Symposia, Seminars and Lectures

New Zealand Modernist Studies Consortium

The next meeting is to be held at Victoria University of Wellington on Wednesday 19 April 2017. Please mark your calendars now. We hope that many of you will be able to join us in Wellington for an energetic scholarly exchange among those of us interested in modernism in its many permutations.

We also invite anyone who wants to submit work-in-progress for discussion at the April meeting to get in touch with Raymond Spiteri ( or Erin Carlston ( We will have time for four papers.


Historial Poetics Symposium: a poem: historical poetics and the problem of exemplarity

Co-hosted by the Writing and Society Research Centre and the Centre for Modernism Studies Australia

13-15 December 2016
UNSW, Randwick (Dec 13) and Western Sydney University, Bankstown Campus (Dec 14-15)

The central aim of this symposium is to test the notion of historical poetics against the idea of the individual poem. We will examine how the individual poem presents challenges both for a historical understanding of poetic form and for a formalist understanding of poetry’s history.

Keynote speakers:
Justin Clemens (Melbourne)
David Nowell Smith (UEA)
Meredith Martin (Princeton)

Convenors and Contact:
Ben Etherington (
Sean Pryor (

For more information, visit the symposium website.