Annual English Undergraduate Conference

Contacts: Prof. Maria Assif (conference organizer;, Prof. Daniel Tysdal (creative writing;

Our undergraduate conference is held every Winter term, with submissions accepted in December or January (keep an eye out for announcements online and in class, as well as posters advertising the submission process and theme for the year). The conference is an important, unique opportunity for you to share your ideas with your peers and professors, and an excellent chance to get a glimpse of what English literature looks like as a professional discipline (should you be interested in graduate school or even a future career in the field). The conference covers both academic essays as well as creative writing pieces (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction), and submissions are welcome from any current UTSC student. Each year awards are given (including a cash prize) to the best critical and creative works.
You can check the Department website (in the Events Section) for previous conference programs and updates about this year’s conference.

2018 is the 10th Annual English Undergraduate Conference


Includes a keynote address at 12pm by Prof. Neil ten Kortenaar:

"“Postcolonial Satire and the Limits of Subversion: The Example of Salman Rushdie”

Subversion and transgression resist colonialism and capitalism, but the world order and especially capitalism are also notoriously capacious and able to recuperate the energy of subversion. Professor Kortenaar will examine Salman Rushdie’s satire of colonialism in his novel Midnight’s Children, how far his satirical resistance succeeds, and what its limits are.

Prof. Kortenaar’s address will be followed by a Q&A session, and lunch will be served.

All members of the UTSC community are welcome to attend.