I recently received an email from my faculty regarding calls for papers to literary conferences in Quebec and Portland. These give undergraduate students chances to present research they’ve done with the rest of the academic community.
Over the summer I took a course about Children’s Literature and wrote 3 (!) A+ papers, and one, in particular, that I wrote has an especially soft spot in my heart because I didn’t think it was very spectacular at all. But my prof for the class thought otherwise, and still thinks otherwise (as she has since reminded me of its rigour – not to toot my own horn or anything).
Anyway, I’m sure you’ve put 2 and 2 together by now: for the first time ever (!!), I’ll be submitting my papers to academic conferences and journals across North America, which is a big deal considering how in-despair I was feeling about my academic abilities only a year or two ago.
Some of the conferences/journals I am considering submitting to (so far):
- The Garden Statuary Journal – UBC
- The F-Word Conference – UBC
- Criterion Journal – Brigham Young University
- Madison Journal of Literary Criticism – University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Queen City Writers – University of Cincinnati
- Quebec Universities English Undergraduate Conference – Bishop’s University
- Northwestern Undergraduate Conference of Literature – University of Portland
This is super exciting for me because I feel much more connected to my work this year, and I feel like I have a lot to say about the things that I feel strongly about. The title of my paper, for those who are interested, is “The Power of the Graphic Novel and the Young, Japanese-Canadian Lesbian in Love” (long and Fall Out Boy worthy), which talks about the relations of resistance between the format of the graphic novel and marginalized people (in particular, LGBTQ+, racialized youth).