2018 Schedule

We are proud and excited to announce our program for the 2018 Concordia English Graduate Colloquium (scroll below poster for text).

Our schedule is also available to download as a text-based PDF or .Doc. Join our Facebook event for news and updates.


Schedule of Events

Panels on Friday afternoon will take place in LB-646 in the English Department on the 6th floor of the J. W. McConnell building, located at 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8.

Creative night will take place at Reggies, the campus bar located in the Henry F. Hall building at 1455 De Maisonneuve Boulevard W., H-231, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1M8. See our Creative Night poster or read our lineup below!

All events on Saturday will take place in the Friends of the Library Room, located in room LB-361 of the J. W. McConnell building, located at 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8.

Directions to all the conference rooms can be found at the bottom of our venues tab.


Friday, March 23 2018

1:00 – 2:00 pm Registration & Coffee
2:00 – 2:15 pm Welcome Address
2:15 – 3:30 pm Panel 1: Animating Animality

“Nobody Know Chickens like Chickens”: Bojack Horseman and Animal Affect
     Emily Wilson (Concordia)

Children of the Sea : Celtic Animal-Human Hybrid Mythology in Contemporary Children’s Animation
     Melanie Proulx (Concordia)

Postfeminist Bunnies: Cuteness in Zootopia and The Secret Life of Pets
     Melanie Hurley (Memorial)

3:45 – 5:00 pm Panel 2: Anatomy & Autonomy

The Scientist and the Sovereign in Human-Animal Hybridity Literature in the Middle Ages and the Nineteenth Century
     Taylor Tomko (UBC)

“Questionably Fleshed”: Comparative Anatomy in the Poetry of Sylvia Legris
     Jesse Ruddock (Concordia)

5:00 – 7:00 pm Break
7:00 – 10:00 pm




Creative Night

Reading by Emily Crompton, Miles Forrester, David Fleming, Nahrin Youkhanna, Jessica Bebenek, Nicola Sibthorpe, and Shirin Shaghaghi

With a musical performance by Emileen!


Saturday, March 24 2018

9:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast provided by the colloquium, open to all, vegan, gluten free, and dairy free options will be provided
10:00 – 11:15 am Panel 3: Liminal Ecologies

It Was Always the Hottest Year on Record: Obscuring the Anthropocene in Guillaume Morissette’s The Original Face
     David Shaw (Concordia)

Liminality in Eden Robinson’s Money Beach
Nicola Sibthorpe (Concordia)


11:30 – 12:45 pm Panel 4: Species & Oppression

Interlocking Oppressions: Animal Liberation and Settler Colonialism
     Stephanie Piovesan (Brock)

Meta: Fictional Being: Posthumanism, Ecofeminism, and J.M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals
     Torin McLachlan (UBC)

12:45 – 2:00 pm Lunch provided by the colloquium for free, catered through Pekarna, open to all. Vegan, gluten free, and dairy free options will be available
2:00 – 3:15 pm Panel 5: Virtual Animalities

Do Pikachu Dream of Electric Mice?: Animality and Oppression in the Pokéverse
     Marika Brown (Independent)

Shapeshifting Allegiance in Radiant Dawn: Allegorical Alterity in Children’s Media
     Alex Custodio (Concordia)

“i lik the bred”: Animal Consciousness and Language in the “Cow Poem” Meme
     Katheryne Morrissette (Concordia)

3:15 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm Panel 6: Hybridity & Metaphor

Funereal Fauna: The Rewilding of Mourning
     Mark Ambrose Harris (Independent)

“Something That’s Dead”: Metaphor, Microbiotics, and Radicalized Empathy in the Anthropocene
     Jessica Bebenek (Concordia)

4:30 – 4:45 pm Break
4:45 – 6:00 pm Keynote address
Nandini Thiyagarajan (NYU) 
6:00 – 8:00 pm Closing Remarks, Wine & Cheese Reception, and Official Launch of Insight Journal