Working Interdisciplinarily: Opportunities and Challenges

A BSA Early Career Forum Event

4 June 2019 (10am-4pm)
University of Warwick, OC0.01 Oculus Building

About the Event

There are a distinct set of challenges facing early career sociologists in the current academic and employment environment. The pressures of precarity, the need to publish, the sense of competition and the need to keep so many plates spinning can feel exhausting and overwhelming. Working ‘interdisciplinarily’ provides opportunities for early career scholars to address some of these concerns - both intellectually and strategically - but also comes with a number of challenges related to forging a coherent identity as an academic.

This one-day event will offer a space for ECRs to discuss how to tread the tightrope of interdisciplinarity with established academics who are currently working across disciplinary boundaries. It will provide practical advice on career development as well as discussions around the broader implications of interdisciplinarity for sociology.

The event will consider topics such as:

  • How does working interdisciplinarily provide opportunities for sharing expertise?
  • Can demonstrating disciplinary pliability provide strategic benefits for ECRs in the current academic job market?
  • What does all of this mean for sociology as a discipline?

Confirmed Speakers


Keynote: Navigating interdisciplinarity and impact in the context of the REF - Professor Akwugo Emejulu in conversation with Dr Goldie Osuri

Panel: Moving through the ECR process interdisciplinarily – short interventions from speakers on their own journeys with time for Q&A

Workshop/Breakout Sessions – led by panel members:

  • Tailoring your CV
  • Where to Publish
  • Thinking About a Postdoc?
  • Juggling Teaching and Research


Registration for this event is open.

  • BSA Members: £5
  • Non-Members:£15

Contact Us

For further information, please contact the event organisers, Dr Katy Harsant and Dr Ros Williams.