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  1. Archives tweeps: who should we follow for archives job postings in US, UK, Ireland, and Germany? #archivejobs #jobsearch
  2. Still translating away for my thesis. Know this is important - but can't wait to start writing it! #gradschool #callmecrazybut
  3. Welcome to the family, Snap! #ilovemycat #CatLady http://t.co/o3inPjEG3t
  4. I am not going to say I don't want a teaching job because it will be an option post-PhD - not an option I'm considering as of the moment but... I digress. No, in general I am not a fan of MOOCs at all. But Latour is one I would take simply because of who he is. It makes his genius a little more accessible.
  5. Love Latour! Turns out he's teaching an MOOC sometime soon too! http://www.bruno-latour.fr/node/532 In case anyone is interested.
  6. HUGS! I will preface my advice by saying that I know absolutely nothing about geochemistry and my field(s) are about as far away as you can get from the sciences without being fine art. That being said... When your advisor is talking about these projects that you "could" do, perhaps he wants you to take the initiative and join them yourselves? My experience with advisors is that although they talk in suggestions, they are usually actually talking in demands. For example, my advisor said "You should probably learn Romanian this summer." What he meant: "You will learn Romanian this summer."
  7. I'm at the University of Maryland doing a double masters in History and Library Science. I had applied to both Aberystwyth (Wales) and St Andrews for two different programs but ended up staying in the U.S. It's a 3 year program but afterwards... my plan is a PhD in Political Science focusing on Transitional Justice. Post that, I'm debating. I want to work in an NGO archive but since I'm also planning on immigrating to the UK for my PhD, there's a question of how many places I can work. Ultimately I'll be happy just about anywhere where I can combine human rights, history, research and maybe ar
  8. Ah yeah, I understand the language awful-ness. I do modern (really postmodern) Eastern Europe, specifically Czechoslovakia and I'm starting to do Romania. When I met with my advisor he said, "So, you're learning Romanian this summer." Yep, no idea where that money is coming from but apparently, I'm learning Romanian this summer! Russian is not the easiest language to learn but there are some great summer institutes for it - Middlebury in Vermont is one of the best, as is SWSEEL at Indiana University. With both of those I believe you can get a year's worth of Russian done in six-nine weeks.
  9. Fair enough. At Maryland your comps are oral and, come to think of it, your quals are exams but they aren't anything like the GRE writing exam because you're going to know your area and not given some random prompt. I always stand to be corrected - there are so many universities in the US and the world and they all seem to do something differently that I can't say with certainty that all schools do it one way or another.
  10. I can't offer much advice on specifics on any of the programs. However, I can offer a few ideas on the different types of degrees. An MA is very similar to what you are going to get as an MA in the US - it's less scientific driven. A MSc is more scientific-based but that doesn't particularly mean anything for Master's, as far as I know. So here's the big difference - a MPhil is more research based (as opposed to class based) and you might take doctoral classes in addition to your master's classes. I hope that helps! What are you looking at studying within Russia/Eastern Europ
  11. My two cents about the writing score on the GRE - first off, I agree that sometimes it is used as a cut off. Chapel Hill does this with their Library Science school. But, I also agree that it is no indicator of your writing ability as a graduate student. As a graduate student you will be writing a million and one papers - and long ones at that. At my program, minus the theory class everyone takes, you write a 20-25 page paper each class, each semester. Unless you are taking a few 400-level undergraduate courses, you will almost never (I say almost because there always seems to be that one
  12. At Maryland (and a few other schools) they specifically have dual-degree programs. They're super popular in the Library Science field because of the need for specialized knowledge - MS in some science-y thing, JD, etc. and a Library science degree. For my program (History and Library Science) that means I get out of 6 credits and they lessen both requirements. Normally a master's is 30 credits. Instead, I have to take 54 (24 in History, 24 in Library Science and 6 in either). I would talk with the department secretaries - they are the gods of the departments and they can usually help you
  13. I'm having major regret. I miss my "family" in Wales and I feel like while I chose my school for mostly the right reasons, one of the biggest was not thr right reason to decide on a grad school. That being said, I love one of my programs. The second one... I hate a good portion of it. But it is what it is. I love my cohort and my program buddies from Years 2 and 3 and we have a little group. I love having my own desk on a floor that is grad-student-only. I am super excited to be starting a new job tomorrow for the opportunities and the paychecks. Still... I regret not choosing the UK eve
  14. Headed to the National Cathedral gardens to do some reading. I've found outside to be incredibly relaxing for reading, especially in a non-campus setting. So I took my theory readings and drove down. Also was the History Grad Student Association's Fall barbeque so I went to that. And you know... read my brains out and prepared for my new job I start tomorrow!
