Gilbert's presentation will include speculations to include several themes relating to those in-between spaces where we dwell relevantly and poetically. These themes fall into six categories he is currently researching.
1) Dimension: multiplicity of dimension in haiku
2) Recognition: what do we want to recognize in haiku?
3) Haiku and social consciousness
4) Haiku, social media and cognitive surplus
5) Haiku language and encryption: public spaces versus privacy
6) Alternativity and paradox: “When we prove things wrong. . . [we] move closer to understanding the world” (Neil Turok).
Richard Gilbert is the Director of the Kon Nichi Haiku Translation Circle (Kumamoto University), which recently published a four-volume series on Kaneko Tohta: Ikimonofuei, The Future of Haiku and Selected haiku, Volumes I & 2 (2011-2012). His book, Poems of Consciousness: Contemporary Japanese & English-language Haiku in Cross-cultural Perspective(2008) received the Mildred Kanterman Award for Haiku Criticism and Theory. Creator of the 'gendaihaiku.com' website. Haiku have recently appeared in the Roadrunner Haiku Journal, and in Haiku 21 (Gurga & Metz, 2011). "