What’s New?

Fieldnotes: Jaclyn Reed

Jaclyn Reed will be presenting a talk as part of the GES Fieldnotes series on March 18th at 1:00 pm. Her talk is titled “‘You wanted to believe I was Anastasia’: The Non-Linear Helix Structure, Narrator Agency, and the Reader-as-Detective in Ariel Lawhon’s I Was Anastasia.”

All are welcome.

Please see the Facebook Event for more details.

Fieldnotes: Jeremy Johnston

Jeremy Johnston will be presenting a talk as part of the GES Fieldnotes series on March 11th at 10:00 a.m. His talk is titled “Contradictory Capitalism: Productive Citizenship and the Pre-Industrial Conditions of Psychiatric Hospitals in YA Literature” and Dr. Miranda Green-Barteet will be responding.

All are welcome!

RSVP and see the Zoom info on the Facebook Event

Career Pathways Workshop: Publishing and Theatre Education

Please join us for a conversation with recent graduates from our doctoral program in English who have gone on to build exciting careers beyond the academy!

Meghan O’Hara is currently the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Grand Theatre. She holds a PhD in English from Western University (’17), where her research focused on contemporary British theatre.

Emily Kring received her PhD in English from Western University in 2017, where she worked as the Copy Editor-in-Chief of Word Hoard and as a Copy Editor at International Indigenous Policy Journal. She is currently the Sponsoring Editor overseeing acquisitions and list management for journalism, philosophy, political science, and social work at Oxford University Press Canada.

A Zoom link will be circulated via the gradenglish and englishjobs listservs. If others would like to attend, please RSVP to Pauline Wakeham, Graduate Development and Placement Coordinator, at pwakeham@uwo.ca.

GES Holiday Party

You are cordially invited to the GES Holiday Party! Please join us for a fun evening on December 11th 2020 at 4:30 PM (Eastern Time) on Zoom. You will have the opportunity to chat in small groups, meet new people and participate in a friendly students vs profs competition over various games.

Please RSVP on the Google Doc sent via email and on the Facebook Event.

GES Election Results

We are pleased to announce that the following GES executive positions have been elected or acclaimed:

Academic Coordinators:
Tanja Grubnic
Anmol Dutta

Social Coordinators:
Zahra Kara
Elise Ottavino

Wellness Ambassador:
Amala Poli

MLA/ACCUTE Representative:
Raj Banerjee

Union Stewards:
Colton Sherman
Taylor Tomko
Tom Prime

SOGS Councilors:
Ariana Potichnyj
Alexa DiCecco

Website and Social Media Coordinator:
Lisa Templin

MA Representative:
Ryanne Kap

Ground and the Fury Coordinator:
Kiefer Davies

Guest Lecture: Dr. Harriet Ritvo

The Animal Studies Research Group and The Department of English and Writing Studies welcome you to a guest lecture by Dr. Harriet Ritvo entitled “Gone but not Forgotten: Coming to Grips with Extinction”

Arthur J. Conner Professor of History at MIT, Dr. Harriet Ritvo is the author of several books, notably The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age (1987) and Noble Cows and Hybrid Zebras: Essays on Animals and History (2010). Previously holding fellowships at the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Center, she is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

This lecture will be held via Zoom.
RSVP on the Public Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/814511079307791/

GES Town Hall Meeting

Join us for the first GES meeting of the year on Monday September 28 at 1pm on Zoom. Zoom details are available in your inbox or via the Facebook invite.

Agenda | Minutes

The GES is looking for folks to volunteer and join us during these strange Covidian times. The available positions are listed in the agenda and you can read the descriptions here. If any of these speak to you, please feel free to email Ariana Potichnyj or Colton Sherman to volunteer. Leadership positions look great on CVs, grant proposals, and offer insights into the workings of the department as a whole. We’d love for you to check out the positions and to join us!

We’re hoping to get feedback from grads about how September has been going. If you’d like, please fill out this Google Form prior to Monday’s Town Hall to aid with discussion.

Lastly, Colton and Ariana have compiled a list of resources that may be useful to incoming, as well as continuing, grads in the department. This document is an on-going project and we are hoping to turn it into some sort of handbook/PDF in the future. If you have suggestions for other information that could be useful, please email Ariana or Colton. You can find this document here.