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The Exchanges Discourse - A podcast about early career publishing in academia

The Exchanges Discourse - A podcast about early career publishing in academia

By Gareth Johnson
Focusing on the early career researcher experience, each episode we talk to authors or focus on a related aspect of academic publication. Drawing on authentic examples we provide advice on better academic writing, share the highs and lows of being an academic author as well as delving into publication planning. Episodes often link back to published articles, to the associated journal, Exchanges, for which this podcast is a companion.
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A Conversation with…Dr Julia Gauly

The Exchanges Discourse - A podcast about early career publishing in academia

In Conversation with Alena Cicholewski
In this episode we talk to scholar Alena Cicholweski (Institute of English and American Studies, University of Oldenburg, Germany), about her research and publications, especially her article ‘A place where everybody is a legendary hero… and a total dork’ which appeared in our recent Lonely Nerds special issue. We move on to talk about her experiences teaching academic writing and Muslin American cultural representations in pop culture. We finish as always by offering advice to potential early career authors for publishing in future issues of Exchanges and other journals.
September 27, 2022
In Conversation with Natalia Rumak
In this episode we talk to Russian scholar Natalia Rumak (The Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University), about her research and publications, especially her article Sherlock and Shārokku: ‘Nerdy’ detectives in the West and in the East which appeared in our recent Lonely Nerds special issue. We move on to talk about the highs and lows of being a publishing academic, focusing in on issues of native and non-native speakers writing in different languages. We finish as always by offering advice to potential early career authors for publishing in future issues of Exchanges and other journals
August 31, 2022
In Conversation with Francesca Brunetti
This episode we talk to scholar, artist and past-Exchanges author, Francesca Brunetti (ISI Florence, Italy), about her paper Delicious Bodies, Beautiful Food, Powerful Pleasure, which appeared in the most recent issue of the Exchangesjournal (V9.2). Along the way we touch on desire and pleasure, food and sex, and cultural perceptions of the southern Italian women. We also talk about some of Francesca’s work in progress, alongside her advice for new authors too. --- If you’d like to be featured in a future episode, then find out here how to submit your paper to Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal.
June 22, 2022
In Conversation with Jon Braddy
We talk with Jon Braddy, Florida Gulf Coast University, about his paper Utilizing the Octothorpe (#): Schizoanalytic cartographies recognized in War Games, which appeared in the most recent issue of the Exchanges journal (V9.2). Along the way, aside from contrasting the trans-Atlantic weather differences, we look at passion how it can serve to evolve your own academic voice within your writing. We also discuss some areas of mutual challenges for authors and editors of scholarly journals, and reflect on the value and process of peer-review. --- If you’d like to be featured in a future episode, then find out here how to submit your paper to Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal.
June 22, 2022
What Do I Get Out of Publishing with Exchanges?
A question that any journal editor is asked periodically, every pun intended, is what authors get out of publishing with their title? Given there are so many different journals out there they could consider, what makes ours special? So, in this episode our Editor-in-Chief reflects back on some of his favourite aspects of the the journal: from our diamond open-access stance, to our early career focus and not to mention the personal care and attention we try to deploy. Find out what are some of our favourite aspects of the title, and what you the author might get out of publishing with us. --- If you’d like to be featured as a guest in a future episode, then find out here how to submit your paper to Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal.
March 25, 2022
In Conversation with Monica Mastrantonio
In this episode I chat with visiting professor in English and Related Literature at the University of York, Monica Mastrantonio. Our initial conversation concerns her recent article in Exchanges, The Question of Time for Norbert Elias: Challenges of an interdisciplinary concept and approach towards time. As a result we discuss topics including the meaning of ‘figurational sociology’, the work of Norbert Elias and in particular how this allows us to better understand our own relationships with time. Contrasting the medieval experience with the present, Monica discusses how humanity increasingly utilises time as a framework for organising everything including the forging of interpersonal connections. We touch too on the concepts of ‘meaningful time’ and the value of diverse relationships. Moving on, our discussions move to explore Monica’s research and current publication plans, before we shift to examining some of her broader experiences in publishing. In particular, Monica shares her thoughts and advice for first time and early career authors. --- If you’d like to be featured in a future episode, then find out here how to submit your paper to Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal.
February 24, 2022
In Conversation with Huayi Huang
In this extended episode, we talk with researcher Huayi Huang of the University of Edinburgh about their research and publications. At the heart of our early discussions is Huayi’s excellent paper published in Exchanges volume 9 issue 1 - A Tasty Encounter with Routine Dynamics Ideas. Huayi goes on to clarify the relevance of routine dynamics thinking both in research and everyday contexts. Then the conversation progresses to encompass wider-ideas around the concepts of stability and change alongside considering the positive contributions early career researchers can make within public society. Naturally, as always, we also chat about our author’s current and future publication plans, before finishing with examining some thoughts on how to support early career researchers in their publication activities. --- If you’d like to be featured in a future episode, then find out here how to submit your paper to Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal.
February 18, 2022
In Conversation with Elloit Cardozo
In this episode Elloit Cardozo talks about his research activities, especially as they relating to his recent paper ‘The Sagacity of Words’: Gandhi and 21st Century Hip Hop. Elloit discusses how the paper was partly inspired from desires to provide an easier route for younger school and university students to gain a greater understanding of the life and times of Gandhi. While deploying an analytical lens empowered through Hip-Hop music might seem an unusual approach to some readers, Elloit explores how it offered him a fresh and exciting way to explore the topic. Elloit also takes us into his current publishing plans, and how The Big Lebowski factors into them, before finishing by offering advice to other early career researchers looking towards publishing their first paper. Find out how to submit your paper to Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal here.
February 01, 2022
In Conversation with Mehdi Moharami
In the first of our new season of episodes we talk to early career scholar, and recent Exchanges author, Mehdi Moharami (Monash University, Australia) about his research and publishing work. Focusing of the ethnographic piece written for the journal, exploring the lived and cultural experiences of language teachers based in Iran, we move on to examine advice on publishing for other first time authors or early career scholars. Read Mehdi and colleagues' paper in full here: A Teacher’s Autoethnography: The impact of lifelong experiences in shaping worldviews and teacher identity Or find out how to submit your paper to Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal here.
January 27, 2022
Looking Back at Volumes 8.4 and 9.1 of Exchanges
We cap off a year for the journal and the podcast, with a look back at the contents of the last two issues of the year. Volume 8.4 was a special issue, dedicated to the Then & Now projects and looked at the experience of art students studying at Warwick over the past half a century. By contrast Volume 9.1 of Exchanges was a regular journal issue, and brought a selection of articles dealing with everything from ethnography to Norbert Elias to GMOs and Early Career Researcher experiences.
December 21, 2021
A Conversation about Educational Podcasting with Jim Judges
In this episode, I talk with Warwick’s Jim Judges about a topic close to both of our hearts: educational podcasting. Acting as an introduction to anyone in higher education who might be wondering about the basics of creating, configuring and producing a podcast our conversations take in such topics as effective hosting, timing, editing and the all-important theme of keeping guests to time. The conversation is inspired in part by a recent workshop panel discussion on academic podcasting, hosted at the University of Warwick.
December 15, 2021
A Conversation with...Catherine Price
In this episode we talk with Dr Catherine Price of the University of Nottingham. We discuss her current research into ‘biochar’, along with her work on the ‘Anthropocene and More Than Human World’ project, which is leading to a future special issue of the journal. We touch on some of the benefits from collaborative authorship in academia, as well as how emerging professional networks can serve to enhance writing skills, enthusiasm and achievement for early career researchers. As always, we close we some words of advice for first-time academic authors.
