Saturday, February 11, 2023

Jennifer K Dick is Reading Anne Carson through the Lens of Quantum Physics and Dark Matter at this May 2023 conference

 I am thrilled to be participating in this very exciting conference on Anne Carson in May. Below you can find the provisional schedule. I am in the final panel before the conference closes. 


Anne Carson and the Unknown: Explorations in 21st-Century Experimental Poetry
24-25 May 2023, UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

“A phenomenologist from Louvain-la-Neuve
is telling us what Heidegger thought during the winter term
of 1935.
There was an interrogation of art.
There was a circle to be made.”
—Anne Carson, Plainwater (2000 [1995], p. 56)

8.30 – 9.00 Registration & coffee
9.00 – 9.15 Conference opening by the Embassy of Canada to Belgium
9.15 – 9.30 Opening remarks
9.30 – 10.15 Keynote by Ian Rae (King’s University College at Western University), “Knowing Collapse: Anne Carson’s ‘The Fall of Rome’”

10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break

10.45 – 12.15 Session 1 (“Reaching Towards Other Selves and Otherness”)
- “Norma Jeane Baker, ‘Harlot of Troy’: Anne Carson’s Unknowable Hellenic Eidolon” – Amanda Kubic (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
- “Albertine or the Unknowability of the Other: Carson’s Reading of Proust” – Christina Kkona (Bordeaux-Montaigne University)
- “Poetics of the Caesura” – Elizabeth D. Harvey (University of Toronto)

12.15 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 14.15 Performance by Annabel Wilson (Massey University), “‘Dismantling of Wisdom’: Creative-Critical Responses to Anne Carson’s Nox”

14.15 – 15.45 Session 2 (“Oscillations between Knowing and Sensing”)
- “Anne Carson’s Radical Formalism” – David Fearn (University of Warwick)
- “Anne Carson’s ‘Anarchitecture’ and the Disrupting Potential of Matter in Float” – Helena Van Praet (Université catholique de Louvain)
- “A Montaging of the Senses: The Chor(e)o-Phonographics of Anne Carson’s H of H Playbook” – Annie Felix (University of California, Berkeley)

15.45 – 16.15 Coffee break

16.15 – 17.00 Keynote by Laura Jansen (University of Bristol), “On Not Knowing – Yet”
Collège Erasme, Place Blaise Pascal, 1 bte L3.03.31, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique
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17.30 – 19.15 Walking dinner

19.30 – 21.00 Poetry performance by Margaret Christakos

8.45 – 9.15 Registration & coffee
9.15 – 10.15 Session 3 (“Experiments with Myth and Media”)
- “Tracing the Unknown Herakles in Anne Carson’s H of H Playbook” - Zina Giannopoulou (University of California, Irvine) & Lena Grimm (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
- “Re-reading Tragedy with Comics in Carson & Bruno’s The Trojan Women” - Natalie J. Swain (University of Winnipeg)

10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break

10.45 – 12.15 Session 4 (“Towards Critical Epistemologies”)
- “On Carson’s Transparency” – Elizabeth Sarah Coles (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
- “Dogs Talking: Translation, the Female and the Unintelligible in and between Anne Carson’s Texts” – Theresa Mayer (University of Hildesheim)
- “The ‘Floating’ Gender: Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red and the Lost Trans Archive” – Mary Mussman (University of California, Berkeley)

12.15 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 14.30 Keynote by Christine Wiesenthal (University of Alberta), “A Poet’s (Unpredictable) Techne Semeiotike”

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break

15.00 – 16.30 Session 5 (“Exploring Emotions and the Invisible”)
- “Emotional Commitment and Response: Simone White, Anne Carson and Affective Criticism” – Nicholas Vila Byers (University of California, Berkeley)
- “De-Stabilizing the Known / Restauring the Unknown: Reading Anne Carson through the Lens of Quantum Physics and Dark Matter” – Jennifer K Dick (Université de Haute Alsace)
- “‘That Emptiness Where God Would Be’: Anne Carson and the Postsecular” – Kyra Sutton (University of California, Berkeley)

