- connected to other kinds of art
- creative collaboration
Please refer to Guidelines for Papers (PDF 1.4MB) for details on submissions and proposals for the conference program
In order for delegates to present they must be members of the AAWP at the time of the conference. Signup and renewal of AAWP membership.
Postgraduates are encouraged to submit to the conference. If this is your first time presenting, then we strongly recommend submitting to the general non-refereed stream. Postgraduates will be offered the chance to speak with professors and more senior writing academics outside their immediate university about their direction and any obstacles, and to practice presenting their work.
The AAWP Conference
AAWP was established at the inaugural conference in 1996. It now holds annual conferences at campuses around Australasia. The annual conference is the most important forum in Australia for the discussion of all aspects of teaching creative and professional writing and for debating current theories on creativity and writing.
- Conference registration open 1 April 2013
- Full papers due for submission to the refereed stream 31 August 2013
Please send submissions/direct enquiries to:
Ph: 02-6201 2597
Conference Organising Committee
Shane Strange (conference coordinator)
Professor Jen Webb
Associate Professor Paul Hetherington
For a list of suggested suppliers please refer to Accommodation Information (pdf 38kb)
Tip: Flights into Canberra on Mondays can be quite expensive and quickly booked out (especially if it is a parliamentary sitting week). We suggest that, if possible, you book travel and accommodation as early as possible, or plan to arrive on Sunday instead.
Waged – Early Bird (before Sept 30) - $300
Waged – full registration - $370
Sessional/ Concession/ Daily - $160
Postgraduate students - $160
UC Staff - $160
UC Student - $120
The registration fee includes conference catering consisting of morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on days 2 & 3 and a welcome/cocktail function on the evening of day 1.
Please indicate any special dietary requirements in the registration page.
To register please follow this link Registration