Publishing and grant writing in Spanish and Latin American Studies
Careers in Latin American Studies, academic or otherwise, can be difficult to enter and challenging to navigate. Two key steps that postgraduates can take to enhance their competitiveness is to begin publishing and securing grants. Both can seem time consuming and unrealistic (especially while writing a Ph.D thesis) but they need not be. This workshop will propose small practical steps to make publishing and grant writing more manageable for forward-looking postgraduates.
Associate Professor Adrian Hearn is an anthropologist in the University of Melbourne Spanish and Latin American Studies program. He has published six books and numerous policy papers and articles on China-Latin America relations, the politics of religion in Cuba, and Latin American food security. These outputs have been funded by—and have helped to secure—grants from the Australian Research Council, the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the São Paulo Research Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and others. He is a member of several University of Melbourne committees and working groups on grant writing.
This workshop focuses on fieldwork in Latin America; in particular some of the common challenges that PhD students face. These can include issues related to ethics, logistics, language and cultural barriers, and the challenges that can be experienced when the neat theoretical frameworks and preconceptions developed prior to fieldwork come under pressure in ‘real world’ settings. These challenges often continue post fieldwork in the ‘writing up’ phase. This workshop will provide some tips and an opportunity for students to talk through some of the fieldwork challenges they are facing, regardless of which stage of their PhD they are at.
Dr Elizabeth Kath is a senior lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. She has a political science background and now works within the interdisciplinary field of global studies, with a regional focus on Latin America. She is experienced in a range of social research methods, and has conducted field research in Cuba, Brazil and Mexico. Her work has been widely published in academic books and journals and presented at international conferences around the world.
When: Tuesday 3 July 2-4pm
Registration: The masterclasses are free for registered participants in the 2018 AILASA conference. Please register your interest in attending via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further details about the workshop will be made available closer to the event.