16.30 – 17.00 Concluding remarks

Coordinating committee:
- Ben De Bruyn, Professeur (UCLouvain)
- Michel Delville, Professeur ordinaire (ULiège)
- Stéphanie Vanasten, Professeure (UCLouvain)
- Helena Van Praet, Assistante (UCLouvain)
Collège Erasme, Place Blaise Pascal, 1 bte L3.03.31, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique
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Scientific committee:
- Jan Baetens, Professeur émérite (KU Leuven)
- Ben De Bruyn, Professeur (UCLouvain)
- Michel Delville, Professeur ordinaire (ULiège)
- Bart Eeckhout, Professeur ordinaire (University of Antwerp)
- Bertrand Gervais, Professeur titulaire (Université du Québec à Montréal)
- Laura Jansen, Associate Professor (University of Bristol)
- Stéphanie Vanasten, Professeure (UCLouvain)
- Helena Van Praet, Assistante (UCLouvain)

Organised in association with and the support of NEDLIT (Groupe de Recherche en littératures et cultures de langue néerlandaise et comparées), ECR (Centre de recherche écriture, création, représentation), and INCAL (Institut des civilisations, arts et lettres) at the UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Organised in collaboration with Poëziecentrum, Ghent, Belgium.
With the support of the Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.–FNRS) and the Embassy of Canada to Belgium.

Contact: annecarsonconference2023 [at]

Monday, January 23, 2023

Upcoming Events: where to find Jennifer K Dick and many other, exciting authors!

 I am in busy mode as we settle into 2023. Here are a few places you can find me:

STRASBOURG 28 January 2023:

SWAS: Strasbourg Write A Story: Fiction Writing Workshop "MYSTERY" with Jennifer K Dick on 28th January 2023 14-16h.

Course Description: The Mysteries that Surround Us — This generative writing workshop with Jennifer K Dick will be based around “mystery”. Not the genre, but instead the mysteries that surround us every day and which provide a million opportunities for us to encounter and make stories. As such, this workshop will focus on where to find a story, questions of what plot is and why it might or might not matter to story writing (for you) and how to use questions to find characters and their motivations. Finally, our afternoon together will close with some tips on how to hone and polish your story. The goal is to encounter a little of the unknown together, to write something into being, and to leave perhaps not with more knowns, but rather with more mysteries to explore on our own as we continue to uncover, craft and polish our own fiction. Please come with the necessary materials to write in situ and an openness to discover and encounter the mysteries of your own inner universes.YOU CAN ALSO SUBMIT YOUR STORIES TO THE 2023 SWAS CONTEST, NOW OPEN.

PARIS 29th, 30th and 31st January 2023: 

RED WHEELBARROW EVENT at 16 for Estepa Editions with Lisa Pasold, Barbara Beck, Jennifer K Dick and Michelle Noteboom along with Kate Van Houten, publisher, author and visual artist who founded and publishes Estepa Editions artbooks. This will be a wonderful reading to support an amazing art book publisher. You can also pick up copies of books by the authors published by other publishers and get those signed. A great way to keep a local bookstore thriving!

SPOKEN WORD PARIS Guest Feature Jennifer K Dick MONDAY 30 January 2023. This is an open mic scene, so come and sign up at 8pm. Spoken Word is at a new venue again for the 30th and this is the CAVE CAFE which is up on Marcadet. It has amazing beers and the reading will be downstairs. Best arrival options: Lamarck and walk down some stairs, Marcadet and a bit of a longer stroll over or Jule Joffrin and a short jaunt uphill. Wonderful authentic cave, great little stage and mic. I have provided a theme for the night should you decide to compose a poem specifically for the event--see the Spokenword Paris facebook group or website for more. 20h is a good time to arrive, or a bit earlier for more beer.

