Keynote address at the 2013 SAGE Colloquium (Student Association for Graduates in English), presented by Andrew McMurry, professor of English, University of Waterloo.
The SAGE 2013 Colloquium challenges us to explore the discourse surrounding concepts like deficit and surplus, insufficiency and profusion, lack and excess, scarcity and wastefulness. We have grown accustomed to the phrases that describe these situations: overflowing landfills and nuclear waste; sensory overload and data fog; noise pollution, air pollution, and light pollution; overpopulation and overconsumption. How are our environments affected by the tension or dialectic between “too much” and “too little”? What value systems undergird these assessments? What distinguishes a space of surplus or of paucity? How do writers, artists, theorists, and scholars respond to, represent, or critique environments of excess? How do they conceptualize our relationship to, our responsibility for, and our imbrication within the environments that we attempt to moderate?
The speakers at this year's colloquium will address these, and many more related questions. Please join the discussion and support our vibrant academic community in the Department of English.
The entire colloquium is free and open to the university community, but we suggest that people register.
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