Each year the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) hosts a symposium to showcase the critical work being done by the University of Maine English community and peer institutions.


2016 – 10th Annual UMaine English Graduate Student Association Symposium

Friday, April 29th, 2016: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Neville Hall Room 100
Saturday, April 30th, 2016: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Stodder Hall Room 57

The English Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Symposium.

2015 UMaine English Graduate Student Association Annual Symposium

April 24, 2015: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
April 25, 2015: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Friday’s inaugural events will include:

  • a keynote address
  • a literature panel
  • a fishbowl reading of creative work.

Refreshments will be provided at the end of the day.

Saturday’s events will include:

  • traditional conference panels
  • as well as informal lunchtime roundtable discussions.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Cookout to end the day, weather permitting.

EGSA Executive Board and Organizers: Chris Becker, Heather Howard, Diana Meakem, Paige Melin


2014 English Graduate Studies Association Symposium

Monday, May 5th
 11:00am – 4:00pm
Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall

Annual Symposium

Hill Auditorium (Barrows Hall) University of Maine

Symposium Description:

We are excited to solicit paper proposals for this year’s event. Lunch will be provided, and refreshments available throughout the day. This exciting event provides  an excellent opportunity to learn more about the current critical work being done in our field.

What does the English department do? What do graduate students in the humanities produce in response to their, at times, unwieldy reading load? What are they reading anyway? And what relations exist between the reading and thinking that occurs outside and inside the academy?

We are seeking abstracts for paper presentations and round table discussions. Participants usually generate papers for the symposium from work done earlier in their time at graduate school: this includes papers given at other conferences, versions of term papers, outside scholarship, etc. The theme of this year’s symposium is the critical, creative, and interdisciplinary work done by graduate students in our department.

Round Table Descriptions:

This year, in addition to hosting panel presentations, we are hoping to facilitate a few new round table panel. The first of which will be our “What Are You Reading” round table that will allow participants to present a brief statement on a text or texts they are reading (genre need not be an issue) that are generative in their work outside of the strictly academic space. Participants will then be asked to engage in an open conversation be- tween themselves and the audience.

Submission Requirements:

Please send electronic abstracts of 300 words describing your paper proposals to Maurice Burford and Christopher Tarbell by April 15, 2013 5pm.

Please send electronic abstracts of up to 150 words describing your “What Are You Reading” proposal.

Panel Presenters should plan on 15 minute presentations, with 5 minutes for questions; 7- 8 page double spaced papers generally take up this time frame. Roundtable Presenters should prepare on 3-5 minute presentations.

Symposium Committee:  Chris Becker, Mo Burford, Nate Gentilin, Heather Howard, Emily Rasely, Chris Tarbell