The Concordia English Graduate Colloquium, now in its seventeenth year, is an annual academic conference run by graduate students in Concordia University’s English Department. This year’s conference will take place on Friday March 22 & Saturday March 23, 2019, featuring two days of panels, a night of creative readings and performances, and a wine & cheese reception. The theme of the conference is Spectral Haunts. 

The aim of Concordia University’s English Graduate Students’ Colloquium is to provide graduate students in English with a forum for academic and creative discussion and exploration. Panelists will have the opportunity to share their work with peers and faculty, obtain feedback, consider new ideas, and practice their conference skills. Organizers have the opportunity to network, coordinate various activities, and vet and edit papers for presentation and publication. The colloquium also seeks to extend Concordia’s relationships with schools and scholars across Canada and abroad.


Nicola Sibthorpe is a second year MA student in Creative Writing at Concordia University. Her research focuses on animal studies, spatial theory, and the intersections of performative identity in neurodivergence and queerness. She is the President of Concordia’s Student Association for Graduates in English and was the inaugural recipient of the QWF’s Young Writer’s Award in 2017. She has been published in Headlights, Carte-Blanche, and QWF Writes.