Thursday, 12 July 2012

Science Meets Poetry

Science meets Poetry at ESOF2012

I'm very excited and more than a little nervous to be reading at this event. And in case you need reminding, I am not Irish, I just write in Ireland. So is my poetry Irish? I think it's more New European myself.

Sounds like a fantastic day. You have to book in advance. Link

The ‘Science meets Poetry’ session at ESOF2012 is organised in partnership between the European Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters (EASAL) the French Society of Poets, Trinity College Dublin, die Kogge, Euroscience and Poetry Ireland.
The event is receiving support from the French Embassy in Dublin.

The meeting will be will be held in the Schrödinger Lecture Theatre, Fitzgerald Building, School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin a famous centre of Irish science.

The first part belongs to the Official Programme of ESOF2012, and will therefore be entirely in English (the official language of the Forum).

9:15 – 9:30 Welcome
9:30 – 10:00 The two Williams
Based on the correspondence between William Hamilton and William Wordsworth, bringing out Hamilton's enthusiasm for poetry, somewhat dampened by Wordsworth's rejection of his abilities as a poet, and Wordsworth's hatred of the burning of coal, industrial pollution, etc, leading to the ‘lake-ist’ and ‘aesthetist’ movements.
Professor Iggy Mc Govern of Trinity College Dublin

10:00 – 10:30 Ecology and Creationism in European Culture
Retracing such themes as Doctor Faustus and the Sorcerer's Apprentice of Goethe (both scientist and poet) via Marlowe's play, back to religious themes of theologians such as Savonarola and Medieval thinkers, and analysing their influence on the spirit of the Gothic novel (via Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson and others) and on Armageddon themes of contemporary European poets and writers. Jean-Patrick Connerade (Chaunes) Imperial College and the European Academy
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 11:15 Wild Reckoning How contemporary poets and scientists were brought together to respond to a controversial and prophetic book warning against the indiscriminate use of pesticides and its consequences for the environment. A discussion of how today's poets see Nature and the future of the planet, and the influence science and technology have had on their outlook.
Maurice Riordan Irish poet and Professor of Literature living in the UK

11:15 – 11:45 Is love really molecular? In response to contemporary biologists who analyse human behaviour entirely in terms of molecular and evolutionary genetics, a Poet discusses how much in the ideal of human love is simply biological and evolutionary, and how much was actually created or invented by Poets and Philosophers down the ages, adapting their thoughts and culture to different times. Can it truly be said that love is molecular, and if so, what is the deeper meaning of the word?
Christophe Goarant French poet who has written on the theme of Don Juan for the theatre

11:45 – 12:15 The ‘Poetry of Facts’ of Arno Reinfrank The story of a well-known German book of poetry in which the celebrated poet Arno Reinfrank revisited the relation between poetry and the natural sciences.
Uli Rothfuss President of the German writers’ Association die Kogge

12:15 – 12:45 Discussion On the subjects raised, and more generally around the theme: should poets help scientists relate their work more closely to the aspirations of the public?Lunch break from 12:45 to 14:15

14:15 – 14:45 Du sens et de la forme en poésie The Importance of meaning and form in Poetry (Presentation in French with projection of the text in English by Vital Heurtebize President of the French Society of Poets

14:45 – 15:00 Science meets Poetry in the European Academy (Science et Poésie à l’Académie Européenne) Chaunes President of the European Academy of Sciences Arts and Literature

15:00 – 15:30 Some Chemical Poems by Professor Dr. Mario Markus of the Max-Planck-Institut in Dortmund

15:30 – 16:00 Oscar Wilde in Many Tongues (translations into many languages of some famous phrases of Oscar Wilde) a project initiated by the Linguaggi di Versi association presented by Anne Talvaz, Assumpció Forcada and Michael O hAoda.
16:00 – 16:30 Poster Session and coffee

16.30 – 17:00 The Significance of Irish Poetry in Russia a presentation by the poet Alla Valeria Michalevich a Palaeontologist from St Petersburg, who has translated works by Seamus Heaney and other Irish poets into Russian.

17:00 – 17:30 3 Irish Poet-scientists An opportunity for the poets from Europe to hear about three Irish counterparts Kate Dempsey (Physics), Noel Duffy (Physics) and Mary Montague (Genetics), who also marry science with poetry.
17:30 – 18:00 Close and Wine reception

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