INCS Graduate Student Caucus Contact Information
Graduate Student Directory
Check out our Graduate Student Directory. Current caucus members should have automatic access; all others should request access through the link. To be included in the directory, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, institutional affiliation, and three to five keywords for your areas of research.
To foster relationships between INCS faculty and graduate students, we have begun offering an annual, themed “Working Group.” For more information about this year’s group, click here.
Graduate Student Prizes
Susan Morgan Prize
The Susan Morgan Graduate Student Essay Prize prize was established in honor of Susan Morgan, Distinguished Professor of English at Miami University, a prolific, interdisciplinary scholar of nineteenth-century literature and culture, and a longstanding member of INCS. Professor Morgan’s scholarship has shaped the interdisciplinary fields of women’s writing, travel writing, and empire studies—fields that are central to the work of many INCS scholars—and she has generously mentored countless graduate students and junior colleagues. Her selected publications include In the Meantime: Character and Perception in Jane Austen’s Fiction (Chicago, 1980); Sisters in Time: Imagining Gender in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (Oxford, 1989); Place Matters: Gendered Geography in Victorian Women’s Travel Writings about Southeast Asia (Rutgers, 1996); and Bombay Anna: The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King and I Governess (California, 2008). Past winners may be found here.
Guidelines and Eligibility
- The Susan Morgan prize is awarded annually, following each annual INCS conference. Papers will be evaluated by a panel of judges appointed by the INCS board.
- Eligible essays are by graduate student members of INCS and must be presented for discussion by the author at the INCS conference. Submissions may not exceed the length of 4,000 words (excluding notes, works cited, and translations). Essays over the word length will not be considered. Citation style should follow one of the usual humanities formats, usually Chicago or MLA.
- Essays are evaluated in their conference form. In other words, no additional revisions, expansions, or corrections are permitted following the submission of papers to the conference committee for posting on the conference site. Papers will be removed from the conference website for judging by the panel of judges following the conference.
- For 2019 and beyond, graduate students must designate the wish to have their papers considered for the prize by checking the appropriate box on the conference paper submission portal.
- Decisions will be announced each year during the fall semester that follows the conference, which is usually staged during the spring semester.
- The award is $500. The winner will also be invited to submit an expanded version of the paper to Nineteenth-Century Contexts, the INCS-affiliated peer-reviewed journal.
- The second-place paper will be awarded the designation “Honorable Mention.”
- Papers submitted after the due date for conference papers cannot be considered for the prize. The due date will be determined each year by the conference organizer.
- No judge will be permitted to assess his or her own work or to assess work submitted by anyone with whom the judge has worked closely.
- INCS reserves the right to award no prize in any given year.
Chris Vanden Bossche Graduate Student Travel Award
The Chris Vanden Bossche Graduate Student Travel Award was established in honor of Chris Vanden Bossche, the long-term and beloved Executive Director of INCS. Professor Vanden Bossche taught for many years at the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized in Victorian fiction and non-fiction prose. In 2014, he published a study of Victorian conceptions of how to produce social change entitled Reform Acts: Chartism, Social Agency, and the Victorian Novel, 1832-1867 (Johns Hopkins University Press). His many essays have dealt with family and class as represented in cookery books and David Copperfield, separate spheres and social reform in Ruskin, the idea of authorship in the copyright debates of 1837-1842, and “coming of age” in Victorian literature and culture. In addition, he has published essays on Tennyson, Scott, and other nineteenth-century subjects. He is also the author of a study of the intersections of political and literary authority, Carlyle and the Search for Authority (Ohio State University Press) and editor of Thomas Carlyle’s Historical Essays and Past and Present. We are deeply grateful to Professor Vanden Bossche for his dedicated service to INCS.
The Chris Vanden Bossche Graduate Student Travel Award provides small grants for graduate students to attend the annual INCS conference. Preference is generally given to students who must travel the farthest. For more information on the travel award, please contact the INCS Treasurer.
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