Questions tagged [humanities]

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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Unanswered Postdoc and Career Opportunity E-mails

I'm doing a PhD on the history of Afghanistan. I have an international congress paper and an international article. I send e-mails written in academic language to many institutions and academicians in ...
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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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What do people with bachelor's degrees in humanities actually end up doing? [closed]

If someone majors in political science or international relations or history, what do they end up actually doing as a career? I've found numerous sites that give the obvious answers what they can do, ...
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Citations when mixing of factual evidence and interpretation in one sentence

I have a bit of a technical question about constructing narrative while writing as a historian (I guess it also applies to other humanities). This never really occurred to me as an issue during ...
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Where to go after academia in the humanities? [closed]

I am a full prof in the humanities at a small liberal arts college in rural America. I am relishing my sabbatical in a European country with a flourishing economy and appealing culture. I do not want ...
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What are good reasons to write my thesis in English?

I'm studying in Germany. German and English are not my native tongue, but I prefer to write my thesis in English for the following reasons: My English is better than my German (not a good reason). My ...
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How to find research topics and publish more?

I seem to be a bit stuck here. I am reading quite a lot, but I cannot find a topic to write about, which is original and which I could then publish as a paper. I am in the Humanities, so it's ...
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How do we keep ourselves humble as researchers and intellectuals?

I recently sat down with a trusted confidant and went over my statement of purpose and personal statement. Although the overall message and commentary was positive, what I realized was that I needed ...
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Is research output determined by your type of institution more than your skill? [closed]

I've often thought it was strange that one's value as a scholar is determined largely on the basis of one's research, yet one's ability to perform "good" (in quantitative and qualitative terms) ...
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zotero: can I manually change a citation style

I'm in the humanities, and I'm currently using zotero to cite primary and secondary materials in my dissertation. I apply the Chicago Manual Style, and don't have any issues with secondary sources. I ...
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Using my ethnically misleading name in a field where it's relevant

I'm a white person researching Asian history. Let's say I'm married and have taken my husband's name, which is unambiguously Asian (I'll use "Leung" for the examples). I'm unsure whether I should use ...
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U.S. humanities professors: Can you get back into academia if you leave?

I'm a tenured professor in a humanities department at a second-tier research university in the United States. My Ph.D. is from a top-ten program in my discipline. I have an above-average number of ...
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Dealing with unsupportive committee / adviser after completion of Ph.D.?

I finished a humanities Ph.D. about a year and a half ago, with an exceptionally unsupportive committee and dysfunctional department. I've had some short-term contract/freelance work since, but my ...
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BA in the humanities - doing MA in Computer Science?

I have a BA degree in sociology, but during my studies I got interested in programming and development. I would like to continue and do my MA thesis in a Computer Science University, and maybe, try to ...
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Is there a consensus in philosophy and other humanities that PhD dissertations have to be at least 200 pages long?

I've read a blog post written by Robert Wolff saying that for a philosophy dissertation to be considered good, at least in American universities, it should be between 200 to 250 pages long. We could ...
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How to do undergrad summer research in philosophy, when there aren't any programs?

I am a first year undergraduate student studying natural sciences at highly reputed university, and am pretty sure that in the future I would like to pursue studies in philosophical theoretical ...
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Should a Kickstarter funding be in an academic CV?

In humanities, would a successful kickstarter project which supported relevant professional work belong in an academic CV? I think a "grants and fundraisers" category can have crowdfunding, but my ...
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Is it OK to send the same research proposal to several professors?

I am a prospective PhD student in the humanities and I have already got in touch with a potential advisor in the university I would really like to work in. I have drafted a research proposal (as I ...
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