Department of Culture and Learning

European Beat Studies Network Conference 2

European Beat Studies Network Conference 2

August 28-30, 2013

After a highly successful inaugural conference last year in Middelburg, organized by Chad Weidner, the EBSN members and scholars convene again in August, this time in Aalborg, Denmark. Local organizer is Bent Sørensen, with the indispensable help of EBSN Secretary Polina Mackay and President Oliver Harris.

The conference is open for all interested parties, students and scholars alike. We ask a very modest registration fee of 50€ for students and 75 € for all others, payable at the door. 

Nordkraft Campus, 10th floor
AUGUST 28-30, 2013


09:30 – 10:30 Registration/Meet & Greet
10:30 – 10:45 Welcome (Bent Sørensen & Polina Mackay, room 10.14)
10:45 – 12:00

Keynote: A. Robert Lee, Beat Compass: Literary Widths and Circles, room 10.14
(Chair: Polina MacKay)

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Parallel Panels

Panel 1: Image, Cinematics, room 10.14
(Chair: Steen Christiansen)

  • Alexander Adams, William S. Burroughs as a Visual Artist
  • Antonio Bonome, Aural Blindspots: Burroughs’ Revised Scout Manual, A Case Study
  • Lisa Stein Haven, The Beat Generation and Chaplin's Little Tramp, 1953-77
  Panel 2: The Beat Generation and Europe, room 10.15
(Chair: Dick Ellis)
  • Thomas Antonic, Beat in Austria / Austrian Beat
  • Jaap van der Bent, Broken Worlds: Collage in the Work of William S. Burroughs and Rolf Dieter Brinkmann
  • Matias Frederiksen/Peter Hogg, Teaching the Beats in Denmark
 15:00 – 15:30  Coffee
 15:30 – 16:30  Panel
   Panel 3: Transnational Beat I (room 10.14)
(Chair: A. Robert Lee)
  • Alan Garfield, Rethinking the Beats in Ireland
  • Erik Mortenson, Diagnosing the National Neurosis: Psychology as Social Critique in the Journals Neurotica and ┼×izofrengi
16:30 - 18:00 Journal and book launch (room 10.14):
  • The Last Post (Davis Schneiderman via Skype)
  • Gregory Stephenson: Pilgrims to Elsewhere
    (EyeCorner Press, chair Bent Sørensen)
 08:30 – 09:00  Coffee
 09:00 – 10:30  Parallel Panels
   Panel 4: Beat Visions (room 10.14)
(Chair: Franca Bellarsi)
  • Camelia Elias, The Shamanic Beat
  • Richard English, Burroughs on Addiction in Junky
  • Forough Parhoudeh, Religious Visions and Apocalyptic Views in Allen Ginsberg’s Poems and Bob Dylan’s Songs
   Panel 5: Transnational Beat II (room 10.15)
(Chair: A. Robert Lee)
  • Douglas Field, In the Manchester Jeff Nuttall Archives
  • Frida Forsgren, The Wennesland Collection
  • Daniel Puia-Dumitrescu, Image and politics in the Communist Romania: Romulus Bucur, a Romanian Beat
 10:30 – 12:00  Parallel Panels
   Panel 6: Women of the Beat Generation (room 10.14)
(Chair: Franca Bellarsi)
  • Polina Mackay, Developing a Vision: The Influence of John Keats on Diane di Prima
  • Estíbaliz Encarnación Pinedo, Worship the Goddess: The Construction of the Feminine Voice in Women of the Beat Generation
  • Chelsea Stripe, Editing a New Consciousness: Hettie Jones and the Beat Little Magazine
   Panel 7: Jack Kerouac (room 10.15)
(Chair: Erik Mortenson)
  • R J Ellis and Ceren Sengezer, Queer Shakespeare Queering the Beats: Queering New York Collaboratively
  • Michael Skau, Jack Kerouac's Rubáiyát: The Influence of Omar Khayyám
  • Bent Sørensen, Life Writing and Author Biography: The Carr/Kammerer Episode in Kerouas Biographies
