Held in honor of the centennial of William S. Burroughs’s birth, and the WSB@100 Festival in New York City scheduled for the entirety of the month of April, 2014, this conference will explore the life and works of one of the most innovative and influential twentieth-century American writers and artists. Join us for a series of talks and roundtables by editors, artists, and scholars on a range of issues from the problem of gender in Burroughs’s writings to his role in postwar America little magazines, his still unpublished archival materials, cut-up experiments and novels, and his photography.
« Listen to my last words any world. Listen all you boards syndicates and governments of the earth. And you power powers behind what filth deals consummated in what lavatory to take what is not yours. To sell the ground from unborn feet. Listen. What I have to say is for all men everywhere. I repeat for all. No one is excluded. Free to all who pay. Free to all who pain pay. » – William S. Burroughs
This conference is free and open to the public.
This event will be livestreamed. For viewing during the event, please see here: https://videostreaming.gc.cuny.edu/videos/livestreams/page1/
Editing Burroughs with John Bennett and Geoffrey Smith
Burroughs and Literary Magazines with Jed Birmingham, Charles Plymell, and Jan Herman
Biography and Photography: Barry Miles in conversation with Oliver Harris
Gender Trouble with Anne Waldman, Regina Weinreich, and Ann Douglas
5:15PM Coffee Break
Keynote: Oliver Harris Cutting up the Trilogy
Cosponsored by the English Students Association, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, the PhD Program in English, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the Doctoral Students’ Council, and the WSB@100 Festival.