You are cordially invited to attend the 2017 Tri-University Graduate Symposium, hosted by the Graduate Students of English and Film Studies Association (GSEFSA) in the Paul Martin Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University.
“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.” Attributed to Robin Williams (1951-2014)
Is alienation othering, or are we othered because we are alienated? Does the function of alienation differ between genres? What does it mean to be alien? Is alienation active, passive, both? Alienation, be it geographic, social, legal, voluntary or involuntary, is widespread throughout literature and film. Whether it is Frodo returning to the Shire after destroying the ring, Jane Eyre’s isolation amidst a large group of girls, or Ralph Waldo Emerson’s views in “Self –Reliance,” authors have been exploring the nuances of alienation for many years in multiple forms and genres. As graduate students, alienation or isolation is a feeling we may be all too familiar with; our goal is to set aside some time to come together and discuss our research, new ideas and theories in a supportive, inclusive and collaborative environment. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Bednarz
Hope to see you on Friday, January 27, 2017 for the next Tri University Graduate Symposium. Faculty members from all participating institutions are warmly invited to attend.
Please see the program (PDF) for all of this year's contributions.