Mentorship Program

The NCS Trustees warmly invite all members of the Society to participate, if they wish, in the second iteration of a mentoring program (begun at the London Congress in 2016) at the upcoming Toronto Congress in July 2018, either as a mentor or as a mentee. The scheme is designed to help graduate students and anyone new to the Society to meet more established scholars in order to feel welcomed and supported during the congress, and also to make or develop professional contacts. We especially welcome participation by students and scholars of historically underrepresented groups. Those who would like to receive mentoring or serve as a mentor should register online using the form below. Shazia Jagot ( Sierra Lomuto (, and Tom Hahn ( will coordinate the exchanges for 2018.

The intent of the mentorship exchanges is for experienced scholars (at any stage of their career, including senior graduate students) to welcome and connect with newer members of the Society and to help facilitate social and professional interaction. In particular, NCS recognizes documented gaps in the graduate recruiting, tenure-track hiring, and promotion and tenure reception of underrepresented groups within academia; the Society is therefore especially eager to encourage first-generation students, medievalists of color, trans and Gender Non-conforming students and scholars, and other members historically underrepresented in higher education to participate in the mentorship program. 

Like many NCS members, we are aware of and troubled by the ways in which the medieval period is currently being used for racist ends, for example by the alt-right and associated groups. It is important for all of us in medieval studies to take active stock of this and to ponder effective and lasting responses to these issues. Mentors and mentees might wish to raise the topic in the course of their exchanges at the Congress:  here are some resources to help inform that conversation:

Medievalists of Color -
Race and Medieval Studies: A Partial Bibliography -
TEAMS Featured Lesson Resource Page on Race, Racism and the Middle Ages (compiled by Carol L. Robinson) -

The initial extent of the commitment would be for mentees and mentors to meet for a conversation at an agreed-upon time during the conference in question. The continuation of the mentor relationship after the conference is at the discretion of the parties involved.

We will try to make the best match based upon the information provided below. Please do mention specific requests that are not covered: we are unlikely to have thought of everything! If any mentor would be willing to lead a group for dinner one evening at the congress, please could you let us know under ‘Other’?




Wondering where to meet? Here are some suggestions:


Establishments marked with an asterisk (*) are wheelchair accessible. Those marked with two asterisks (**) are partially accessible and details are provided.

Bar Mercurio, 270 Bloor Street West (Italian)

(The) Bedford Academy*, 36 Prince Arthur Avenue (pub fare)

Dynasty Chinese Cuisine, 69 Yorkville Avenue  (Dim Sum Daily)

Harbord House, 150 Harbord Street (pub fare)

Her Father’s Cider, 119 Harbord Street (locally sourced cider and food)

Harvest Kitchen, 124 Harbord Street, (locally sourced, good for vegetarians)

Host Fine Indian Cuisine, 14 Prince Arthur Avenue (Indian)

Il Posto, 148 Yorkville Avenue (Italian)

La Societe, 131 Bloor Street West (French Bistro)

Morton’s of Chicago Steakhouse*, Park Hyatt Hotel, 4 Avenue Road (American)

Museum Tavern,  208 Bloor Street West (pub fare)

Opus Restaurant, 37 Prince Andrew Avenue (fine dining)

Oxley Public House** (accessible patio, inaccessible inside), 121 Yorkville Avenue (upscale pub fare)

Sassafraz Restaurant*, 100 Cumberland Street (French-inspired Canadian cuisine)

Trattoria Nervosa*, 75 Yorkville Avenue (Italian)

Utsav, 69 Yorkville Avenue (Indian)

Sotto, Sotto, 120 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON (Upscale trattoria)

Big Sushi, 388 Bloor Street W (Modest space for rolls, nigiri, sashimi, tempura & teriyaki, with fixed-price lunch specials.)



b Espresso Bar*, in The Royal Conservatory of Music building, 273 Bloor Street West

L’ Espresso Bar Mercurio*, 321 Bloor Street West

The Coffee Lab, 333 Bloor Street W (excellent coffee bean selection)

Almond Butterfly, 100 Harbord St. (coffee & gluten free)



Fresh** (wheelchair accessible, but cramped space), 326 Bloor Street West at Spadina (vegetarian)

Innis College Cafe, (just across the street from Robarts) 2 Sussex Ave at St. George (sandwiches, salads, sometimes really good kebabs)

Almond Butterfly, 100 Harbord St. (coffee & gluten free)

Gardiner Museum Bistro*(just South of the CMS Building), 111 Queens Park

Gallery Grill*at Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle (U of T Campus)

Sammy’s Student Exchange* at Hart House,  7 Hart House Circle (U of T Campus)

Whole Foods Market*, 87 Avenue Road (cafe & supermarket)

The Tiffin Box, 938 Bathurst St (Indian take-away; has a small seating area)

Fennel Organic Eatery, 322 Bloor Street West inside Noah’s Organic Foods (vegan)

Potbelly Sandwich Works, 180 Bloor Street West (made-to-order toasted sandwiches, salads & baked goods.)

Flock, 97 Harbord St, Toronto, (chicken specialist serving rotisserie birds)

Harbord House, 150 harbord Street, (housemade comfort food & local draft beer.)

Magic Noodle, 93 Harbord Street (Chinese hand-made noodles)

Gabby’s, 192 Bloor Street West, (pub fare)


Not near UofT but highly recommended

Estiatorio Volos, 133 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2L3 (Greek)

Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu, 691 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G (spicy tofu hot pots & other Korean fare, including kimchi.)

Jules Bistro, 924 Queen Street W (Simple Southern French cuisine in an unassuming setting, with a three-course prix fixe menu. Great steak frites!)

La Carnita, 106 John Street, (tacos and craft beer)