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Personally, I'm in an interdisciplinary program that's a mash-up of art history and film and media studies. The emphasis is on "visual culture," so we call it Visual Studies.
We read stuff like:
Techniques of the Observer, Downcast Eyes, Gramophone, Film, Typewriter, Simulation and Simulacra, and just about anything else in critical theory, continental philosophy, cultural studies, and (if we're feeling adventurous) cognitive science, especially if it has to do with vision.
Metatext, some interesting areas of study! I did a film course once, I wish I'd done more, some of the stuff I learnt was fascinating. Which is your favourite topic area?
Space Studies includes: space life sciences, astrobiology, space history (including history of the space programs, history of astronomy), space business management, space policy and law, astronomy, planetary geology, aerospace engineering, satellite information processing, human performance in extreme environments, etc. My specialization is psychological stressors during long duration spaceflight.
As for me, I'm interested a lot in 1970s film theory about the cinematic "apparatus", Japanese film, and media theory (i.e. materialist histories of the telephone, telegraph, typewriter, computers, the Internet, etc.)
I don't know much about South Asian literature, how far ahead is she?
Anything by Salman Rushdie, Shadow Lines, Baumgartner's Bombay, The Interpreter of Maladies, God of Small Things, some stuff by Naipal, some stuff by Mahasweta Devi, and some stuff by Bharati Mukherjee.
As for Japanese film, Kurosawa is wonderful, but that's just skimming the surface. Yasujiro Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi are deservedly famous, but you should also check out Japanese new wave filmmakers like Nagisa Oshima, Shohei Imamura, Kon Ichikawa, Seijun Suzuki, and Shuji Terayama. Hope that helps!
Since lattice QCD is part of the high-energy theoretical particle physics group, I'll be expected to get my hands dirty doing some straight-up theory and phenomenology as well. I'm sitting in on a short lecture series on extra-dimensional models at the moment, and may spend part of the summer working on Large Hadron Collider phenomenology.
Since lattice QCD is also part of the computational science group, I'm also required to do a computational project or two in a different field, like computational biology or actual computer science. That's still a couple of years in the future, though.
Should I have stopped after "I study physics"?
I'm a humanities person myself. I'm working on a PhD in Medieval History. I'm ABD, and just now really starting work on my dissertation, which is about prophecy in medieval Welsh manuscripts. Obviously, Welsh history is a big interest of mine, which means I end up doing a lot of postcolonial stuff, and I'm also really interested in manuscripts and their collectors.
Nikkles: I read "so pretty much I study dead people" and thought, "ooohhhh, cool". Does that make me weirder than you?
I'm an anthropologist by training. My undergrad was in biological anthropology and I'm currently an officer of the student subsection of AAA. My training was all in anthropology and my area in Space Studies is what it is because they needed an anthropologist to do it. :)
Good luck getting any Anthropology PhD program to accept you with the interest I have. None of them would touch me with a 10 foot pole. :(
Everyone keeps telling me that that is systematic heresy, though ;)
I think your fellow grad student either may or may not have his work cut out for him. Depending on how you interpret the Outer Space Treaty either 1) it is already a landmark because everyone owns it or 2) it can never be a landmark because that would require acknowledgement of some form of ownership which is banned. It's all in how you interpret it and what it really takes to make something a landmark. I hated my space policy class but at least it is periodically useful.
In my former 'real' life, I worked mostly as an administrative assistant, got pretty good with computers, and studied meditation on the side...
I'm currently finishing my final year of coursework for a PhD in Comparative Literature. My main focus is North African Arabic and Francophone writing and film (with its connections to Islam and Europe) through a combo of gender studies, psychoanalysis, and political theology. (I'll read pretty much anything though... fiction, drama, memoirs, graphic novels... not picky.)
I'm also interested in Berber culture, captivity narratives, 'Oriental' romances, and im/e/migration.
34LittleKnife Primeira Mensagem
The simple answer is I study Classics.
The slightly more useful answer is that I hope (if the application ever gets anywhere other than the endless loops of the departments) to be researching the use of classics in history writing and simultaneously investigating the representations of Cornish history - and if any b*****d writes my beautiful and, as yet wannabe, PhD I will.. I will... well probably just cry.
I have been doing a ot of stuff on classics in popular culture over the last couple of years but there is so much stuff out there I want to know, sigh.
Well, I just finished up a masters in film, next fall I move on to a doctoral program in communication, where I will focus on film. My "field of specialty," as they call it, is animation studies, particularly Eastern European and Russian animation and stop animation.
