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On standards or conventions specific to the humanities, i.e. the academic disciplines that study human culture, and programs that lead to a degree in these fields. Examples include ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, religion, and visual and performing arts such as music and theatre.

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Can I justify paying for an unfunded master's if I'm changing disciplines from undergrad? [closed]

I'm in a predicament. I'm about to turn 29. I finished undergrad a few years ago and have been working in what jobs I can since then. I got an undergrad degree in a completely different field than ...
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What are the standard practices in humanities around making my writing open access?

I'm new to art history/humanities and recently wrote a short essay for a museum magazine. I come from the sciences and would typically make a free version of my papers available on a preprint server ...
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Which humanities journals publish original research? [closed]

I was recommended to publish the results of my research, but the recommended articles include only review articles and if I asked them, whether I could send an original research paper, the answer was ...
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Can I submit my Research Proposal as a Writing Sample for a US PhD application in Humanities?

I noticed that in US PhD application forms there is no separate portion for attaching a PhD research proposal. The writing sample I have is an essay from an undergraduate class and non-academic ...
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How many new course preps before tenure (R1, US, Humanities)?

I'm a humanities researcher at an R1 university, just a few years into the tenure track. So far, the job's been pretty dominated by prep for my courses. I've been getting better at it, but there's no ...
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Deciding to not apply to a college that I have met with a faculty member, advice on what to do

I met with a faculty member for a history MA program but have decided not to apply there. Simply put, there are better programs that I would be a better fit for and also it requires an expensive ...
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M2 in France = MPhil Equivalent in US/UK?

I did my PhD in the UK. During my third year, I was an exchange researcher in Paris (PSL). As I was keen to get further qualifications, I enrolled as an "M2" student (2nd year of a Masters) ...
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Is there such a thing as "too much overlap" with the PhD supervisor?

Currently I am applying for PhDs in social anthropology in UK. I have multiple applications going on at the moment. One of my possible supervisors is directly working on the issue I proposed for my ...
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Is it true that people over 30 are not preferred as Phd candidates in Germany?

I'm asking as someone who's planning to apply for a Master in Germany after an academic hiatus of 8 years for personal reasons. So, what I want to know is if I would find it very difficult/impossible ...
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How can a person do further academic research if their PhD degree is old?

There is a certain rule that if your PhD degree is more than 6–7 years old, you cannot apply for a postdoc position. Suppose a physically and mentally 100% fit 70-year-old person obtained his PhD ...
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How to find research opportunities in humanities?

I need some advice about how to gain research experience when I have been working in the industry for about 10 years. I was recently rejected by all the graduate programs I applied to. Granted, they ...
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How do you use book reviews in your research?

I'm in the humanities and it is normal that after a book comes out book reviews of said book will appear in journals. Now while I think it is expected that scholars write book reviews of other ...
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How to Approach the Teaching Presentation for a Tenure-track Interview in the U.S

As the title mentions, I am wondering how to approach an upcoming teaching presentation I will be giving as part of an interview. To be clear, this is a 30-40 minute teaching presentation on a topic ...
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Is my timeline for starting a PHD in Fall 2023 in Europe a complete 'Pipe Dream'?

I am an EU citizen currently working in a field completely unrelated to academia. I have been interesting in returning to academia for a number of years now, and finally plan on applying for a PHD. My ...
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Reading & Note-taking Before A PhD

I'm currently completing a Graduate Certificate of Studies at an Australian university, taking subjects in history. I plan to apply to a Master of Arts - Thesis for January, 2024 with the eventual ...
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Is future academic placement an important factor in picking a PhD advisor?

I'm a M.A. student in Art History looking to apply to PhD programs in the Fall. I have heard that it is important when choosing an advisor to pick one that is good/efficient in getting their students ...
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Edited volume (humanities) for tenure? [closed]

Does publishing an edited volume count for tenure (humanities)? And if so, does it count if you are 1st or 2nd editor in the same way?
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I'm applying for a job for an Asst. Prof in Canada, and not sure of the protocols for reference letters. Am I supposed to send them, or my referees?

The language in the job posting says, "Applicants must arrange for these and three letters of reference to be sent directly to." I have already requested three referees to directly email ...
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Fundamental Background for western humanities [closed]

For an engineer, knowing some math is critical. What about modern humanities which is mostly western humanities? Which resources you recommend?
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Sociology PhD : what are the prospects of landing a job within academia? [closed]

What are the job prospects, like the likelihood of becoming a university professor, for people who pursue a Ph.D. in sociology in North America?
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Describe "corruption" in higher academia (research for a novel) [closed]

if you were to imagine a dystopian future in which academia was corrupted to a point in which it was no longer fit to fulfill its purpose…could you describe what that would look like? What would be ...
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Satirical journals for the arts and humanities [closed]

It was very easy to find scientific journals that allow satirical articles to be published. The top Google result for "satirical journals" was Wikipedia's list of them: https://en.wikipedia....
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Do US English departments still teach formal elements of literature? [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate English student at an Ivy-league college and thus far have been disappointed at how few classes focus on my interests. Most seem skewed toward popular culture (genre ...
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Eligibility of pursuing graduate school in English with only a minor in the subject?

Background: I’m a rising (undergraduate) junior transferring to a different school starting with this upcoming semester. At my previous school I was an English/Philosophy double major, but I took way ...
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Must presenters in the humanities read their papers verbatim instead of summarizing/discussing them?

