Sopot/Salzburg - Poetry 2011
An International Poetry Conference and Festival,
University of Gdańsk, Poland,
University of Salzburg, Austria
Sopot, Poland – 18-21 May 2011


Back 2 is a conference and festival focused on contemporary and modern poetry. The theme of the conference is contemporary poets’ return to poets of the first half of the twentieth century: Yeats, Eliot, Pound, H.D., Carlos Williams, Moore, Zukovsky, cummings, Auden, Trakl, Benn, Rilke, Brecht, Tuwim, Leśmian, and others. We are interested in discussions of borrowings, reworkings, rejections, and disputes. Our main concern is with contemporary English, German and Polish poetry, although we will consider papers that deal with a similar phenomenon in other European languages.

Confirmed invited speakers and poets are: Derek Attridge, David Constantine, Helen Constantine, Franz Josef Czernin, Michael Edwards, Jacek Gutorow, Jerzy Jarniewicz,  Dorothy Macmillan, Jakobe Mansztajn,  and Piotr Sommer.

The language of the conference will be English. Speakers will each have 20 minutes to deliver their papers, and there will be 10 minutes allocated for discussion of each paper.

An estimated conference fee of 100 euros will cover the cost of entry to all conference/festival events, conference materials, tea/coffee, lunches, and a reception. It will not cover the cost of accommodation. There will be a reduced conference fee for PhD students of 75 euros.

The scholarly conference will be held in conjunction with a poetry festival which will consist of readings by major English-language, German-language, and Polish-language poets.

We plan to publish a volume of selected papers.

The conference will be held in Sopot, the small fin-de-siècle spa-city adjacent to Gdańsk.

Because of interest in the festival/conference we have extended the deadline for submissions. Please send abstracts in English of 250 words by 28 February 2011 to the following e-mail address: [log in to unmask]

Wolfgang Görtschacher, University of Salzburg
David Malcolm, University of Gdańsk
Monika Szuba, University of Gdańsk
Tomasz Wiśniewski, University of Gdańsk

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Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
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