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The English Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce its upcoming interdisciplinary conference on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The annual EGSA conference provides an exciting opportunity for us to share our work with one another, as well as to hear from our peers at other institutions.

This year’s theme, Ecology/ies, taps into a rich area of discussion and interpretation. Coming from the Greek word oîkos, meaning “house,” ecology allows us to investigate the complex questions about spaces of living and interaction that exist in many fields of research. We invite papers and presentations that critically examine any variation of the theme of “ecology” and/or “ecologies” in literature, theory, history, film, drama, philosophy, rhetoric, composition, visual culture, digital humanities, and the sciences. What is your or your field’s view of potential ecology/ies? How might we view ecologies as they exist in the world? Are they connecting or disperse? Can ecology/ies exist intangibly? What does space include and what does it not include? How might one ecology shift alongside, communicate with, or withdraw from other ecologies?

Please find the entire call for papers here, and be sure to send abstracts of 300-500 words to by February 15th, 2017.

  • On Friday, February 24, a faculty panel, followed by a short reception will take place from 3:30-6:00 in 310 Renaissance Park. [campus map]
  • On Saturday, February 25, our conference panels will take place from 10:00-3:30 in West Village G 106 and 108. [campus map]
  • The keynote address, “Ecology Without Us: Planetary Fantasy After Darwin,” by Brandeis University’s John Plotz will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in West Village G, Room 108. [campus map]
  • From 5:00-9:00 on Saturday, we’ll move to Bella Luna and The Milky Way in Jamaica Plain for food and drinks. [Google map]

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