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Poetry and the trace: an international conference

The study and practice of poetry is crucial to our society’s ability to reflect upon its self and its differing subjects and values. Poetry, in a range of style and ideas, can be described as the heartbeat of language; the place where attention is focused upon the act of looking at the world and the self.

Poetry and the Trace brought together a range of national and international poets and critics to discuss poetic impulse. The conference celebrated the many ways which poetry as a genre can question and drive our human experience. Focus was given to what Derrida described as the trace – be it of memory, desire, the past and the goal of ethics.

The conference inspired ongoing dialogues between poetries from different regions. It also encouraged debate about the role of contemporary poetries and their histories both within Australian culture and beyond.


13-16 July 2008


State Library of Victoria, Melbourne


The Poetry and the Trace: an International Conference program PDF Icon 37 kb

Keynote speakers

Invited speakers

Conference dinner

Young and Jackson's, 15 July 2008


Titles of papers link directly to mp3 files. If you require a transcription please contact the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies.

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Mrs Irene Thavarajah