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November 2022

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Featured Calls

Application for IAS Early Career Fellowships is NOW OPEN !

The Early Career Fellowship offers completing Warwick PhD candidates support and training to build an independent academic career. 
Deadline Midday 1 December 2022, with Fellowships commencing April 2023.

We are also holding a workshop for completing Warwick doctoral candidates who wish to apply for our Early Career Fellowship Scheme on the 8th of November. Information and event sign-up can be found on our website. If you know of any PhD candidates at Warwick who are interested in applying for our ECF fellowship, please inform them of this workshop. The deadline for the next intake on the Early Career Fellowship Scheme is midday on the 1st of December 2022. 

EUTOPIA-SIF Postdoctoral Fellowships - Third Call for Applicants 

The third call for applications to the EUTOPIA Science and Innovation Fellowship scheme opened on 15th September 2022 with a deadline of 15th December 2022. 

The Fellowships provide two years of funding for early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of independent research as a step towards establishing a permanent academic career.  Fellows will be based at Warwick but will be able to strengthen their research by undertaking secondments at other EUTOPIA-SIF institutions and external partners. 

The IAS at Warwick will offer up to six fellowships in the third call.  Fellows will be hosted by the IAS but, to support their research, they will be based in an academic department or centres at Warwick under the guidance of an academic mentor. 

 Applications are welcome from any subject area or discipline but are expected to show a link to one of the five EUTOPIA SIF key research areas: 

  • Materials Engineering; 

  • Data & Intelligence; 

  • Health;  

  • Sustainability;  

  • Welfare & Inclusion. 

Successful applicants will start in September 2023 and join a community of fellows across the EUTOPIA Alliance fellows to develop their independent research profiles and undertake training to help establish an academic career. 

Further information and an FAQs are available on the IAS Website

IAS Events

InReach10X @IAS Seminar Series

The Institute of Advanced Study is proud to launch the new InReach10X @IAS seminar series.  This flagship programme of open lectures will showcase some of the most outstanding research taking place at Warwick, bringing it to the widest possible audience across campus.

InReach10X will bring Warwick's most exceptional research to an extensive audience. In doing so, we hope to inspire those thinking about a research career to follow their passion, as well as open our leading research to a wider audience, creating the opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborations to emerge.
In the inaugural series of lectures, Warwick academics will present some of the most exciting and transformative research in topics spanning the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and medicine.

Our first speaker will be Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay: 
Cosmo-chronology in our neighbourhood of stars and planets,
Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay | Thursday 1st December 2022, 12-2 pm | L5 Science Concourse

The volume of space within 300 light years from the Sun, a small portion of our own galaxy the Milky Way, contains the brightest specimens of almost all types of stars and planets, but surprisingly it remains poorly explored. The main reason is that most stellar objects in a fixed space volume are small and very faint, most of them being long-lived red stars about 10% of the mass of the Sun, dead stars named "white dwarfs" and rocky Earth-like exoplanets. The spacecraft Gaia from the European Space Agency has provided, for the first time in 2018, a near complete census of stars and white dwarfs within 300 light years, but a full understanding of the local stellar population is still a major challenge. My group at the University of Warwick is leading an ambitious project to improve our knowledge of stellar and planetary evolution using the local space volume. Our novel approach is based on follow-up multi-object spectroscopic observations and state-of-the-art stellar modelling from three-dimensional fluid hydrodynamics. The goal is to unlock the enormous potential of using local stars as cosmic clocks to trace the local stellar and planet formation history for our galaxy. I will discuss the recently discovered signature of old rocky planets that were formed when the Milky Way was still a very young galaxy (10% of the current age of the Universe), in a metal-poor environment that was quite different to when our solar system was formed.

Find out more about our  InReach10X @IAS seminar series and sign up to talks here

IAS News

Dr Venki Ramakrishnan, the IAS International Advisory Committee Chair, has been awarded an Order of Merit.

