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.

Event Info, Oddities Means and Ends

Oddities, Means and Ends

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Join the Facebook event here!

The Odd Couple, the 13th Annual Concordia English Graduate Colloquium, presents Oddities, Means and Ends, hosted by Emcee Puns-a-lot/Churchmaster C.

Join us at Kafein for our featured readings in poetry and prose, including a reading by Poet Laureate of Toronto and The Odd Couple’s keynote speaker, George Elliott Clarke. We will also have readings from students from Concordia and other universities, including Rachel Burlock, Carousel Calvo, Caterina Incisa, Denise Leitão, Mona’a Malik, Jess Nicol, Natascha Simard, and Caitlyn Spencer.

The evening will close with an hour of open mic, so bring your best work in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and convoluted yet alliterative academic jargon! Open mic sign-up will be at the event. Attendance is free and open to all.

Readings begin at 8:30 sharp. Open mic begins at 10.

Reader bios:
George Elliott Clarke is Poet Laureate of Toronto, an accomplished writer and academic.

Rachel Burlock. Known aliases: Reliable Rachel, Mittens. MA student, burgeoning rapper, brownie bringer.

Carousel writes. She has no idea where she will be in 4 months.

Caterina Incisa, originally from England, mostly writes snide short shorts about ex-boyfriends.

Born in Brazil, Denise Marques Leitao has recently been abducted by motherhood.

Mona’a Malik is a student at Concordia University. She is from New Brunswick.

Jess Nicol lives in Calgary and has brown hair and a loud voice.

Natascha Simard was once a narcissistic teenage girl, now she is a poet.

C. Spencer glitter righteous anger whiskey fumbling eloquence Igpy kin YYC–>YUL red.

Oddities Means and Ends

Call for readers: Oddities, Means and Ends

The Odd Couple is seeking readers for our creative reading night, Oddities, Means and Ends, taking place on February 27 from 8-11 pm at Kafein (1429 Bishop).

We are accepting readings in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Those who read need not be those who wrote — want your piece read but want someone else to do the reading? Cool. wanna go 70s-style and swap key passages with another writer? Just so long as you two have fully negotiated consent beforehand, man.

To volunteer for our list of scheduled readings, please email concordiacolloquium@gmail.com with your name, the form you’re writing in (poetry/creative non-fiction/fiction), an estimate of how long your reading will be, and a 13-word bio by midnight on February 19th. Sets should be no shorter than five minutes long, and no longer than ten.

We will also have an open mic portion, with a sign-up sheet at the event.

Questions, concerns, and moral quandaries regarding sestinas should be sent to concordiacolloquium@gmail.com. For more information on the colloquium, visit concol.ca.