Cardiff School of Education, Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK
Settling words together in new configurations lets us hear, see, and feel the world in new dimensions (Richardson, 1994).
With a fusion of theory and imagination, fresh visions may be realised and broader evaluations become possible. If research is the methodical investigation of a subject or subjects in order to discover, uncover, develop and provide new knowledge then Postgraduate study in Creative Writing and Critical Practice becomes a powerful and worthy combined discipline within the academy.
Creative writing is an ever changing, ever shifting concern, emerging, generating, regenerating, splitting, shifting and copying, and it is in the business of examining the nature of being. We are never writing from ground zero. Through the groupings of new assemblages of ideas, words and critical thinking, the practice of writing regenerates and becomes new. As Jeri Kroll states (2013) ‘the dynamic relationship between practice, methodology, theory and artefact that exists can be conceived of as a rhizomatic system’. Although it is clear creative writing is a discipline which can involve a high degree of intellectual input, it is still difficult to pin down and justify it as a specific research methodology.
This symposium: 3rd September 2016
Venue: Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cyncoed Campus
This symposium places a focus on how creative writing combines the philosophical enquiry of how we understand ourselves and the world we live in with practice and self-reflection as a research methodology.
We seek to bring together postgraduate candidates, teachers and practitioners to examine the relationship between theoretical study and creative practice with the aim of improving and upholding the sustainability of this expanding discipline at Masters and Doctoral level.
The symposium is open to contributors from all subject areas and disciplines, though it is anticipated that it will be of principal appeal to those interested in creative writing as a research methodology within the following fields: literary studies; visual arts; philosophy; creative writing; film production; education; performance; cultural geography; critical and cultural theory.
All delegates are invited to join a round table discussion of the research aspects within the creation of Dr David Oprava's forthcoming experimental novel entitled:
The Codex Epiphanix, directly following this symposium.
8.15 – 8.55 Registration (Main Reception)
Tea and Coffee (Centro Student Union)
9.00 – 9.15 Lecture Theatre 2
Welcome (Professor Dan Davies, Dean of the Cardiff School of Education)
Formal Opening (Dr Kate North)
9.15 – 10.25 Keynote Speaker: Professor Kevin Mills
'"What's new to speak?": writing (is reading) between the lines'
10.25 – 10.45 Break (Centro Student Union)
10.45 – 12.20
Panel Session 1
Political Writings (Lecture Theatre 2)
Chair: Dan Anthony
‘Propaganda of the Deed’: Terrorism in Historical Fiction
Troubles Women: Using Creative Writing Research to Challenge the Misrepresentation of IRA Women in Troubles Fiction
‘(Re)Promote, (Re)Perform, (Re)Present’: Exploring Identity, Community and the Nation through Verbatim Poetry
Chair: Selina Philpin
The Figure of Another Language
Poetics as a Writerly Discourse
‘My’ Naked, Queer Poetics
Putting Theory in Practice: Creating Knowledge in Hybrid Postmodern Poetics
Representing Bodies (C106)
Chair: Dr Lucy Windridge
Fragments and Palimpsests: Generating
Textuality and Feminine Textures
Writing Genetic Science – inspired Fiction in Contemporary Society
Dr Naomi Kruger
Consciousness and the Antinovel: Representing Dementia in Theory and Praxis
Essays as Experiments: Writing Creatively and Critically about Taboo in Anatomy
12.20 – 13.15 Lunch (Centro Student Union)
Poster Presentations. Please take the opportunity to look at and discuss further research with your fellow delegates and colleagues
13.20 -14.35 Panel Session 2
Place and Process (Lecture Theatre 2)
Rupturing the Surface: Taking Memory for a Walk
Micro, macro, meta: exegetical writing as a fractal of
Walking in Cwm Elan – Echoes of a Lost Landscape
Writing in Practice (C101)
Chair: Dr Kate North
The Interactivity Illusion and the Player-creator Partnership
Making Space for Dialogue: Combining Creative and Critical Practice in Ali Smith’s Artful
The Flourishing Writer: Constructing Grounded Theory in Creative Writing Studies
Autoethnography: creative writing as viable research data in theatre and consciousness studies.
