Creative Submissions

2017 Call for Abstracts: The Sincerest Form of Flattery – Extended

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

March 17 | March 18 | 2017

Imitation has, itself, become an art form. The 15th annual Concordia University English Graduate Colloquium aims to explore this art in its myriad forms. As such, we are calling for academic and hybrid submissions that engage with the contemporary culture of audience engagement vis-à-vis English literature – papers that engage with questions of authorship, fandom, adaptation, transmedia, interpretation, and interactivity.

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

  • Fan created content (Fanfiction, fanart, etc.)
  • Fandom as a cultural practice
  • Fan spaces (Fanfiction archives, conventions, message boards, etc.)
  • Transmedia literature
  • Cross-culture adaptations and translations
  • Collaborative & interactive storytelling
  • Authorship & Ownership
  • Restoration & Modernization
  • Re-interpretation as subversion
  • Satire
  • Literary Criticism

Deadline for submissions has been extended to: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (11:59 PM)

We are now accepting abstracts of 250-300 words. Presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. Creative and hybrid proposals should address how the piece(s) engage(s) with the theme. Abstracts and questions can be sent to

We welcome submissions from anywhere in Canada and abroad, regardless of institution or discipline. We accept multiple submissions by one author, with the understanding that the strongest among them will be chosen for the colloquium. Papers will be judged on the strength of their content and the success with which they engage with the theme.

Please note that, while abstracts will be considered for presentation at the colloquium, they will not be considered for the inaugural publication of conference proceedings. 

We look forward to reading your submissions!