The NeMLA Graduate Fellows Program is operated through the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo, NeMLA's administrative host. This program provides graduate students with a unique opportunity to get practical experience in the working of a large academic convention and non-profit organization, as well as to establish professional connections with scholars across the Northeast. Students gain insight into one of the most important forms of knowledge production and dissemination in the humanities.
Pauline Carbonnel is a PhD Candidate in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include literature and science; history of science and medicine; environmental humanities and literature; post-humanism, technologies and environment, human and artificial others in French Literature (19th and 20th centuries).
Lauriane Guihard is a PhD student in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focuses on the role and functions of the chorus in the sixteenth-century French tragedy. She has given several presentations on that topic, and has published an article in Vernacular entitled "Le Choeur dans Cléopâtre captive d'Etienne Jodelle, entre espace intérieur et espace public." Lauriane served as a NeMLA Convention Fellow in 2020-2021, and works now as a NeMLA Video Production Fellow. If you see a brunette at the Convention with a camera, it might be her!
Samadrita Kuiti is a PhD candidate and graduate instructor in the English department at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She is in the last stages of her PhD, finishing up her interdisciplinary dissertation on feminist and queer utopian spaces in Anglophone, postcolonial works of literatures from South Asia and Africa. This book-length project spotlights an archive of fiction, photojournalistic work, short films & commercials to theorize on a politics of feminist & queer futurity in a postcolonial context. Her research & teaching interests overlap continuously and primarily reside at the intersections of postcolonial & utopian theories, gender & sexuality studies, & modern transnational literatures, particularly South Asian, African, and diasporic literatures. Some of her research articles have either been published or are forthcoming from journals and magazines such as the South Asian Review, Warscapes, and Utopian Studies. She also serves as the current Interim VP & Communications Director for the NeMLA Graduate Student Caucus.