 12:00 – 13:30  Lunch
 13:30 - 15:00 Parallel Panels
  Panel 8: The Beats and American Poetry (room 10.14)
(Chair: Bent Sørensen)
  • Jason Lee, Buddha with a Melody: Evolution, Sex and Ginsberg’s Influences
  • Raven See, The Raw and the Cooked: The Beat Generation and its Influence on Robert Lowell
  • Mahdi Shafieyan, Poetic Performance and the Beats
   Panel 9: The Burroughsian Word (room 10.15)
(Chair: Chad Weidner)
  • Sean Bolton, William Burroughs, Michel Serres, and the Human Parasite
  • Steen Christiansen, The Nova Trilogy and Contagion Theory
  • Bryan Mulvihill, Calligraphities; The Word as Image; Rub out the Word: From Discussions with Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs
 15.00 - 15:30  Coffee
 15:30 – 17:00 Parallel Panels
   Panel 10: The Beats and Material Culture (room 10.14)
(Chair: Jaap Van Der Bent)
  • Arthur Nussbaum, Beat Books as Artefacts: Burroughs’ Routines in Tornado Alley
  • Doreen Saar, The World They Shared: The Beats and the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
  Panel 11: Beats, Avant-Gardists and Radicals (room 10.15)
(Chair: Camelia Elias)
  • Kasper Opstrup Frederiksen, The Invisible Insurrection of the Invisible Generation: On Trocchi, Burroughs and Species Evolution
  • Arash Aminian, Kerouac’s Dr Sax and Being
 17:00 – 18:30 Plenary & Performance (room 10.14)
  • Robert Gibbons: Kerouac & the Ecstatic Act of Writing
  • Rebecca Evans: Kaddish/Rhythms
 21:00 - 23.00 Film screening and lecture: Lars Movin, Words of Advice – William S. Burroughs on the Road (2007) @ Biffen Art Cinema (inside the Nordkraft building) – special price for conferees 60 Dkr.
FRIDAY 30/08
 08:30 – 09:00  Coffee
 09:00 – 10:30  Parallel Panels
   Panel 12: Beats and European Romantic Heritage (room 10.14)
(Chair: Polina Mackay)
  • Franca Bellarsi, To a Gothic Beat: Re-inventions of Terror and the Sublime in the Imagery of Kerouac and Ginsberg
  • Kaveh Dahmast, The Origins of Nonconformity in the Beat Generation as a Counterculture: A Critical Enquiry
  • Luke Walker, Exchanges Between Ginsberg, Dylan and Blake
   Panel 13: The Beats, Visuality and Vision (room 10.15)
(Chair: Steen Christiansen)
  • Davide Crimi, Beat legacies: The Non-academic Side of Beat Literature
  • Tomasz Stompor, The Photographic Composites of William S. Burroughs
 10:30 – 12:00 Parallel Panels
  Parallel Panels
  Panel 14: The Beats and India (room 10.14)
(Chair: Jason Lee)
  • Anamika Bandopadhyay, Soul Searching: The Journey of the Beats in India Revisited
  • Uttaran Das Gupta, Hungry Poets and Allen Ginsberg
  • Sandhya Devesan Nambiar, On the Visible Road: Exploring the Beat Image
  Panel 15: Burroughs and Modernity (room 10.15)
(Chair: Thomas Antonic)
  • Alexander Greiffenstern, "Beckett asked me to fish in his pond": Burroughs' Self-Image as a Writer
  • Viktoria Grivina, Transgressive Bliss of William S. Burroughs: Deconstructing Counterculture
  • Chad Weidner, Shifting Shapes Part Two: Ecological Considerations of Burroughs' Early Cut-ups
 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
 13:30 – 15:30

Plenary + Film screening (room 10.14)
Lars Movin, Conrad Rooks' Chappaqua (1966)

 15:30 – 16:00  Coffee
 16:00 – 17:30

 EBSN Business Meeting, room 10.14





Conference coordinator Bent Sørensen

Conference secretary Marianne Høgsbro