Pomodoro Spring 2019

It’s that time of year again! Time to turn away from the beautiful sunshine and get down to graduate student studying-time business. Back by popular demand, it’s the EGSS Pomodoro.

Come on down to room CLE B315 at 5pm on Tuesday March 26th, Tuesday April 2nd, and Thursday April 4th to study with your peers and enjoy some complimentary coffee and sweets. For those of you who haven’t heard of the “Pomodoro” study style, it’s essentially set periods of silent study time broken up by ten to fifteen minute breaks during which students are encouraged to chat about life, love and (in our case) literature.

Thanks to Graham Boldt for coordinating these events!

EGSS Colloquium 2019

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EGSS Colloquium and “Un-Conference” 2019

The EGSS is happy to announce the details of its annual Spring Colloquium, which will be held Friday, March 29th at the Halpern Centre. We are planning a full day of events, so read on for the lowdown.


For Your Information:

This year, the colloquium is something of an “un-conference.” Presentations are more structured and formal than a seminar discussion, but less polished and somewhat looser than a traditional conference presentation. Your contribution can go on your CV, though it may primarily serve as a practice run or a chance to get more comfortable speaking in front of a small (and supportive) audience. Most importantly, you’re already doing the work, so you may as well put it to use and share your inspiring research with your peers!

And the excitement doesn’t stop there! The Professional Development Committee will be sponsoring a panel that will provide practical advice about the PhD application process and life as a PhD student.

Finally, to cap off the day, the Social Committee will also be hosting an event after the colloquium; stay tuned for more details!

If you’re not already convinced, here are a few more incentives for you:

  1. Our wonderful Graduate Advisor, Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin, has agreed to provide verbal feedback (during her office hours, or by appointment) in the week after the colloquium, if requested.
  2. Presentation topics will be archived on the EGSS website.
  3. You should have a vague sense of moral duty to participate and support this event, which will be the last big EGSS hurrah of the semester.


Call for Papers (closed):

The Spring Colloquium is not organized around a specific theme; however, we aim to put together panels of 3-4 presentations that work well together. You are also welcome, even encouraged, to submit a proposal for a panel. Presentations of all topics will be considered, including, but not limited to, traditional research papers, current debates in scholarship, discussions of pedagogical innovation, and professional development topics. We suggest submitting papers or panels coming out of current or past coursework or research projects.

Presentations should run approximately 15-20 minutes each, as a discussion period will follow each set of presentations.

Please send short abstracts (<250 words) or panel proposals (<500 words) to ktunni[at]uvic.ca. In your email, also inform the colloquium committee 1) if you lead a tutorial, or have other commitments, and what time you are unavailable to present between 12-6 p.m., 2) if you require audio/visual equipment, and 3) if you would like feedback following the colloquium.

Individual papers and panel proposals should be submitted by March 13th.
* Deadline extended to March  15th *

Please send any questions to Kevin Tunnicliffe at ktunni[at]uvic.ca.

Thank you for considering participating in what promises to be a fun and fascinating event!



The schedule for the colloquium was circulated via the English-grads listserv on 25 March 2019. In addition to three grad student research panels, the academic and professional committee is hosting a Pro-D panel called “PhD for Dummies: The Insider’s Scoop on Health and Success in a PhD Program.” MA student Stefan Higgins will take professional portraits free-of-charge (thank you, Stefan!) Then, at the end of the night, the social committee is hosting a dinner at the grad house as well as a board game night. Everyone is welcome to come and stay for any or all of the events. We hope to see you there!

**Click here to access the schedule for the EGSS Spring Colloquium**