Welcome to the website of the UMass Amherst English Graduate Organization (EGO). Below you will find recent news, announcements, and events. Please note that the site is still under construction.

First EGO Meeting of Fall 2014

Flickr RefractedMomentsSometimes you just need some cheese. And wine. Good thing it’s that time of year: when we kick off our monthly EGO meetings that always include a healthy dose of wine, cheese, crackers, grapes, and other tasty sundries. Oh yes, there will also be discussion of important issues, ideas, and news for the English graduate students at UMass.

So join us!

When: Monday September 8th, 2pm

Where: Bartlett 308

New UMass EGO Facebook Page!

facebook logoWe know you spend all your time there, so we thought we’d make it easier to bring your worlds together: EGO now has an actual page (not just a fake person you can friend!) you can keep up with.  Like it, follow it, and share your English Graduate student news and musings with us.

Other useful things you can do with UMass EGO on Facebook:

  • Ask questions of your peers about important upcoming UMass administrative deadlines
  • Find out where that EGO meeting was supposed to be (since you’re in Bartlett and vaguely remember that there was a wine and cheese meeting today)
  • Give a shout-out to your colleague who will be speaking at an upcoming conference
  • Ask for help painting your walls in your new apartment
  • Coordinate rides to Quarters
  • Remind your peers about a CFP deadline you think sounds really good

No, really: we want this to be a useful resource for your graduate student life at UMass.  Join us!

First Monthly EGO Meeting

We hope you can come to the first EGO meeting of the semester.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 11, 2-3pm
WHERE: Bartlett 312
WHO: All English graduate students are welcome and encouraged!

As always, refreshments will be provided. Cheers!


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Applying to Conferences

This past Monday we had a PDS on Applying to Conferences. For those who unable to make it, here’s a handout with advice and a sampling of successful abstracts written by UMass students:

UMass Amherst Graduate Conference


Cyber bullying, the male gaze in cinema, SlutWalk in Toronto, the canonization of slave narratives, border rhetoric in the classroom – issues such as these take up the ways bodies, power, and spaces converge in a re-seeing and re-interpreting of historical and contemporary social complexities. Investigating this nexus in our discursive and material realities gives us the language for articulating the machinations of power and space that construct and dismantle singular and collective (im)material bodies.

The English Graduate Organization of the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites submissions to our graduate interdisciplinary conference on March 31st, 2012. This year’s conference will push against standardized and finite notions of body, power, and space to explore how these three variables act upon each other to produce layered, complex, and radical permutations. We urge submitters to investigate the systems of regulation and control that maintain power over singular and collective bodies within various spaces. We invite submissions from a diverse range of disciplines, critical perspectives, and time periods; all three terms need not explicitly be examined in the project, though the possibility of convergence is an encouraged angle. Projects may include papers and/or panel presentations, performance pieces, and multi-media approaches on the following topics:

-literary theoretical approaches
-social spaces and institutions
-composition and rhetorical studies
-canonical studies of bodies of literature
-national and communal boundaries (migrant communities, diasporas, refugee camps)
-(post)colonialism and global studies
-gender and sexuality studies
-animal studies
-social thought and political economy studies
-media studies and digital spaces
-visual and performing arts
-pop culture/material culture
-emerging creative projects
-disability studies

We accept three different types of submissions:
1. Individual papers/projects: please submit an abstract of no more than 350 words. Include your name, paper title, institution, and email address.
2. Panels: please submit an 800 word proposal for an entire panel of presentations (3-4 presenters). Included in this proposal should be abstracts of all presentations, title of the panel, and information for each presenter (name, paper title, institution, and email address). If you are forming your own panel, you have the option of providing your own chair.
3. Performances and creative presentations/panels: we welcome submission of creative works, including creative writing, visual art, and dramatic performance. Please include a brief description of your project, as well as your name, project title, institution, and email address.

Email submissions to no later than January 25th, 2011.