His Majesty The King has been pleased to make six new appointments to the Order of Merit.  Appointments to the Order are made in recognition of distinguished service to the Armed Forces, science, art, literature, or for the promotion of culture. The individuals were chosen by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in early September.

With only 24 members of the Order of Merit at any one time, personally chosen by the monarch, this is an incredibly prestigious award.

 IAS Fellow Events

Our Fernades Fellow Helena Duffy is co-organising an online workshop between BIAHS and the University of Exeter.

Genocide/Ecocide: Culture, Public Debate, Language Online Workshop

Organisers: Helena Duffy (University of Wrocław/ University of Warwick) and David Tollerton (University of Exeter)  
2.00-4.30 pm (GMT), Monday 12th  of December 
Bringing together scholars from Europe, North America, and Israel, this workshop will form a variety of perspectives to consider the intersections between Holocaust memory and rising environmental awareness found across culture, public debate, and linguistic development. The workshop presentations will cover ecocritical readings of the Holocaust’s cultural representations, as well as critical analyses of environmental discourses which mobilise Holocaust rhetoric. Areas, where Holocaust commemoration intersects with ecological concerns, will be addressed, alongside the ways in which the language of the Holocaust has inflected the environmental debate. 
The presenters are: 
  • Andrew Barrett (Northwestern University) 
  • Mark Celinscak (University of Nebraska) 
  • Helena Duffy (University of Wroclaw / University of Warwick) 
  • Sabina Giergiel (Jagiellonian University) and Katarzyna Taczyńska (Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History) 
  • Laura Major (Achva Academic College / Hemdat Hadarom College) 
  • Kerri J. Malloy (San José State University) 
  • David Tollerton (University of Exeter) 
Sign up here

One of our ECFT fellows, Ian Farnell, is running the ‘Performing the Fantastic in Contemporary Culture’ conference in May 2023.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Performing the Fantastic in Contemporary Culture | 25th of March 2023 | University of Warwick

Organised by Ian Farnell, IAS/IATL Early Career Teaching Fellow

This one-day interdisciplinary conference will examine how images of the fantastic (including science fiction, fantasy, horror and similar genres) are performed in culture today. This not only includes depictions of the fantastic on stage, television and film, but also from across wider society and everyday life. These might include place-based activities (ghost walks, graveyard tours), bodily acts (exorcisms, prophesying), identities (Wicca, transhumanism), philosophies (Afrofuturism, hauntology) and activism (zombie walks, Handmaid’s Tale-inspired protests).

A more detailed call for papers can be found on the conference’s Twitter profile (@ptfwarwick).

Abstracts for 15-20 minute papers can be sent to

 IAS Fellow News 

Our Early Career Fellow, Nora Castle, was selected as a runner-up for the Graduate Association for Food Studies' Distinguished Food Studies Doctorate Dissertation Award. She was awarded the $250 prize for her thesis, Food Futures: Food, Foodways, and Environmental Crisis in Contemporary Science Fiction


Our Early Career Fellow, Bing Lu attended The Symposium on Gendered Academic Mobility as an invited speaker funded by the Swiss National Foundation (SNF) between 9th Nov - 12th Nov. She gave a talk on her research, please click here to find out more. 


As part of PAYDEA (Pamukkale University School of Foreign Languages, Language and Literature Studies) Seminars, our Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow Dr Emrah Atasoy (English and Comparative Literary Studies) gave an invited vitual talk, “Alternative World Scenarios: Utopian and Dystopian Narratives,” at Pamukkale University, Türkiye, 17 November 2022. 

“Deconstructing Yugonostalgia - the case of the (post)Yugoslav political actors: the last pioneers” - Sociology Research Seminar 

On the 23rd November, Dr Milica Popovic, currently visiting us as a Fernandes Fellow, and usually based at the Global Observatory on Academic Freedom, Central European University, Vienna, gave a research seminar in the Department of Sociology.

