The Political Imagination: Contemporary Postcolonial

and Diasporic Poetries

Date: 12-13 April 2012

Venue: Deakin Prime


Poetry Symposium 2012



Conference Program



Artwork: The Nightbirds, 2005-6, oil on canvas, Kriston Terbutt


'The Political Imagination' is a symposium that brings together some of Australia's leading poets and poetry scholars to investigate the state of contemporary postcolonial and diasporic poetries. It aims to explore the contentious, at times controversial, issues surrounding the production and discussion of poetry and poetics in work that engages with the politics of the postcolonial, the transnational and the diasporic. Among the topics addressed by symposium participants will be opposition, identity, subversion and hybridity.

Venue: Deakin Prime, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Date: 12 and 13 April, 2012
Times: Day 1, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm and Day 2, 9.30 am to 4 pm


Ann Vickery Dr Ann Vickery
Ann Vickery is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at Deakin University. She is the author of Stressing the Modern: Cultural Politics in Australian Women's Poetry (Salt Publishing, 2007) and Leaving Lines of Gender: A Feminist Genealogy of Language Writing (University of Wesleyan Press, 2000). She is co-author with Maryanne Dever and Sally Newman of The Intimate Archive: Journeys through Private Papers (National Library of Australia, 2009).

Ali Dr Ali Alizadeh
Ali Alizadeh is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Monash University where he is also the Director of the Centre for Postcolonial writing. He is the author of collections of poetry Ashes in the Air (University of Queensland Press, 2011) and Eyes in Times of War (Salt Publishing, 2006), and, with Ken Avery, Fifty Poems of Attar (, 2007) a work of literary scholarship and translation. He is an editor with Cordite Poetry Review and with VLAK: Poetics and the Arts.

Professor Lyn McCredden
Literary Studies Convenor



Full Program

Thursday 12 April

9.30 am Welcome to Country
9.45 am to 10.45 am Peter Minter
10.45 am 11.15 am Morning Tea
11.15am to 12 pm Bridie McCarthy
12 pm to 1 pm Lunch
1 pm to 1.45 pm Danijela Kambaskovic-Sawers
1.45 pm to 2.30 pm Ania Walwicz
2.30 pm to 3 pm Afternoon Tea
3 pm to 3.45 pm Sam Wagan Watson
3.45 pm to 4.30 pm Ali Alizadeh
4.30 pm Close

6pm to 7.30pm, Readings, Peter Minter, Sam Wagan Watson, Michelle Cahill, Adam Aitken
At Collected Works Bookshop: Level 1, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Friday 13 April

9.30 am to 10.15 am Michelle Cahill
10.15 am to 11 am Adam Aitken
11 am to 11.30 am Morning Tea
11.30 am to 12.15 pm Michael Farrell
12.15 pm to 1.15 pm Lunch and Vlak Launch
1.15 pm to 2 pm Lyn McCredden
2 pm to 2.45 pm Lucy Van
2.45 pm to 3.15 pm Afternoon Tea
3.15 pm to 4pm Ann Vickery
4 pm Close

7 pm for 7.30 pm start, Vagabond Rare Objects Launch, Jill Jones, Hoang Nguyen, Nick Whittock, Corey Wakeling, Fiona Hile, Eddie Paterson (To be launched by Michael Farrell) At The Alderman, 134 Lygon Street, Brunswick East.


The full program with abstracts can be downloaded here


Dr Ann Vickery
Senior Lecturer
School of Communication and Creative Arts
Faculty of Arts and Education
Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 43960


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