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.

Call for Submissions

Deadline extended!

The deadline for the the 13th Annual Concordia Graduate English Colloquium: The Odd Couple has been extended to Friday, January 23! For full details, see the original Call for Papers here. Please note that we are especially eager to see creative and hybrid proposals, as this year we will be integrating creative and hybrid presentations into the colloquium itself for the first time.

Proposals should be submitted to concordiacolloquium@gmail.com by Friday, January 23 and should not exceed 300 words. Presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in length. Creative and hybrid proposals should address how the piece or pieces engage with the theme. Please note that creative presentations need not consist of 20 minutes of reading original work; writers are encouraged to spend part of their presentation time discussing their piece(s) in relation to the theme, from critical or other perspectives. All applicants are encouraged to submit a brief bio of 40-50 words for use in promotional materials. Further questions can be directed to concordiacolloquium@gmail.com.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Call for Submissions

2015 Call for Submissions: The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

Harmony From Conflict | Conflict From Harmony

February 27 | February 28 | March 1 2015

Peanut butter and cyanide. Hamlet and Homer Simpson. Creativity and critical analysis. What interplay is there between these seemingly disparate couples? Whether it’s Shostakovich sampled in Fall Out Boy, cronuts and pierogi poutine, strippercize classes in suburban gyms, or special editions of The Communist Manifesto on sale at Chapters, binary relationships, false or otherwise, are everywhere in our personal and professional lives. Trickier still, our familiar binaries need not be strictly codified opposites, for fluid ideas about genre, form, and social class often destabilize attempts to codify. For Canadians in particular, binary logic is old hat; how have we ever defined ourselves, save careful enumeration of what we are not?

The 13th Annual Concordia University English Graduate Colloquium is calling for academic, creative, and hybrid submissions about odd couplings. While we are all familiar with binaries, this colloquium aims to deconstruct commonly recognized pairings, create new ones, and explore the process through which a thing comes to be understood, not simply by its shape, but also its shadow. Ideal submissions will address odd, yet productive, couplings emphasizing the connections and disjunctions between ideas, texts, and authors. What is to be found in the spaces between? What symbiotic and synergistic relationships begin to unravel as we tug on pre-existing threads? What strange maps emerge as we sew together new ones?

Key Words:

· Dream & Reality

· Writing from the Margins; Margin & Centre; Margin & Interior

· Invasion & Exploration

· Synthesis & Mutation; Synergy & Aberration

· The Interplay of Science & Art

· The Human & The Machine; Human as Machine

· Binary (Code) as Language

· Oppositional Structures; Form & Content; Competing Media

· Anarchy & Art

· Growth & Decay

· Medieval & Modern

· Intersectionality; Axes of Identity; (In)equalities

· Harmony & Conflict

· Creative & Critical

Proposals should be submitted to concordiacolloquium@gmail.com by midnight on Friday, January 23rd and should not exceed 300 words. Presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in length. Creative and hybrid proposals should address how the piece or pieces engage with the theme. Please note that creative presentations need not consist of 20 minutes of reading original work; writers are encouraged to spend part of their presentation time discussing their piece(s) in relation to the theme, from critical or other perspectives. All applicants are encouraged to submit a brief bio of 40-50 words for use in promotional materials. Further questions can be directed to concordiacolloquium@gmail.com.

We look forward to reading your submissions!