First Annual Symposium Schedule



1:30 – 2:00p — Opening remarks w/ Lunch and Snacks (PUGH 210)

2:00p – 2:45p — Paper Presentations and Discussion (PUGH 210)

3:00 – 4:15p — Creating and Maintaining a Professional Web Presence Workshop (PUGH 150)

4:30 – 5:45p — Dr. Gilmore Keynote (USTLER ATRIUM)



9:30 – 10:45a — Breakfast (provided by EGO in Ocora)

10:45a – 12:15p —  Publishing Workshops (Delia Steverson & Caleb Milligan) (PUGH 150 & 160)

12:15p – 1:30p — Lunch

1:45p – 3:15p — Pedagogy Roundtable Session (Marsha Bryant) (PUGH 210)

3:45p – 5:15p — Pedagogy Workshop (Kelly Beck) (PUGH 150)

6p – 8/9p — Keynote Dinner (provided by EGO for invited guests)

EGO Elections

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EGO is pleased to announce that nominations for the new 2019 EGO board are now open. In order to nominate someone, please follow this link:

You will find a short description of each position and its responsibilities listed. Any English graduate student can nominate another English graduate student. Self-nominations are allowed and encouraged. You may also nominate someone for multiple positions. Nominations will be open until Sunday, January 20th, 11:59PM. After confirming nominations, another form will be distributed for the official election of the new EGO board.

The new EGO board will be announced Friday, February 1st, at EGO’s Election Party in Reitz Union, Room G325 (see attached flyer)!

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

All the best,

Your EGO

Symposium Abstract Deadline Extended & Keynote Speaker Announcement

The UF English Graduate Organization (EGO) invites abstract submissions to our First Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium, which is set to take place February 15-16, 2019. Its inaugural theme is “Developing an Academic Persona.” Please see the attached CfP for more details. We are extending the deadline for all abstract or proposal submissions to January 13, 2019.

EGO is further excited to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Professor Timtim gilmore Gilmore. Gilmore is an alumni of the University of Florida, where he holds a Ph.D. in English. He currently teaches Literature and Writing at Florida State College at Jacksonville, where he was awarded a 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award. The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville named Gilmore the 2018 Literary Artist of the Year. Also in 2018, Gilmore served on the Jacksonville City Council’s Civil Rights History Task Force.

Gilmore writes about the haunted South. He is the author of 17 books, including a historical novel about the founder of Jacksonville, The Book of Isaiah: A Vision of the Founder of a City, illustrated by his colleague Shep Shepard, and creative nonfiction such as Goat Island Hermit: The State of Florida vs. Rollians Christopher. Dramaworks will produce Gilmore’s The Repossession of James Edward Pough: Mass Shooting in Baymeadows in April, 2019. Repossession will be McCulough’s 50th production with FSCJ.

Gilmore is also the founder of JaxbyJax, a literary arts festival built on the theme of “Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville.” He’s the writer and creator of, a project that explores place and catalogues the Southern Gothic, telling the stories of nearly 500 locations in and around Jacksonville, Florida.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have questions or concerns.

All the best,

English Graduate Organization

Call For Papers: Developing Your Academic Persona


UF English Graduate Organization (EGO) SPRING 2019

Developing Your Academic Persona
February 15-16, 2019

EGO’s Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium takes as its inaugural theme the topic of academic persona, meaning who you are in classrooms, in conferences, in publications, and in other academic venues. Therefore, we seek to promote dialogue across academic fields to help graduate students, recent graduates, and junior faculty navigate the academic milieu. These
conversations will acquaint students and colleagues with each others’ works and foster
professionalization discussions. Consequently, we aim to provide a collaborative space to
develop your research as well as myriad methods of dissemination in varying academic genres.

EGO invites paper and roundtable proposals on research of current graduate student of any fields, including, but not limited to: literary studies, film and media studies, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, narratology, cultural studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, critical theory, comics and visual rhetoric, and philosophy. We also welcome papers, roundtable, and workshop proposals that relate to any aspect of developing an academic persona in the varying fields. Faculty, alumni, doctoral candidates, as well as current graduate students are also welcome to submit abstracts.

