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  1. I've only seen the word 'Congress' in large, mostly international conferences. I cannot think of a small conference being a congress.
  2. Oh, I thought 'the other' was in Interdisciplinary Studies. Well, since you have read so much, you probably can tell the difference between research in both departments. In my field, we often get carried away by the Anthro/ethno part of the project and our advisors our always asking: "why is this a history dissertation?" It is not that they don't want us to be interdisciplinary, but at the end of the day we have to be coherent between research and field. So, what type of research do you want to do? [Oh, I know it is easier to ask than to be asked this!!!] Also, have looked into the possibility of certificates within your programs? Finally, I don't know everybody else's but my coursework experience has been intensely interdisciplinary. I'm sure you've had that experience too, given your interests, so it is highly difficult to see you not crossing methodological boundaries What other things can you weight in?
  3. Yes, but also you need to think about your professional goals beyond the program. Regardless of the market (because you cannot control it, not because it is unimportant), how do you envision yourself? What type of scholarship do you want to produce, in which environment, and for what audience? The programs are not only a matter of methodologies because in the humanities we borrow each other's methods anyway But I think it is important to think right from the start how a PhD in X or Y serve you better. How you are going to market yourself and your research from each program.
  4. I really wish things were that easy. Unfortunately, exams are very discipline- and department-specific. At this point you should focus on passing the remaining four fields. As you prepare, do talk to your committee (if permitted) in order to better understand what's their aim for you in these exams. In general, comps have to do with the ability to produce something intellectually coherent, to show expertise, and to show dialogue with the discipline. Yet, this can vary significantly among departments and even among faculty. Right now, you need as much information about the exams as you can gather.
  5. You can't do it "entirely". E-mail any of the admins like @TakeruK @fuzzylogician
  6. American History R_Escobar (20th century, American Indian), crazedandinfused (antebellum, intellectual), hopin'-n-prayin' (southern, religious), stevemcn (transnational), Simple Twist of Fate (early American), zb642 (20th century, labor/working-class culture), BCEmory08 (19th-20th century Catholicism, labor), irvinchiva10 (20th century, immigration/immigration reform) natsteel (early American political culture and intellectual history) unforth (19th century US political and military history, US Civil War) hbeels (colonial, early national, 19th century, transappalachain west, historical memory of these eras/areas) thedig13 (20th century U.S.; built environment, modern consumer culture, race, and immigration) Weepsie (North American Mapping, Exploration and Trade, Anti-Communism/Socialism in Interwar period, bit of a mixed bag) lafayette (19th c. [with a dash of 20th], urban, intellectual) vtstevie (Revolutionary/Early Republic New England, infrastructure/economic) macmc (Feminist, gender, and LGBT history) HistThrift (early America, indigenous history) junotwest (19/20th century African-American, Cultural/Intellectual, Gender & Sexuality) calhoun&caffeine (19th cen. Southern [political]) tampopo ramen (19th-20th century capitalism/business) BookishVixen (late 18th-early 20th ce maritime communities, cultural, gender & sexuality) hardtack&coffee (19th Century American Social & Military History, American Civil War) spellbanisher (economic and cultural history of the gilded age, progressive era, and the 1920s) European History Kelkel (Modern Germany, political), goldielocks (Britain), SapperDaddy (Eastern and Central Europe), kotov (Modern Romania, Holocaust, labor), RevolutionBlues (Modern Western Europe/France labor and leftist politics), theregalrenegade (18th/19th cent British Empire/environment), jrah822 (19th century Britain; emphasis on colonial relationship to India), grlu0701 (Intellectual & cultural history,fin de siecle Germany and Italy), naturalog (modern European [mostly German] intellectual and cultural/sexuality and gender/political radicalism), runaway (Eastern/Central, memorialization & visual culture), Sequi001 (Modern France, gender and sexuality, colonialism/imperialism) Abetheh (19th/early 20th century Germany