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.

2016 EGO Conference CFP Announced! Presenting: Forms of Feeling

The Ego Conference Committee, co-chaired by Saumya Lal and Patricia Matthews, is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 2016 EGO Graduate Conference, to be held on the UMass Amherst campus, April 2, 2016. 

The 8th annual interdisciplinary conference title is “Forms of Feeling: Navigating the Affective Turn.” From the CFP:

Sibling rivalry, team camaraderie, Islamophobia, migrant nostalgia, outrage against state brutality, mourning sickness, FOMO, human-animal bonding, blushing, crying at the movies — feelings are everywhere. As the ongoing “affective turn” in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes, it is imperative to investigate the operations of affect in order to better address the complexities of our world(s). That the definitions of the terms affect, feeling, and emotion remain contested reveals one of the greatest challenges of such explorations: the nebulous, ineffable nature of feelings. Yet, like bodies animating a pride parade or the virulent rhetoric of hate speech, feelings do take forms — however transient or dynamic they may be.

For our 8th annual interdisciplinary conference, the English Graduate Organization at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites submissions that explore different forms of affects, feelings, and/or emotions as they are experienced, expressed, and theorized in and across historical periods and cultures. We are particularly interested in the forms of feelings that emerge in and transform human encounters with other human beings, animals, environments, machines and technologies, cultures, ideas, and social/political events. How — and to what ends — do social, cultural, political, aesthetic, and rhetorical formations structure and articulate feelings? Further, how might an enhanced critical awareness of affective forms and forces necessitate the rethinking of practices of interpreting, understanding, and knowing?

Submission deadline is January 25, 2016. 

To see the complete CFP and submission guidelines, please see here.

EGO’s 2015 Graduate Conference Program is Here!

UMass EGO 2015 Conference

Poster Art: Benjamin Zender

You’ve already marked your calendar for April 4 — now it’s time to figure out your conference schedule! The full program guide for the 2015 UMass EGO graduate conference is here:

Download (pdf) the 2015 conference program.

You won’t want to miss the Roundtable Session,  from 1:00-2:30 pm, in the Integrated Science Building, room 135:

To Build Worlds with Words : Lived Realities and Scholarship
Moderated by Nirmala Iswari and Joy Hayward-Jansen
Asha Nadkarni (UMass-Amherst, English and American Studies)
Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania, English)
Priscilla Page (UMass-Amherst, Theatre)
Deak Nabers (Brown University, English)

Registration starts at 8am — with coffee and a light breakfast — in the atrium of the Integrated Science Building (ISB) on the UMass-Amherst campus.

Registration is $10 and includes coffee (all day), breakfast, lunch, and after-conference reception.

Join us!

CFP Deadline: February 10th!

Wordle of CFPUMass EGO’s annual interdisciplinary graduate conference is accepting submissions for panels and papers through February 10th.

“Bodies that Sell:  Commodification and Cultural Marketplaces,” the 7th annual graduate conference hosted by the English Graduate Organization at the University of Massachusetts, will be held on the UMass-Amherst campus on Satruday, April 4, 2015.

Read the full call for papers and learn more about the conference here:

EGO is using Google Docs for Meeting Minutes

For the 2014-15 academic year, we will be keeping meeting agenda and notes on a google doc.  To maintain our privacy, EGO members (graduate students in English at UMass-Amherst) should email EGO (umassego (at) gmail) so that the doc can be shared with you.  Or, you can go directly to the doc and request access there.

CFP Announced for 2015 EGO Conference: Bodies that Sell

Wordle of CFPThe EGO Conference Committee, co-chaired by Joy Hayward-Jansen and Nirmala Vasigaren, is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 2015 EGO Graduate Conference, to be held on the UMass-Amherst campus, April 4, 2015.

The 7th annual interdisciplinary conference title is “Bodies that Sell: Commodification and Cultural Marketplaces.” From the CFP:

We make assumptions based on bodies all the time: what bodies are normative, strange, dangerous, fragile, familiar, foreign, and so on. The bodies we see are always-already constructed and commodified within various cultural marketplaces. Bodies function as currencies, some of which have more cultural capital than others. This cultural capital lends visibility to some bodies, while rendering others invisible.

For example, as the Bring Back Our Girls campaign entered the U.S. activist lexicon, the cultural capital of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls become visible only as ‘victims’. In the context of this campaign, the girls’ bodies lend cultural capital to bodies who participate in the campaigning process and identify as progressive. As such, the campaign constructs two kinds of bodies : progressive American bodies and the less culturally valuable Nigerian schoolgirls’ bodies. This is but one example of the ways in which cultural marketplaces construct various kinds of bodies.

For our 7th annual interdisciplinary conference, the English Graduate Organization at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst invites submissions that examine the ways in which cultural marketplaces construct, produce, erase, value/devalue bodies.

Submission deadline is January 20, 2015.

To see the complete CFP and submission guidelines, please see here.

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!