Past Events

Un-affiliation: Perspectives Beyond the Full-Time Contract

ECRN Events

  • 31 March 2021
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Online Event

This is an event for ECRN members only. You can find out more about the network here.

Three independent scholars and museum practitioners will share their experiences of working independently, and discuss the impact this has had on their access to sources, funding, and professional opportunities. At the same time, our speakers will share the creative ways they have shaped their own projects and disrupted institutional hierarchies by working outside the academy.

In this panel discussion event, we will address the precarious job market faced by ECRs. As fixed-term and part-time contracts become increasingly common in academia and the museum and heritage sector, continuing research as an unaffiliated scholar is a reality many of us will face during our careers.

Our speakers will each give a 15-minute talk, followed by a Q&A session and a general discussion on the current state of professional development for ECRs.



Daniel Vo (Freelance curator and LGBTQ heritage expert)


Dr Ruth Brimacombe (Independent scholar and freelance curator, Watts Gallery)

Aindrea Emelife (art historian, writer, independent curator, author and presenter)

Dr Elisabeth Gernerd (Independent scholar and fashion historian)

Dr Amy Matthewson (Research Associate, SOAS)