Creative Submissions

2016 Call for Submissions: Monstrous Impositions

Monstrous Impositions

March 4 | March 5 | March 6, 2016

Monsters die out when the collective imagination no longer needs them. — Glen Duncan

You must not forget that a monster is only a variation, and that to a monster the norm is monstrous. — John Steinbeck

When is a text an impostor? When does it speak with a monstrous voice? How is authority conferred to texts? At what point does an imposition become a keystone text? How does a field change in relation to these emerging impositions? Is the revolutionary already normative? Is it possible to answer these questions within a developing field of study? How do you situate the individual vis-à-vis a field?

The 14th Annual Concordia University English Graduate Colloquium is calling for academic, creative, and hybrid submissions on “Monstrous Impositions” that will engage with a wide range of social, political, and cultural issues, using metaphorical and actual figures of rupture to mobilize critique and understanding of authority/authorship in many institutional guises. Ideal submissions will address these complications in regards to their relevance in present day academia, creative/critical writing, and literature.

We welcome papers on the following range of subjects and related themes:

– Discipline boundaries and interdisciplinarity

– Digital humanities

– Ruptures of genre and conventions

 (both established and transformative)

– Disruptions of the canon

– Dissidence vs. normativity

– Intergenerational trauma

– Authorship and transformative media (fanfiction, translation) as creative violation

– Embodied / disembodied technological experiences

– Literature and games

– Minority voices, appropriation, writing back

– Folktales and mythologies

Deadline for submissions: Extended to January 22, 2016

Proposals should be submitted to by midnight on January 22, 2016 and should not exceed 300 words. Presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in length. Creative and hybrid proposals should address how the piece(s) engage(s) with the theme, including critical or other perspectives. Please note that creative presentations need not consist of 20 minutes of reading original work. All applicants are encouraged to submit a brief bio of 40-50 words for use in promotional materials.Further questions can be directed to

We look forward to reading your submissions!