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Graduate Studies

Outside the Box: Occupational Horizons for Modern Language Doctoral Programs

David Laurence

The first shock came in December 1969, at the MLA convention in Denver, Colorado. From projections developed in the 1950s, an assumption had grown to become conventional wisdom among knowledgeable observers that a severe shortage in the supply of PhD talent threatened a serious decline in the quality of the faculty and educational programs in higher education. . . .

 

Graduate Studies

Beyond the Numbers: Plotting the Field of Humanities PhDs at Work

Kelly Anne Brown

Though tracking those who left the academy to pursue a range of careers postdegree looks from the outset to be an exercise in data collection, it is really about the stories—absent, untold, ignored—for which we use numbers as a placeholder. . . .

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Photo by Drew Coffman

Graduate Studies

The Profession Does Not Need the Monograph Dissertation

Eric Hayot

I say that a collection of articles can prove that someone can do original, publishable scholarship as well as a dissertation. But of course I don’t know, and neither do you. No one will know until someone tries it. . . .

 

Graduate Studies

Mentors, Projects, Deliverables: Internships and Fellowships for Doctoral Students in the Humanities

Rachel Arteaga and Kathleen Woodward

Since 2013 new graduate internship programs have been announced from Florida to California, and practice-based fellowships have also proliferated. Both are welcome responses to today’s spirited national conversation on the changes absolutely necessary to doctoral education and training . . .

 

Graduate Studies

Connecting the Curriculum: A Collaborative Reinvention for Humanities PhDs

Eric Wertheimer and George Justice

We recall (and treasure) individual classes and professors. But little else about why and how we were moving through this particular curriculum stands out. We can’t help thinking that we are not alone in having this experience and that this gap is, unfortunately, status quo in our profession . . .


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Higher Ed

The Conflicted Status of Humanities Research in the Contemporary University

David R. Shumway

There is no easy solution to the problems that beset research in the humanities today, but there are measures that might help. For one, the value of our research needs to be explained and defended to those outside our disciplines. . . .

Ferdinand Pauwels
Ferdinand Pauwels

Perspectives

95 Theses

Charles Bernstein

1. Professionalism is a means not an end. Less is more. Professors are better off when they professionalize less and risk extinction when professionalization is primary.

2. Professionalized scholarly writing often seems to play off a list of master-theorists who must be cited, even if the subject is overcoming mastery. . . .

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Photo by Ian Southwell

Presidential Forum

Bush Sites / Bush Stories: Politics of Place and Memory in Indigenous Northern Canada

Peter Kulchyski

Consider a sacred place, the Teaching Rocks near Curve Lake First Nation at the northeast end of Anishnabwe territory, also known as the Peterborough Petroglyphs in southern Ontario. . . .

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Photo by Grant Matthews

Presidential Forum

Networked Mediation: Historical Memory against Punitive Justice

Wai Chee Dimock

I would like to begin by invoking the memory of W. H. Auden, or at least one particular line of his—“Poetry makes nothing happen”—surely one of the most controversial assertions ever made. . . .

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Photo by Pimthida

Presidential Forum

Literary Archaeology at the Temple Mount: Recovering the Comic Version of the Sacrifice of Isaac

Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

Given the amount of blood that has been spilled, it may be hard for anyone who does not live there to believe that Palestine and Israel together constitute an area roughly the size of Massachusetts . . .

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Photo by Tim Green

Presidential Forum

Negotiating Sites of Memory

Margaret Ferguson

Temporally complex like Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, negotiating sites of memory starts in the present and looks both to the past and the future. . . .

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Photo by Stephanie Carter

Higher Ed

The Humanities as Service Departments: Facing the Budget Logic

Christopher Newfield

What kind of budgetary future do the humanities have in public universities? Dire predictions have been around for years and take many plausible forms (Donoghue), including the retreat of humanities research into wealthy private universities for the dwindling leisure class. . . .

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Photo by Life Pilgrim

Case Study

Lessons from the State University of New York, Albany: Program Elimination, Administrative Power, and Shared Governance

Brett Bowles

On 1 October 2010, the provost and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York, Albany . . . convened faculty members in French, Italian, Russian, Classics, and Theater to inform them of the decision to deactivate all degree programs in their fields. . . .

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Photo by Christian Weidinger

Case Study

CUNY’s Pathways to Substandard Education for the “Whole People”

Sandi E. Cooper

The trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY) voted in June 2011 to implement Pathways—a project of the vice chancellor for academic affairs, Alexandra Logue, which purported to ease transfer among undergraduates, largely from two- to four-year colleges. . . .

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Photo by Irene Grassi

Case Study

From Crisis to Opportunities: How One College of Humanities Survived and Thrived from 2008 to 2014

Mary Wildner-Bassett

As we have seen so often in Profession or the Chronicle of Higher Education, and many similar publications concerning American and global postsecondary institutions and their programs, the state of the humanities in general is a topic for debate and commentary. . . .
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