October 12, 2021
Everyone’s Talkin’ At Me: Growing Your Own Podcast
In this special episode, which was featured as a paper at the Mercian Collaboration 2021 Conference: Adaptation and Growth in Times of Adversity, we take a look at academic/educational podcasting - as illustrated through the experiences of the Exchanges Discourse.  The episode spotlights the podcast's relatively recent genesis and subsequent evolution. Alongside this, the practical, technological and production processes are showcased, combined with reflections on elements such as show formats, guest management and publicising. Through revisiting the podcast’s trials, tribulations and triumphs, the episode also highlights routes to overcoming some of the challenges which were encountered. Moreover, the crucial value derived from embracing an ‘authentic and de-marketised’ discourse within your audio content will be stressed throughout. Consequently, listeners may be inspired and informed to explore how their own library services could be actively, effectively and engagingly promoted through audio content to reach new audiences.
September 09, 2021
A Conversation with…Rob Horsfield
In this summery episode we talking to one of the author contributors to our climate-fiction (clifi) special issue, Rob Horsfield. Touching on his current work with the NHS we move to examine some of the themes in his article concerning the works of Philip K Dick and the Anthropocene. Moving on we also discuss some of the challenges faced by first time academic authors, and the value especially of collaboration with editors, reviewers and fellow authors in improving our writing practice.
August 10, 2021
6 (or so) Ways to Get Involved with Exchanges
In this episode, our resident Editor-in-Chief and host talks about 6(ish) ways early career and established researchers can get involved in our scholar-led journal. While some are unique to our host institution and our partner organisations, there’s still more than enough different routes to contribute to the journal’s mission, while enriching your own career prospects too. Find out how – in this episode!
June 10, 2021
A Conversation with…M Onat Topal
In this episode we discuss the article, ‘Use of Artificial Intelligence in Legal Technologies: A critical reflection’ and some of its implications with its lead author. As usual we delve into the guest’s current research and publishing activities, before closing with some advice for first time and new academic authors.
June 01, 2021
Introducing Volume 8.3 of Exchanges
In this episode we take a brief look at each of the articles published in the latest issue of the Exchanges research journal. If you’re wondering if reading the issue was for you, hopefully this episode will whet your appetite to dive in headfirst to the journal!
May 20, 2021
A Conversation with…Mark Readman
In this episode we talk with Principal Academic in Media Education, Mark Readman, from the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. We talk through Mark’s thoughts on publication as an editor and author, as well as exploring some of his current research and publication plans. Along with advice for first time authors, we also diverge into a brief discussion concerning 1980s UK sitcoms.
May 13, 2021
A Conversation with...Urmee Chakma
In this episode, we talk with doctoral candidate Urmee Chakma, from the Faculty of Education at Monash University about her recent publication with the Exchanges journal. We also talk about the challenges of teaching English to speakers of other languages, and her advice for authors approaching publication for the first time.
April 23, 2021
A Conversation with…Doro Wiese
In this episode, I talk with WIRL-COFUND research fellow, Dr Doro Wiese, from the University of Warwick’s School of Languages & Culture. We discuss her current epistemological research, before focussing on her experiences with academic publication. As always, we finish with advice for those looking to publish academic work for the first time.
March 31, 2021
Conversations with…Associate Editors
In this very special episode of the podcast, we talk to three of the post-graduate researcher associate editors who’ve been working on the journal: Giulia Champion, Nora Castle and Melissa Pawelski. We look at their varied editorial experiences, what they’ve each learned along with reflections of what they’d do differently next time. Along the way, we also take the time to explore their advice and tips for new scholars taking their first steps into authorship and editorial work.
February 04, 2021
The Cultural Representations of Nerds – in Conversation with Dr Filippo Cervelli & Dr Ben Schaper
In this episode recorded at the end of 2020 we are joined by Dr Schaper and Dr Cervelli, two scholars who’ve been working for the journal for the past year on a special issue. Reflecting on their experiences of involvement with Exchanges, the pair also discuss the background and motivations for the issue. Finally, they also share some advice for first-time academic authors. The related event and issue will be appearing, later in 2021.
January 14, 2021
A Conversation with…Isabelle Heyerick
This episode we are joined by one of the Institute of Advanced Study’s WIRL-COFUND research fellows, Isabelle Heyerick, from Warwick’s Department of Applied Linguistics. Isabelle talks about her research work and publishing experiences which relate to the ‘intersection of (applied) linguistics, intercultural studies and language ideologies’. Isabelle also takes time to explore some of the bumps on her publication learning journey, alongside some timely insights and advice for first time and early career authors. Edit: A transcript of this episode is now available (with thanks to Isabelle)
December 22, 2020
A Conversation with…Dr Julia Gauly
This episode we are joined by Institute of Advanced Study Early Career Fellow, Dr Julia Gauly to talk about her research work and publishing experiences. Based at Warwick Medical School, Julia’s work focuses on evaluating sexual health information provision and, especially as a route to enhancing accessibility and public health, the impacts from increased its availability via local pharmacies. Julia also takes the time to share her own learning journey with respect to publishing, along with providing some words of advice for first time and other early career authors.
December 03, 2020
Reflections on: Exchanges Volume 8, Issue 1
In this episode we take a brief look at the papers and themes in the Autumn 2020 issue of The Exchanges Journal (Volume 8.1, published October 2020). Alongside this, we also provide outline details of our next themed call for papers on the topic of ‘A.I. – Panic or Panacea’, the full details of which can be found on the Exchanges website:
November 26, 2020
A Spoken Abstract from…Dr Mairi Gkikaki
In this short episode we are pleased to be joined by Dr Mairi Gkikaki, from the University of Warwick, to talk about the recent paper she co-authored in the journal. Mairi talks a little about her own research background, before providing a spoken word version of the paper’s abstract, fleshing out some of the content and background in a little more detail. You can read the paper in Volume 7.3 of the Exchanges journal, or via the DOI
November 03, 2020
A Conversation with…Dr Ioana Vrabiescu.
In this episode we are delighted to be joined by one of Warwick’s WIRL-COFUND research fellows, Dr Ioana Vrabiescu, to talk about her current work in the realm of trans-national policing and targeting of Romanian citizens for deportation. We move on then to focus on Ioana’s publication experiences, including her current projects along with the good and bad moments she’s experienced along the way. The episode concludes with her advice for any early career researchers looking to publish their own work.
October 15, 2020
Do you want to build a Special Issue?
If you’ve ever thought about proposing a special issue of the Exchanges journal, then this is the episode for you. In it we talk through the areas which any proposer needs to think through, ahead of their initial conversations with the editor in chief. Reflecting back on our own recent editorial experiences, we propose five key areas that would benefit from preparatory thought and consideration, before we can say ‘Yes!’ and kick off yet another special issue project.
October 06, 2020
Reflections on: Exchanges Volume 7, Issue 3
In this episode we take a walkthrough the articles in the latest (June 2020) issue of the Exchanges journal. Alongside highlighting their themes, the editor provides a personal take on what excited him most about each article. You can read the latest issue by following this link: or searching for the Exchanges Journal at the University of Warwick
July 09, 2020
Art Students Then & Now
In this episode we talk to guest Pierre Botcherby, a doctoral researcher in History, about the Then and Now: Arts at Warwick Project. This project is currently collaborating with the Exchanges journal towards producing a future special issue featuring the related work of students and established researchers. Pierre talks about his own research background, and how this led him to interact with the project, as well as his hopes for the submissions for the issue. Find out more on the project at:
July 01, 2020
Having Your Manuscript Declined & How To Avoid It
In this episode we look at some of the common author errors that lead to submitted manuscripts being declined by academic journals. After briefly examining why journals will decline work, the episode moves to consider some advice on how academic authors can avoid their manuscripts falling by the wayside. The episode is, as always, illustrated in the light of the experiences of the scholar-led, open access, Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal.
June 16, 2020
For Our Consideration
In this second episode, we look at the kinds of articles that the Exchanges interdisciplinary journal considers for publication, along with some guidance about what to think when writing them. The episode also lightly explores the difference between our peer reviewed and non-reviewed works.
May 21, 2020
Introducing the Exchanges Journal
Welcome to the first podcast, focussing on the Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal, a scholar-led title published by academics at the University of Warwick. In this first episode the managing Editor in Chief (Dr Gareth J Johnson) provides a brief introduction to the title, its mission and the kinds of material it publishes.
May 06, 2020