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Academic Professional Development

Thursday 13 June 2024
Afterwards there will be drinks
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden


This masterclass has a maximum capacity of 20 participants, so if you want to join please register at your earliest convenience.


About the masterclass

In this masterclass we will discuss some of the professional skills that PhD candidates need to develop to prepare themselves for an academic career. We will specifically focus on two themes, namely academic publishing and academic career skills.

The first part of the session, on academic publishing, will focus on publication strategies (monographs, edited volumes, chapters, journal articles, shorter pieces). We will then discuss in detail the key steps for developing and submitting a journal article and how to go about a manuscript revision process. Participants are asked to bring their own laptops or other devices to be able to join the online in-class exercise.

In the second part of the session, we discuss other dimensions of professional development for academic careers, including networking, CV-building, and preparing for job applications and job talks.


Participants are asked to prepare for this masterclass by sending in a one-page description of their research project and stage of PhD, their publication plans/aspirations, and their questions about publishing and academic careers one week before the meeting. Participants will read the introductions sent in by the other participants prior to the class.


This masterclass is part of the course Contemporary Anthropology of the Netherlands School of Anthropology. Each masterclass takes 3-4 hours and offers a combination of a lecture and a seminar.

The NESA masterclasses are for all Cultural Anthropology PhD students from Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Radboud University and Leiden University. 

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