PhD Candidate and Bilinski Fellow Emma B. Mincks, travelled to Barnard in NYC as one of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association’s Mentorship Fellows for 2022-23. The program includes financial support for attendance at the annual NVSA conference to help with networking and expanded opportunities for relationship building. According to the NVSA website, “the program is especially geared towards graduate students of color, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and trans/non-binary scholars whose work engages with critical race theory, postcolonial and transatlantic scholarship, disabilities studies, or related topics. Each cohort of mentors and mentees will provide a mutual support network while offering a platform to discuss professionalization issues and working towards equality in the field.
The program pairs graduate students with a faculty mentor who gives the student feedback on a piece of scholarship prior to attending the annual NVSA conference. The theme of the 2023 conference was “Variants.”