UCML Symposium for Early Career Academics in Modern Languages

UCML’s Special Interest Group for Early Career Academics has put together a symposium aimed at supporting current early career academics in modern languages. The event will take place virtually on 15 July 2021, and is open to all. A full programme can be found below.

The symposium will be held virtually, but attendees should register by filling out this form.


10.30-12.00 (BST)Roundtable: Publishing a Book
Dr Dominique Carlini Versini, Dr Liam Lewis and Dr Hilary Potter 
Prof Charles Forsdick (Series editor, ‘Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures’, LUP and ‘Anthem Studies in Travel’, Anthem Press)
Masja Horn (Acquisitions Editor Literature and Cultural Studies, Brill)
Leila Moore (Publisher for Open Access Books, Taylor & Francis)
Dr Laurel Plapp (Senior Commissioning Editor for the Language, Literature and Culture list, Peter Lang)
Peter Sowden (Editor for Asia, Russia and Eastern Europe, Routledge)
12.00-12.15 (BST)Break
12.15-13.00 (BST)Session 1: Responding to Substantial ‘Revise and Resubmit’ on Articles
Chairs: Dr Serena Vandi and Dr Ashley Harris
Speaker: Dr Manon Mathias (University of Glasgow)
13.00-13.30 (BST)Lunch Break
13.30-14.15 (BST)Session 2: Applying for Postdocs
Chairs: Dr Caroline Laurent and Dr Sara Al Tubuly
Speaker: Dr Olivia Walsh (University of Nottingham)
14.15-15.00 (BST)Session 3: Writing a Grant Proposal
Chairs: Louis Cotgrove and Dr Cathy McAteer
Speaker: Dr Fransiska Louwagie (University of Leicester)
15.00-16.00 (BST)Roundtable: Public Engagement
Chairs: Dr Dominique Carlini Versini, Dr Mavis Ho and Dr Liam Lewis
Speakers: Prof Claire Gorrara (Cardiff University), Dr Claire Launchbury and Dr David Lees (University of Warwick)
16.00-16.15 (BST)Break
16.15-17.00 (BST)Session 4: Making an Impact
Chairs: Dr Hilary Potter and Hui-Hua Lu
Speaker: Prof Henrike Lähnemann (University of Oxford)
17.00-18.00 (BST)Roundtable: Challenges Faced by ECAs in Modern Languages in the UK and Ireland
led by ECA chairs and reps

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