University of the Fraser Valley - Abbotsford Campus

Conference Date: Thursday March 5, 2015

Deadline for proposals: October 15, 2014


The Department of English at the University of the Fraser Valley is currently accepting proposals for its 2015 conference “Literatures of the Fraser Valley.”  British Columbia has long been a beacon for storytellers’ imaginations, and while the lion’s share of critical attention to the literary culture of British Columbia seems often to rest on Vancouver, the Fraser Valley’s own literary community is as vibrant as ever.  We are interested in taking stock of current and emerging trends in this literature, and are particularly interested in interrogating the multiple ways this part of the province is imagined and represented in fiction, poetry, drama, and oral narratives.  This one day conference will be followed by an evening reading/performance with established and emerging writers working in and around the valley.


 Papers for consideration might engage with any number of topics, including the following:

 -the idea of “the West” in literature

 -writing and reading beyond Vancouver

-the valley behind the city

 -the Fraser Valley’s diverse communities

 -Mennonite literature

 -Aboriginal literatures and/or oral cultures

-publishing and material culture in BC

 -questions of transnationality related to the West Coast

 -eco-literature and eco-criticism

 -tensions between regionalism and cosmopolitanism

 -intersections between the literary and the political

 -staging BC

 -borders and boundaries

-writing the history/writing the politics of the valley

 -children’s literature of the valley

 Proposals should be approximately 250 words, clearly outlining the text(s) and argument to be presented in a paper of about 20 minutes.


Please send proposals, along with a brief 50 word bio to  





Epic Reading of Paradise Lost

Join the fun in a marathon session of reading John Milton's Epic, Paradise Lost"

Taking place on campus
March 13, 2015




Planning for Summer 2015?

There's more to English than 105!


Twitter Facebook Linkedin Flikr UFV on Google+ YouTube goUFV