The Eleventh Annual International Whitman Week Seminar and Symposium

The Eleventh Annual International Whitman Week Seminar and Symposium TU
Dortmund University, Germany, 28 May – 3 June, 2018

The Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association (TWWA) invites students,
researchers, and Whitman enthusiasts to participate in its 11th annual
Whitman Week, consisting of a Seminar for students interested in Whitman and
Whitman’s poetry, and a Symposium bringing together international scholars and graduate students.
Students will have an opportunity to confront Whitman’s books, share their readings of key poems and clusters, and discuss Whitman’s cohesive representation of human relations and his work’s international significance.
Afternoon translation workshops will focus on the reception of Whitman in different languages.
The team of international instructors of this year’s seminar include Jeanne Cortiel (Bayreuth), Betsy Erkkila (Northwestern), Ed Folsom (UIowa) and Christine Gerhardt (Bamberg).
Applications for the seminar should include a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of interest, and a short letter of support from an instructor who knows the applicant well should be submitted by e-mail to the Dortmund organizers, Walter Grünzweig (, and Laura Kost ( by February 1, 2018.

Call for Papers
Poets That Came: Walt Whitman’s Creative Reception from Paper to Web
Symposium, TU Dortmund University, 1 and 2 June 2018

In his poem “Poets to come,” Walt Whitman addresses “orators, singers and musicians to come” to “arouse – for you must justify me – you must answer.”
This will be the first symposium devoted to the wide creative reception of Whitman’s works – from poetry and prose, translation, painting and music, to film, advertising and the World Wide Web, in the U.S. as well as countries and languages around the world.
One-page abstracts of paper proposals should be sent electronically, no later than February 1, 2018, to all four symposium organizers: Stephanie M. Blalock:; Wendy Katz:; Kenneth
M. Price:; Julia Sattler:


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