The Bureau of Imaginative Proposals:
A One Day Working Group For Poetics and Politics.
The Bureau of Imaginative Proposals was a one-day conference for creative and critical writing themed on the question of the polis and what it means to speak the form that articulation takes when the subject of articulation is the city. Styled as a ‘working group’ in which a plurality of proposals and imaginative suggestions can be accommodated, participants from all academic levels were invited to contribute to a discussion centered around the lyric and the polis. Delegates were invited to discuss how and why to speak with or against agencies of authority and how to approach textualized voices in contemporary and globalized societies.
A collaboration between New York University, Columbia and The New School, this conference sought to give enthusiasts for poetics and the political an opportunity to share their ideas and consolidate desirable skills sought in professional artists and writers. It supports a network of young and/or emerging practitioners who can rigorously cultivate and analyze relations between writers across geographical, generational and genre-based boundaries.
Keynote speakers included Jeffrey Schultz, Juliana Spahr, Randall Horton, Leif Weatherby and Haris Durani.