Thanks to Covid-19, I have been watching many video conferences and online presentations (both formal and not) in the humanities, specifically on printing, paleography, manuscripts, analysis of paper, ...
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How to assess prominence in non-STEM research

I'm interested in how I could assess prominence of specific scholars outside the STEM (science, tech, engineering, math) fields. As a scholar in the humanities or social sciences, how do you gauge the ...
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Crediting Authors who are not Cited in an Article but have influenced it using Chicago Author-Date System in the Humanities

How would I credit an author's particular article who is not cited in my text but who has influenced my work? I am not referring to any kind of general mentorship or any personal connection. According ...
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Master's degree after Bachelor in Liberal Arts and Humanities

I have a question regarding a futher education after obtaining Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts and humanities. Is it feasible/possible/widespread to obtain Master's in some other specialization? ...
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How to cite an old poem which appears in a new collection/anthology put together by a different editor? (Chicago)

According to CMS, we should cite a poem in an anthology as we would a chapter in an edited book. But, what if the poem was orginally written in another year? eg. Hàn Mặc Tử. [1939] 2009.“Hồn là ai?” (...
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Conflict of interest -- recommendation letters

I recently got asked by a professor who is also one of my recommenders to apply for a PhD in their department. This professor is also a co-chair of that said department. Would I be incurring some kind ...
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Asking questions/sending note to the three authors of a paper in economics, three personalized letters?

A famous paper has three coauthors. I wrote a note regarding that paper and want to get some feedback from them. Shall I send the note and my questions in one email to the three authors together (with ...
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How to get started with PhD dissertation? (Management & Humanities)

I got accepted to a university as PhD Candidate. My research proposal is sent & accepted, and I found a supervisor. Though we plan to meet at least 1 time/month, I feel a bit confused about the ...
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How valuable are research assistant positions to an academic CV in the humanities?

A bit of background: I just completed my MA at a large Canadian university, and I will be starting my PhD in Sociology in the fall (at the same large Canadian university). Over the course of my 2-year ...
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Job prospects for international student in the UK for an academic position in the humanities

For the sake of context, I have been accepted by a UK university for my undergraduate degree (Maths and Philosophy at Oxford), and shall be beginning my degree this fall. My issue is this - after ...
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How to Get Into European Grad School in Journalism with a Low GPA

I'm wondering if someone can advise. I have a BA in Literature and a pretty low GPA under 3.0 from 2008. I've worked in varied industries, teaching (preschool, ESL) and IT (Data Analysis). I want ...
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Is it better having a bad PhD done or having no PhD?

I'm close to the end of a troubled PhD experience. However this closeness might be extended to the infinite if I would get to the point of having something that is good enough. I might be too self-...
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What do supervisors have to gain from a success or failure of a PhD student?

I'm finishing a really messed up dissertation. Maybe decent in some sense, but all the PhD has been done without following any of the supposed methodology and criteria. Since I'm in a sort of arm ...
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Taking into account word lengths when writing humanities articles

I am currently writing an article that I hope to submit to a specific journal on women’s studies. The journal’s word limit is 6,000 to 9,000 words. I am still in the planning phase of writing. How ...
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Journal editor made bad edits to my (accepted) paper - how do I respond?

Earlier this year I had a paper accepted to a well-recognized journal in a particular (humanities) subfield. I finally received proofs of the article, and was (more than a bit) upset at the edits. A ...
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Master in humanities as a software engineer

I am living in the Netherlands (at the moment, I am an expat), I have two M.Sc and a bachelor in software engineer / computer science and and I am looking at the possibility of having a part-time ...
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Can a person become a professor in English without having a Bachelor degree in English?

Some universities allow students to get enrolled in English studies without having a Bachelor degree in English. If someone completes an MA and PhD without a Bachelor, can that person become a ...
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How long should an exposé be usually?

There is this position advertised and among its requirements is an exposé of the research the applicant wants to undertake during the fellowship. But it doesn't say anything about the size of the ...
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How much should I refer to an anonymous reviewer's extremely helpful revisions?

I am in the enviable position of receiving an anonymous review from an extremely knowledgable member of my academic community and am incorporating all of their excellent suggestions into my article. ...
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Social science/humanities PhD in UK: Take partially funded PhD, or work for a year and reapply for full funding?

First, I am aware that there are already several posts about self-funding a PhD. I'm posting this question, however, for the following reasons: Many threads are mostly about US schools, whereas the ...
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Is it possible to find an unpaid and "half-time" postdoc?

I've defended my thesis, and I would like to do my postdoc abroad. But the problem is that I am married, and I have two little children. So, I can't just leave my family for a couple of years, and ...
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When should I say I'm leaving my PhD program

I am currently in my first year of a humanities PhD program at one of the ivy-league colleges, and I've decided to leave the program at the end of the current spring term. (Yes, I'm 100% certain - I ...
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Approaching a master's in humanities after STEM-focused undergrad [duplicate]

I graduated this past year from an Ivy League university with a double major in a STEM field and Asian studies (with a focus in literature). Throughout university I felt the desire to eventually ...
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Lack of congruence in mathematical abilities versus writing abilities in faculty [closed]

Because of my background in mathematics and statistics, I have been called upon by my department (the Math/Stat Department) to assist faculty members from the humanities and linguistics departments in ...
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Keeping academic credit on work with human rights impacts but fearing repressive regime retaliations

I am from a country controlled by a repressive regime. I was able to leave the country and continue my academic activity in a top US university. Most of my work is focused on equality, human rights ...
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No reply from PhD supervisor after meeting

I met up with a potential supervisor two weeks ago and they were very keen on my topic (on literature). They took a hard copy of my draft proposal to read and told me I will be contacted in a week. ...
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