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  1. Oh my goodness I'm sure you didn't sound like an idiot AT ALL. The fact that you got an interview already speaks volumes about how search committees view your qualifications and experience. Maybe if you get this question again going forward or if it's a major concern, you can reframe the way you answer. Be honest and say something like "I haven't yet had the opportunity to build a strong foundation in theory, but here's what I hope to expand on" or, even better, "I hope to explore theoretical areas that help me to address x y z in my fieldwork or to use these methodologies that interest me..."
  2. Hey There! I would say if you can be a little more specific than "postmodernism" in terms of theoretical frameworks in which you frame your research, go for it, but I don't think there's any need to come up with something super complex. For example, in broadly discussing my cultural anthro research approach I would say something along the lines of "I'm very interested in using political ecology to explore questions of x y z." But, unless you have a good foundation in the theory you hope to use and they ask you about it directly, I wouldn't stress a lot over it. I think interviewers
  3. Hey there! So there is a good amount of literature on this, and I would recommend doing some research on digital ethnography, it's a pretty hot research area in anthropology at the moment. I haven't done much in terms of Twitter research, but I did do a social media study focused on visual content on primarily Instagram, snapchat and other platforms, and I drew on visual and digital anthropology scholarship. I am not sure exactly what aspect you're looking into, but you should be able to find methods articles on social network analysis on Twitter, and you may find useful resources through
  4. Hi all, This is a multi-part question! I am in the third year of my PhD program and I am feeling torn still about pursuing academia vs. non-academic positions. I still have a ways to go in my program, and will no doubt cast a wide net in terms of my job search down the road, but I feel it's important to address these things now so I don't get to the end of my program and feel unsure. My first question is: if I ultimately decide to seek out a career outside academia, is it recommended or necessary that I do a post-doc in a related position, or should I go right on the job market? Se
  5. I agree with RepatMan on discussing SOP structure with POIs in your communication with them. I also think it would be appropriate to request a conversation via Skype if you have already established contact with potential advisors. During the application process for my current program, I had established contact with my now advisor and several other faculty members, and they offered to review my SOP before I submitted, as well as a Skype call to answer my questions. I don't necessarily think that's the norm, but if a POI offers, take the opportunity, and if not, I think it's very appropriate and
  6. Hi! In my program, we formed an informal writing group that meets once a week at a local brewery. It was started as an ethnographic writing group, but really we welcome anyone (from any grad program or subfield) who wants to be productive and get some writing or other work done for a few hours each week. We work quietly for 2-ish hours, then we socialize for another hour-ish. It helps create a sense of community and is a productive space to get feedback from other students in different stages of their program, whether it's applying for grants, courses to take, software to use, teaching tips, e
  7. They are as far as I know! Also, to my knowledge summer FLAS was not affected by any of this. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that things might work out by the end of the summer--a lot of anthropology students at my university rely on FLAS and it's really essential for gaining language skills for the field.
  8. Hey all-- I'm currently alternate listed for FLAS (2018-2019) but from my own department, I've been told that academic year FLAS for 2018-2019 will likely not happen, the way things are looking If anything, I was told that accepted students might get something for Spring 2019, if at all. It's super frustrating and terrible timing--I really was hoping to get FLAS to help me get through to my MA as my department does not prioritize pre-MA students for funding. Not trying to discourage anyone but this is just what I've been told so thought I'd share in case anyone else is trying to find a b
  9. @mrs12 Thanks so much for the helpful information! That's what I was thinking would be best so all of this is good to know!
  10. Hi! This is probably a question that will best be answered by someone who has or has had a FLAS in the past. I'm applying for a FLAS for the first time in Brazilian Portuguese. I am already fluent in Spanish language. For the application I need a recommendation from a language instructor. My question is, should that instructor be one of my former Spanish instructors, or is it meant to be a Portuguese instructor? I am a beginner in Portuguese and have never taken courses in that language before, which is why I am confused. In the FLAS eligibility instructions it says that graduate level applica
  11. Hi! I have a friend in anthropology who did a post-bacc program before entering a PhD program, and she found it really useful. I think they're a good move if you don't necessarily have a strong background in anthropology and would like to build some foundation and maybe get some research experience. My friend had done her BA in Communication and worked full-time for about 5 years then decided she wanted to go into anthropology. She did one or two field schools and the post-bacc program (usually they're 1-2 years I believe) and then applied to PhD programs and got into a few great schools.
  12. @BeachySpeechy Oh I am definitely aware it requires more than just living here for a year----there were a lot of other steps involved in the process that I already did/am doing now. I'm sure it's not the same for every school/program and everyone's situation is different of course, but for my program, it says right on the department page that it is "expected"/"highly recommended" that grad students establish residency if they are moving here from a different state. It just makes the most sense for me anyway because I'll be living here for a long time. A lot of grad students I know are doing th
  13. I agree with @TakeruK that you should (if possible) apply to all of these programs you're interested in, and if you plan to apply to U.S. programs again, apply to more than four. I certainly don't think it would be a waste of time to apply to an additional program that might turn out to be a great fit for you! I don't know what your exact area of research is within anthro, but so long as this other program is at least related to your interests and experience and not something completely different, I think it would be fine. I'm pretty sure I remember you from the Fall 2017 application thread in
  14. I've never taken online courses or completed an online program, so I'm not totally sure if this will fit well with the format of your online Masters, BUT here are a few ways I like to take notes: 1) For the majority of classes I've ever taken, professors usually use some sort of slide show to display main points, charts and tables, and images during lectures. In many of these classes, my professors would upload the slides to the class website prior to the lecture. I always found it helpful to print out the slides (like ~6 to a page) and then take it to class with me and write additional n
  15. I agree with everything listed above. I'm not sure how it specifically works in your department, but at my school the online academic profiles can be updated pretty frequently. Also, the webmaster for the department site is another student, so when changes need to be made we can just contact that person. If your interests change, just change the profile!
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