and France, religious politics vs secularization) NeutralKate (Modern Russia, modern European economic history) Crackerjacktiming (Modern Germany, gender and sexuality) GloFish (USSR, Stalinism, Soviet-American Relations) jamc8383 (19th/20th century France, interwar culture, relationship between body, mind & place) Heimat Historian (19th/20th century Germany, migration, settler colonialism) AshleyJuneBug (Early Modern France and Britain, gender and sexuality) maelia8 (19th/early 20th century Germany, imperialism and colonialism, travel, exploration) BookishVixen (Victorian and Edwardian English imperialism/gender & sexiality) episkey (19th/20th century France, gender and sexuality, Holocaust) AngesRadieux (18th/early 19th century France, cultural history, music) African History Oseirus (precolonial/early colonial West Africa), Singwaya18 (20th century East Africa), Safferz (20th century Horn/Northeast Africa), The People's Scholar (Spanish colonialim in Africa- i.e. middle/West Africa) Jogatoronto (Psychiatry in early colonial West Africa) ronwill06(Social and political radical movements) Heimat Historian (German settlements in Southern Africa) Latin American History BH-history, The People's Scholar (18th-19th century Colombia) StrangeLight (20th century Central America) Heimat Historian (German settlements in Southern cone and Mexico) Mujereslibres (German informal colonization of Peru, Brazil, and Chile) AP East Asian History alleykat (Modern China) getitlow (Modern China: Republican, Women, Gender and Sexuality) kyjin (Pre-Modern Japan) aec09g (Modern Japan) pudewen (Late Imperial China) kdavid (Modern China; focus on the Republican period) Minion.banana (late imperial China, Islam, intellectual networks) Near/Middle Eastern History uhohlemonster, (modern Israel, Iran, Palestine) oswic (modern Egypt, gender) Conmel (modern pan-Islamic thought/networks) Atlantic World sandyvanb crazedandinfused Global/World History cooperstreet (Cold War) melissarose8585 Heimat Historian (German settlements throughout world) Jewish History uhohlemonster, (modern Israel) hopin'-n-'prayin, kotov (Holocaust), naturalog (sometimes modern European/Holocaust), runaway (memorialization & visual culture), ticklemepink (20th c. Germany/U.S) awells27 (Late Antiquity: Roman Empire/Palestine/Byzantine) Science/Technology/Environment shaxmaty1848 (Cold War) StrangeLight (environmental history, ecological distribution conflicts) sukipower (20th c. forensic science & anthropology, 19th c. science and medicine) Social annieca (Cold War and Post-Cold War East and Central Europe) BookishVixen (Spheres of influence, Progressive Era reforms affecting immigration) Classical and Medieval Hogs of War (Monastic Studies and Conflicts in Authority) telkanuru (high Medieval intellectual and social history, Cistercian studies) AbbeyRoad (Monastic History, Gender, Cistercians) Kirialax ("Dark Age" Byzantium; the Komnenoi) Cultural StrangeLight (gender, race, ethnicity, and religion) hbeels (race/ethnicity, religious, masculinity/feminimity, print/literature) crazedandinfused (race, nationalism, performance, rhetoric) alleykat (religion, race/ethnicity, cultural relativism) Heimat Historian (German culture in transnational context) Canadian History truthfinder (New France, religious) [I deleted CageFree from Latin America list since she passed away a couple of years ago ]
  7. Diego, a good option always is to contact grad students in the area. I am familiar with Emory because my bf goes there (he graduates this May, yay!). The first year he was there he lived on a 1B but with help from a college fund his parents had. I don't live in Atlanta but asked him about your query: "Around Emory there are many apartments but it is best to get a roommate. Rent for a 1B can be $1100 and for 2B $1300, so the price-per-person decreases a lot. I know people go to Campus Crossings the first year, especially international students or people who couldn't come to Atlanta to rent an apartment in the summer. I think they are furnished. In my second year, I moved in with a friend in my cohort but I know of people who used the Emory off campus platform to find roommates. Apartments that I know people have lived in: Highland Lake, Highland Square, Campus Crossings, Post-Briarcliff, Emory Woods (oldish, cheaper), Williamsburg, Montclair, President Park (horrible, don't go there), Wood something on North Druid Hills Rd, those from the top of my head. I didn't use parking, only occasionally ($12 per day), I used the shuttles. But I think there is a website with the pricing (maybe parking.emory.edu or something like that)." Hope it helps! and congrats!
