Just Representations: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Justice in World Literature Conference

The Colloquium Committee of York University’s English Graduate Students’ Association (EGSA) is now accepting abstract submissions for our annual  conference. This year’s conference, “Just Representations: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Justice in World Literature,” will take place May 4-5, 2018. We welcome submissions on a variety of topics relating to the idea of justice in/and world literature.  Possible paper topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Fictional representations of international criminal courts
  • Issues of justice in world literature
  • Environmental justice/ecocriticism
  • Fascism and eco-fascism
  • Right-wing populism
  • Representing/representations of the Holocaust
  • Israel/Palestine Studies
  • Voices of survivors of cultural genocide
  • Memory and poetics
  • Post-Apartheid drama and literature in South Africa
  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in a Canadian context
  • The case for and problematics of reparations
  • Indigenous resurgence, resistance, restitution
  • Diasporic literature
  • Refugee experiences
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Decolonial love

Please submit a 250-word abstract for a 15-20 minute presentation, along with a short biographical statement, to justrepresentations2018@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is February 4, 2018. Click here to see our complete cfp.

As a complement to the colloquium, the theme of the 2019 issue of EGSA’s academic journal, Pivot, will also be “Just Representations.” The journal invites submissions for publication from colloquium participants.

World Literature Working Group Roundtable Session

We are very proud to announce our first ever roundtable session, scheduled to take place Monday, January 29th, 2018, from 4:30pm until 6:30pm in 118 Stong College. All are welcome.

Tea, coffee, and cookies will be served. Come for the intellectual discussion, stay for the free food!

More details to follow.


How do you use world literature theory and methodology in your research? What texts, authors, or critical approaches do you think of when you say “world literature”? Share your research angle!

Our blog is now accepting submissions from graduate students, independent scholars, writers, thinkers, and artists on any topic relating to the field of world literature. Send a 500-1000 word blog entry and a 50 word bio to worldlitworkgroup@gmail.com, and we will let you know when your piece will appear on our blog. We welcome submissions in a variety of styles and formats, including reflection pieces, lists of still-unanswered questions, as well as works in progress.

Please allow for a two-week turnaround time on the submissions, but do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about the submission process.