INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON POETIC INQUIRY
The 2nd International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry, with the theme, Poetry
as a Way of Knowing, will be held in picturesque and historic Charlottetown,
Prince Edward Island, Canada, October 15-18, 2009. Co-hosted by the Centre
for Education Research, University of Prince Edward Island, and the Centre
for Arts-informed Research, OISE, University of Toronto, the Symposium
will focus on bridging links between a community of international literary
poets and a community of interdisciplinary artists, poet/scholars. This
event will create space(s) for conversations that rupture, expand, disrupt,
and explore the role of poetry in research, consider the art of poetry
as a literary genre and inquiry practice, while examining their interrelationships
or points of convergence. In the broadest terms, these conversations will
explore poetry as a way of knowing.
The Symposium will open creative
and dynamic poetic venues as loci for presentation, performance, and discussion
of lyrical poetry, sound poetry, visual poetry, experimental poetry, animated
poetry, found poetry, video poetry, Spoken Word, performance art poetry
and other genre-blurring forms as “sites” of inquiry and knowing.
Symposium themes will explore a range of poetic possibilities through
examination of theories, processes, methods, and representational forms
as well as theoretical and epistemological underpinnings, issues, and
inherent challenges associated with literary poetry and poetic inquiry
Poetry as a Way of Knowing
will provide a meeting place for participants from diverse contexts and
multidisciplinary fields to explore guiding questions such as:
• How can we come to understand the relationship between poetry
• How do disciplines of research and poetry intersect, connect,
and inform one another?
• What is the place of poetry in educational research contexts,
in the community at large?
• How do poetry and research come together to advance knowledge?
• How and what do researchers and audience come to know through
poetry and poetic inquiry practice?
• What does it mean to live and engage with the world poetically?
• How does poetry act as a mode of perception, meaning-making, and
way of knowing?
• What spaces can poetry create for dialogue about critical awareness,
social justice, and re-visioning of social, cultural and political worlds?
about the Symposium can be found at: http://ocs.vre.upei.ca