The #ECASurvival Podcast is a new series dedicated to sharing advice and resources for Early Career Academics and those navigating post-PhD life. It is produced by Derek Dunne in collaboration with Toria Johnson, and is sponsored by the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Episode 1: Patrick Gray

Patrick Gray is Professor of English at Durham University. He is the author of Shakespeare and the Fall of the Roman Republic (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and co-editor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

1.55 The job apocalypse
3.33 From the Platonic ideal of an education to working the ranch
8.20 Popping caps on Heineken with a PhD
12.00 Expectations vs Reality of Grad School
14.10 Pushing yourself (with bonus near-death experience)
19.30 How does UK compare to US for an ECA
25.00 Submitting applications without burning through your social capital
28.50 Time Traveller Question
33.35 Alternative lives
36.50 What would  you like to see change/stay the same in academia?
40.30 ‘Are you the widget that we are trying to produce?’

Summit Keynote address:

Prof. Stefan Collini, ‘Survival for What? Scholarship as a Vocation’

Stefan Collini portrait by Chris Glynn

Summit: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable

Part 1

Part 2 – coming soon

Featuring Claire Jowitt, Radhika Mohanram, Nicola Rivers & Amy Burge.

Recorded at Cardiff University #ECASurvival Summit, Nov 17-18, 2018

Episode 2: Michelle Deininger

Michelle Deininger is Lecturer in the Humanities at Cardiff University, with responsibility for the Continuing and Professional Education division. She came to our attention after her piece Working Class Voices (Wales Arts Review, 2018). She is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Scholarship and Sisterhood: Women, Writing, and Higher Education (University of Wales Press).

Episode 3: Will Tattersdill

Will Tattersdill is Senior Lecturer in Popular Literature at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siècle Periodical Press (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Check back for more updates soon, and follow us at @ECASurvival