The Future of Poetry: UCL-French Embassy

9 May 2012, 6pm

The massive growth in creative writing courses in recent years has meant that there are probably more practicing poets at work now than ever before. Yet the position of poetry in relation to the public sphere at large seems to grow increasingly opaque. Is poetry merely a minority leisure activity, or can it still claim to be, as it was for Milton and Wordsworth, a means of understanding the world unrivalled both in its scope and its complexity? With so many new media changing the ways in which we produce and consume texts of all kinds, what is the future of poetry?

Mark Ford (University College London) and Jerôme Game (American University Paris), both published poets as well as university professors, will be in conversation in this second event of this year’s series.

The conversation will be chaired by Judith Palmer, Director of the Poetry Society.


This is the second in a new Conferénce-Débat Series dedicated to the Humanities, jointly hosted by the UCL European Institute and the Embassy of France. These talks, in which distinguished figures from research-intensive universities and the arts in France and from UCL speak and debate (in English), are open to the wider public.


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
UCL Main Building
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
followed by reception

The event is free, but please let us know you are coming here:


Mark Ford is Professor in the Department of English at University College London, where he teaches and publishes widely on nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first century British, American, and French literature. He has published three collections of poetry, Landlocked (1991), Soft Sift (2001), and Six Children (2011). He has also published a biography of the French writer Raymond Roussel, and a parallel text edition of Roussel’s final poem, ‘Nouvelles Impressions d’Afrique’ (New Impressions of Africa). He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books, and a selection of his reviews and essays have been published in two volumes, A Driftwood Altar (2005) and Mr and Mrs Stevens and Other Essays (2011). He is currently editing an anthology of the poetry of London for Harvard University Press.

Jérôme Game is Associate Professor of Film Studies and Philosophy at the American University in Paris, having previously been Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities at University College London. He has published nine volumes of poetry, as well as poetic texts in anthologies, journals and in audio and video format. His academic research focuses on a theoretical and critical examination of modern culture (cinema, literature, visual arts) around a philosophical reworking of subjectivity and time. He has also published among others on Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy and contemporary literature, text/image relations in 20th century French culture, filmic representations of the body, narrative theory, and the work of Jacques Rancière. His current projects include a study of the links between art and writing today and a collective volume on the concept of intensity in the arts. Since 2004 Professor Game is Associate Researcher at the ‘Centre d’Etudes Poétiques’ (EA1633) of Ecole Normale Supérieure – Lettres & Sciences Humaines, and at the center ‘Recherches sur la Pluralité Esthétique’ (EA1575) of Université Paris 8 – Saint-Denis.