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Report: First WiGS Early Career Workshop on Alternative Careers, Oxford 9 September 2016

The first ECR workshop on alternative careers was a great success, thanks to a well-balanced programme, the generosity of the invited speakers in sharing their knowledge and time, the professionalism and friendliness of St Edmund Hall staff, a wonderful group of interested and lively participants, and last but not least the support of the WiGS … Continue reading

Event: First Early Career Workshop on alternative academic careers, Oxford, 9 September 2016

You are cordially invited to attend the first WiGS Early Career Workshop in St Edmund Hall, Oxford! For most of us working towards, or having obtained, a PhD the question of what to do with it can be very daunting. Most of us, presumably, would love nothing more than taking off with an academic career … Continue reading

Postdoctoral & Research Opportunities in Germany: 27 January 2016

Attention all Postgraduate and Early Career members: jobs.ac.uk is holding a free online event on 27 January 2016 entitled ‘Postdoctoral & Research Opportunities in Germany’. The 60-minute live video event (via a Google+ Hangout on Air called ‘Postdoctoral & Research Opportunities in Germany’) will enable you explore to explore the array of opportunities for early career researchers and newly … Continue reading

ECR-Blog: Early-career creativity

In this month’s blog post, Emily Troscianko talks about the academic life that happens while you make other plans, thinking about one’s research from different angles or frameworks, and the challenges of juggling a portfolio career. Emily (and WiGS) would love to hear your thoughts on these issues, so please feel free to leave your comments … Continue reading

Newcastle Chair in German Studies advertised

One of the most attractive Chairs in German Studies in the UK has been advertised: join the lively School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University with a multitude of regional, national and international activities going on. The official blurb below; the following areas of research are named as “desirable”, all of them having strong cross-Faculty … Continue reading

British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship Scheme

FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL FINAL YEAR DPHIL STUDENTS… The British Academy will be seeking applications for their Post-doctoral Fellowship scheme in MT16. All candidates who have been formally awarded their doctorate within three years prior to the submission of an application are eligible, as are applicants who have not yet submitted their theses, but who … Continue reading

Four-year Postdoc Position in Tübingen on Religious Knowledge Exchange

Great opportunity for anybody working before 1800 – four year postdoc position on “religious knowledge exchange” in Tübingen.   Ausschreibung / Job advertisement Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa (800-1800) Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa (800-1800) Transfers und Transformationen – Wege zur Wissensgesellschaft der Moderne Religious Knowledge in pre-modern Europe (800-1800) Transfers and transformations – Ways … Continue reading

Postgraduate Workshop

Update: Susan Reed from @BL_European will join the WiGS PG workshop for a hands-on session on blogging on things German – bring your laptop or tablet along for a Social Mediathon! Image of the ‘Deutschstunde’ from the latest blog on German literature

Interesting article from the LSE: How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang

Academic systems rely on the existence of a supply of “outsiders” ready to forgo wages and employment security in exchange for the prospect of uncertain security, prestige, freedom and reasonably high salaries that tenured positions entail. Drawing on data from the US, Germany and the UK, Alexandre Afonso looks at how the academic job market is structured in many … Continue reading

Women and Change in Higher Education: Culture and Careers

To: all academic and research staff From: Elizabeth Scanlon (Staff Development Unit) on behalf of the conference planning team Re: Women and Change in Higher Education conference For: information and circulation *apologies for cross-posting* Dear member of academic or research staff In April 2014 Newcastle and Durham Universities are jointly hosting a conference entitled ‘Women and change … Continue reading

Beyond Lecturing – Workshop at the XXVth WiGS Conference

Workshop during the XXVth WiGS conference NEW: Powerpoint presentation by Ellie Kennedy: Kennedy para academic careers workshop for humanities postgrads from EllieKennedy Posters which came out of the workshop with Ellie Kennedy (Nottingham Trent), Beyond Lecturing: The many uses for your PhD Skills in Higher Education Careers

Useful post from Newcastle University’s Careers Blog on new Initiative ‘Get Mobile’

New post on Careers Translated Calling all unemployed women… by Ellen  …not to go on a feminist protest (save that for a different post) but to make you aware of a new initiative, ‘Get Mobile’, supported by the European Commission as part of the Lifelong Learning Programme for Education and Culture. The project aims to help women improve … Continue reading

Thesis of the month! Madeleine Brook, University of Oxford

The process of thinking up a viable PhD project has a tendency to start as one idea and end up, after considerable lopping, pruning, and repotting, as something else. What was left over after an early search for source material on an entirely different proposed project was an eighteenth century text purporting to tell the … Continue reading

Sarah Colvin announced as new Schröder Chair!

We bring you the delightfully brilliant news that Sarah Colvin will take up the Schröder Professorship of German at Cambridge. We would like to extend our hearty congratulations to her! Sarah (on left) at the 2006 WiGS conference.  

PhD Thesis of the Month! Birgit Mikus, University of Oxford

See below for Birgit’s exceedingly interesting take on British vs German academia’s take on women writers….and just what is it like to have finished writing up and be looking for what comes next?? Do get in touch with me if you would like to contribute to the series ‘Thesis of the Month’. emily.spiers@new.ox.ac.uk ………………………………………….. The … Continue reading

Really interesting and useful blog on academic applying….


Stellenausschreibung FU Berlin: Wiss. Mitarbeiterin / Wiss. Mitarbeiter (Postdoc)

Subject: JOB: Wiss. Mitarbeiterin / Wiss. Mitarbeiter (Postdoc) – Internationales Graduiertenkolleg InterArt (FU Berlin) (19.11.2012) Stellenausschreibung Freie Universität Berlin Fachbereich Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften Internationales Graduiertenkolleg InterArt Wiss. Mitarbeiterin / Wiss. Mitarbeiter (Postdoc) 
befristet auf 2 Jahre Im Internationalen Graduiertenkolleg InterArt am Fachbereich Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften der Freien Universität Berlin ist zum nächstmöglichen Termin eine Stelle als … Continue reading

Part-time and freelance posts

Useful addresses for part-time and freelance work in German Studies: [A] German Saturday Schools There are several German Saturday Schools throughout the UK, employing German native speakers to teach bilingual pupils: http://www.germansaturdayschools.co.uk/ [B] Private Tuition There are a number of private tuition agencies recruiting German tutors: (1) Conversation Piece Jane Ingham, Recruitment Manager 020 8944 … Continue reading

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