Poetries - Politics: An Interdisciplinary Colloquium

Nov 9, 2017 - Nov 10, 2017

Various Locations

See schedule for details
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Time: Thursday, November 9, 9:15am-6:45pm | Friday, November 10, 9:30am-8pm
Contact: womenart@cwah.rutgers.edu

This project is the product of the course Poetries - Politics, which will prepare a multilingual poetry exhibition for the new Rutgers Academic Building, to accompany an international, interdisciplinary colloquium to be held there in November 2017 on the theme of poetry's relations to politics. The purpose of this exhibition will be to gather and celebrate powerful political poems from all over the world. The poems will be researched, chosen, and prepared for display both by student-curators registered in the class and by other students whom participants will recruit throughout Rutgers University to join the exhibition project by creating their own posters, so as to represent as many languages spoken at Rutgers as possible - both taught and heritage languages -  featuring all time periods, including Antiquity.  All works to be exhibited will be chosen by the student-curators in conjunction with graduate student and faculty advisors, who will help ensure that the exhibited poems are accurately and aesthetically presented, feature well-known poets, and illustrate important political dimensions of poetry as understood by many different cultural traditions.  The poems will be exhibited on posters especially designed by Mason Gross artist and professor Atif Akin's design students in the languages in which they were written, accompanied by published and respected translations in English or French (our two official conference languages). The posters will be designed for visual contemplation and will include beautiful lettering, striking illustrations chosen in part by the students selecting the poems who will provide these interpretive and creative elements in design briefs.

What we are trying to build, through our course and the Rutgers campus, with this exhibition for the Poetries - Politics colloquium, will be inviting multilingual walls (as opposed to the alienating border "wall" that has been much discussed of late); walls that welcome the finest and most powerful political poetry ever created throughout the world.

The Poetries - Politics colloquium, which will take place on November 9 and 10, 2017, will open with the unveiling of this exhibition on the walls of floors 4, 5, and 6 of the new Academic Building. The various language departments, programs, centers, and student groups engaged in the project will also offer multicultural breakfasts to students, conference participants, and other guests, who will thus be encouraged to discover and enjoy the spaces where languages gather at Rutgers as well as this abundance of extraordinary multilingual poetry.

Poetries - Politics is presented by the Department of French in collaboration with The Departments of African, Middle Easter, and South Asian Languages and Literatures; Asian Languages and Cultures; Comparative Literature; English; and Spanish and Portuguese; The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities; The Center for African Studies; Mason Gross School of the Arts; The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum; and Rutgers University Libraries.


Thursday, November 9 -- Academic Building

9:15 am -- Welcoming Remarks - Opening of the Multilingual Political Poetry Exhibition
Room 1170

9:45-11:15 am -- Viewing of the Exhibition & Multicultural Breakfasts
Floors 4, 5, & 6
Student-curated political poetry in many languages from different times and cultures.
Project directed by Mary Shaw (Department of French) and Atif Akin (Department of Visual Arts).

I. Africa(s)

11:30 am-1:00 pm -- Poetry as Political Action (readings and conversation)
Room 1170
Sinzo Aanza (writer and artist, DR Congo), "Donner corps à la poésie ou ne pas en faire du tout"
Claude Mouchard (Université Paris 8; poet, France; editor, Po&sie), "L'Afrique là-bas et l'Afrique ici"
Moderator: François Cornilliat (Department of French)

2:00-3:30 pm -- Three Voices (poetry readings)
Room 1170
Gabriel Bamgbose (Rutgers University; poet, Nigeria): "If your lips could part"
Yvette Christiansë (Barnard College; poet, South Africa): readings from new work
Jhonel (Hamani Kassoum) (poet and slam artist, Niger): readings from Cour commune
Moderator: Stéphane Robolin (Center for African Studies; Department of English)

3:45-5:00 pm -- Two Voices (readings and conversation)
Room 1170
Michel Agier (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales): "Africa in a Brutal World"
Claude Mouchard (Université Paris 8): "Avec Agier, avec Khaled"
Moderator: Renée Larrier (Department of French)

5:15-6:45 pm -- On African Music and Poetry
Room 1170
Marceline Saibou (Bowdoin College): "From Propaganda to Silence: Popular Music, Lyrics, and Politics Under the Eyadéma Regime"
Koffi Anyinéfa (Haverford College): "Voicing Dissent: Socio-Political Engagement in Jean-Jacques S. Dabla's Poetry"
Adeline Masquelier (Tulane University): "'Times are hard': Urban Dispossession, Hip Hop, and the Power of Words"
Moderator: Ousseina Alidou (AMESALL)

Friday, November 10 -- Academic Building (AB), Zimmerli Art Museum (ZAM), and Voorheese Hall (VH)

9:30-11:15 am -- Viewing of the Political Poetry Exhibition and Multicultural Breakfasts
AB, Floors 4, 5, & 6

II. Migrations

11:30 am-1:00 pm -- Palabras Y Políticas (poetry readings and conversation)
AB Room 1170
Rigoberto González (Rutgers University - Newark; poet, United States)
Amy Sara Carroll (University of Michigan; poet, United States)
Moderator: Camilla Stevens (Department of Spanish and Portuguese)

2:15-3:30 pm -- Three Voices (poetry reading)
ZAM Lower Dodge Gallery
Firas Sulaiman (poet, Syria): "Outside of Waiting", read in Arabic by the author, and in English by Samantha Kostmayer Sulaiman, translator
Lamea Abbas Amara (poet, Iraq): "Frouzanda Mahrad", read in Arabic and English (Mike Maggio, translator) by Charles Häberl (AMESALL)
Nizar Qabbani (poet, Syria): "The Cock", read in Arabic and English by Charles Häberl (AMESALL), translator
Moderator: Samah Selim (AMESALL)

3:45-5:15 pm -- Writing and Displacement
ZAM Lower Dodge Gallery
Rainer J. Hanshe (writer, translator; editor, Contra Mundum Press): "The Ecstasy of Displacement: la bibliothèque est en feu"
Paul G. Schalow (Rutgers University - New Brunswick): "Writing Against the Atomic Bomb: Interrogating the Place in Displacement"
Amy Sara Carroll (University of Michigan): "'Will you share the labor, share the work?': Border Artivisms and the Transborder Immigrant Tool"
Moderator: Richard Serrano (Departments of French and Comparative Literature)

6:00-8:00 pm -- Multilingual Political Poetry Slam
VH Room 2015
Verbal Mayhem (Rutgers student performers); Gabrielle Roldan, organizer
Jhonel (Hamani Kassoum)
Rebel Diaz
MC: Gabriel Bamgbose

Event Type: Conference