Graduate Peer Mentors are Cultural Mediations PhD candidates who volunteer to provide program-related support and advice to doctoral students in the early stages of the program. Graduate Mentors’ profiles for 2021-2022 are listed below (more to follow). The program is run on a self-matching basis, with interested students invited to reach out by email to the prospective mentor of their choice.

Patricia Bérubé, Cultural Mediations PhD candidate, Technology and Culture stream

After completing a B.A. and M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies, Patricia Bérubé is now a PhD candidate in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University and is about to complete the Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies. In addition to being part of the Research and Education in Accessibility, Design, and Innovation (READi) training program, her innovative research is focused on making visual arts more accessible to visually impaired audiences. Starting the fourth year of the Cultural Mediations program, Patricia is grateful that she had the opportunity to be well-supported by her mentor, and she in turn wants to help people who are new to the program. As a mentor, she will tailor her approach to the mentee’s needs. This could mean guiding them through the various stages of the program, discussing funding opportunities or explaining how to use research-related software like Zotero. Her research interests include accessibility, sensory studies, critical museology, museums, and digital humanities. Follow the link for Patricia’s full profile. She can be reached by email.

Pansee Atta

Pansee Abou Elatta, Cultural Mediations PhD candidate, Visual Culture stream

I am an Egyptian-Canadian artist, curator, and researcher interested in issues related to museums, decolonization, grassroots struggle, and the Middle East. I am currently writing my dissertation, and am hoping to complete next year. I’ve been heavily involved at Carleton during my time here: as a student representative at departmental meetings and at CUAG, a Chair of the ICSLAC student caucus, a Board member at CUPE 4600, and more. I’m excited to get to know new students at ICSLAC and help you feel more at home at Carleton! Follow the link for Pansee’s full profile. She can be reached by email.

Lale Eskicioğlu (B Sc, MA), Cultural Mediations PhD candidate, Literary Studies stream

Lale’s discipline is Global Contemporary Literatures, and her research focuses on the twenty-first century city narratives of Lagos, Nigeria and Mumbai, India. Her other research interests include postcoloniality and decolonization in literature, graphic novels in global context, and science and technology in literature. Having lived in Turkey, Germany, France, India and Canada, she embraces diversity and multiculturalism. In a previous life, Lale was an electrical engineer, and had worked in the information technology industry for fifteen years. She admits that two good things came out of having received a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering: a soul mate, and a science fiction course design. She is happier in her new role as a researcher, learner and educator. At parties, she loves explaining the difference between World Literature and Global Literature. A note on mentorship in our department: I wish to support my fellow PhD students in any way I can. I may be able to relieve some of their anxieties by providing history/background and by explaining how I went through the same processes. I will try to answer their questions and offer any assistance/advice I can. Welcome to the program, by the way, this is a great place to be. Follow the link for Lale’s full profile. She can be reached by email.

Anna (Ania) Paluch, Cultural Mediations PhD candidate, Visual Culture stream

I am a Polish-Canadian 6th year PhD student in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University, situated on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Canada. My research focus is on Indigenous North American and Eastern European Futurism, spaces of cultural hybridity, and post-memory in the diaspora. As a mentor, I would love to talk about the opportunities the department has to offer students that want to host talks, events and also how to balance writing, research, and conferences. Outside of academia, I am a curator, mixed-media artist, cultural educator through the Young Polish Canadian Professional Association (YPCPA), content creator for Cielesne, and executive member of both Polonia Inclusive and Polski Piknik. Follow the link for Anna’s full profile. She can be reached by email.

Kelsey Perreault

Kelsey Perreault, Cultural Mediations PhD candidate, Visual Culture stream

I am a fifth year PhD candidate in the Visual Culture stream of the Cultural Mediations PhD program, specializing in research on feminist protest movements under the pandemic. My other research interests include Holocaust and memory studies, museum studies, violence, global crises, affect theory, and art activism. Within the ICSLAC community I have helped organize writing retreats and co-chaired the 2019 Interface graduate conference. As an upper year PhD, I would be happy to mentor new students as they navigate through the early challenges and pressures of coursework, comprehensive exams, and finding a supervisor/committee. I’m also always happy to meet with other students that share similar research interests. Follow the link for Kelsey’s full profile. She can be reached by email.