Milica discussed her research and findings from her doctoral project “Deconstructing Yugonostalgia – the case of the (post)Yugoslav political actors: the last pioneers”.


Our Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow Dr Emrah Atasoy (English and Comparative Literary Studies) published an article in Nesir: Journal of Literary Studies.
  • Atasoy, Emrah, and Burcu Kayışcı Akkoyun. 2022. “The Journey of Hope in Dystopian Fiction”. Nesir: Edebiyat Araştırmaları Dergisi, no. 3 (October):11-27.

Our Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow Dr Emrah Atasoy (English and Comparative Literary Studies) co-published an article in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction (Q1).

Successful IAS Fellow Vivas

The IAS is pleased to announce the following ECF Fellows have successfully defended their thesis and passed their viva. We want to congratulate them on this achievement and on being awarded their PhD.
Dr Michael Hattersley passed his viva on 7th November 
Dr Harry Pitt Scott passed his viva on 16th November 
Dr Sky Herrington passed her viva on 7th November 
 Dr Mohamed El-Shewy passed his viva on 9th November

Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal

Monthly Report: December 2022

With the Autumn issue of Exchanges’ (vol 10.1) publication at the end of last month, November has been an opportunity to shift the focus towards the future as new activities and collaborations spring up.

Issue 10.1

The October issue of Exchanges regularly marks the end of the year’s public publication activities for the journal, although currently papers for our two forthcoming special issues continue to move closer to being ready. Nevertheless, this latest issue of the journal has once again brought together a range of articles from scholars from a variety of different disciplinary traditions around the globe.
Article topics included: fakery and animals within academic publishing practices, distributional thinking about film shot duration, the five forces framework and the electro-automotive industry, reflections focussing on reality and research practice, an exploration of the unpublished novels of Anita Mason, a literature review on the theory and practice of Arnstein’s Ladder and finally, a critical reflection on collage as an autoethnographic method.

You can read all of the articles, or download a copy of the issue here:

Expanding the Board

Excitingly November has welcomed aboard our seven new Editorial Board members, from Warwick and abroad. Expanding the Board membership has, as detailed in the most recent issue’s editorial, served to both strengthen the team and reaffirm its commitment to offering a developmental crucible for emerging scholars. The new Board members are:

  • Anna Rivers: English and Comparative Literary Studies University of Warwick, UK
  • Ignaas Jimidar: CHIS (Chemical Engineering), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Martín Solórzano: Epidemiology and Evaluation Barcelona Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute and University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona, Spain
  • Michelle Devereaux: Film & Television Studies, University of Warwick, UK
  • Pallavi Joshi: French Studies, University of Warwick, UK
  • Shilpi Pandey: Faculty of Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Vanja Baltić: Arts, University of Bologna, Italy

Following their appointment, new Board members have been enjoying an induction and training period, with already a number of them cutting their teeth on guiding their first papers through our editorial processes. I am sure you will all join me in welcoming them on board – every pun intended – and for a long and beneficial participation with the journal.

You can read more about their backgrounds, alongside the rest of Exchanges’ Board, here.

Workshops & New Special Issue

November also saw the first contribution to a series of workshops hosted by Warwick’s Leadership and Management Development department, aimed at early-stage researchers. In the session co-facilitated by Exchanges’ Editor-in-Chief, participants reflected on their own publishing and writing experience, and aspirations, before exploring some of the challenges in becoming effective reviewers and editors. The course is being run for a number of weeks each term this academic session, meaning a total of three cohorts of researchers will be able to participate.

As part of Exchanges’ involvement, a new special issue call – exclusively for course participants – was launched. Course delegates are being invited to submit critical reflections concerning their own research practice. These papers are expected to be inspired by their experiences, insights or considerations arising from the course contents and discussions with their peers, and will likely be especially of interest to other researchers in the formative stages of their academic careers. You can of course learn more about our past and future special issues, and how to get involved with proposing them here.

