The Centre for Research in Contemporary Poetry was established in 2013 with a grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities (FKK) to fund the project “Contemporary Poetry between Genres, Art Forms and Media”. In the Centre, 10 poetry researchers from different Scandinavian universities work with a large number of poetry researchers from all over the world. The center organizes conferences, seminars, presentations, and lectures, and produces articles, anthologies, monographs, and press materials.
The Center for Research in Contemporary Poetry focuses on the recent explosive development in the production, distribution and reception of poetry. We seek to identify contemporary poetry within three different fields of tension: between the traditional notion of the poetic genre and a genre-deconstruction approach, between literature and other art forms (visual art, music, film, performance etc.), and between the book medium and other media (Internet, oral etc.). Poetry is viewed as a unified field that has a unique ability to change, develop and adapt itself through its interaction with other genres, art forms and media. The aim is to use theory not previously used in poetry research, to develop interdisciplinary methods for reading contemporary poetry, and to discuss the literary-historical, art-historical, social and political implications of the expansion of poetry as a genre.
The Center for Research in Contemporary Poetry (CERCOP) focuses on the recent explosive development in the production, distribution and reception of poetry. An orientation towards sound and performance has occured, in which poetry, drama and music have entered into new constellations. We have seen more extensive sampling poetry and an orientation towards the narrative. We have also seen syntheses between poetry and visual artistic expressions. The technological development of the media has contributed to the development of new poetic forms of interaction on the Internet.