European Beat Studies Network (ebsn) | 7th annual conference

From October, 3 to October, 6 (2018) our colleagues from the Vienna Poetry School (sfd) along with the European Beat Studies Network (ebsn) will welcome worldwide participants willing to take part in the different activities and discussions concerning beats and politics, past and present

Beat culture can be regarded as a manifestation of political protest against the oppressive and anti-freedom of expression political atmosphere of the 1950s, which culminated in several obscenity trials (howlnaked lunchfuck you/ a magazine of the arts). Examples of later beat political activism include William Burroughs and allen Ginsberg’s participation in the protests at the 1968 democratic national convention in Chicago, Ginsberg’s arrest at the anti-nuclear rocky flats blockade of railroad tracks in 1978, and his participation at numerous protests against the Vietnam war.

The European Beat Studies Network 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

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, 19.00 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

About the Vienna Poetry School / schule für dichtung (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 ginsberganne waldmaned sanders, and ruth weiss.

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