IVY WRITERS PARIS mcing for the soirée bilingue with Marielle Anselmo, Jason Stoneking and William Strangmeyer who will be reading Tuesday the 31st of January at 19h30! Full information for that will be up soon at: This event starts at 19h30 but come along a little bit early and get a beer or a cocktail on happy hour and chat with the writers in the gorgeous setting of Delaville Café.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Jennifer K Dick speaking at Citizenship Across Borders on Oct 20th 2022

I am thrilled to announce that I will be giving a talk at the CITIZENSHIP ACROSS BORDERS conference in Strasbourg at the Palais Universitaire Salle Pasteur (full programme for anyone interested in attending below). I will be speaking in Panel 1 Citizenship as a construction: Language, Literature and Perceptions at 13h30. My talk is titled: " Under Flag: Language and (Unattainable) Homogenization in the Era of Postnational Citizenship" and it is about the multilingual writings and performances of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Craig Santos Perez, Bhanu Kapil and Myung Mi Kim.

Abstract for my talk;

As definitions of nationality and citizenship develop and change, one of the unifying methods of assembling a people under one flag has continued to be language. Language tests have become a component of Nationality exams in France and other European States. Perception of poor reading or writing skills in the language of the country one is attempting to officially migrate into has even lead to the revocation of temporary asylum and national status. Defining nation and citizen based on language is even more highly problematic within the USA, where there has never been an official National Language. This talk will explore how this complex, highly fallacious method of calling a people a people, unified under the umbrella of language, has been radically deplored and deftly criticized within later 20th century and early 21st century experimental poetry and poetics, especially in the writings of marginalized and immigrant populations of the United States, from immigrants Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's and Myung Mi Kim’s books to USA native of Guam, Craig Santos Perez’s 4-book cycle from Unincorporated Territory. These authors, like Bhanu Kapil who I will also speak about, in inspiring, emblematic works, have quietly been lobbying through marginalized, often invisible poetic practices for non-binary existences, for new ways to say “I belong”, “I am here”, methods of recognizing the root relationship between language (as spoken and written) in attaining a post-national state of citizenship.

These works are a reckoning and recognition of linguistic and cultural otherness within perceived unified nations. As such, exploration and study of these authors provide essential tools for deeper reflections on notions of citizenship and nationality in our increasingly globalized world.              


Organized by

University of Strasbourg – Syracuse University


Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University


Université de Strasbourg, DRES National Centre for Scientific Research UMR 7354


Syracuse Abroad and the Syracuse Strasbourg Center

20-21 October 2022


October 20th Thursday

Université de Strasbourg, Palais Universitaire, Salle Pasteur

9h00-9h15 Welcome in the Aula of the University Palace

9h30 Opening: Carol Faulkner / Samim Akgönül

Welcome address: Erika Wilkens (Syracuse Abroad) / Vincente Fortier (DRES research center)

Raymond Bach (Syracuse Strasbourg Center)


Keynote: Elizabeth Cohen, Syracuse University: Citizenship Across Generations

12h00 Lunch break sponsored by DRES Research Center  


Restaurant « la Victoire », 24 Quai des Pêcheurs, 67000 Strasbourg


13h30 Panel 1


Citizenship as a construction: Language, Literature and Perceptions

Chair: Samim Akgönül


Dympna Callaghan, Syracuse University: “Poor citizen, distressed”:  Shakespeare and the Citizen


Jennifer K. Dick, University of Haute Alsace: Under Flag: Language and (Unattainable) Homogenization in the Era of Postnational Citizenship


Subhasree Ghosh, University of Calcutta, From Subjects to Citizens: ‘Constructing’ Citizenship in Post-Colonial India, 1947-1955


15h00-15h15 Coffee Break


15h15 Panel 2


Post-ottoman nationhood and citizenship

Chair: Seth Jolly


Samim Akgӧnül, University of Strasbourg: Why immigrants vote? External vote of Turks in Europe and loyalty concerns

