VSAWC welcomes graduate students, offering them a reduced membership rate and conference registration fee, as well as excellent opportunities to share their research, gain professional experience, and connect with other Victorian scholars. In past years, graduate students from across Canada, as well as from the U.S., the U. K., and Australia, have been involved in our conferences as speakers, moderators, and organizers. Conference organizers work hard to facilitate student participation by offsetting a percentage of presenters’ travel costs.
Every year after the VSAWC conference, we award the Founders’ Circle Award for the best conference presentation by a graduate student or emerging scholar (up to 5 years post-graduation). The Victorian Review awards the annual Hamilton Prize for the best essay by a graduate student or emerging scholar (up to 5 years post-graduation) in the field of Victorian Studies.
VSAWC’s commitment to graduate students is reflected at the executive level, where one seat is reserved for a graduate student representative from an institution in Western Canada. Elections for this position are held every three years. The graduate representative vets paper proposals for the annual conferences along with the other members of the executive.
Graduate student work has also been well represented in the Victorian Review in recent years. The editors solicit book reviews from graduate students and welcome their article submissions.
Graduate Student Representatives, 2018–
Amy Coté (Department of English, University of Toronto)
Denae Dyck (Department of English, University of Victoria)