News and events

  • Fall Preview Day

    Many thanks to all who helped out with Fall Preview Day 2023! A special shoutout goes to the student volunteers, Francesca Mangiapane, Amanda Andrews, and Grace Paiva, for helping to promote our Department.

    Student volunteers (L-R): Francesca Mangiapane, Amanda Andrews, and Grace Paiva

  • MA in English Online Info Session on Friday, Nov 3

    Calling all 4th year English Students!

    You are invited to attend an online information session for the Master’s in English at Brock on Friday, November 3, 2023, 10 AM.

    RSVP at the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website or with the QR code provided here.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Fall 2023 Convocation

    Friday the 13th was an auspicious day for all the right reasons. Congratulations to all of our ’23 Brock MA English graduates and faculty on all of your hard work!

    Photo credits: Brock University

  • New Postdoctoral Fellow: Dr. Owen Kane

    The Department of English Language and Literature continues to attract top-notch scholars. Owen Kane (PhD, Queen’s), working with Professor Elizabeth Sauer, brings his SSHRC-funded research on contact literature and early modern literary cultures of the circumpolar north to Brock.

    Welcome, Dr. Kane!

    Dr. Owen Kane recently defended his PhD at Queen’s University. His dissertation on poetic decorum and early modern political geography, argued for the influence of poetic thinking by Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and John Milton on early English political concepts. His essays have been published in Spenser Studies, The Spenser Review, Shakespeare and the Sea Conference Proceedings, and TOPIA. Previously, Dr. Kane was a founding committee member of the Chapel Royal of the Mississauga of the Credit First Nation at Massey College and has experience in accessibility issues working in partnerships to develop accessible infrastructure for universities. Supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Sauer, he comes to Brock University in order to complete his SSHRC-funded postdoctoral research project on contact literature and early modern literary cultures of the circumpolar north. While at Brock, Dr. Kane also looks forward to assisting Dr. Sauer in her projects and with the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, taking part in departmental and research centre events, and helping out undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students whenever possible in the Humanities departments.

    Categories: News, Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Canadian Studies Network Awards Best Edited Collection Prize to Harriet’s Legacies

    Congratulations to Ronald Cummings and Natalee Caple! Their book, Harriet’s Legacies: Race, Historical Memory, and Futures in Canada, was selected by the Canadian Studies Network for the 2023 Best Edited Collection Prize.

    From the CSN news announcement:

    “Edited by Ronald Cummings and Natalee Caple, Harriet’s Legacies uses the brief but important residence of Harriet Tubman in southern Ontario (Canada West, to be precise) as a starting point to explore new meanings of the origins, experiences, and trajectory of the Black diaspora in Canada. The book sheds new light on the profound transnational significance of the American cultural figure and activist by moving existing discourses beyond national boundaries in ways that invite us to think more fully about the diasporic dynamics that inform African Canadian life. Adopting a resolutely multidisciplinary approach and gathering the work of various artists and scholars in Black Studies, the 21-chapter volume does not simply look back but sees the impact of Harriet Tubman “as ongoing, collective practices of antiracism and freedom seeking.” In doing so, Harriet’s Legacies provides a renewed vigour for both African Canadian Studies and the pursuit of social justice in our times.”

    Categories: Awards, English Faculty

  • Fall 2023 OGS and SSHRC Workshop

    Are you a 4th-year Humanities student who is interested in applying of a Master’s program or an MA student interested in applying to a PhD program?

    The Department of English Language and Literature is holding a workshop on grant applications for Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funding agencies.

    Learn the steps involved in writing and submitting effective applications that will increase your chances of obtaining external funding for graduate studies in the Humanities.

    Join Professor Mathew Martin from the Department of English Language and Literature and Research Awards & Scholarships Specialists Tessa Mazachowsky and Emily Huneault from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs for this important writing workshop.


    When: 5 October, 2023, 3-4pm
    Where: Glenridge A Room 201

    Questions? Contact

    Categories: English Faculty, English Graduate Students, English Undergraduate Students, Info Session, Presentations

  • Professor Lissa Paul joins the Royal Society of Canada

    Congratulations to Professor Lissa Paul! She was named a Royal Fellow in the Academy of Arts and Humanities on September 5, 2023. The official announcement was made in Tuesday edition of the Globe and Mail.

    Please read the full citation here.

    Categories: Awards, English Faculty

  • Welcome and Information Session for 4th-year Students on September 5th

    Calling all 4th year (Honours) students in ENGL, ENCW, and WRDS!

    Please join us for a Welcome and Orientation Session in the Department of English.

    Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2023
    Time: 3:30-4:30
    Where: GLA 164

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Categories: English Undergraduate Students, Info Session

  • Welcome to the Department, Professor Lissa Paul!

    It’s official – Professor Lissa Paul is now a faculty member of the Department of English Language & Literature! She is also the director of the PhD Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities.

    Looking forward to seeing you in the department, Lissa!

    Categories: English Faculty

  • Welcome, Professor Erin Akerman!

    Dr. Erin Akerman joined the Department of English Language and Literature on June 1, 2023. Photo credit: Erin Akerman

    Introducing our newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Erin Akerman! She recently completed her PhD at Western University in Indigenous literary studies with a focus on nineteenth-century Indigenous literatures. Professor Akerman is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario from the Georgian Bay Métis Community. This year, she will teach ENGL 1P91: Decolonizing Literature, ENGL 2P64: Early Canadian Literature, and a new course ENGL 4V77: Early Indigenous Women’s Writing.

    Welcome to Brock, Professor Akerman!

    Categories: English Faculty