Be/com/ing Academic is a one-day symposium at the University of Sussex, organised by doctoral students at the School of Education and Social Work and funded by the Researcher-Led Initiative Fund, taking place on the 24th of May 2017.

Registration for the symposium is via Eventbrite, here: and registration is open until Wednesday 17th May 2017.

For updates from the symposium, please follow us on Twitter: @becoming_acad, or ‘Like’ our page on Facebook – or click ‘attending’ on the Facebook event (although this doesn’t count as registration – you’ll still need to do that on Eventbrite!)

The Call for Submissions for the symposium (now closed) is below:

Be/com/ing Academic: A doctoral student/early career researcher symposium 

Are you a doctoral student or early career researcher who has ever felt that, regardless of your academic accomplishments, you are about to be unmasked as a fraud? That you’ll never quite reach a stage of academic legitimacy?

Sound familiar? Join us. We want to start a conversation.

Where? The University of Sussex

When? 24th May 2017

What for? We are hosting a one-day symposium aimed at exploring the emotional work involved in being and becoming academic. The day will involve presentations from students, workshops, creative activities and panel discussions.

Why? We want to create a space for doctoral and early career researchers from across disciplines to explore the way our emotions shape our academic identities. What are the implications of this for how we both understand and contribute to knowledge production? Through this event, we intend to unpack different notions of what it means to both ‘be’ and ‘become’ academic, opening the space for innovative ideas around what an academic identity and academic engagement can mean in today’s world.

How to be involved? We invite proposals for submissions from doctoral students and early career researchers across disciplines. To apply, please send a 250-word abstract or summary of your idea to by 5pm on the 1st of March 2017. We welcome and encourage creative responses to the following questions:

“What is your emotional experience of being / becoming an academic?”

and / or

“How do these experiences influence the ways you work and the knowledge you produce?”

All styles of delivery welcome, from Pecha Kucha or Ted Talk-style presentations, spoken word/slam poetry, or music, dramatic or artistic interpretations. We also welcome submissions which deal with the work that emotions do in reproducing academic identities from social, historical, psychological/psycho-social and other perspectives.

If you would like to know more about the event or have any questions, please email: