Hello dear academic community,
I am having a lot of confusion regarding what it is that determines your PhD field. As far as I know, PhD is an academic title awarded mainly in the humanities, and the way I understand it a person who writes a dissertation on Literature and some who writes one on History, will both be “PhD”. My question comes from the fact that I was offered a PhD research position in a project that takes place in the Faculty of Linguistics at a university. This is an interdisciplinary research project which encompasses Linguistics but also the Social Sciences such as Geography and Anthropology. The project director is a Linguist, and she offered me the PhD position in her department, however I do not have any formation in Linguistics, but rather in Sociology and Anthropology. My research proposal would therefore relate to language and its social and political dimensions, and it would be written from an anthropological perspective, since I feel I am completely unable to make any kind of linguistic analysis. Now, when people ask me in which field I would be doing my PhD, I kind of do not know how to answer. What determines your PhD field? Is it the department? The supervisor’s research field? Or the topic? I usually say it would be in Anthropology since I am planning an anthropological project. However, I do not know if this makes any sense at all. Does it make sense that I write an anthropological dissertation in a Linguistics department? Would that make me a PhD in Anthropology?
I hope someone can help me.