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beats and politics – past and present

european beat studies network (ebsn), 7th annual conference:
vienna, 3 – 6 october 2018 (co-organized by vienna poetry school)
registration until 18 september 2018

veranstaltung beats and politics – past and present
/ ebsn conference in vienna

the conference focuses on the relevance of the beat generation against the backdrop of the current political turmoil in the us and beyond, particularly assessing the beats within the context of political activism as well as cultural politics of identity, gender, ethnicity, lgbt rights and/or environmentalism. the impact of recent works by active beat poets and younger artists influenced by beat aesthetics also play a role.


3 – 6 october 2018, vienna. open for registration until 18 september 2018: >> (limited number of participants).

public events:

4 oct. 2018, 19.00 hrs: “burroughs and vienna” with thomas antonic, ann cotten, fritz ostermayer, natascha gangl and judith nika pfeifer.
venue: alte schmiede, schönlaterngasse 9, 1010 vienna; free admission

5 oct. 2018, 20.30 hrs: moor mother (usa) / fiston mwanza mujila & patrick dunst’s impulse percussion (drc/aut).
venue: porgy & bess jazz club, riemergasse 11, 1010 vienna. ticket sale: porgy & bess,; reduced tickets with conference registration.

6 oct. 2018, 20.00 hrs: closing party with performances by:
raven see & ben heal
natascha gangl & matija schellander
michael fischer
william s. burroughs hurts
ann cotten & dental princes
venue: celeste, hamburgerstraße 18, 1050 wien
free admission

detailed conference program & registration: >>

further info: >>

the vienna poetry school (sfd) was founded in 1992 and modelled after the jack kerouac school in colorado. the sfd has become a centre of beat-related and counter-cultural activity since its inception, hosting an array of prominent beat figures, including allen ginsberg, anne waldman, ed sanders, and ruth weiss.



ebsn in association with thomas antonic and paul pechmann/university of vienna, fwf research project: transnational literature: austria and the beat generation & vienna poetry school (sfd).


conference organized by




fwf research project 'transnational literature: austria and the beat generation', university of vienna


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