Yunus Sözen, LeMoyne College: Pro-immigration Right-Wing Authoritarian Populism: Redefining Nation and Citizenship in Turkey

Inci Öykü Yener-Roderburg, University of Essen-Duisburg: Non-voter remote refugee partisanship:  Evidence from the non-voter Kurds for the Turkish Elections in Germany


16h45-17h00 coffee break


17h00 Panel 3


Legal citizenship: roots and mutations

Chair: John J. Goodman


Chris R. Kyle, Syracuse University: Birthright Naturalization Law: An English Historical Perspective


Andres Sanchez-Padilla, Centro Universitario de la Defensa de Zaragoza: Defining the Rules of Naturalization: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and U.S.-Spanish Relations (1868-1884)


Dalia Abdelhady, Lund University, and Amy Lutz, Syracuse University: Lived Citizenship among the Children of North African Immigrants


18h30 Break before Dinner


19h30 Conference dinner sponsored by the Maxwell School,

Restaurant “Au pont Saint Martin” 15 Rue des Moulins, 67000 Strasbourg



October 21st Friday

Syracuse University Strasbourg Center, Room 202/203

19 Quai Rouget de Lisle

8h30-9h00 Welcome and coffee

9h00 Panel 4


Challenges of Immigration between Africa and Europe

Chair: Mary Boyington



Seth Jolly, Syracuse University: Immigration as the Key Structuring Issue of Party Politics in Europe


Kishauna Soljour, San Diego State University: Afrique Sur Seine: Sub-Saharan African Migration and Acculturation in France


John Goodman, Syracuse University Strasbourg Center: Citizenship as a Mirage: Diplomatic Challenges and Suspended Citizenship in the Sahel


10h30-10h045 coffee break



10h45 Panel 5


Citizenship and identity: Gender and Social Movements

Chair: Carol Faulkner


Azra Hromadžić, Syracuse University: A City in Love with the River in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Debora Spini, Syracuse University Florence Center: “My Indianness is my religion”: inclusive citizenship and the women protest of Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi


Dagmar Wernitznig, University of Ljubijana: Citizenship, Gender, and Post-War Transitions: Historiographical Case Studies of Alien Women


12h30 Lunch break sponsored by Syracuse Abroad

            Restaurant Le Jasmin 1 Rue Schimper, 67000 Strasbourg


14h00 Round table and debate


And then what? New nationalism in Post-national era


  With Hélène Quanquin, University of Lille; Carol Faulkner, Syracuse University; Samim Akgönül, University of Strasbourg; Elizabeth Cohen, Syracuse University

16h00 End of the conference and free time in Strasbourg

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Paris Writers' Workshop 2022 with WICE this week reading at Red Wheelbarrow

This week of the WICE Paris Writers' Workshop has events for participants and for the public. Don't miss out on the special opportunities that the workshop offers, and please join me both for the FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC READING at the Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore on Thursday night at 6p and for the FREE PANEL TALK Friday evening at FORUM 104, 65006 Paris.


30 June—6pm: WICE Paris Writers’ Workshop Faculty & Student Reading at Red Wheelbarrow with Jennifer K Dick (poetry), Lauren Groff (novel), Alecia McKenzie (short story) & Jeffrey Greene (creative nonfiction). These faculty members will be reading at 6pm Thursday the 30th of June and presenting some of their PWW participant workshoppers who will share work, too!

PANEL TALK JULY 1 2022 4pm-6pm: to close this fabulous week on writing in Paris. Please join us for this conversation on WRITING IN PARIS: MIGRATION AND THE ARTS with CRAIG CARLSON, JENNIFER K DICK, MATT JONES and JAKE LAMAR, moderated by KATHLEEN CHURCHILL. Open to the public, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED via the WICE PWW website: