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Everything posted by telkanuru

  1. Or look at a 2 year MA, or a Fullbright app. There's nothing particularly notable about taking more undergraduate courses, especially if you can be doing instead of just sitting in class. A couple semesters of, say, Arabic looks good, but a year in Marrakesh (or Seville) looks better, for example - and it would probably actually give you more useful skills. Going in straight from undergraduate is very rare these days, in any case.
  2. McCormick is an old adviser and Conant is on my diss committee, and of course the latter was the former's student. McC is fairly absolutist when it comes to languages (as befits a trained and ardent philologist), but Jonathan just took a student with German and little Latin, so there's possibly a bit of hope for you there? You should also consider learning Arabic. The list of professors is solid! Others, like Kyle Harper, are not at institutions I can recommend attending in this job market - even PSU is a bit touch and go there. Just looking at recent acceptances, I don't see you having a good shot at any of these programs without a good MA or a Fullbright year, for what that's worth.
  3. This is super important. Often when this happens, funding is awarded on a performance basis. This makes the cohort dynamic... bad.
  4. But to the initial question, yes of course. If they cause you problems over the question, it's not a place you'd want to be, anyway.
  5. Yes! And while I don't know the historiography, it sounds like an interesting project.
  6. If you want to look at how the theology or religious praxis formed in tandem with identity, then you can comfortably find a place in a religion department, either at a full divinity school or something like the Committee of the Study of Religion at Harvard. However, as it stands, you're posing the interest as a historical question. For an M*, the same division stands. If you want to go more into the theology, do an MTS or a ThM. If you want to go more into social/cultural history, do an MA.
  7. You'd be aiming more towards Tara than Hal? Feel free to ping me if you have any questions.
  8. There's not much purpose to it these days, unless you're trying to figure out what you want to do with history. A vestigial appendage from when you didn't necessarily need the PhD to go into academia.
  9. It depends. A master's thesis is kind of a camel - too long for an article, too short (and too early in your career) for a book. That's a lot of work for little purpose. A thesis may help you focus, which seems to be something of a constant refrain, but if you decide not to do it, I would try to have an article under review instead by the time you apply to PhD programs. This is what I did.
  10. What do you mean, a dead end? Terminal in the program? That's fine. It would be very strange if a thesis was not seen as a stepping stone to a PhD. Do you want to do a PhD?
  11. Well I for one hope you're right and I'm wrong 😬
  12. I don't think this is unfortunate, I think this is quite wise! I know that, coming straight from undergraduate, there is an sense of immediacy with respect to every part of your life. As someone who started his MA at 27 before continuing to the PhD, please believe me when I say this is not the case with grad school. This is even more true if you look at the current horrible no good very bad state of the academic job market. Something that's not precisely on topic, but which I should state at some point: were I considering doing a PhD now, I would under no circumstances do it, regardless of the quality of the program that accepted me or my enthusiasm and interests. And I am not burned out on graduate school. I love graduate school; it is the best experience of my life. There is just no hope on the job market. It is worse than it was in 2009-2011. In a decade, SLCs, which formed the overwhelming majority of job listings, will almost certainly cease to exist as a concept. R1s will persist, but academia is going to be unrecognizable. That's not a thing to dive into.
  13. This will get you into a graduate program. It will not get you into a top graduate program. An MA is a bad place to pick up a new language. Ah, so later and Insular history. All three are quality scholars, but have you looked at where they currently have students placed?
  14. Who, specifically, do you want to work with? It's definitely possible if you have a great deal of strength in other unusual or hard to learn languages (e.g. Arabic, Greek, fluent in German, etc.). But with just middling French, yes, I'd say impossible. Most of your competitors will be fluent in French and have a full 4 years of Latin, using both in their undergraduate thesis.
  15. Most likely, you have to learn to process written information faster. Reading for argument is a skill, and no book should really take you more than 2-3 hours.
  16. Not that shocking. You'd have to look outside the department, most likely. I don't disagree, but there are other types of support here, one of which is just not being in this alone. I think this is... very optimistic. There are other ways for similar structures to happen even if you're instructor of record.
  17. What allies do you have at the school? Is there a supportive (usually POC) professor to whom you can talk? This is not something you have to go through alone, nor should you, and if you try it will burn you out faster than anything. Whether or not this particular case has a good and satisfying resolution (spoilers: it probably does not), use this as an opportunity to explore the kind of support structure you need to deal with this sort of bullshit, and make sure it's in place for the next time.
  18. We have the same problem, but only because so many of us got external fellowships *flex*.
  19. *shrug* State schools gotta teach those classes. At some point we also have to start shouldering some of the blame for going.
  20. Prioritize the summary. Grad students in general get pretty good at tearing something apart very quickly, but the ability to read and report on an argument you find distasteful with soft eyes is vital to academic success. The best final product will have no line between summary and critique - when you've really mastered the technique, you can even critique via the structure of your summary.
  21. This is a wise interpretation. Be the change you want to see in the world.
  22. E. Natalie Rothman, Brokering Empire: Trans-Imperial Subjects between Venice and Istanbul (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012). David A. Frick, Kith, Kin, and Neighbors : Communities and Confessions in Seventeenth-Century Wilno (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013). Michael Dietler, Archaeologies of Colonialism: Consumption, Entanglement, and Violence in Ancient Mediterranean France (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010). Geraldine Heng, The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages, 2018. Roni Ellenblum, Crusader Castles and Modern Histories (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007). Gillian Lee Weiss, Captives and Corsairs: France and Slavery in the Early Modern Mediterranean (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011). Joyce E. Chaplin, Subject Matter : Technology, the Body, and Science on the Anglo-American Frontier, 1500-1676 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2001). Martin Gravel, Distances, rencontres, communications: réaliser l’empire sous Charlemagne et Louis le Pieux, 2012. Warren Brown et al., eds., Documentary Culture and the Laity in the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). Seems a pretty good list to be getting on with.
  23. One of the many joys the Ivies have to offer, alas. But it's true for some Ivies (and some departments) more than others.
  24. Get out, even if it means leaving the program.
  25. And also intentional irony 😬
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