Graduate Conference

Launched in 2014, our annual QC English Graduate Conference gives master’s students an opportunity to share their work and participate in a vital aspect of academic life. The conference is organized and planned by current English MA students.

2022 Hybrid Conference on “Catastrophe and Community”

We are thrilled to share the Call for Papers (CFP) for our 8th annual QC English Graduate Conference, on the theme of “Catastrophe and Community.” Building off the success of last year’s virtual conference, the CFP invites a wide range of presentations related to this year’s theme, in a variety of formats, both in-person and virtual. Please consider submitting a proposal by the March 28 deadline via Google Form.

Past Conferences

2021 / The Makeover: Revision, Transformation, Experimentation
poster for 2021 QC English grad conference on revision 
2019 / The Pursuit of Pleasure: Literature, Beauty, Repose
poster for 2019 English Grad Conference on The Pursuit of Pleasure 
2018 / Shattering Silences: Challenging Traditions, Inventing Worlds
poster for 2018 English Grad Conference on Shattering Silences 
2017 / Difficult Texts: Literature in a Time of Crisis
April 27, 2017
Keynote Address: “The Uses of Disaffection”
Tanya Agathocleous, Associate Professor of English, Hunter College

Keynote Speaker Biography

Tanya Agathocleous is Associate Professor of English at Hunter College, CUNY. She researches and teaches Victorian literature and culture, as well as twentieth-century Anglophone literature in transnational, colonial, and postcolonial contexts. She is interested in the relationship between transnational political ideals and literary form, and in bridging the gap between Victorian, modernist, and postcolonial scholarship. She is the author and editor of several books, including Urban Realism and the Cosmopolitan Imagination in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge UP, 2011), Teaching Literature: A Companion (Palgrave MacMillan, 2002), and George Orwell: Battling Big Brother (Oxford UP, 2000). She also edited the Broadview Press edition of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent and a special issue of Victorian Literature and Culture on “Victorian Cosmopolitanisms.” She recently published an essay in the LA Review of Books titled “Life (Narrative) in the End Times,” which was part of the inspiration for this year’s conference theme.

2016 / Talking Trash: The Counterpolitics of Abjection

April 18th, 2016
Keynote Speaker: Jordan Stein
Assistant Professor of English, Fordham University. “The Feelings That Persist After History Ends”
2015 / Other/wise: Contesting Knowledges, Inventing Cultures
April 1, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Jonathan W. Gray, Associate Professor of English at John Jay College-CUNY. “#knowledge: Building Cultures of Resistance in the Digital World”
2014 / Begin Again: Renewal, Repetition, Reflection

April 9, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Carrie Hintz, Associate Professor of English, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, “Carbon Diaries, or, How to Talk to Young Adults about the End of the World”

Graduate Speaker Prize: Frances Romano, “‘When I First Learned the Word’: Queer Identity and Textuality in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home”