Tri-University Graduate Symposium 2018 | College of Arts

Tri-University Graduate Symposium 2018

Date and Time


Hosted by the University of Guelph School of English and Theatre Studies TUGS will be held at the Scholars Studio (room 289), located on the second floor of the McLaughlin Library, U of Guelph.


8:30-9:00     Registration, Coffee, and Icebreaker
9:00-9:15     Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15-10:35   Panel One: Postcolonial Panel A (Moderated by Alessia Ursella)

Marisa Benjamin     Decolonising Reconciliation: Indigenous Resistance Agains The Weaponization of Hope

Larura Van De Walle     A Journey of Understanding: Alternative Narratives Written by Female Indigenous Authors

Madison Chan     Reclaiming the Black Female Body: Undressing White Supremecy withing the Medical Journals of the 19th Century

10:35-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Panel Two: Speculative Fiction (Moderated by Isabel Del Toro)

Maude Stephany     The DIagesis of Dust: An Application of Media Archeology to The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Hugo

Alessia Ursella     Deconstructing Melancholia: An Alternative Reading of Lars Von Trier

11:45-11:55     Break
11:55-12:45     Panel Three: Eco Crit (moderated by Kayla Besse)

Jessica Hawkes     Linguistic Play and Anthropomorphism in Don McKay's Poetry

Paula de Villavicencio     Defining Humanity in the Anthropocene: An Analysis of the Portrayl of Humans in the Anthropocene and Post-Apocolyptic Literature

12:45-1:45     LUNCH A light lunch will be provided, with veggie, vegan, and gluten free options

1:45-2:45     Keynote Speaker Dr. Elaine Chang presents, "Flashes of Hope in Moments of Danger: Back to the Future of Dialectical Materialism"
3:45-4:00     Break
4:00-5:00     Panel Five: Religion and Spirituality (Moderated by Abi Lemak)

Margo Beckmann     Reconcilable Differences: Evolutionary Science and Secular Readings of Biblical Motifs in Well's The Time Machine

Mariah Hudec     "If I had died, my hands would have grasped her still": Imagining Alternative Realities in Victorian Women's Ghost Stories

5:00     Closing Remarks
5:20     The Boathouse Ice Cream Reception - Vegan Options Available (116 Gordon ST. Guelph ON N1H 4H6 - 15 min. walk downhill/5 min. drive)