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Standing with Ukraine: supporting academics via our Visiting Fellowship Schemes 
Since our inception we have operated Visiting Fellowship schemes which help the University of Warwick to create links with researchers from around the globe who will enrich the academic life of the University and help us to achieve our strategic aims. 
We now welcome nominations at any time from Warwick colleagues for Visiting Fellowships on behalf of academics who are at risk as a result of the war in Ukraine. The first step is to contact a Warwick colleague about completing the nomination. 
This scheme offers funding for travel, accommodation, some living expenses, research and administrative support. While the application is streamlined, we note that a visa is commonly required, and at present this latter process takes several weeks to complete. 
In addition to receiving nominations via this route, we are working with Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics) - experts at supporting vulnerable academics into fellowships - with whom we have worked closely in the past: 
Please see our website for more information and how to apply

IAS Early Career Fellowships: Join the ‘ECF information webinar’ this Friday!    

The Early Career Fellowship offers completing Warwick PhD candidates support and training to build an independent academic career.  
Deadline Midday 27 April 2022, with Fellowships commencing October 2022.  

We are holding a webinar to give potential applicants more information about the scheme and the application process. This will take place online on 1 April, 13:00 - 14:00. To attend this workshop, please email . 


Congratulations and a fond farewell to the April 2021 Early Career Fellow cohort who complete their fellowships this month. 

In April 2021, we funded 12 completing Warwick doctoral candidates in the transition phase between their doctoral and independent postdoctoral research careers on our Early Career Fellowship Scheme

Early Career Fellows receive a bursary, training to develop their academic leadership skills and support to produce career enhancing outputs from their thesis. We are delighted to announce that half of this cohort left the scheme early to take on substantive posts in other institutions, including permanent academic positions and prestigious research fellowships. 

We wish all our IAS alumni the very best on their next career steps. 

Congratulations to Early Career Fellow Dr Isabel Nuñez Salazar who joins the Early Career Work and Family Fellowship Program 2022-2023 

New publication: Early Career Teaching Fellow Théo Aiolfi publishes ‘Populism as a Transgressive Style’ 

Dr Théo Aiolfi, has published an article in Global Studies Quarterly entitled "Populism as a Transgressive Style"( In this article, he challenges the automatic association between populism and vulgarity, "flaunting of the low" or bad manners. Adopting a discursive-performative approach to populism to which he brings an interdisciplinary contribution from performance studies, he suggests instead that populism is characterised by its use of transgressive practices. For this purpose, he develops a typology of three types of transgressions, based on the types of norms they disrupt (interactional, rhetoric and theatrical). He then engages with the constructivist literature on norm-breaking in International Relations to showcase the importance of considering embodied practices on both the national and global stage. 

Upcoming Event:  Anonymity, Un-Originality, Collectivity – Contested Modes of Authorship - 20-21 May 2022

An interdisciplinary, hybrid conference on contested modes of authorship organised by Early Career Fellows, Dr Leonello BazzurroDr Melissa PawelskiDr Alessandra Tafaro, and Dr Leanne Weston View the full event details HERE 

Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal 

Lost in Translation 

March was once more another busy month for Exchanges, although like a duck paddling away, much of the effort has been obscured from view. For a start, this month we welcomed the majority of the submissions for our sixth planned special issue. Entitled The Effect of Plurality in Translation and developed in collaboration with one of the IAS’ early career fellows, this issue brings together work exploring ‘possible effects of plurality in linguistic, conceptual, and cultural translation.’ From a brief scamper through the submissions, it looks like we’ve managed to attract a variety of interesting, insightful and intriguing pieces of work: if you’ll pardon my inadvertent alliteration. 

As with all of our special issues to-date, our ‘translation’ one has also recruited a range of post-graduate and early career researchers to contribute to its development as part of our associate editors’ programme. Since they joined the team shortly before the Christmas break, they have participated in hands-on training sessions and briefings, and are now getting stuck into the joyous activity of overseeing peer-review of the submitted works. 

