Graduate Colloquia

Americanist Colloquium

The Americanist Colloquium brings together graduate students and faculty interested in exploring topics in American literature and in American Studies in general. Our scope is wide, open to all categories of critical interest and ranging, historically, from pre-Colonial America to the present. We organize a variety of events—talks, reading groups, workshops, mini-conferences, film screenings, and symposia—with the aim of building a community involved in the relevant issues of the field today. Recent or forthcoming guests of the colloquium include Thomas Otten, Deak Nabers, Thadious Davis, Branka Arsic, Christopher Freeburg, Eliza Richards, Hester Blum, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Jacqueline Goldsby, Meredith McGill, Mark Goble, Robin Bernstein, and Greg Jackson.

Contemporary Poetry Colloquium

The Graduate Colloquium on Contemporary Poetry brings together practicing poets and scholars from Princeton and beyond in a series of events aimed at exploring poetry in the present moment. We sponsor readings that include a question and answer session where the audience is able to engage in a dialogue with the featured poet. In past years, we have hosted poets such as Charles Bernstein, Timothy Donnelly, Ben Lerner, Jean Valentine, Tracy K. Smith, Lisa Robertson, Eduardo Corral, and Rosanna Warren. We also organize events that bring the creative and critical arts together in a necessary dialogue, including roundtable discussions by poets and scholars focusing on topics and issues in contemporary poetry. These have included a discussion of ‘Poetry and Pedagogy,’ a roundtable on the work of New York School poet James Schuyler, and an upcoming symposium on conceptualism and poetic freedom. As a colloquium, we are committed to providing a yearlong series of readings and events that celebrate the poetry community at Princeton while sustaining a dialogue about poetry in the twenty-first century.

Genres Colloquium

Medieval Colloquium

Postcolonial Colloquium

The postcolonial colloquium is a graduate working group for the study of colonialism and postcolonial societies. Although we primarily focus on postcolonial literature, we seek to engage with students in other disciplines as well as those in different fields in the English Department.

We look to facilitate conversations that analyze developments in fields such as empire studies, diaspora and transnational studies, and critical race studies. In order to do this, we regularly invite leading scholars in these fields to  deliver works in progress in a seminar setting. Past and upcoming speakers include Sanjay Krishnan, Rita Barnard, Jini Kim Watson, Joseph Slaughter, Timothy Bewes, Jed Esty, Kalpana Rahita Seshadri, and David Scott. 

Renaissance Colloquium

The Renaissance Colloquium is committed to providing a forum for graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars to gather and discuss current topics in early modern studies. We invite speakers from neighboring institutions and further afield to present their research in a collegial setting that encourages questions and discussion. In recent years, we have hosted scholars including Colin Burrow, Richard Halpern, Victoria Kahn, Rhodri Lewis, Molly Murray, and numerous others.

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18th Century/Romantic Studies Colloquium

The 18th Century and Romantic Studies Colloquium brings together Princeton’s community of graduate students and faculty specializing in the long eighteenth century and Long Romanticism through a forum where we gather to discuss the current work being done in our field.  Though the colloquium has traditionally focused on British literature of the 18th century and Romantic periods, we have recently hosted scholars with trans-Atlantic interests during this time frame.  We invite speakers from around the country as well as international speakers, to share their research and answer questions in an environment that fosters engaged discussion.  Recent speakers include Lynn Festa, Jonathan Kramnick, Christopher Rovee, Margaret Doody, Cynthia Wall, Duncan Wu, and Maureen McLane.  For upcoming events, please see the department’s calendar.

Theory Colloquium

20th Century Colloquium

Victorian Colloquium