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NoirFemme

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About NoirFemme

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    Diasporic & transnational feminisms
  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
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    Interdisciplinary Humanities

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  1. Do summer research with SROP or the Leadership Alliance, or google "[dream colleges] summer research program". I think it would have been easier for me to leap from state school to Ivy if I'd done this, since I would have had consistent face-to-face contact with the professors and admins. If you can publish in an undergraduate history journal, do! And present your work at any conference that allows undergraduates.
  2. I searched old threads, and someone in 2011 got an email that says they were placed on the Honorable Mention list:
  3. Ha! Yes. In my history papers, I'd have to argue for the presence of literature as a source, and in English, I'd struggle with making sure the historical contextuality didn't overpower the literary analysis. I believe I have a firm grip on the type of research I do; both programs have scholars who ask similar questions. However, the history program does have robust certificates that allow me to interact outside of the department.
  4. Thanks! I actually do interdisciplinary work right now, but the waitlist is the only interdisciplinary program to which I was accepted. Hence why I'm torn between whether to go History or go English. Well that's the thing--I am incredibly interdisciplinary. My A.S. is in Anthropology, and my undergrad degrees are in American Studies & public history. My research has been in cultural studies, digital humanities, and museums. I am going on to combine my public humanities work with Global US & African Diaspora studies. I can easily do both English and History, so my concern with the job market is not about there being no jobs but that I don't have a ton of interest in being a plain history or English professor (survey courses, composition courses...o__O). Both programs are super eager to support my interdisciplinary research through coursework and financial remuneration. I just don't know how to decide between them.
  5. Based on the wording of my email, it looks like there are four outcomes: awardees, alternates, honorable mentions, and rejections. So if you're, say, number 6 on the alternate list, and only five awardees out of the 60 decline the fellowship, you'll be placed on the honorable mention list.
  6. I still have a visit to do next week. I'm leaning towards that school because it's in a major city with relevant archives, it's top ranked, has lots of funding, and I can take coursework in the sub-sub-fields in which I am interested. Yet, the other school, while not ranked very high nor having graduate programs in my s-s-fs, has offered a fellowship that aligns with my public history interests and doesn't require teaching. And it's in a central location to lots of major cities with relevant archives. (Still on the waitlist for a very highly ranked program, but I'm on the fence about accepting if I did get in, because the funding isn't as stellar as the school's reputation) The other big issue with making a decision is that both programs are in two different disciplines. I have to decide which methodologies are best for the same research questions. :/
  7. I got placed on an alternate list, with the possibility of getting an Honorable Mention if awardees don't decline the award. First year (well...first year this fall), African American History.
  8. First, it's not a sentiment it's a fact. Secondly, if I'm not mistaken, the list is broken into sub-fields. And if you're in your field, you know, and others know, the prestige and merits of potential programs to which you will apply. When I was forming my list last year, my adviser knew which programs to cross off and which programs to which I should apply that I had no idea existed. When I had the opportunity to visit a campus, a prospective adviser looked at my SOP and told me where she saw me fitting in based on my research and also the faculty. Sure, most are going to try HYP just to see if they can get the golden ticket, but if you have an excellent adviser, talk to other students, and do your own research, you know the programs to which you should apply. This list is a starting point for people who don't even know if they can aim that high.
  9. Maybe the rankings are garbage (whatever is defined as garbage), but as a first-gen, low-income, nontraditional student of color, the satisfaction of being accepted into a highly-ranked program is considerable. And obtaining a degree from a highly-ranked program gives us POC students a boost when our presence in academia and our credentials are often marginalized, undermined, and viewed with skepticism.
  10. You're welcome. If oral history and documentary is vital to your work, Option B sounds great. But since NYC and Philadelphia aren't drastically far apart, could you still use the resources and/or collaborate with researchers at Option B while attending Option A?
  11. As someone who is musing over the same dilemma, I say to ask yourself if your #1 dream position is to be a public historian--meaning, curator, historical consultant, corporate historian, etc. Or, if your goal is to be a professor of history, who could also teach public history and be involved in local projects wherever you end up teaching. If it's the latter, choose Option A, but also look around the school and region for public history opportunities, and attend/publish public history stuff. If the former, I'd choose Option B. From what I've experienced, I don't think that public history will ever be on "equal" footing with traditional history, because it's long been viewed as a back-up plan for people who can't get a TT job. And TT job placement is how departments--and students and admins--gauge their reputation.
  12. Seriously. This is going to be what future cycles take from the 2017 thread? Maybe some of the veterans need to chill if they can't interact with new people with some grace.
  13. Definitely. I'm over it right now lol. On to getting excited about where I'll be this fall!
  14. What do you want to do? Do you already have museum and/or gallery experience? The art and museum world is tough to get into and is often underpaid (or unpaid), and degree programs geared towards the field do not guarantee you will be flush with job opportunities. Museum degrees are also expensive, and if you're going to be coming out of the program with substantial debt, you ought to be sure you've accumulated enough experience in exactly what you want to do before you finish the degree. Another thing is that they tend to be broad in scope rather than preparing students for one department (like registrar, curator, conservation, education, management, etc), so when you start applying for jobs, if you didn't only work with collections or only work with nonprofit development, your degree is somewhat meaningless if jobs are asking for specific experience. One last thing to think about: curators--especially in the art museum world--are expected to have specialized knowledge of a particular type of art. For example, a curator of Chinese art has both extensive experience and knowledge of Chinese history and culture + curation training. Museum educators are expected to be professionals with teaching experience and/or education degrees + museum studies degree. If these programs are general rather than specific, then that's probably what is meant when they're described as "not very academic." If your heart is set on entering the museum profession, I would recommend getting a job, internship, or volunteer position as you get your degree.
  15. TKO from Yale. Struck out with three of the four American Studies programs to which I applied. :-/ Not devastated like I would have been a few weeks ago, but a tad exasperated/frustrated because there's no way of knowing what AMST programs want. Congrats to those who did get in to the top programs.