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2020 Keynote Speaker

Kyla Wazana Tompkins investigates aesthetic production, biopolitics and the history of ideas via an interdisciplinary methodology grounded in close reading practices. In all of her writing and teaching on cultural form she seeks to put multiple theories of the political, including queer, feminist, Marxist, Black diasporic, and postcolonial thought, into conversation with each other, while grounding all of her projects in a thorough archival and historical practice.

In her most recent book project Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century, she has largely focused on: comparative histories of racialization in the United States; the history of sexuality with a focus on biopolitics and queer (in particular queer of color) theory; nineteenth-century prose literature with an emphasis on the comparative and connected relations between white and African-American writers; science studies; performance studies; and early film and visual media.

She is an Associate Professor at Pomona College, joint appointed to the the Department of English and the Program in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her scholarly writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Gastronomica, Women and PerformanceAmerican Quarterly, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth Century AmericanistsLateral: The Journal of the Cultural Studies AssociationThe Journal of Food, Culture and Society as well as Social TextLateral and ASAP/Journal, while my journalism has appeared in the San Francisco ChronicleThe Globe and MailXtra Magazine7×7 Magazine and journals like Tikkunand Bridges.

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 concordiacolloquium@gmail.com 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 concordiacolloquium@gmail.com, tweet us @concolloquium, or drop us a comment on our Facebook page.

Creative Submissions

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 concordiacolloquium@gmail.com.

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 concordiacolloquium@gmail.com

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.

Call for Submissions

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

Deadline for submissions: Friday November 10, 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 concordiacolloquium@gmail.com.

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 concordiacolloquium@gmail.com

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.

Team

2018 Call for Team Members

The 2018 Concordia English Graduate Colloquium is presently seeking team members to vet and edit papers for presentation and for publication in our second annual volume of conference proceedings, as well as to help manage the event space during the conference on March 23 and 24, 2018.

This position provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience vetting and editing academic papers on a variety of subjects relating to this year’s conference theme: Animal Print. Vetters and editors will hone their critical and analytic skills in order to select and polish papers for presentation and publication, working in collaboration with the team, organizers, and the authors themselves. Joining the team is a great way to get involved in English department activities and to network with Canadian graduate students and scholars.

The only plenary colloquium meeting will be the vetting meeting on the afternoon of Friday, December 8, 2017, where we will discuss which papers to select for the conference. The reading will take place the week prior, starting December 1, 2017. Please ensure that you will be available to attend that meeting and will be able to read through all submissions in early December.

To apply, please submit a brief paragraph of intent stating why you would be a good fit for the team and detailing which tasks interest you to concordiacolloquium@gmail.com by Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

Priority is awarded to applications from graduate students in Concordia’s Department of English. In order to ensure that the process of selecting papers for the Colloquium remains impartial, we commit to a blind vetting process. Individuals also interested in submitting papers are therefore welcome and encouraged to apply to the Colloquium team.