  15. It's okay to be unfunded your first year. Choose the best school for you and ultimately, it will pay off. Also, don't be offended if POIs don't respond. Professors are some of the busiest people on the planet and often these things are not even close to being on the top of their lists.
  16. I can advise about Aberystwyth - I studied abroad there for a year so if you have any questions, hit me with them! Aberystwyth has some amazing British and medieval professors. Modern Europe... iffy unless you're Czechoslovakia/Third Reich/Russia and you work with either Peter Lambert or Alastair Kocho-Williams. American history, there's one professor (Jessica Gibbs) who does the American Civil War but it really is a British/Welsh and medieval department. Telkanuru is right - they aren't looking for a 2.1 - they are looking for a 2:1 (which is sometimes written as 2.1). A second-first as t
  17. http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~cooperma/History601Fall2013/?9 There you all are!
  18. So good and bad news - Good news - you will almost certainly have to take a theory class at some point so you'll get a broad stroke of everything. Bad news - this is absolutely no way you can cover everything. Trends that I've noticed - Postmodernism/Anti-modernism/"There is no such thing as modernity" Structuralism The Economic people Gender Nationalism Micro-history The Long Duree Memory I could list more... or I can give you a link to my theory's syllabus. It's basically a semester's crash course in theory and it even leaves out some big names (Butler for gender,
  19. Hi all! I'm looking at good transitional justice programs in the UK. I know these usually fall under the realm of political science so I thought I'd ask here first. I know Newcastle has Roman David who is pretty big in the field and the University of Sheffield has one female professor who does it. Any others I'm definitely missing? I'm coming to the PhD program with what will be an MA in History and an MLS in Archives so I'm hoping that that won't count me out since it's not strictly poli-sci based but I never know with UK programs. Many thanks!
  20. As you should be. The time will come when it is 100% out of your hands and you're waiting. That's the torture. You don't need to be overly stressed out right now - just keep busy.
  21. Interesting! I've never even heard of this before I found it on the Sage website. Sometimes I feel like there should be a "academia for dummies" class that all new grad students are required to take.
  22. I was working on a journal review on the Sage Publishing site when I saw this funny thing: "Impact Facotr: 0.400 | Ranking: 32/65 in Area Studies | 111/157 in Political Science" How does one rank the prestige of a journal? This journal in particular (East European Politics and Societies) is a specialized journal - does that make it less worthy in the eyes of the rankings, than say, the AHA or the Political Science Quarterly? Any thoughts?
  23. He's got a bit of a deer-in-headlights look about him in class. It could be that this is a theory course and so it's above most of our heads, so take what I say with a grain of salt. The questions he asks - he phrases them as if he's not sure of himself and not just the material. I know that's a vague comment but it's the best I can give you without going into specific conversations. I have learned that professors in graduate school (and many in upper-level undergrad) demand confidence. Even if you're dead wrong about the comment in question, having belief in yourself and what you believe is s
  24. I second this. The new PhD cohort at Maryland is 9 students I believe. Only one of them came straight from undergrad and you can tell he wasn't quite ready for it. That being said, some students can handle it. You know you better than anyone but if you're thinking of applying to somewhere twice, I would definitely wait let things take their course, even if that means taking a year off.
  25. I'm one of those absolutely crazy people that has to be insanely busy to get anything done. It keeps me focused in a way nothing else can. So this semester (as a first semester student) I will be working 30 hours a week at two different jobs as well as taking 9 hours of classes. Suicide? Probably. But... I am out of state, it's really hard to get GA/TA funding in my program and I can't afford to not be working. One job is an hourly RA position max 10 hours a week that I am incredibly interested in - it's something I would love to research myself. The other is a 20-hour-a-week-minimum at a very
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