Public Lecture: “Poeticizing The Archives” by poet and essayist Lawrence Ypil (20 Oct 2016)

The Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities cordially invites you to attend a public lecture “Poeticizing The Archives” by poet and essayist, Lawrence L. Ypil. Details of the talk are as follows:

Date: 20 October 2016 (Thursday)

Time: 15:30 – 17:00

Venue: D2-LP-05, Tai Po Campus

Lecture Abstract

For the past few years, poet and essayist Lawrence Lacambra Ypil has been writing about early twentieth century photography. In this talk, he shares his experience of working on his ongoing project entitled “There.” Through a series of lyric essays, he ruminates on postcolonial photography and Southeast Asian urbanity.

In the project, he explores the role of photography in cultural memory, but also the specific challenges faced by the creative writer when confronting the historical archives. What forms of knowledge are revealed, perhaps even revelled in, when one chooses to write poems about history? In what way do hybrid forms, forms which transgress borders between poetry and prose, text and image, permit ways of speaking and singing that allow us a renewed sense of history?

About the Speaker

Lawrence Lacambra Ypil is a poet and essayist from Cebu, Philippines. He received an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St Louis on a Fulbright Scholarship. His first book of poems, The Highest Hiding Place (2009) was given the Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award and his work has received numerous awards including The Academy of American Poets Prize, the Philippines Free Press Awards, and the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. He is currently writing a book on ethnography, early twentieth century photography and the role of material culture in the construction of cultural identity. His work also straddles the borders between poetry and prose, text and image. He teaches writing at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

For enquiries, please contact Mr. Manni CHEUNG: (E), (T) 2948-7360.


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