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  1. It seems entirely unprofessional and inappropriate (not to mention mean spirited) to share information about your wife's experience "on an admissions committee" on an anonymous, public internet forum. Even without identifying information, it breeches a vital trust that application materials are treated with respect and utmost discretion by faculty committees. I think you're doing a real disservice to everyone involved in the process.
  2. I'm not sure you'll have much luck finding an 'MA to PhD' program that will accept transfer credits from a partially-completed MA degree... in terms of PhD programs: students who enter with an MA degree (in the same field) can generally apply to get some sort of reduction in their coursework requirements, but even this varies from school to school -- some programs expect all students to take a full docket of coursework regardless of whether they're coming in with an MA. In terms of other terminal MA programs, I'm not sure how it would work with transferring credit. I suppose it would vary
  3. If the professor signs his/her first name, I think it's totally fine to address subsequent emails "Dear First-name" -- if you're reaching out to a professor for the first time, go with "Professor Last-name" -- and I'd go with "Professor" over "Dr." -- but that's rather institutionally specific.
  4. Depending on the school... you might find a home for your interests in an art history department... but you might find a better home for your interests in a cinema/media studies department, or in a visual studies department, or in an english department. Which books (published in, say, the past decade) most directly inform your approach to "documentary/experimental film and photography"? What department(s) are those books coming out of? Where do the scholars who matter most to you teach? Which is all to say, there's no cut-and-dry answer to the question of whether you're a viable candidate for
  5. It seems to me like the best course of action is to describe where you're actually at in your research/writing/thinking process as truthfully and eloquently as possible. Which is to say, don't feel like you need to scramble right now to read all the most recent scholarship on "African American works" in order to project an air of confidence to describe a potential "thesis" -- an advisor will likely see straight through that anyways. Instead, focus on narrating your methodological and scholarly investments in the work you've done on "Jewish art" -- and then pose some smart questions/thoughts ab
  6. Many, many programs (I'd venture to say most) would be conducive places to study critical theory. Don't focus exclusively on programs with a formalized "critical theory" component. Instead, focus your attention on pinpointing faculty who are engaging with critical theory in a way you find to be compelling... and apply to work with them.
  7. You should be okay applying without French and German--since you won't really need to rely heavily on those languages for in-depth dissertation research, it shouldn't give admissions committees much pause... particularly if you indicate a plan of sorts to take German class the summer before you begin. (EDIT - I see above you talked about taking French over the summer... but German should probably take priority) Having said that, the question of whether you should "apply to more safety schools" is a separate issue entirely. With a senior thesis that brings together two such disparate things as
  8. the American Alliance of Museums maintains a job board: http://aam-us-jobs.jobtarget.com/jobseeker/search/results/ as does the College Art Association: http://careercenter.collegeart.org/jobs But I'd say that in addition to those databases, looking around the websites of the museums you're interested in working for is your best bet. Good luck!
  9. Williamstown is so tiny... but very queer friendly.... the beauty of a town with only two bars is that you'll be drinking next to people of all stripes. The queer student group at Williams is also quite active. In terms of surrounding areas, North Adams (one town over) is a really interesting mix of its blue collar past and its contemporary art present... so again, people of all stripes in the bars there. Northampton, MA (one hour drive) is one of the gayest places in the country... pretty much every bar in Northampton is a lesbian bar. (by which I mean, you'd be hard pressed in Northampto
  10. in addition to Berlant's Cruel Optimism (read it!), two other very recent books (published in the last three or so years) that I'd recommend (as a theoretical-leaning art historian) are: Our Aesthetic Categories by Sianne Nagi, The Forms of the Affects by Eugenie Brinkema. Also, add to your list Eve Sedgwick's Touching Feeling. The great thing about contemporary thinkers is that you don't have to just (metaphorically) sit down with them... you can apply where they teach and take classes with them, have them serve on your dissertation committee... actually sit down with them. So it's worth
  11. right! and even more than just too bad and sad... this sort of system puts up huge roadblocks in the paths of first generation, lower income, older, and really, any sort of "non-traditional" students. I'm not saying that individuals can't overcome these roadblocks... certainly they can, but the system isn't on their side. Silencing the perspectives such students and scholars bring into the University is a disservice to us all. Also -- sorry to the thread for (possibly) derailing a very productive conversation about the real, on the ground, benefits of a funded M.A. Anecdotally, I benefitte
  12. Another thing that hasn't been mentioned on this thread: humanities departments across the board (I think) are under pressure to decrease time-to-degree for PhD students. University administrations are incentivising this... and so departments, increasingly, have a vested (and often financial) interest in admitting students whom they suspect will be able to get to and complete a dissertation quickly. I think this, in part, accounts for Wyatt’s Torch anecdotal observation: “I also have the distinct sense that candidates with M.A. degrees in hand were largely favored over B.A. candidates this sea
  13. I think that across the board right now, in art history departments and among foundations, there's a renewed interest in questions of "materiality" and "objects" (and napoleon87, you can probably speak better to this as you've just gone through the application cycle, quite successfully it appears :-) -- for example, the getty research intstitute's theme this year is "art and materiality": http://www.getty.edu/research/scholars/years/future.html-- a good barometer of where the field is.... which is to say, i don't think you'd be an "island" necessarily in an art history department -- your
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