Writing and Publishing for ECR and HDR Researchers

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An event for early career and higher degree researchers working on migration, ethnicity, multiculturalism and refugee related projects.

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Presented by TASA's Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism group and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute as part of the NextGen MEM 'Conversations About' series

Featuring a panel of speakers at various stages of their academic careers, this session focuses on academic writing and publishing for early career migration, ethnicities and multiculturalism scholars and students.


Dr Karen Block, Academic Convenor, Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Migration, Statelessness and Refugee Studies, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne

Dr Sal Clark, Lecturer, Politics and Sociology, Swinburne University

A/Prof Farida Fozdar, Anthropology and Sociology, University of Western Australia

A/Prof Vince Marotta, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University / Co-Managing Editor, Journal of Intercultural Studies

Speakers will cover topics including:

  • Practical aspects of publishing: choosing the right journal; authorship (and co-authorship); review and editorial timelines; submission outcomes (e.g. the difference between a ‘minor revision’ and ‘revise and resubmit’); deciphering metrics/impact factors;
  • Finding time to focus on writing and publishing amid the competing demands of academia;
  • Balancing, teaching requirements, PhD milestones, and thesis writing with publication goals;
  • Resisting the culture of overwork and the importance of rest for promoting sustainable writing practices;
  • Addressing the ‘publish or perish’ mentality, especially in the context of COVID-19: how do we recognise the importance of publishing our research without exacerbating the pressures ECRs and PhD students are already experiencing?;
  • Managing criticism and rejection during the publication process;
  • Publishing your finished doctoral thesis as a book; and
  • Useful resources and supports for ECR and HDR researchers who are new to academic writing and publishing.

These presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

Time Zone Information: This online event session will start at 1pm on Wednesday 28 October, AEST. See other time zones.

Optional Virtual Co-Writing Session

Following the Q&A, we are holding a structured, virtual co-writing session where attendees can work on a piece of writing in a supportive environment. This component of the event will run from 3pm – 5pm (AEDT), however, attendees are not expected to stay for the entire session. No additional registration is necessary – just show up with a small writing goal (i.e. something that is realistically achievable within a 1.5-2 hour time frame) and go for it!

For any questions about this event, please contact Dr Ashleigh Haw, TASA MEM Co-Convener:

About this Series

The Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (MEM) group of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) are hosting the ‘NextGen MEM Conversations About...’ series in 2020.

The ‘Conversations About...’ series builds on the success and work of last year’s NextGen MEM Symposium for postgraduate and early career researchers, providing postgraduate students and early career researchers the opportunity to engage more deeply with contemporary migration research challenges.

This student-led initiative spans six months of fully-virtual online sessions. The ‘Conversations About...’ sessions will invite senior academics, early career researchers (ECRs) and PhD students together to discuss important rising issues surrounding research in migration, multiculturalism, refugee settlement, integration, and diversity.

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