In the past few years Christine Wertheim, chair of the MFA Writing Program in the School of Critical Studies, has organized four one or two-day conferences or symposia on a range of writing-related subjects held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).
Previous conferences included: Feminaissance: a 2 day Meditation on Women, Writing, and Experimentation in 2008; a 2009 panel on Image and Text; and the day-long conference on Women, Art and Activism for International's Women's Day this past March.
On Saturday (Oct. 2) Wertheim--on behalf of the MFA Writing Program and the MA in Aesthetics and Politics Program at CalArts--will again host two panels and serve as moderator of one, in the day-long discussion: Writing the Future: A Symposium on The Future of Writing. The conversation will focus on the political, ethical, communal, institutional and aesthetic futures of writing and their likely affects on writers.
- Jodi Dean, a teacher of contemporary political theory and new media and the author or editor of 10 books, including Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies and Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive. Dean is co-editor of the journal Theory & Event;
- John Keene, a writer, artist, translator, and author of Annotations and, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, of Seismosis. A longtime member of the Dark Room Writers Collective, and Fellow of Cave Canem, Keene’s awards include a 2005 Whiting Foundation Fellowship. He is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University;
- Mark McGurl, a Professor of English at UCLA, where he teaches classes in 20th and 21st-century American literature. His most recent book is The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing;
- Heriberto Yépez, a writer, psychotherapist, and professor at the Art School in the Autonomous University of Baja California. Yépez is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, theory and criticism in Spanish. His English books include, Here is Tijuana!, a collaboration with anthropologist Fiamma Montezemolo and architect Rene Peralta, Babellebab: Non-Poetry on the End of Translation, and Wars. Threesomes. Drafts. & Mothers.
- Juliana Spahr, is working on “a slightly paranoid critical book about the literature of the 1990s.” Spahr co-edits Chain Links with Jena Osman, and often writes essays with Stephanie Young. Co-organizer last summer of the 95 cent Skool with Joshua Clover, Spahr is also co-writing a book with David Buuck. (She admits that she “has trouble getting things done by herself.”)
Writing the Future: A Symposium on The Future of Writing
Saturday, Oct. 2 at 1 pm
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles
Admission is free
Writing the Future: Schedule and agenda
|1-1:15 pm||Introductory Address|
|1:15–3 pm||Institutions, Communities, Genres and the Avant garde (or not)
John Keene, Mark McGurl, Juliana Spahr
Moderator: Matias Viegener
|3-3:45 pm||Break (coffee available at MOCA Café)|
|3:45-5:05 pm||Politics, Ethics and Writing
Jodi Dean and Heriberto Yépez
Moderator: Christine Wertheim