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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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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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Suggestion for Graduate Studies in Cultural and Media Studies [closed]

I'm currently an undergraduate student in English Literature, and I'm setting my sights on doing graduate school in Cultural or Media Studies. So far, I haven't found my specific research interest, ...
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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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How do you find the total number of humanities papers published by (sub) discipline?

How do you find the total number of humanities papers by sub-discipline? Is there a global index of some sort that keeps count? For example, Asian-American Studies vs Latin-American studies - as ...
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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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Publishing dissertation chapters instead of a monograph

I am at the end of my second year of a tenure-track position (my institution uses calendar years instead of academic ones) with a heavy load of service. This academic year I was assigned to work on ...
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Does translating an academic work in the humanities or social sciences improve your CV?

I've been asked to collaborate in an edited book that will collect important contributions to the field X, in the humanities/Social Sciences. The volume will be published in French, so I was asked to ...
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I submitted a conference paper that was too long…what now?

I'm a MA student, and I think I've made a big mistake submitting to my first conference... I submitted an abstract to a regional academic conference over the summer, and it was accepted. I had to ...
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How do I cite an article which has been accepted pending revisions, but the revisions aren't accepted yet?

I have an article accepted in a journal, providing I make certain revisions. I have now made the revisions and sent them off, but am awaiting the journal's confirmation that the reviewers are ...
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Discovered a paper very late into my research - what now?

I am currently writing my thesis and am quite far already. However, I have discovered a paper now which troubles me quite a bit, as it pretty much destroys everything I am arguing for (and very ...
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How to respond to peer review - a step by step guide to my first response?

I'm in the process of responding to my first peer review (major revisions). There seems to be a lot of advice out there, (even some stuff here: How to write good Response Letters for the reviewers) ...
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Does the term “science” encompass humanities and the social sciences?

I’m not a native English speaker and want to get a better grip on the nuances of the term science. In my native tongue, the word I’d use for science also refers to humanities and the social sciences. ...
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Taking year off after PhD and focus on research? Does it look bad?

Say I have finished my PhD and I would love to just write a few papers and do some research before getting a job at a university which will also involve teaching & administrative things. Also, ...
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Professor dismissed error I found in her work. I need more feedback, but the field is small

Background / My problem: I believe to have found a substantial error in my professor's original research. After getting answers to my previous question, I emailed her about it, but she was ...
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How does academic hiring work in the humanities in Denmark?

I have applied for an academic job at a good university in Denmark, but as a non-Dane I've been trying to learn about how the hiring process works. Can someone explain to me the various steps in the ...
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Found mistake in my professors book: Tell her or publish? If so, how?

I just came across quite a big problem for an interpretation my professor puts forward in her recently published book (a book containing original research in the humanities, not a textbook). I am not ...
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What is the timeline for academic job postings in the humanities in Australia?

What is the timeline for the humanities (specifically literature) job search in Australia? In the US, jobs begin to be posted in September. Any advice for a US candidate looking for a level B (...
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Can you submit the same session proposal to two different conferences?

Each conference is on a different continent but is in the same discipline (A & H). If my proposal is accepted, I will be chairing both sessions but will obviously have different speakers. I am ...
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Could it be more productive to work independently after PhD?

Picture the following scenario: X finished his PhD. X is also quite rich and can support himself (as well as his research) independently. What do you think about this: Would X's time after the PhD ...
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What role do relevant (!) foreign languages play in grad admissions?

Say I want to apply to a program like Comparative Literature or Classics, where it is required that during the program I will pick up at least X languages and will have to sit language exams etc. but ...
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I want to help out my Professor, how do I ask? (Humanities)

I would really like to help out my professor and get some 'research experience', and I asked her the other day, but she said that me writing my thesis would already be 'research experience'. Does she ...
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Will journal editors contact you if your book review has been rejected?

I was sent a book to review for a journal. Book reviews of the particular journal are peer-reviewed. It has been 3 months after my submission but I still haven't heard from the editors. How long ...
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What is the impact of a radical change of opinion for early-career academics?

I'm wondering what are the potential consequences of a change of mind in the social sciences and humanities. More specifically, what would happen concretely if I publish a peer-reviewed article in ...
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What is the etiquette on presenting work-in-progress that's mostly literature review in a conference talk in the humanities?

Is it socially acceptable to present a conference paper which is not (yet) highly original research? Being in the humanities, research requires much of literature reading rather than experimental or ...
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Transferring / re-applying to PhD programs - Humanities

For humanities PhDs: If you find that your research topic has changed such that you no longer are a good fit in your program, is it possible to re-apply and get accepted into the same program at ...
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When submitting PhD proposals in the humanities in the UK, are students expected to have already applied for funding?

In British universities, is there a standard procedure with regards the order of application for funding and submitting a proposal for a PhD? Is there an expectation from universities that the ...
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Should I cater to student interests?

I am a tenured full professor in the humanities, teaching at an elite liberal arts institution. Currently our department is struggling to attract majors and student scholars in our particular ...
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Humanities for people with poor preparation?

As someone in a math-heavy field, the advice one is generally given if one's preparation for potentially going into graduate school is poor boils down to the following: Do better in a class that ...
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Getting a PhD in Classics/Ancient History with an MA in Modern Lit [duplicate]

I'm getting an MA in Italian Literature but, writing my thesis on contemporary fiction, I realized that it's not really what I want to specialize in. I would like to switch to Classics/Ancient History....
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What is generally expected on language exams for humanities students?

Graduate students (at least in the US) often have to take foreign language competency exams, particularly if they are in the humanities. In things like classics or Biblical studies, I might expect a ...
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How to narrow down focus in humanities/social sciences?

I’m looking to enroll in a social studies/humanities undergraduate course, but I’m unsure of which subjects to focus on in my studies. I have ambitions to progress on to postgraduate study, research ...
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Are doctoral programs in the USA like a Masters leading into a PhD?

Before I begin, feel I should make it clear that I have no doubt that undertaking a PhD. anywhere, let alone at Harvard, will be a difficult and strenuous task! To briefly explain, I have graduated ...
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Humanities - taking a year off between PhD completion and academic job

I am a PhD candidate in literature, finishing my degree in August. Due to a combination of factors, I did not line anything (academic) up for the coming academic year. However, I will be spending that ...