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Our Vibrant Graduate Student Community

There are many ways to get involved with student life at Queen's 

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Our Vibrant Graduate Student Community

There are many ways to get involved with graduate student life at Queen's 

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Our Vibrant Graduate Student Community

There are many ways to get involved with graduate life at Queen's 

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Our Vibrant Graduate Student Community

There are many ways to get involved in graduate life at Queen's 

Queen’s Graduate English Society (GES)

Queen’s English Department Graduate Student CouncilThe Graduate English Society (GES) consists of all graduate students registered at Queen’s University in the graduate program of the Department of English Language and Literature for the current term; it is an organization through which students can voice and address concerns common to the graduate student body. To represent the interests of its members, the GES sends delegates to meetings, sponsors social and academic functions, and keeps the membership informed of all activities of interest. The GES strives to foster a mutually respectful, supportive, and inclusive community. Social, political, and professional interests specific to the English graduate student body shape the GES’s goals and guide its actions.

Scholars of Colour at Watson Hall

Scholars of Colour at Watson HallThe Scholars of Colour at Watson Hall comprises graduate students of colour in the departments of English Languages & Literature, History, Philosophy and Classics.

The Scholars of Colour provide a supportive community for graduate students of colour, hosts events and workshops, and works to make resources on campus accessible to all students.

Spotlight on Research

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Conference Presentations

PhD candidate Jesse Gauthier presented at ACCUTE 2023 with his paper "Authoritarian and Liberal Masculinities in D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love" 



Emma McTavish, PhD candidate, featured her work in the Adam Matthews archives! Adam Matthew Digital, whose collection Gender: Identity and Social Change houses the digitized Munby Collection, has featured Emma's research methods using the database.

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Recent Publications

Recently graduated PhD Owen Kane has just published his article '“But wisht, that with that shepheard he mote dwelling share”: Spenser with Jacques Rancière' in Spenser Studies

The Lamp: Literary Journal

The Lamp: Literary JournalThe Lamp is a literary journal devoted to publishing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.

The editorial board is entirely comprised of graduate students at Queen’s University.

True Crime Index

True Crime IndexTrue Crime Index is a website dedicated to the reviewing of both academic and popular true crime books. True Crime Index actively seeks to review texts written by BIPOC, queer, and disabled individuals.

The founders of this website are two PhD candidates, Jesyka Traynor and Rachel Friars!

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

Four Directions Indigenous Student CentreThe Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre at Queen’s seeks to enhance the development and well-being of the Queen's University Indigenous Community. Four Directions welcomes and encourages all students to develop an awareness and appreciation of the Indigenous experience in Canada. In keeping with the teachings of the Four Directions, The Centre strives to support individual Indigenous Students in balancing their academic, spiritual, physical, and emotional needs.

Yellow House at Queen’s

Yellow House at Queen’sThe Yellow House is a space for community-building. It is home to various social justice seeking clubs on campus, including

  • The African Caribbean Society (ACSA)
  • Levana Gender Advocacy Centre (LGAC)
  • Queen’s Black Academic Society (QBAS)
  • Queen’s University Muslim Students’ Association (QUMSA)

The Yellow House is a safe and accountable space for queer, racialized, and marginalized communities at Queen’s. Visit the Yellow House website to learn more about the clubs.

International Centre (QUIC)

International Centre (QUIC)The Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) offers non-academic support for international students and other international members of the Queen's Community. Any Queen's University student may participate in the QUIC social events, training and other educational programs.

Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS)

Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS)The Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) is an association comprised almost entirely of graduate students, working to serve and support the entire graduate body at Queen’s.

For employment, volunteer, governance opportunities and resources on a larger University wide scale, visit the SPGS website.

Department of English, Queen's University

Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153


Telephone (613) 533-6000 ext. 74446 extension 74446


Telephone (613) 533-6000 ext. 74447 extension 74447

Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.