The REF Guide to Creative Writing Research
To Start Studies in Writing: Enjoyment and Hesitation
14.35 – 15.00
Poster Presentation Q & A (Centro Student Union)
15.05 – 16.20 Panel Session 3
Research Practice (Lecture Theatre 2)
Chair: Richie Copeland
Veering the Lines in a Creative Critical PhD
The Happy Jug: Using Autobiographical Errors and Breakages to Explore the Potential of Glitch Poetics
Dr Meryl Pugh
Towards a Feral Poetics
Understanding and Wellbeing (C101)
Learning about the Self: Creative Writing as Research
Creative Writing Research into Male Suicide and the Social Responsibility of Mental Health Fiction
Story As Medicine: How Creative Writing On Emotional Abuse Can Inform Understanding And Aid Recovery
Calling things to Mind (C106)
Chair: Dr David E. Oprava
Photograph 283 and the Inheritance of Distance
Bohemia From Afar: A Czech Student Writing Home from Concentration Camp
Controlling Ideas: Creative Writing in Trade Mark Times
16.20 – 16.30 Short Break
16.35 – 17.15 Roundtable discussion with Dr David E. Oprava -
Epiphanix (Lecture Theatre 2) Chair: Professor Jeff Wallace
Professor Kevin Mills, Dr Josh Robinson and Jon Gower.
17.15 – 17.30 Plenary and Symposium close
Call for Papers - Now Closed
Proposals are invited, from PhD research students and independent scholars, for 20-minute papers. The conference is open to contributors from all subject areas and disciplines, though it is anticipated that it will be of principal appeal to those interested in Creative Writing as a research methodology within the following fields: literary studies; visual arts; philosophy; creative writing; film production; education; performance; cultural geography; critical and cultural theory. Topics for papers will be organised into panels, which might include or resemble, but are definitely not restricted to, the following:
- Cultural, global and political writing
- Psycho-geography and travel writing
- Environmental and sustainability issues
- Gender studies
- National identity
- The relationship between Science and Literature
- Digital Technology and Creative Writing
- The Theory and Craft of Writing
- Pedagogy and Research
Creative work, critical papers or a combination of the two are welcome.
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words for a proposed 20-minute presentation and include a short biography. Proposals are to be submitted electronically
here. The deadline for submission is
31st March 2016.
Queries and correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to Dr Lucy Windridge
email@example.com or Selina Philpin
Queries regarding organisation, accommodation and logistics should be addressed to Huw Jones and/or Donna O'Flaherty, conference administrators at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Mills is Professor of English Literature at the University of South Wales, where he teaches courses in Intertextuality, English Renaissance Literature, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Myth. Widely published on literary theory and Victorian literature, he is author of
Justifying Language: Paul and Contemporary Theory (Macmillan, 1995);
Approaching Apocalypse: Unveiling Revelation in Victorian Writing (Bucknell UP, 2007), and
The Prodigal Sign: A Parable of Criticism (Sussex Academic Press, 2009). Two volumes of his poetry have been published by Cinnamon Press:
Fool (2009), and
Libra (2012). A third collection,
Stations of the Boar, will appear from Cinnamon in February 2016. His recent publications – including essays on a diverse range of topics, such as Marilyn Monroe, the 1904 religious revival in Wales, and Ciaran Carson – blend critical and creative modes. He is currently working on a collection of essays engaging with Welsh Writing in English.
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We are pleased to be able to offer bed and breakfast student accommodation for Friday 2nd September 2016. Student en-suite rooms are available at a cost of £33 per night. The accommodation is situated on Cyncoed Campus.
Please be aware that campus accommodation is limited and should be booked early to avoid disappointment.
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Fees for the conference are as follows:
Student/unwaged rate: £25
Waged rate: £45
The fee is inclusive of conference registration, lunch and refreshments.
(Cancellations must be in writing and made more than 10 working days prior to the conference or you will be charged the full rate).
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