One thing I have always hoped The Philosophers' Cocoon would do is provide a platform for early-career philosophers to discuss and better disseminate their work. In my experience (which is broadly backed by citation data), the typical research experience of many philosophers--particularly, early-career philosophers--is rather depressing, namely, something like this:
- Spend years working tirelessly on articles that you think make worthwhile contributions to the field.
- Publish them, only to see no one discuss them.
Although there is only so much we can do to help change this pattern, my hope is that the Cocoon might help a little by providing a forum for early-career scholars to bring their work into the discussion. How so? My hope is to create a new series, New Work by Early-Career Philosophers, where early-career people are invited to submit posts discussing their newly published or forthcoming articles. Basically, my hope is that, by providing the Cocoon's readers with (1) an overview of their newly published papers' arguments, and then (2) engaging readers in the comments-sections, early-career authors will be able to advocate for their work, generating more reader interest than they might otherwise enjoy (say, from their paper merely appearing on philpapers, for instance).
That, at any rate, is my hope--and we'll see if it works! So, then, do you have a new, or recent, paper that you think might interest readers? If so, just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a post providing an overview of the paper's main argument(s) and nature of its contribution to the field. This new series will be ongoing and open to all early-career philosophers (e.g. grad students, postdocs, and non-tenured faculty). Who wants to go first? Don't be shy: this is your chance (well, one chance among others) to get more people to engage with your work! :)