WP002
Learning our trade: the challenges and possibilities of young scholars [Young Scholar Working Group Workshop]

Convenors:
Jón Þór Pétursson (University of Iceland)
Arnika Peselmann (Institute of Saxon History and Cultural Anthropology (ISGV) Dresden)
Mathilde Lamothe (University of Pau)
Stream:
Workshops, films and posters
Location:
A111
Start time:
24 June, 2015 at 10:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

The SIEF-Young Scholar Working Group invites everyone to a workshop discussion of the current situation of young scholars and their expectations for the future. We will address the various challenges facing scholars in their early careers and in their everyday practice as they learn their trade.

Long abstract:

The SIEF-Young Scholar Working Group invites everyone to a workshop discussion of the current situation of young scholars and their expectations for the future. We specifically want to address the various challenges facing scholars in their early careers and in their everyday practice as they learn their trade. We wish to share our experience from the academic field of ethnology, folklore and cultural anthropology by exchanging thoughts on what has helped us on our way, climbing up the educational ladder, and what ideas can we come up with to promote best practice? We would therefore like to discuss the various institutional structures (or the lack of them) of our disciplines and how they have helped or hindered our academic voyage. This includes different educational programs of the disciplines, working conditions and funding, as well as teaching and other institutional participation. What options are available on a national and institutional level when it comes to selecting programs to study? Our overarching aim is to explore the opportunities for further collaborations across national borders and the institutions that have programs in our respective disciplines. That would entail the possibilities of joint degree programs, allowing students to move between institutions and to specialize within specific field of studies. Such exchange programs could be immensely valuable in terms of gaining experience, strengthening international networks as well as our respective fields. Finally, how can we as a working group facilitate solutions to these and other questions that matter to young scholars?

Accepted Papers: