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    Art History, the Atlantic World, the Dutch Golden Age, cultural exchange in the early modern period, the transmission of knowledge, the impact of traveling artists, European perceptions of the world and identity, relationships between European countries their overseas colonies and indigenous Americans
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  1. CN0rd

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I haven't applied to Emory but I've noticed a trend in results that the sciences get acceptances far before the humanities. Several of the schools I've applied to have been admitting to science programs for a month but don't seem to have even started interviewing for the humanities. We must just operate on a later timeline.
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    How to decide a field for Ph.D study?

    Definitely make sure you sure you select a field you're passionate about, graduate work is an intense experience and PhDs in particular take a lot of time to complete. I would recommend you start thinking about a career/s you can see yourself in for the rest of your life and then decide if that career requires a graduate degree. The decision to pursue a PhD isn't one that should be taken lightly and if you don't love your field it probably isn't worth it. Have you looked into Master's degrees? This might be a strong option for you especially if you're looking to change fields. You would get experience in the field, see what graduate study is like and not have to commit to 4-5 years of a field/program that doesn't turn out to be the right fit for you. If you decide you want a PhD after this there are many programs that would grant you advanced standing due to the work you have already completed.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Congratulations on your interview! I don't know if you've done the interview yet but I would recommend refamiliarizing yourself with all of your application materials, and be ready to talk about why you believe the school/POI is a good fit for you. Also have some questions ready to ask them. My field is early modern as well, if you're open to it it'd be nice to chat about our specific interests and where we applied.
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    What are your hobbies?

    I've gotten really into cooking lately! I also like listening to podcasts while on walks or embroidering. I took up embroidery because I needed a physically productive hobby to balance out all the paper writing and reading I was doing on the computer. I'm also intermittently into yoga, when I have time. I've also been loving The Great British Baking Show lately!
  5. You could ask questions centered around your application: Do you have any hesitations about my application for the PhD program? How do you think I would be able to improve my work/abilities in the PhD program vs the MS program? Etc. Since they know you already know the department well this would show that you're actively engaged with this process instead of applying to your current school as a "fall back."
  6. There are a lot of programs now that are encouraging interdisciplinary work so you don't necessarily have to choose just one. I would recommend looking into schools that offer graduate minors or designated emphasis options in either the history of art or architecture that would allow you to personalize your degree. It would also benefit you to look at universities with Art History and Architecture departments that have good relationships, it's been my experience so far that it's a lot easier to do interdisciplinary work when the two departments get along (they're a lot more willing to work with you and each other to make things work in your favor). @mrssalad makes a good point about professors as well. A past advisor told me to pay attention to the kinds of jobs alumni of the programs hold. There are some professors/programs that aim to have their students work solely in universities, others that want their students in museums, and others discourage their graduates from entering academia all together. In your applications you'll be asked what kind of career you want and your answer will definitely play into professor's admission decisions. You'll want to apply to schools that have graduates doing the kind of work you want to do.
  7. 1. Museum curator in a midsized museum (MA or PhD required, currently applying) 2. Joint appointment as a museum curator and university as an art history professor (see above and below) 3. Tenured art history professor (PhD required) 4. The qualified expert in historical documentaries (I guess there's not really a standard qualification for this, you just have to know your stuff and be relatively well known in the field)
  8. You also can't overestimate the value of a good thick pair of socks. I know it sounds minimal but it's incredibly difficult to focus/be in a good mood when your toes are cold and if it's damp and cold outside you'll definitely feel it. Wool is a good material and if you get them in black they're a lot less noticeable even if they do peak out a bit.
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    The Thing That Shall Not Be Named...

    @sseire The man was named William Kent, he's a distant relative of Washington Irving and he married into a family of New York tobacco tycoons. He's also a descendant of the sitters in two portraits in the museum I work at but we're not sure exactly who those people are and I was hoping his diary would talk about the works because we know they circulated through the possession of some of his close family members.
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    What to wear? Tips for a visit?

    I do a combination of a dress and sweater/jacket quite a lot at my job with a business casual dress code and it's worked well for me. I would recommend getting a pair of opaque tights in a neutral color to wear with. Not only will this keep you warm during potentially chilly campus tours but this is a relatively cheap way to class up an outfit.
  11. Depending on the culture of your field you might consider sending a handwritten thank you note. This obviously isn't best practice for all fields, anything based around science and tech would definitely be better served with an email. It may seem old school but in some of the more traditionally academic or philosophical programs a handwritten note to everyone who interviewed you may help you stand out.
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    The Thing That Shall Not Be Named...

    Ahh...the rigors of academia. The glamorous jobs like egyptology or art history always require far more time in a library than they let on in undergraduate. I've spent the last week in an archival center with my nose in a 100+ year old diary (and loving every minute of it!).
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    The Thing That Shall Not Be Named...

    I know the chances of my finishing an encyclopedic overview of all the Roman Catholic Popes and their patronage of the arts is slim to none but that's what Google drive folders titled "pet projects" are for! Even if you don't finish those books keep them around! They'll be so good to look back on and see how far you've come at the end of your career. I also read the tags, some small part of me is waiting for my long lost relative to show up on my doorstep and inform me that I'm next in line for the throne of Genovia.
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    So, you've entered the abyss...

    This would be a good moment for me to roll my shoulders out as well, no wonder my back has hurt for weeks.
  15. I agree I don't think it matters all that much either. More often than not this question is simply for the school's admission's department to get an understanding of the schools they compete with for graduate admissions. There are some instances where schools will use this information as a sort of litmus test for where you're likely to go. As an extreme example, if you've applied to all the Ivy League schools and one small state school, the state school may look at that and conclude (rightly or wrongly) that they're your safety school. Or as another extreme example if you've applied to several schools on the west coast and then one in the midwest, the midwest school may conclude (again rightly or wrongly) that you have a geographic preference for the west coast. More often than not POIs look at the list to get a gage of the direction you're heading in, the strengths of the programs you're applying to, etc. It won't hurt you if you don't answer it, it most likely won't hurt you if you do.

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