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PhD/MA IN ENGLISH AND FILM STUDIES – UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

PhD/MA in English and Film Studies

University of Alberta

Application deadline: January 7, 2013

The Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta invites applications for its MA and PhD graduate programs. We are a large and diverse department, with internationally-recognized strengths in many fields, including Canadian Literature, Cultural Studies, 17th, 18th, and 19th century English literature, American Studies, and modernism. We encourage innovative, interdisciplinary research, and we have a vibrant intellectual climate. Please check our department website (http://www.efs.ualberta.ca/) and the graduate section (http://www.efs.ualberta.ca/en/GraduateProgram.aspx) for a sense of the exciting work going on among our faculty, graduate students, and visitors.

We host a large number of visiting speakers each year, who help make this an exciting place to study. Recent visitors have included Patricia Yaeger, Zacharias Kunuk, Judith Halberstam, Rosemary Hennessy, Lauren Berlant, Claire Colebrook, Ann Cvetkovich, Timothy Brennan, Pheng Cheah, Srinivas Aravamudan, Alberto Toscano, Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, and many, many more. Each year we invite established and emerging scholars to present in our “New Directions in Culture, Politics and Theory” (http://www.crcculturalstudies.ca/event) series. The Canadian Literature Center (http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/clc/) “brings together researchers, authors, publishers, collectors and the reading public to promote the strength and diversity of Canada’s written culture,” and the WRITE program holds dozens of readings each year as well as hosting the oldest Writer in Residence program (http://www.efs.ualberta.ca/Writer-in-Residence.aspx) in Canada. We are thrilled to have Marina Endicott as Writer in Residence this year.  Students in the graduate program also have the opportunity to participate in Banff Research in Culture (BRiC: http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1210), a residency program designed for junior scholars engaged in advanced theoretical research on themes and topics in culture. Past BRiC faculty include Lauren Berlant, Bruno Bosteels, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Catherine Malabou, Michael Hardt, and Pierre Huyghe.

There are great advantages to studying at the U of A. We offer all incoming PhD students a four year package of funding, with minimum annual guarantees of $28,000 for PhD students and $18,000 for MA students. We also have very high success rates for SSHRC and other major scholarship competitions: currently about half of our PhD students hold a major external award, including two Trudeau scholars and a Vanier scholar. We support student travel for research and conferences, and we have innovative program structures that allow students to pursue exciting and original research.  We have an active and very supportive Graduate Students of English Collective and a department culture that values graduate student participation. Our department is consistently ranked as one of the top graduate programs in English in Canada. Our most recent unit review coined our new slogan: “this is where you come if you want to do innovative work.”

Edmonton is a dynamic and growing city of more than 1 million people with a rich cultural community. With over 30 different festivals throughout the year—including its acclaimed Folk Fest and Fringe Festival—it has certainly earned its name of “Festival City.” Residents of and visitors to Edmonton can explore the beautiful river valley, where the green and gold of the fall trees inspired the University of Alberta’s own colours. Edmonton is home to over 20 theatre companies, and the new, visually inspiring Art Gallery of Alberta (http://www.youraga.ca/).  
 
The neighbourhood closest to the U of A is Old Strathcona, a bustling area with a thriving Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and a lively bar scene at night. A plethora of parks appeal to the outdoor-lovers of any group and in the beautiful prairie summer months, they are the perfect place to sit down, relax and enjoy the long evenings. The Alberta Legislature, the capital of the province, impresses with its manicured gardens and wading pool for cooling off in the summertime. The Rocky Mountain towns of Jasper and Banff are short drives away and excellent places to visit throughout the year.

The application deadline for this year is January 7th, 2013. You can find application information and our “tips” for applying on the website here: http://www.efs.ualberta.ca/GraduateProgram/ApplicationInfo.aspx. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about graduate study in English and Film Studies at the U of A.

Corrinne Harol, Associate Chair, Graduate Studies.
charol@ualberta.ca
780-492-4639

 

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