‘What Does the Poem Think?’
Aesthetics, Poetics and Thought

Graduate Conference
8th April 2022
Faculty of English
University of Cambridge

9:25 Welcome

PANEL 1: Thinking Systems
Chaired by Dr Ryan Heuser

‘“And the Signifieds Butt Heads with the Signifiers”: Towards a Computational Poetry’
Attay Kremer
Tel Aviv University

‘Uncommon Logic: The Relationship between Poetry and Ordinary Language’
Andrew Ash
University of Alabama

‘Errant Formulas and the Agency of Language in Harryette Mullen’s Sleeping with the Dictionary
Maisie Ridgway
University of Sussex

11:00-11:15 Break

PANEL 2: Thinking the Unthinkable
Chaired by Dr Josie O’Donoghue

 ‘“Beyond which thought could not progress as thought”: Thinking Limits in Stevens’ Poetic Line’
William Burns
University College London

‘Unthinkable Apparitions are Sweetest: Kamau Brathwaite’s Sycorax Video Style, Undecidable Citation, and Poetic Thinking Without Us’
Brent Cox
SUNY Buffalo

‘Divine metaphors: Simone Weil, God and knowledge’
Asia Miranno
University of Cambridge

12:45-14:15 Lunch break

PANEL 3: Thinking Subjects
Chaired by Dr Alexander Freer

‘“Capitalism is not a bed of sunflowers”: Apostrophe and Racial Form’
Fintan Calpin
King’s College London

‘Re-ascriptions: Poetry as Epistemic Justice’
Zsuzsanna Ihar
University of Cambridge 

‘T.S. Eliot, F.H. Bradley, and “feeling”’
Michael Rizq
University of Cambridge 

15:45-16:00 Break

‘Shelley, Kant, and Neural Networks: Poetry Between the Transcendental and the Computational’
Dr Peli Grietzer