: Reflecting on the complex pathways of Early Career Researchers


We’ll reconvene in the new academic year and plan from there…

A Symposium for ECRs in the Arts and Humanities
Wednesday, 21st June 2017, 10am-6pm
Number 70, Oxford Road, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M1 5NH
£10* – bookable via the MMU online store

Early career pathways in the Arts and Humanities are often individual experiences tailored to reflect particular interests and ambitions but also moulded by the demands of academic institutions, funding bodies and external opportunities. These journeys can be as perplexing as they are rewarding and despite the various support structures it is not unusual to feel isolated or even lost, cut adrift in a sea of acronyms and policy that seem to change with tides. With this in mind NAVIGATIONS sets out to open dialogue around the various options available to ECRs.


We are looking for one paragraph abstracts from Early Career Researchers in the Arts and Humanities to be developed into 10-minute presentations that seek to provoke thought and discussion around issues salient to ECR’s experiences and concerns. Examples of possible titles include “The artist is not a researcher”, “The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) will be particularly detrimental to early career research” and “The notion of an early career is patronising and unhelpful”.

Six ten-minute presentations will be followed by a chaired one-hour panel discussion.

Please send your one paragraph abstract to before 12pm on the 7th of June 2017.

Selected provocateurs will be informed by the 12th June 2017.

The symposium will continue with elective workshops aimed at sharing the experience of established researchers in the Arts and Humanities who have been asked to develop their sessions in response to the question: “What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were an early career researcher” and in relation to pertinent topics such as ‘building networks and consortia’ and ‘developing an independent research voice’.

A late afternoon keynote address by Dr. Mick Grierson, Reader at Goldsmiths Department of Computing, will present his unconventional and multidisciplinary approach to pursuing an impactful early career research trajectory

The event will close with a ‘research poster’ and drinks reception and the opportunity for informal networking.

More information on the event programme and invited contributors will be listed here shortly.

* The nominal £10 ticket fee covers the cost of lunch, refreshments and the drinks reception. Faculty of Art & Humanities postgraduate students can claim this fee back via the Graduate School.

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