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Affect & Audience in the Digital Age

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Affect & Audience in the Digital Age explores emergent modes of creative public scholarship. Specifically, we are interested in scholarly, pedagogical, curatorial, and creative practices that attend to the digitally mediated character of contemporary poetry. While poets have long enjoyed a position as public intellectuals, teaching readers through carefully constructed emotional appeals, much poetic work is now written through impersonal digital methodologies such as crowd sourcing and data mining. Nevertheless, digitally mediated poetics have a particular affective density: even appropriated text from the internet conveys the “powerful feelings” that Wordsworth described as the ideal for poetry. Given the new realities of digital composition and distribution, how has the position of the poet changed? Can digital mediation impact the direction in which knowledge and expertise flow? Where is creativity located now?

The primary activity of the Affect & Audience in the Digital Age crossdisciplinary research cluster for 2014-15 is a series of seminars and colloquia at which we will discuss selected readings and present samples of our ongoing research projects. To supplement and stimulate these discussions, we will invite guest speakers to the UW campuses.

Fall 2014: Ronaldo Wilson and Convergence on Poetics

Affect & Audience in the Digital Age is pleased to sponsor the participation of poet and performer Ronaldo Wilson in this year's Convergence on Poetics at the University of Washington Bothell. Wilson will participate in a panel discussion, "Thinking Liveness" on Friday, September 26, and will deliver a performance on Saturday, September 27.

Wilson is the author of the collections Poems of the Black Object, which won the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award, and Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man. With poets Dawn Lundy Martin and Duriel E. Harris, Wilson cofounded the performance-based Black Took Collective.

Visit the Convergence on Poetics website to learn more and see the full complete schedule.

Related: We Wandered as a Cloud: Collaborative Poetry for a Digital Age

Primary contacts

Sarah Dowling (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

Amaranth Borsuk (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)