Exchanges has also been recruited to co-facilitate a course on academic writing and publishing in Warwick’s Faculty of Art, to be hosted by CADRE (Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence) in January. The course is understandably aimed primarily at PGRs in that faculty, although it offers a potential model for replication elsewhere.

The Exchanges Discourse Podcast: New Episodes

One of the prime post-issue publication tasks is to approach authors to come and chat about their research and publishing activities on the companion podcast. This month already three new episodes of The Exchanges Discourse with author guests have been recorded, with two already live currently. Another episode exploring issues around effective peer reviewer practice, inspired by debates at Accolade, has also been launched. There are plans for an episode focussing in on writing critical reflections, and potentially more author interviews to follow before we reach the end of 2022.

If you have yet to listen to an episode of the podcast, you will find they are a relaxed and informal conversation between scholars, with an occasionally light-hearted if grounded in lived experience insight into the trials and tribulations of being a publishing academic scholar today. All the episodes of The Exchanges Discourse are freely available to listen to on most podcasting platforms (including Spotify) by searching for The Exchanges
, or via the link below:

Call for Papers: Authentic Interdisciplinarity & Open Call

A quick reminder of our current open calls for contribution. Firstly, as part of preparations for the October 2023 tenth anniversary journal issue, there is our very special call for contributions concerning ideas, conceptions or perceptions around authentic interdisciplinarity. You can find details of this call for papers below.

While we have already received a few papers, and acknowledging the closing date for peer reviewed pieces has now passed, we will still happily consider submissions under this heading for a couple more weeks. That said, there’s still quite a few months left to submit a conversation or critical reflection piece to appear in the issue as the closing date for those is not until Summer 2023.

Additionally, Exchanges’ open call for manuscript submissions throughout the year by scholars in all disciplines remains available. We are as always especially keen to represent work from first-time or less experienced authors, within the early career research community. Submissions passing our quality-assurance requirements under this call will be published in the next available issue.

Details of this open call for contributions can be found here.

As with all Exchanges calls and special issues, the Editor-in-Chief always welcomes discussions with potential authors ahead of submission, although this is not a requirement. We especially welcome submissions from colleagues around the world working in the natural sciences, as papers in these areas are currently under-represented in the journal.

About the Journal

Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal is dedicated to supporting and propagating research discourse primarily, but not exclusively, from early career scholars. The journal also has a strong developmental ethos, embraced within its editorial culture and increasing authorial development outreach activities. Typically framed in an interdisciplinary mode, articles within Exchanges are intended to be read by a broad academic audience. Contributors are welcome from around the world, and especially from disciplines and fields not previously represented within its pages. The journal is published by the University of Warwick, UK and supported by an Editorial Board network whose members are recruited from institutions comprising Warwick’s global research partners.
The journal’s operations and title development are overseen by its Managing Editor-in-Chief,

Dr Gaz J Johnson, who is based at the IAS. He can be contacted at:


IAS Visiting Fellowship Awards Made to:
- Professor Alison Cooley - Classics & Ancient History Visiting Professor: Professor Silvia Orlandi, Sapeinza Universita di Roma

- Professor Patrick Tomlin - Philosophy Visiting Professor: Dr Luciano Venezia, National University of Quilmes / National Scientific & Technical Research Council (Argentina)

IAS Awards made to:

- Professor Samir Siksek, Mathematics
  Project Title: WINGS (Women in Number Theory and Geometry)

- Prof. Mark Philp, History
  Project Title: Re-imagining Democracy in Central and Northern Europe 1780-   1870

- Dr Nick Bernards, Global Sustainable Development
  Project Title: Peripheral Financial Centres & the future of sustainable   development

- Professor Oleg Zaboronski, Mathematics
  Project Title: Absolute continuity for coalescing-annihilating Brownian motions    and related Pfaffian point processes


If you would like to get involved, join the IAS community or apply for funding please refer to our current schemes.

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