Possible workshop and presentation topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Current graduate research and conversations in the fields
  • Publishing in academic journals or creative writing venues
  • Applying for grants, fellowships, scholarships, or other funding
  • Implementing current research into the classroom via syllabi, assignments, discussion, or other pedagogical methods
  • Possibilities for and planning of classroom collaborations with peers or outside

Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words for a 15-minute presentation to by January 6, 2019. Along with your submission, please include your
contact information and university affiliation (if applicable). For roundtables and workshop proposals, please submit abstracts along with the roundtable/workshop rationale and description. Lastly, please indicate any audio/visual requirements you may have. Authors of accepted presentations will be notified by January 20, 2019.

For questions concerning the symposium, please contact the English Graduate Organization at

Upcoming EGO Body Meeting

You are cordially invited to attend the EGO body meeting Wednesday, August 29. We will be discussing our plans for this school year and YOUR input is needed! These are the things that will make the department better for you–the only way you can have input on the way the department is run, what services and workshops are available, and what kind of work you’d like to see the department do is by making your voice heard at the EGO meetings!

Attached you can find the agenda so you can see all the topics we’ll be addressing



Please excuse the disorder of the EGO website as we undergo a total redesign and reorganization. When the website is finished, hopefully this website will be a landing page for all UF English graduate students to find information about the department, the university, and Gainesville.

Thank you for your patience,

EGO Webmaster

2016 EGO CFP Now Available

Futures Near and Far: Utopia, Dystopia, and Futurity
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Phillip Wegner, University of Florida Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar
2016 marks the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s philosophical treatise Utopia. More’s book posed fundamental questions about governance, ethics, economics, and globalization at a volatile moment in European history, between the onset of European exploration and colonization of the New World and the beginnings of a radical intellectual revolution known as the Enlightenment. Utopia established a genre of philosophical inquiry and a realm of literary studies that thrives in contemporary intellectual discourse. In the spirit of More’s inquiries into the social and the political, scholars and artists have since taken up the task of rehearsing possible Utopian futures and, inversely, considering frightening dystopias.
In the spirit of More, the University of Florida English Graduate Organization invites abstracts for its 16th annual conference Futures Near and Far: Utopia, Dystopia, and Futurity, to be held October 20th – 22nd, 2016. EGO wishes to address the lasting impact and influence of More’s Utopia across various fields and discourses. Papers and creative work need not deal with More’s work itself; we encourage any and all explorations of utopia, dystopia, and futurity.
Our conference takes up that last concept, “futurity”, as the ever-arriving moment in which visions of utopia and dystopia come to determine the far off as they affect the near and now.  We likewise then seek work that analyzes new technologies and cultural turns that bring the future to the present as they question how our present will deviate into potential futures. We hope to pay particular attention to the ways in which these phenomenons both have presently realized utopian and dystopian pasts as well as investigate future utopian and dystopian possibilities.
This interdisciplinary conference welcomes individual and panel submissions from varying fields, including, but not limited to: literary studies, film and media studies, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, narratology, cultural studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, critical theory, comics and visual rhetoric, and philosophy.
Possible presentation topics include, but are certainly not limited to:
– More and Utopia
– Utopian studies
– Contemporary utopias
– Utopia revisions/rewritings
– Science fiction/future history
– Historical fiction/historiography
– Marxist literary criticism
– Feminist literary criticism
– Psychoanalytic criticism
– Eco-criticism
– Dystopia
– Dystopian YA
– Queer futurity
– Latinx-futurism
– Afro-futurism
– Cyberpunk
– Post-humanism
– Animal dystopias/futurity
– Obsolescence
– Apocalyptic fiction
– Speculative fiction
– Narrative and poetry
– Race and ethnicity
– Gender and sexuality
– Film and digital media
– Science and technology
– Disability studies
– Area studies
Please submit an abstract of up to 250 words for a 20-minute presentation to by September 7thAlong with your submission, please include your contact information, university affiliation (if applicable), and 3-5 keywords that describe your presentation topic. For panel proposals, please submit panelist abstracts along with a panel rationale and description. Lastly, please indicate any audio/visual requirements you may have. Authors of accepted papers will be notified the week of September 12th.
For questions concerning the conference, please contact the English Graduate Organization at

Alumni Jobs Panel

Alumni Jobs Panel: DH, Alt-Ac, and More!

January 24 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Be sure to check out the upcoming alumni symposium on post-grad non-traditional work. We’ll have panels on:

Looking for work outside the academy
What’s it like working in the real world?
What makes you special? Skills PhDs bring to the table

The symposium will feature former CLAS grads speaking about their experiences working outside of academia.

For more information and for a list of panelists, visit the Digital Humanities Working Group event page, located here.