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Sigaba last won the day on March 3

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  1. The objective of a dissertation is to create new knowledge that advances an existing historiographical debate, not to be "marketable." Framing a dissertation on a relatively obscure topic in a manner that historians may find it interesting is being professional. If the distinction is unclear, I recommend that you dust off a copy of Higham's History: Professional Scholarship in America and remind yourself of the price professional academic history has paid for making itself more "marketable" to the Social Science Research Council. (And not all advisors have the best interest of their graduate students in mind. Or so I've heard.) I think this response is a dodge. Now, you're saying you're a "stranger on the internet." Previously, you described yourself as a historian. Historians often use words like "amusing" and "entertaining" to dismiss an argument without engaging it. "Hilarious" is the throw of an intellectual gauntlet. Yet, rather than using your imagination as a historian to understand Safi's point and to pick up what he's putting down, you have twice privileged your perspective as a medievalist (despite Said's guidance), while simultaneously alleging that you're not. Have you considered the possibility that Safi was referring to the politicization of Islamic studies by polemicists such as Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer who believe that Westerners can predict the behavior of 2.18 billion people simply by reading a translation of the Koran? Might it be possible that he understands that this Westernized view is used to legitimize a teleological interpretation of Islamic civilization so that every interaction between Muslims and non Muslims is part of a master plan to establish a global caliphate? Perhaps Safi and his peers understand that this approach to Islamic studies has growing currency in the American government, especially in U.S. special operations forces, especially in the American army? Or maybe they have grasped that this broad brush simplistic approach to Islamic studies helped the current president get elected? Perhaps he's suggesting that scholars who demonstrate a higher level of intellectual rigor are more likely to earn the respect of established academics and to be offered jobs? Instead of considering these possibilities, you have doubled down. You find "hilarious" and "amusing" a clear and dire warning about a field of scholarly inquiry being subverted so that it can embolden the intellectual rot, the blind hate, the willful ignorance, the religious intolerance, the rabid us versus them nationalism, and theracism rampaging across the landscape of American and European politics.
  2. You're blowing off guidance from Omid Safi for an entirely different field (a point made clear in mb's post, twice) after you've done how much coursework as a graduate student in any field?
  3. It may be late to change the game for this term/semester. Before addressing it, I recommend talking to your boss and the DGS. Students may feel picked on if you offer the correction. If that happens, the push back will be an unwelcome distraction/shitshow. Going forward, when you hand out a section syllabus make it clear that writing assignments are to be fulfilled in standard American English. Provide examples of no go words and phrases. Re-enforce the point when you're talking about a pending assignment. Make sure that you have an educationally sustainable teaching point. (Every word you write should serve the purpose of advancing your core argument. If any word doesn't serve that purpose, it must be removed.) This tactic will allow you to ask "How does '+JMJ+' support your argument? You will need to be ready to refute (gently) almost every conceivable answer and provide a better way. HTH.
  4. Precisely how do rankings in a national publication hurt a profession? Are professional academic historians going to seek work at departments with higher rankings? Do hiring committees focus on the reputation of where an applicant got her degree or the department ranking? Are aspiring graduate students with the most potential going to use the rankings as a sole source resource for deciding where to apply? Are publishers and periodicals going to pay any attention to the rankings? (A must read from a top professor at the #4 program in America!) Are alumni going to stop making donations because they agree/disagree with the rankings?
  5. MOO, cutting expenses should not be a priority if you're going to be in a professional setting. If you're focused on foraging for food / finding the best deal on a ride to a location, you're using bandwidth that might be needed elsewhere.The impressions you make are going to be centered around your expertise and comportment, not the deal you made finding a room. I recommend making reasonable trade offs but prioritize putting yourself in a position where you can get the most out of the experience--and that includes enjoying it. $0.02.
  6. You've been hired to do a job. You've been given definitive guidance on how to do the work. You've not been hired to have a patronizing attitude towards your professor or the students or to fix what is "wrong" with college today. I think that you would serve your own interests well to stay in your lane and to avoid thinking that you know how your boss should do the job better than he/she does, especially if such thoughts get you in the "I don't want to go over the professor's head" neighborhood. These kinds of thoughts have ways of manifesting themselves in ways that will not benefit you. Down the line, when you are a professor, you can run the class your way (and supervise TAs who know better than you). As for your writing abilities relative to your students, if you received the above paragraph from one of them, what corrections would you make? (Subject verb agreement? Verb tenses? Run on sentences? Poorly organized argument?)
  7. If you think your partner may be the one, school B. If your partner is the one and your career path has greater earning potential, still school B. My $0.02.
  8. Bump.
  9. This thread is starting to read like that thread.
  10. Your intentions may change. (Even if you plan to use primarily cloud storage, you might be well served by having a back up in your physical possession.) But if they don't, what's your plan for a worst-case scenario? That 0.001% event that won't happen until the worst possible moment? A ball point pen goes dry, you just grab another pen. A stylus goes bad, the device won't turn on just as you're about to take the most important notes of your academic life.
  11. Thanks for the reminder.
  12. I am bumping this dormant thread so that active members can share their experiences. Over the last couple of seasons, it has become a practice to post in a thread without reading earlier posts. I respectfully request that respondents avoid that trend and give this thread a patient read before sharing your experiences and POV.
  13. @DCguy your defense of @Reaglejuice89 and his controversial position in this sidebar isn't just about shared perspectives on happiness and the future. (You know that I know exactly what I'm saying.) If your decision not to disclose relevant information reflects a wider pattern of behavior, you may find yourself in avoidable situations down the line.
  14. What's your back up plan if the iPad breaks or disappears? Is your institution/department Mac or PC?
  15. Consulting. Has the person looked at working for a consultancy?