Building Momentum 

Work continues on our other special issues too – respectively relating to the Anthropocene and nerd culture – is further along. While we’re not yet in sight of a publication date for either issue, my hopes are high we’ll see the emergence of one or both of these issues mid-way through the year. Naturally though, as we arrive in spring, my own attention has turned to making the final preparation for publication of our next regular issue of the journal (v9.2). This will be coming out at the end of next month, and with the Easter break ahead I’m looking to get all my ‘ducks in a row’, to continue my aquatic-avian metaphor, in the next couple of weeks. 

Alongside all this, I’ve also been enjoying some productive conversations with various local researchers at Warwick covering everything from potential submissions, their thoughts on scholarly communications and the potentials for further special issues of the journals. Despite our established international contributor base, I always relish talking to members of our ‘home’ community of scholars, so these chats have been a highlight of my month. 


Elsewhere, two new episodes of the journal’s companion Exchanges Discourse podcast series were launched since the last issue of this newsletter. The first was an extended conversation with the University of York’s Professor Monica Mastrantonio, author of the article The Question of Time for Norbert Elias: Challenges of an interdisciplinary concept and approach towards time (Exchanges v9.1, pp. 67-76). Alongside an examination of Elias’ contributions to ‘figurational sociology’ the episode also explored the use of time as a cultural framework. 

The second episode was a similarly lengthy chat with the University of Edinburgh’s Dr Hyaui Huang, who had published a piece with us entitled A Tasty Encounter with Routine Dynamics Ideas, as part of our critical reflections series (Exchanges v9.1, pp. 145-158). While exploring the ideas behind ‘relational dynamics’ our conversation progresses to encompass wider-ideas around the concepts of stability and change alongside considering the positive contributions early career researchers can make within public society. Naturally, as always, alongside our regular examination of the guest’s past publishing experiences we explored their thoughts how to better enable early career researchers’ publication activities. 

Are you Registered to Review? 

As the IAS’ resident early-career focussed interdisciplinary journal, Exchanges handles papers on a wide range of different topics. This means we are always keen to attract new reviewers to help expand our efforts in enriching the interdisciplinary discourse while often aiding early career researchers in their publishing endeavours. At the moment we are especially keen to attract more reviewers in the social sciences, but all disciplinary backgrounds are welcome. Reviewing can be a valuable experience for reviewer and author alike in many ways. Hence, we cordially invite potential new reviewers to register as a reviewer following the instructions via the link below: 

Notably, most reviewers are only asked to complete a review perhaps once or at most twice a year, as Exchanges is a relatively small journal in terms of manuscripts attracted. For anyone unsure about reviewing, or wishing to discuss it further, they are warmly invited to contact the Editor-in-Chief at the address below. Peer-review training can also be arranged for small groups, where there is sufficient interest too. 

Manuscript Submissions 

Exchanges is always pleased to receive manuscript submissions from early career researchers from around the world, which fulfil our submission requirements. Confidentially, we are equally delighted to receive submissions from Warwick’s family of scholars too. Our open call for submissions means we will consider potential papers drawn from all disciplines with an aim to provide stimulating reading for scholars in all academic traditions. We particularly enjoy receiving pieces which embrace interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research methods or teaching. You can find out how to submit a paper here: 

50% More Editor 

Finally, it is worth noting this past month saw the IAS increase the number of hours available from the journal’s Editor-in-Chief – in recognition of the ongoing expansion of effort and outputs from the title. Unsurprisingly, life on the journal seemingly hasn’t gotten any quieter, but the extra capacity has been allowing us to swiftly catch up on a few administrative chores and developmental activities! 

Further Information 

As always, the EIC and journal team always welcome approaches to discuss any aspect of the journal, podcast or prospective contributions throughout the year. In which case, contact Editor-in-Chief Dr Gareth J Johnson at


IAS Awards made to: 

Dr Sanchari Deb – Engineering 
Dr Anna Ross – History  
Professor Benjamin T Smith - History 

Associate Fellowships awarded to: 

Dr Onur Agca - Warwick Business School


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