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Early Career Club (ECC)

The Early Career Club (ECC) is a series of seminars directed mainly at doctoral students, research fellows and teaching fellows and it addresses issues related to practical aspects of academic life (such as publishing, presenting at conferences, and applying for jobs). Our monthly meetings have two main aims: to get advice from peers/more senior colleagues on a specific topic, having an informal and stimulating discussion with them and with other early career academics, and also create a community among PhD students and early career fellows.

We usually 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.

Besides the topics of the meetings already scheduled, other 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 PhD Students, postdocs, early career teaching and research fellows, and interested members of staff. We very much encourage suggestions relating to possible topics and speakers.

NB: This year, meetings will be held virtually, using MS TEAMS. In order to attend the virtual seminars, please register in advance by emailing so that you can be included in the meeting. The deadline for registration is 24 hours before the event. Alternatively, to register for the entire programme, please simply specify this in your email.


Dr Marta Celati (Renaissance Centre),

Sophie Hartles (Renaissance Centre),

2020-21 - Programme
Term 1
Wed. 28th October 2020 (1-2pm)

Prof. David Lines: Building your scholarly profile: What to publish, why, and how

Mon. 9th November 2020 (3-4pm)

Joint session with the Warburg Institute

Dr Alex Feldman-Dr Micha Lazarus: Whose Classics?

Please note the different time. This virtual meeting will be held using Zoom.

Term 2
Thur. 11 February 2021 (1-2pm)

Kate Courage: 'A Subject Librarian by any other Name...Careers in Academic Libraries'

Thur. 18th March 2021 (1-2 pm)

James Green: 'Project Proposals for Post-Doctoral Fellowships'

Term 3
Wed. 2 June 2021 (2.00-3.30pm)
Joint session with Classics and Ancient History

Caroline Petit, Suzanne Frey-Kupper, Conor Trainor, Martina Russo: The Challenges of Publishing