I was interviewed by Jade French of Not So Popular on the FWSA virtual conference that we are running this year. I spoke about some of the difficulties of in-person conferences to individuals, the constraints that a traditional 20-minute paper can impose, and how the virtual conference seeks to redress some of these issues. The interview is here – thanks Jade for some great questions!
Today I spoke at “Researching our Futures“, a student-led conference on career options post-PhD. My talk was titled “Digitising our futures: early career professionalization in the digital sphere” and I spoke about how an online identity can help you develop as an ECR. The slides from my talk are here. For quick reference, I’ve listed below the websites and resources from the end of the slides.
I’ve also written on this topic for the NU Women Blog, Creating an Online Identity as a Researcher.
My other ECR work may also be of interest.
Books and articles
Mark Carrigan, Social Media for Academics (London: Sage, 2016)
PhD Life Blog, University of Warwick
Emma Cragg, Beginning Blogging. Available at blog.piirus.com/2015/05/07/beginning-blogging-guest-blogger-emma-cragg-writes-about-how-to-combat-your-fears/
Raul Pacheco Vega 6 Twitter Tips for Busy Academics. Available at www.raulpacheco.org/2015/11/6-twitter-tips-for-busy-academics-based-on-my-own-strategy
#ecrchat #phdchat #withaPhD #socphd – career-stage networks
#scholarsunday – recommended scholars to follow
#acwri and #suwtues – academic writing advice and fortnightly chat group
I am looking forward to speaking at the Researching our Futures, a student-led careers conference taking place at Newcastle University on 16th March 2017. The topic of my talk is “Digitising our futures: early career professionalization in the digital sphere“, and I’ll be talking about using online and social media as an early career researcher in relation to issues of professionalization, identity and career development.
In honour of Charlotte Brontë’s bicentenary later this month (21st April), the Brussels Brontë group are running a series of blog posts throughout April. I have contributed a piece on “Finding Brontë in Brussels – reflections on literary tourism” in which I reflect on the trip I made two years ago as I started to research “Brontë’s Brussels” (full photo-essay here). This research will be published later this year in a collection Charlotte Brontė: Legacies and Afterlives (ed. by Amber Regis and Deborah Wynne, Manchester University Press 2016) and in the blog post I look at how the trip helped me to conceptualise some of the ideas in that piece.
I’m also presenting this work twice next month, first at Charlotte Brontë: A Bicentennial Celebration of her Life and Works (13-14 May 2016, Chawton House) and then at a symposium on Literary Yorkshires (more details to follow).
Following the publication of my monograph a few months ago, I recently spoke to Tee at Stylish Academic about the process of writing and getting published as an early career researcher. We talked about my journey from PhD thesis through to publication, and some of the things I learnt along the way, including approaching a publisher, rewriting the thesis into book form, and balancing the book with the rest of your career development.
Stylish Academic has some excellent features for early career academics, so do take a look at the rest of the blog if you’re not already following.
Following today’s Google+ hangout on Research Impact and Public Engagement for Career Success (which you can watch again here), I’ve pulled together a few links and tips on the questions I discussed.
Impact and Early Career Researchers – my PhD Life guide on Impact and ECRs in the context of REF (2014, but with some ongoing applicability as we head towards the next REF; confused about the REF? My ECR guide is here). This write-up of a talk at Warwick is also highly illustrative on some of the issues around PE/impact. More recently, I spoke about the changing responses of ECRs towards impact in my talk about the REF.
Impact in the humanities – I highlighted the Celebrating Dickens project as a good example of an impact project that is interdisciplinary, uses multiple digital channels, and drew on a range of expert advice. ECRs might find this case study of an ECR working in an impact role helpful. “Apps and maps” is also a subsection of some of my work on Dickens and the bicentenary, and in this post I pulled together a range of digital Dickens projects.
Getting started as an ECR – a post I wrote previously about tips for ECRs getting started on public engagement.
Digital media – an interview I did last year on the changing culture of digital academia, including some reflections on the relationship between public engagement and digital media.
I will also be blogging more about ECR interviews, public engagement in the humanities, and any other issues that come up via the twitter feed.
I’m on the panel for the next jobs.ac.uk Google+ hangout on “Research Impact and Public Engagement for Career Success” taking place on 22nd July at 1-2pm. I’ll be focusing on early career researcher issues and how you can develop an impact/PE profile from an early stage in your career. Full details about the event, its focus, and panellists are available on the link, where you can also sign up free to watch the event, and you can submit questions in advance and on the day.