  8. I echo these three pieces of advice and let me just add: As an instructor/future professor, you ultimately want your students to succeed and learn. Hence, I would give some feedback to your professor on the lines of: "I have observed many students find it hard to construct an argument/be coherent with verb tenses/etc. Could you remind the class the writing center is available?" Like that, you are sticking to your job, grading, but you are also thinking about how to help students learn (and show they have learned) in a better manner.
  9. @TakeruK, @Sigaba, you know very well I'm very respectful of your opinions, and generally agree with you. In this case, I agree that we need to look good, sleep well, that it is a professional setting, we need to be presentable. But @Anka asked what to do if you don't have much elbow room to have your own room in a conference hotel. There are cost that we can manage, like hotels, there are costs that we can't, like conference registration. My post aimed at those we can. [As an anecdote, in a frugal moment, I once stayed in a low-cost hotel for a national conference. There was another scholar staying in the same hotel so we went to the conference together. In these commutes, we got to talk and she invited me months later to an all-paid five star hotel conference on the other side of the world. I'm not saying this would happen if you are savvy with conference costs, but it was a nice turnaround!] I agree that this is the ultimate response:
  10. This can be decreased. Hotel: stay in a hostel. Or contact graduate organizations in the area because sometimes students host other students. Some professional organizations also have host pairing and help you find people from the area attending the conference that can let you stay in their guest rooms. Food $60 per day? My school gives $25/day, I always aim for that. One night is graduate reception/conference reception and if you can mingle in other events, then you can bring your costs down. For flights, check statravel. They have good discounts for students.
  11. The fact that we want something to be true doesn't mean it is.
  12. I see what you mean. As international students, we are not exposed to the internal academia dynamics and names as Americans are (rightfully so). My school is not in the Ivy League either. Yet, in the US it is a prestigious school and in my home country is utterly unknown. So I understand your concern but I back @akraticfanatic when they said "it might have a good program". I also understand your concerns for leaving home for something "average". If you are going to leave your culture, your friends, your job (if you had one), your family, it is might as well be something good. So, let me say that first: I complete understand what you feel. Yeah, this is a no. Whether we want it or not, prestige does matter. I am not saying it is the only force ruling academic jobs placements, but a degree from Columbia is more eye-catching than from, say, my school. I insist, it is not the only element. There are others, and that means you can work we them. Let me give you an example: I know of someone in an Ivy League program who refused a postdoc offered to her to take another year to finish her dissertation, despite her advisor said she didn't need to and recommended her for the postdoc. This was a postdoc that landed on her lap, and she refused it. I sat with this person on a party she said something on the lines of "I will go straight to a TT job because I have a degree from this Ivy League School". I have been a grad student long enough to know people from many schools. People like this exist in all schools. I have plenty of colleagues in Ivies and plenty in other schools better than mine but not Ivy. I know people in my program who would also respond like this girl. Bottom line: A PhD has to do with the program, the department, the school. But it also has to do with you, how you take those 5+ years and shape them to your convenience, squeezing everything out of them, taking every opportunity possible to adding a line in your CV. If you were in my field and graduated from Harvard and applied for a job search in my department, who would write your LoR? Who will have advised your dissertation cogently? Who would have helped you make the list of books of your comps? Who would have taken you to a national conference and introduced you to the other big names in your field? [This is not a formula, I am just posing possible questions for you to weigh in when you make the decision]. Google the professors. See how much they have written. See who cited them. Look at their CVs: which grants have they gotten/served for? What journals have asked for their reviews? What talks were they invited to? Finally, I think the thread has pointed out to the same thing over and over again: don't be that person who only cares about the school's name. This is not the only thing that gets you jobs and, for the record, a degree from any Ivy does not guarantee that you will get one. Certainly prestige schools provide more chances because they have better funding for you to conduct and finish research, but they do not guarantee it.
  13. As a future historian, I'm sure you are aware that the world does not work in binaries such as happy/poor and miserable/rich. And they are not mutually exclusive.
  14. This. I was fortunate to have fellow countrymen willing to read my materials but if not, I would have ended up asking my GRE coach to help me with them as well.
  15. I would also add questions about the library/to the librarian. Eg: 1) Is the subject librarian a librarian for other departments? What is her load? Does she go to book fairs often? 2) What type of electronic resources are available? (Electronic books, databases, research aids, etc) 3) What type of teaching support is available? 4) Can you suggest books to buy? How would you find out what are the new acquisitions in your field?