A a narrative reflection on the past, present, and future of the Early Career Higher Education Researchers (ECHER) network. Given its independent, informal, loosely structured, and voluntary character, we conceptualise it as an open-ended experiment in community building. We discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges which accompany the said experiment.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected and continues to affect us in ways we are still struggling to make sense of. Even within the academic “micro-universe” —the one most of us are closest to—the impact […]
Maybe you were wondering what early-career higher education researchers around the world are doing these days. You probably weren’t, unless you are one. Anyhow, here’s a short report on what some of us in ECHER have been up to.
Today is exactly one year since we launched this lovely blog we are so very proud of! Which makes it a good the occasion to look back at the things which we have done over this year – both related to the blog and to the community. […]
A wise scholar once told me that the difference between being able to recognize a good piece of writing and producing one ourselves is akin to something like watching the Olympics and participating in them. Fitting or not, I always found this metaphor […]
“Early-career” is, from whichever angle you look at it, a transitory phase in one’s academic life. It’s not even a phase we are very keen on staying in for more than we have to. After all, don’t we all work very hard to be considered early-career as short as possible?
Many of us struggle with academic writing. Native English speakers or not, most of us spend a considerable time trying to put our thoughts together in a coherent and meaningful way, endlessly rewriting and rearranging our sentences […]