Academics and Digital Media: Tools for Effective Engagement

A two-day workshop for early to mid career academics

December 5-6, 2016

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

The Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations is delighted to invite applications from early to mid career academics with a specialism in history or the social sciences. 

The two-day interactive workshop generously funded by the British Academy’s Rising Stars scheme will share practical advice and industry insights into making the best use of digital media to publicise your work and your ideas.   The aim is not only to share knowledge about the media environment and the skills to navigate it, but also to build a group of academics who are interested in media engagement and prepared to support one another in developing media profiles in their different areas.

Places are limited at the event. In case of over-subscription, prospective attendees may be asked to write a short statement (150 words) to explain their interest. The event is free to attend.

The deadline for applications is Friday 4 November 2016.

If you would like to apply please register here or email setting out your name, affiliation, email and postal address, phone number and current position.

All applications will be acknowledged by Tuesday 8 November and a final decision made by Friday 11 November, 2016.

Speakers include 

David Goodhart (Policy Exchange, Prospect)

Madeleine Sumption (Director of the Migration Observatory, University of Oxford)

Louise Blythe (BBC Academy)

Eileen Guo (Co-founder and president Impassion Afghanistan)

Farida Vis (Research Fellow and Director of the Social Media Lab, University of Sheffield)


Topics covered include:


  • What the media wants from you
  • Utilising Facebook, blogs, twitter and other digital media platforms,
  • Writing for the Internet
  • Re-thinking academic impact
  • How to decide which channels are right for your work


The workshop will be followed by a second session in March, which will offer the chance for participants to reflect on the impact of the workshop and share good practice.

 Established in 2002, The Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations addresses fundamental challenges of the human condition as they are expressed across the diverse societies of the Muslim world and their diasporas.  Offering an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Muslim Cultures​ that attracts scholars and students from around the world to its London campus, ISMC explores the diverse histories of Muslim societies, as well as new paths and possibilities in a time of change, challenge and opportunity.​​​ 














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