Attenzione early-career academics in Italian Studies! You may be interested in this special workshop, being held in its own time-slot on the third day of the ACIS conference at the University of Sydney. This will be an informal discussion of the challenges facing early-career academics and the many ways in which you can create your own opportunities. It will also contribute to the formation of an early-career network within ACIS. All perspectives on early-career academic issues are welcome, and so as to broaden the outlook as much as possible, the session will feature guest speakers who are also early-career academics in a range of disciplines, bridging Italian Studies, Linguistics, English, History, Studies in Religion, Politics and Science. While early-career academic life has its difficulties, the aim of this session is to be constructive: to propose strategies, new approaches, ways of diversifying work and skills, or steps you can take to get help and advice, while staying true to your interests and beliefs. It will also be an opportunity to meet and connect with other early-career academics in the field of Italian Studies from across Australia and New Zealand and further afield, and to start thinking about the future shape of the discipline.
The term ‘early-career academic’ is deliberately broad, so as to bring together as many different perspectives as possible. It applies to anyone from Honours level, through Masters by coursework or research, to PhD and up to 10 years post-doc. All early-career academics attending ACIS are welcome at this session, which is being held on Friday 3 July at 4pm, right before the conference dinner.
For more information, please feel free to contact the session convenor, Theodore Ell.This is intended as an encouraging and useful session for early-career academics, so we hope to see as many of you there as possible!