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Early Careers Convivium

  • Are you new to Warwick or to an academic career?
  • Wondering if there’s a place to meet up with other postdocs/early career researchers?
  • Do you want to discuss what strategies your peers/more senior colleagues have evolved in order to strike a healthy work/life balance?
  • Do you feel you’d like to hear from others about their experiences of publishing, impact, etc?
  • Have you thought about how to retain the flexibility to pursue a non-academic career?

We can’t offer any definitive answers, but we welcome you to come to join us to discuss these questions and many more issues in a welcoming, collegial, and friendly environment!

The Early Career Convivium (ECC) is a supportive forum hosted by the Centre for Renaissance Studies that aims to bring together early career scholars from across the Humanities at Warwick to discuss various aspects of the early years of an academic career. Our monthly meetings have two aims: to hold an informal discussion of a proposed topic, and to create a community among early career academics. We also hope to foster dialogue across departments, and to provide support for newly arrived colleagues. Our plan is to meet monthly during term time. The one-hour meetings will consist of a short informal talk by a more senior scholar, followed by discussion, questions, and conversation over wine and nibbles. Following the meetings, conversation will continue at a campus pub over a pay-as-you-go dinner and drinks for whoever’s interested.

Planned topics include: the gap between PhD; from dissertation to book; work/life balance; research/administrative/teaching duties; transitioning from a PhD in Humanities to alternative academic paths (e.g. librarianship); taking time off from an academic career (and returning); grant applications; North-American vs UK vs European postdoc positions, and the differences in various job markets.

These meetings are open to any postdocs and members of staff, and we very much encourage suggestions relating to possible topics, speakers, and format. While the meetings are hosted by the CSR, all scholars are welcome.


Dr. Bryan Brazeau (Italian)

Dr. Máté Vince (English/CSR)

  • May 11, 5-6 pm: Dr. Paul Botley (Warwick English) about the gap between getting one’s PhD and securing one’s first job.
  • June 16, 5-6 pm: Dr. Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins) about the transition from a humanities Ph.D. to working for a research library