UBC will host the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (June 1-7), the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. The annual event brings together over 70 academic associations that represent a rich spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The theme for Congress 2019 is “Circles of Conversation” which will showcase the excellent learning and research activities taking place at UBC. At the helm organizing for this major conference is Dr. Laura Moss. As the Academic Convenor, Dr. Moss will play a crucial role in the successful academic planning, multidisciplinary programming, and hosting of the conference. Read “Planning Canada’s Biggest Conference: An interview with Laura Moss

Also see “Congress 2019 at UBC

SARAH CROVER (PhD, UBC ENGL) has been awarded a Solmsen Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her year-long fellowship, she will be working on her latest research project and participating in the intellectual life at the Institute. Her research project is called: “Watermen, Petermen, and Mermaids: Creatures of Conversion.”  Congratulations!

MA student KATRINA SELLINGER has co-guest-edited with Emannuelle Andrews of UBC’s GRSJ Program, Issue 3.34 of The Capilano Review. This issue, ‘Work of Words’ features works by ENGL professor PHANUEL ANTWI and ENGL major JOY GYAMFI. Take a peek!



The 2018 Garnett Sedgewick Lecture will be given by Daniel Katz (Professor, University of Warwick)

“As Firmament to Fin: Unpublishing Jack Spicer”

Friday, 16 March
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Green College, Coach House

Abstract: This talk will explore the theoretical questions raised by preparing a posthumous collection of unpublished writings by a poet who explicitly problematized conceptions of authorship, life, and the “public” as major parts of his own project. Spicer, through his trope of authorship as “dictation,” his positing of “death” as the space of poetic vitality, his refusal of copyright and other forms of textual ownership, and his consistent destabilizing of the opposition between the public and private, raises particularly pointed questions for a project of this kind.  We will see how these questions play out in works both published and unpublished, and also explore what some of the currently unpublished material reveals about his exchanges with other members of the counter-cultural poetic community in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, with a particular emphasis on the Beat poet Bob Kaufman.

Daniel Katz is currently Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. He has written monographs on Samuel Beckett and Jack Spicer, and works mostly on modernism, postmodernism and contemporary writing, especially poetry.

This is presented by the Department of English Visiting Speakers Series.

Endnotes 2018 Conference

Endnotes is the annual student-run graduate conference of the University of British Columbia Department of English. This year’s theme, “Metamorphoses: Mementos and Futurities,” incites interdisciplinary conversation on the outcomes and aftershocks of moments of transformation.

Endnotes 2018 will take place May 4-5, 2018.


Our latest Rhodes Scholar

Photo by Katherine Ho

Congratulations to Fatima Zehra Naqvi on being named one of Canada’s Rhodes Scholars for 2018. Zehra graduated in 2017 with a BA Honours in English Literature and Creative Writing. Her research and writing focuses on issues of borders, migration and displacement. In her final year at UBC, Zehra co-designed and co-facilitated a student-directed seminar on “Analyzing 21st Century Migratory and Social Movements Through New Media and Postcolonial Literature. ” Zehra is a Wesbrook Scholar, a recipient of the English Honours Medal and also received multiple awards while at UBC. One of the most competitive and prestigious scholarships in the world, the Rhodes Scholarship funds two to three years of postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. Zehra intends to pursue an MSc in Migration Studies at Oxford and to use storytelling and journalism to influence policy making in support of migrants and refugees.

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“Meet UBC’s Latest Rhodes Scholar”