(Sub)Merged, UBC English Graduate Conference

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Endnotes, The University of British Columbia English Graduate Conference

Located at the edge of Vancouver’s city limits, the University of British Columbia is perched on the edge of an ocean. Down an interminable set of winding stairs is Wreck Beach, and with a few more steps you are submerged in the saltwater of the sea. As a West Coast school, the possibility of submersion is always waiting at our door. What does this mean in a time of climate catastrophe and imminent sea level rise? How do we navigate relationships to the ocean, to submersion, and drowning in these chaotic times?  Submersion evokes the existence of multiple, nuanced truths and interpretations. Employing submersion as a metaphor for topics of loss, post-colonial critique, tidalectics, and more, we are looking for papers that engage with (Sub)Merged as a critical framework. We welcome papers that examine the merged as well as the submerged (double meanings and intertextuality), and those that examine what truths are placed at the forefront of our society, compared to those that have been suppressed and concealed. In the interest of soliciting a wide array of responses, we do not limit the theme to the above interpretation. We encourage submissions from all areas of language and literature studies, and across all historical periods. While this is an academic conference hosted by the English Graduate Department, we are also interested in multidisciplinary academic and creative works. Particular topics of interest may include:

  • Ecocriticism; elemental criticism; environmental science in literature; environmental humanities; climate change; environmental distress; the anthropocene
  • Oceanic studies; migration studies
  • Afro-Caribbean studies; tidalectics
  • Maritime studies; Vancouver/British Columbian literature
  • Palimpsests; rewriting
  • Intertextuality; paratextuality; subtextuality; referentiality
  • Adaptation; assimilation; merging
  • Duality; multiplicity; liminality; transnationality; globalization
  • Displacement; diaspora; refugee studies; global conflict
  • The unknown; the Gothic; oceanic fantasy

Endnotes will take place on May 22–23, 2020. Feel free to email us at endnotesconference@gmail.com if you have any questions. You can also refer to our website, endnotes2020.wordpress.com, for more information. We look forward to reading your submissions!