Cardiff School of Education, Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK
Saturday 3rd September 2016
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.
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:
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or Selina Philpin
email@example.com.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.
To book your room at Cyncoed Campus please add this option when completing the conference registration process. Please see some suggestions for alternative accommodation below:
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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).To register please click here
Queries and correspondence regarding the content of the conference should be sent to Dr Lucy Windridge at
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