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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


Creative Submissions

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!

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!

Creative Submissions

2017 Call for Editors

The 2017 Concordia English Graduate Colloquium is presently seeking editors for our 15th annual conference and inaugural volume of conference proceedings.

This position offers an opportunity to earn valuable experience editing academic and hybrid papers on a variety of subjects relating to this year’s conference theme: “The Sincerest form of Flattery.” Working closely alongside the authors of the work, editors will hone their critical and analytic skills in order to polish papers for both presentation and publication. The responsibilities of the editor include: verifying citations and facts; editing papers for content; copyediting papers for publication; ensuring that papers conform to the MLA style selected for the volume of conference proceedings; and working in collaboration with the editorial team, organizing committee, and the authors themselves. Editors will also have the opportunity to chair panels at the conference from March 17-18, 2016.

Priority will be awarded to graduate students in Concordia’s Department of English. Individuals concurrently submitting papers are welcome to apply, and will simply not be asked to work on their own papers.

Please submit a brief paragraph of intent and a CV to by February 3, 2017.

Creative Submissions

2017 Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to announce that the Concordia English Graduate Colloquium’s 2017 keynote speaker is Hannah McGregor.


Hannah McGregor is an Assistant Professor in Publishing at Simon Fraser University. Her research and teaching interests address the histories and futures of print culture and new media in Canada, with a focus on Canadian middlebrow magazines, and podcasting as both self-publishing and public pedagogy.

McGregor completed her PhD at TransCanada Institute at the University of Guelph in 2013, and her research focused on contemporary white Canadian women’s representations of distant suffering. She held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta, where her project, “Modern Magazines Project Canada,” examined magazines as a form of new media technology responsible for shaping the twentieth century consumer-publics.

She also received a SSHRC Connection grant for “Magazines and/as Media: Methodological Challenges in Periodical Studies” with Paul Hjartarson and Faye Hammill. Papers from this workshop can be found in special issues of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies 6.2 and English Studies in Canada 41.1.

Alongside Marcelle Kosman, McGregor also creates Witch, Please, a fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world. They have shared their public pedagogy and its relationship to fandom on numerous platforms, including CBC Edmonton AM, the Edmonton Journal, Ravishly, and at fan expos around Canada.