Call for Submissions, Creative Submissions

2018 Call for Creative Work

The Concordia English Graduate Colloquium invites you to perform at this year’s Creative Night. “Animal Print” is presently seeking readers and performers for the evening of Friday, March 23, 2018 from 7:00pm (doors) to 10:00pm. We invite readings of poetry, prose, and creative non-fiction, musical performances, dances, and embodied art among other mediums. Readings and performances should reflect on the ostensible binary and co-dependent relationships between human and animal bodies. Some avenues for engagement may include:

  •        Animals as symbols
  •        Human relationships to animals
  •        Animals and language
  •        Bestiaries, fables, folklore, and fairy tales
  •        Animals in fashion
  •        Ecofeminism and ecocriticism
  •        The Anthropocene
  •        Cyborgs and cyberbodies

To apply, please e-mail by Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 11:59pm with your name, the genre/medium in which you are writing/performing, a 50-70-word bio in the third person (for introductory purposes), and a sample/proposal of your work. If your reading or performance requires audiovisual materials or technology other than a microphone, please include this information as well. To facilitate a multiplicity of voices, we ask that you keep your reading or performance to 5 minutes.

If you have questions about Creative Night or the submission process, please contact us at, tweet us @concolloquium, or drop us a comment on our Facebook page.

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Extended 2018 Call for Submissions: Animal Print

Animal Print

March 23 & 24 2018

[T]o forge another word in the singular, at the same time close but radically foreign, a chimerical word that sounded as though it contravened the laws of the French language, l’animot.

– Jacques Derrida, “The Animal That Therefore I Am (More to Follow),” 409

Much has been made of the binary between human and non-human animals in literature, philosophy, science, and the arts. Early textual production used animal inks on vellum and parchment, indelibly tying these words and illustrations to animal bodies extrinsic to the economy of human cultural production. Even today, animal print figures prominently in fashion and decor, having implications of wealth and status.

Recent turns in narrative and scientific discourse have begun to refute the essential contrast between human and animal, exposing the extent to which this binary has justified violence against nonhuman lives and ecosystems. As a result, new ontologies of interspecies relationships have emerged, challenging and building upon centuries of representations of animals in our media, from Ovid’s Metamorphosis, to the didacticism of animals in Disney films, to Donna Harraway’s theorization of companion species.

The 16th annual Concordia English Graduate Colloquium invites academic and hybrid papers that reflect on the ostensible binary and co-dependent relationships between human and animal bodies in literature and media. How do narratives affect beliefs about animals, and how do beliefs about animals affect our media? How does media depict animals and animal bodies? Papers may also engage with the following:

  • Animals in narrative and visual culture
  • Animals as monstrous
  • Animals as signifiers of monstrosity
  • Animality as category informing human oppression
  • (Non-)Human bodies and their relationships to sovereignty
  • Human and non-human animal labour
  • Indigenous epistemologies of animality
  • Global treatments of animals
  • Ecology of book production and dissemination
  • Materiality of medieval manuscripts (parchment)
  • Bestiaries, fables, folklore, and fairy tales
  • Animals in children’s media
  • Animals and morality
  • Animals in fashion
  • Ecofeminism and ecocriticism
  • The Anthropocene
  • Cyborgs and cyberbodies
  • Literary criticism

Extended Deadline: Friday December 1, 2017 by 11:59 PM.

Please submit either a proposal or a paper (in case of multiple submissions, you may submit both papers and proposals) to

Proposals should be between 300 and 500 words, providing an introduction to your topic, and a brief outline of how you intend to argue your thesis. Hybrid proposals should address how the artistic piece(s) engage(s) with the theme. If selected, you will be notified by mid-December. You will be required to submit a complete paper by Monday January 15, 2018.*

Papers should not exceed 2,500 words. Presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. Please provide a Works Cited list at the end of your paper following MLA 8 style guidelines. Include an abstract of 250 words alongside your paper (for use on our promotional materials). If selected, you will be notified by mid-December.

Submissions should be in .doc or .docx format. Do not include your name on the submission. In a separate document, please include a 50-80-word bio. All submissions are read and vetted anonymously.

We welcome submissions from anywhere in Canada and abroad, regardless of institution, degree, or discipline, but priority will be granted to graduate students. We accept up to three submissions per author with the understanding that only the strongest one among them will be chosen for the colloquium. Papers will be judged on their content and successful engagement with the theme.

For further questions, contact

We look forward to reading your submissions!

*Select papers will be published in Animal Print, a special issue of Insight, our annual academic journal. If you do not wish to be considered for publication, please include a note in your submission e-mail. Even if you do not wish your paper to be published, we will still ask for your complete paper by Monday January 15, 2018 in order to accommodate various accessibility needs.

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2017 Schedule

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Our in-progress lineup for creative night:



Between Protestantism and Atheism: Religious Thought and The Influence of Edmund Spenser on Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Poetry
Carlos Fuentes

Friendly Glue: How Photoplay Created Community
Mark Sardella

Love, by the Book: on Clichés and Affect in Sophie Calle’s Double Game
Emily Watlington



Game of Clones: Authorship, Ownership, and the World’s Most-Pirated TV Show
Colleen Gaspirc

Sexuality and Monstrosity in the film adaptation of Beowulf
Marie-Christine Lavoie

Pamela 2.0: Public and Private in the Digital Age
Jessica Tucker



In Defence of Happy Endings
Madelaine Caritas Longman

The Heat is On: Gender in Omegaverse Fanfiction
Danna Petersen-Deeprose

An Imperfect Archive: Reimagining Feminist Fan Writing Practices
Morgan Bimm



Finding Yourself in Slash: How Gender Performance Evolves in a Female-Centric Space
Ashley Lanni

“She Started Out as Such an Ugly Duckling”: The Transmogrification of Female Royalty in Children’s Animated Films
Alex Custodio

The Post and the Grab: The Invisible Labour of Feminist Instagram Artists
Eileen Mary Holowka



Copy/Paste/Play: Amateur Games as Appropriation Art
Saeed Afzal

Who’s Telling the Story ? A Study of the Video Game Perceiving Narrator through Kentucky Route Zero.
Benjamin Gattet

#SavePepe: The Political and Social Mobilizations of Internet Memes
Marika Brown



Gertrude Stein, The Vichy Paradox
Ariane Legault

The Spectre of Colonialism: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea as a Satire of Imperialism
Laura Giuliani

Joyce Would Love the Internet: The Adaptation and Decolonization of the English Language in “The Oxen of the Sun”
Katheryne Morrissette


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2017 Call for Readers – Creative Night

Concordia’s English Graduate Colloquium wants you and your writing to come join us at this year’s creative night. “The Sincerest form of Flattery” is presently seeking readers for the evening of Friday, March 17, 2017 from 7:00-10:00. We’re looking for poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, translation, or even your very own fanfiction. Work needs not correspond with the theme of the colloquium; we’re seeking engaged, thoughtful, playful pieces that contribute to the inclusive dynamic this conference fosters.

To apply, please e-mail by March 1, 2017 with your name, the medium you’re writing in, a 50-70 word bio (for introduction purposes), and a sample of your work. To facilitate a diversity of voices, we ask that readings be kept to 5-7 minutes.

Questions should be sent to For more information, visit

Can’t wait to see you all there!

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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!