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.