Hosted by the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, [DIS]EMBODIED POETICS is a 3-day biennial conference that explores intersections between innovative forms of creative and critical writing that are experientially rooted in contemplative practice. We are interested in experiment, activism, performance, the archive, somatic practices, dharma arts, cross-genre, borderlands, the liminal, cross-disciplinary gestures, third-mind collaborations, bricolage, conceptual poetics, the five wisdoms of Maitri, mindful awareness, consciousness, Butoh, biorhythms, neo-benshi, and more. Once a moniker of our itinerant historical roots as a school, "disembodied" now also reflects the protean in the experiment—how we investigate and torque static limits in form and content and bring forward new questions that both invigorate and challenge the current dialogue in writing today. This includes incorporating "embodied" poetics: the somatic, the performative, the cellular—open-textured/porous movement between living organisms, such as bodies, languages, texts. For four decades, our rich combination of experimentation, poetics, and contemplative awareness has generated innovation within our community and concentrically beyond.
The inaugural launch of [DIS]EMBODIED POETICS occurs in conjunction with Naropa University’s and Jack Kerouac School’s 40th anniversary year. In celebration, we invite JKS alumni and the poetics community to submit proposals for panels and papers that speak to the theme of Writing/Thinking/Being: the creative, the critical, the contemplative. The conference will take place October 10–12, 2014 at Naropa University’s Arapahoe Campus.
WRITING to experiment, to investigate, to transform, to translate, to document, to delve, to open, to cultivate, to traverse, to linger, to desire, to excavate, to archive, to innovate, to articulate, to script, to mark, to trace, to letter, to carve, to make.
THINKING to enter, to question, to communicate, to juxtapose, to transgress, to deterritorialize, to determine, to locate, to diverge, to see, to synthesize, to imagine, to dialogue, to theorize, to complicate, to problematize, to resist, to turn, to explore, to poeticize, to frame.
BEING to exist, to contemplate, to become, to transform, to meditate, to breathe, to experience, to expand, to dilate, to converge, to activate, to realize, to wander, to return, to mark, to observe, to empty, to stir, to embody.
This conference is free and open to the public. Registration required. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disembodied-poetics-conference-writingthinkingbeing-tickets-11558831777
For more information about the [Dis]Embodied Poetics Conference, please visit http://bit.ly/JKSdpc.
Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Ariella Ruth at 303-546-3581 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about accessibility and discuss disability accommodations needed to participate fully in these events.