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. Advertisements

Splintered Boundaries Official Conference Program Now Available!

Click here for a pdf. of the Splintered Boundaries 2017 EGO Conference Program


Splintered Boundaries: Encounters/Challenges/Disruption April 8 2017

Join us for the UMass English Graduate Organization’s 9th Annual Conference titled “Splintered Boundaries: Encounters/Challenges/Disruption.” Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Wingard from the University of Houston.

Registration begins on 4/8 at 8AM and the cost is $10. Your registration includes breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception, as well as attendance at all panels and the keynote. We hope to see you there!

2017 EGO Graduate Conference: CFP!

Hello! The 2017 EGO graduate conference is approaching. The deadline for abstracts has been extended to Friday, Feb 10th.

Pasted below is the CFP, and click here for the pdf. version:

“Splintered Boundaries: Encounters/Challenge/Disruption”
April 8, 2017
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Submission Deadline Extended: February 10, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Wingard (University of Houston)

Discussions about figurative and literal boundaries are ubiquitous. Transnational scholars are faced with a globalizing world, and seek to navigate the ways in which boundaries are (de)constructed in these spaces. Humanities scholars and students alike are faced with disciplinary or genre boundaries that are both maintained and simultaneously resisted. In the 21st century, new meanings, new technology, and new global crises force us to confront these boundaries that are meant to divide, classify, define. In facing them, we have the choice to maintain and uphold, or splinter, challenge, disrupt. Rupturing these boundaries doesn’t make them invisible, but rather gives rise to new forms of discourse.

For our 9th annual interdisciplinary conference, the English Graduate Organization at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites submissions that question differing notions of boundaries, and explore the ways in which boundaries can be splintered, ruptured, resisted, or maintained. We are particularly interested in the thinking of boundaries as both physical and geographical borders, as well as the abstract boundaries that envelop scholarly and creative work. How do we encounter these boundaries, and when we do, how might we challenge or disrupt the structures they seek to maintain? Further, are there boundaries that should be maintained, and how do we parse these from those we seek to splinter?

In relation to these themes, some of the questions that we are looking to explore include:

What are boundaries and who defines them? Who can and cannot define boundaries?
What does it mean to splinter a boundary, disrupting expectations and traditions?
Where do boundaries exist? [i.e.: canon, genre, geography, historical, borders, intersectionality, disciplines, academy, etc.]
How do national boundaries affect literary production?
How do boundaries (de)construct racial, gendered, class, national and sexual identities?
How do disciplinary boundaries impact (limit or control) the work of humanities scholars?
How do periodization and temporal boundaries constrain literary and cultural studies?
How have digital spaces changed the way we theorize/define boundaries?
How do digital spaces trouble the conception of boundaries?
Do boundaries exist in digital spaces?
How are boundaries products of structures of power? How are boundaries resisted?
How do systems of power work for and against boundaries?

Graduate students may submit papers and/or panel presentations, performance and creative pieces, and multi-media projects. Approaches include but are not limited to:

Affect Studies
American Studies
Animal Studies
Art History
Childhood Studies
Critical Race Theory
Creative Writing
Cultural Studies
Digital Humanities
Disability Studies
Environmental Studies/Ecocriticism
Film Studies and Film Theory
Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory
Genre Studies
History/ Historiography
Literary Theory
Media Studies
Music Studies
Narrative Theory
Political Theory
Postcolonial, Global, Transnational Studies
Psychology and Cognition Studies
Religious Studies
Rhetoric and Composition
Science, Technology, and Culture
Theatre and Performance Studies

We accept three kinds of submissions:

Individual papers/projects: please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words. Include your name, paper title, institution, and email address.

Panels: please submit a 1000 word proposal for an entire panel of presentations (3-4 presenters). Included in this proposal should be abstracts of 200-300 words for 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.

Performances and creative presentations/panels: we welcome submissions 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.


The program for Forms of Feeling, our 2016 EGO Conference, is here!


April 2 is right around the corner! Check out our full program for a schedule of conference presentations:

Download the Conference Program (PDF)

Don’t forget to make time for our roundtable, keynote speaker, and for impostors, an original verbatim theater performance!

Roundtable: Navigating the Affective Turn: Orientations, Explorations, Reckonings
11:45-12:45 pm ILC Auditorium
Alicia Christoff (Amherst College, English)
Sue Kim (UMass Lowell, English)
Emily West (UMass Amherst, Communication)
Laura Sizer (Hampshire College, Philosophy)

Keynote Address: 2:00-3:00 pm ILC Auditorium
Patricia Clough, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College, The City University of New York

Performance: imposters original verbatim theatre performance,  4:45-6:15 ILC Auditorium


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

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


Join us!


2016 EGO Conference CFP Announced! Presenting: Forms of Feeling (NEW Submission deadline!)

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 and 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?

NEW Submission deadline is February 12, 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: