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Turning Your Research into a Book event

The Writing Lab is hosting an event as part of the Festival of Early Career Researchers especially for PhD students and early career staff, although all are welcome. We are lucky to have 5 guest speakers with a wide range of experiences around publishing their research in different forms. Details of the event are as follows, and the link to book your place is below. 

Friday 4th February, 1.30pm – 3pm  

Turning Your Research into a Book 

Join UCL Writing Lab for this panel discussion between five researchers who have published monographs, edited collections and digital artifacts, post-PhD. They will share their experiences of the process and labour of producing a manuscript for publication,  and share practical ideas, including around how to manage teaching loads while producing manuscripts; structuring your time and helpful habits; flow of work with the publisher; balancing domestic labour and family life with publishing; asking for and receiving help. The panelists can speak across a range of experiences, including traditional and non-traditional academic career paths; precarious contracts and permanent jobs; being a disabled researcher; from the perspective of sitting on a University Press committee; researching and writing as a parent. 

Dr Anouk Lang is Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities in the Department of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, where she teaches C20th and C21st literature. Her research interests centre on the way digital technologies can produce new insights into cultural transmission and reception. She has held grants from the AHRC, the British Academy and the Carnegie Trust. Her current project is a co-edited collection on the digital futures of graduate education in the humanities. 

Dr Alex Lee  is a medieval historian who works on the intersection between popular religion and epidemic disease in late medieval Europe. She published her first monograph with Brill in 2021: The Bianchi of 1399 in Central Italy: Making Devotion Local. Alex has also published articles on the Bianchi and medieval religious confraternities, and has articles forthcoming on miracles, processions and teaching with Twitter. She currently teaches at UCL, King’s College London and New York University London. 

Dr. Morna Laing is Assistant Professor in Fashion Studies at The New School, Parsons Paris. She holds a Ph.D. from University of the Arts London, where she also lectured from 2011–2019. She is author of Picturing the Woman-child (Bloomsbury 2021) and co-editor of Revisiting the Gaze: The Fashioned Body and the Politics of Looking (Bloomsbury 2020). Her writing has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Sexualities, Fashion Theory, and Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty. She is currently working on her second monograph, entitled Sustainability and the Fashion Media: Spectatorship, Affect and Social Change (Routledge, forthcoming). 

Dr Shardia Briscoe-Palmer is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Nottingham. Shardia’s research specialisms intersect across the politics of gender, race, and social injustices. Shardia received her doctorate from the University of Birmingham in 20221 and Her research focus explores the politics of black masculinities whilst (de)constructing postcolonial identities. Shardia’s research interests also include academic diversity and inclusivity challenges faced by minority groups within higher education. Shardia is a mother of two young boys and spends many of her days navigating the world around them, being their example for change. She can be found via Twitter @ShardiaBPalmer   

Dr Susannah Gibson is a writer and historian based in Cambridge. She holds a PhD in eighteenth-century history from the University of Cambridge and her PhD thesis was later re-imagined as the critically-acclaimed book Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? (Oxford University Press, 2015). She is also the author of The Spirit of Inquiry (Oxford University Press, 2019) and her next book – a study of eighteenth-century bluestockings – will be published by John Murray in 2023. As well as writing, Gibson has worked in academia and literary festivals, and is interested in the public understanding of history.  

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