IRES Webinar: Academic careers and research activities. The Edited Volume: Early Ideas, Bold Plans, Unexpected Pitfalls, and Project Completion

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Föreläsning

NB! The event will be held on Zoom. To attend the event please click on the link

NB! The event will be held on Zoom. To attend the event please click on the link

Event Organiser and chair: Matthew Blackburn

Participants: Mark Bassin, Mike Loader, Elias Götz.

For those determined to make a career in academia, there are many hurdles that must be negotiated, as well as many boxes to be ticked. Among the various teaching and publishing activities we must do, producing an edited volume appears to fall into the ‘optional’ category. Yet, the edited volume remains the source of important scholarly work. As one’s career progresses, edited volumes often appear as the key starting point of new research networks and are a recognised way of organising written outputs from conferences and workshops.

How does one go about organising an edited volume? What are the main stages? What tough decisions need to be made early on? What challenges face editors? How to deal with the slackers and free riders? How to select a publisher/journal? When can things go wrong? What is the ideal outcome of a successful project? When does the edited volume become a project you wish you never started?

In this webinar, three scholars with varying disciplinary backgrounds and experience levels, share their views of the above questions. Mark Bassin (Baltic Sea Professor at CBEES, Södertörn University: Intellectual History and Political Geography); Michael Loader (Leverhulme Fellow, Glasgow University: Soviet History) and Elias Götz (Assistant Professor, Royal Danish Defence College: Political Science and International Relations) will share their expertise and views. Together we should all take home some vital do’s and don’ts on the edited volume from three who have stayed the course. Each speaker will reveal their views on:

- What works and what doesn’t? 

- What did they learn the hard way or wish they had known from the start? 

- Was it worth it in the end?

- Were there any unexpected benefits?

Please join us for what should prove to be an insightful and worthwhile discussion of particular interest to early career researchers involved in Russian Studies.

Best wishes

Matthew Blackburn (event organiser and chair, Postdoctoral researcher, IRES)