Crafting your Research Narrative

19 March 2014, 16:15 - 18:15

CRASSH Seminar room S1, Upstairs in ARB

This is the rescheduled event which was postponed on 19 February.  Registration has now closed as all places are taken. If you wish your name to be put on a waiting list please contact Michelle Maciejewska.

Consider this sentence: "My research interests include Thomas Mann, German modernist literature, the body, the senses, Freudian psychoanalysis, queer theory and performativity, poststructuralism, and Derridean deconstruction." In my experience, this type of sentence is all too common. Who is this person? What do they really do? If I'm asking myself these questions… then you've already fallen into the trap of being beige and forgettable. (Dr Steve Joy, Guardian Professional, Thursday 28 November 2013.)

Crafting research narratives – for your department website, a cover letter or a grant application – is a seemingly ever-present and demanding task. How to convey depth, interest and scope whilst also sounding like a feasible, fascinating and compelling intellectual? Dr Steve Joy (Careers Service, Cambridge) will lead this workshop and discussion on crafting effective, authentic research narratives for the often inter-disciplinary post-doc.

The event is free to attend but registration is required.  Please book your place using the online booking link on this page.

Refreshments will be provided.

For administrative enquiries please contact Michelle Maciejewska.

Steve read Modern Languages at Cambridge, which included a year teaching English in Germany.
After graduating, he worked at Essex County Council on a major relocation project, before returning to the German Department at Cambridge to do a PhD on the senses in the fiction of Thomas Mann. He now has a portfolio of academic-related careers. Since 2009, he has been the postdoctoral consultant at the Centre for Personal and Professional Development, co-ordinating a training and development programme for Cambridge research staff and the HEA-accredited Teaching Associate Programme. He is also qualified to use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a psychometric personality tool that many researchers find useful for their work and career development. He keeps up links with academic life, teaching and publishing on Thomas Mann, psychoanalysis, and the senses. In September 2011, he joined the Careers Service to offer careers guidance specifically for research staff in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.