I'm masochistic enough to have undertaken a simultaneous double degree with an MA in LIS and PhD in Comp/Rhet. Coursework is done - I'm trying to write that dissertation.
40steadierfooting Primeira Mensagem
My particular interests are Modernist American Poetry (especially Gertrude Stein), Romanticism, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, queer/gender theory and queer poetics. Nice to see so many other grad students.
In an academic setting, I am working on an M.A. in Digital Media which is not quite what it sounds like. It deals with computers in education. Touches on things from web design to educational theory (mainly social constructivism). I have completed the coursework element and am now doing the thesis component which will deal with how the humanities post-graduate cohort use the web for literature searches. So throw in information literacy studies into the mix as well.
I may do a Ph.D next or do an M.Ed in Higher Education first. If my wife allows it. ))))
I am also an amateur student of Theology and Papal History.
Back to final papers...
Practices of Reconciliation
Mythic Dimensions in Personal Transformation (Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth and Gilgamesh, the Stephen Mitchell version)
How are you finding it? I'm enjoying my first module about information and our society.
50blackbuttoneyes Primeira Mensagem
I am working on a Masters in History, studying the history of science education in American. My undergraduate thesis explored the history of children's biographies of Marie Curie and Albert Einstein. I have also looked at the history of children's books about evolution and the history of school science fairs.
I study law. I don't know if I'm aptly called a "graduate student". In my part of the world, law is a bachelor's degree and requires a pre-law degree (undergraduate degree; mine's journalism by the way). They consider lawstudents and graduate students alike here.
If I weren't in school, I'd probably give Children's Lit a try.
I wish I had more time to read more books though
55virtualcourtney Primeira Mensagem
I just started a PhD program in Mathematics (specifically, my passion is commutative algebra with a little topology thrown in). I like to think that if the math doesn't pan out (although I know in my heart it will), I'll end up in Philosophy, but in the currently unpopular field of studying Whitehead and the like.
But math is really it for me. I'm working on Rings of Continuous Functions right now, although it's not part of my graduate work--it's just for fun. And I love it!
My least favorite question is, "Well, what can you DO with math? Teach? Become an accountant?" For me, I just want to do math for the sake of...more math.
i'm working on a phd in philosophy, specifically political philosophy and ethics. contrary to sorlil, though, i'm focused almost entirely on contemporary moral & political thought, with an emphasis right now on justice in education.
>55 virtualcourtney: come to the dark side, you know you want to! although my focus isn't in mathematics or logic, this is a (not-so) secret hobby of mine, although i'm sure you'd be into the deeper computational aspects than i am. at the moment i'm actually using LT as a procrastination device instead of working on my logic lectures for this week... *sigh*
i just completed my first year at a phd program in global affairs. as i approach my second and last year of coursework, i am focusing on the interplay between information technologies and cities, starting by going through the cybercities reader this summer and other books soon.
although global affairs / international relations is a field typically associated with the relations between countries, i am interested in completely the opposite: the relations between individuals, locales, cities, regions, pop culture, etc. of a transborder character. i think Distant Proximities captured well these 'informalities' of global affairs.
anyone living in the new york city area interested in the same things please feel free to contact me.
59Caroline541 Primeira Mensagem
I just finished an MA in Drama at Washington University in St. Louis. For my MA thesis I translated a Catalan play from the 1890s (Terra Baixa by Àngel Guimerà) into English. Then I researched the Spanish translation by José Echegaray and the English translation Marta of the Lowlands, which was translated from the Spanish translation. So basically it was Translation Theory and Descriptive Translation Studies.
I'll start my PhD this fall also at Washington University in Comparative Literature with an emphasis in Drama. I leaning toward using post-colonial theory to analyse the creating of the Catalan national literature in the late 19th century (mainly poetry and drama).
So I guess that makes me a Humanities bum. This summer I'm reading Jacques Barzun's From Dawn to Decadence and Edward Said's Orientalism. If that doesn't make me a Humanities geek, I don't know what would.
I'm excited to see quite a few film students here. I do not come from a film background, so I do feel like there's a lot to wade through.
I read interesting fiction and play with the computer, to make it short. - To elaborate a bit, I'll complete my MA in comparative literature in Helsinki, Finland next year. So, actually as an BA I'm still an undergraduate student, so excuse my joining the group :)
I've done all the courses etc, only the thesis (on The Name Of The Rose) is under way. In addition to this, I'm doing an MA in digital culture in Jyväskylä, Finland (in English). In the course of my studies I've done programs like New Media Management in the University of Arts and Design, Helsinki.
#57: it happened to me too. I went to work in advertising agencies there wasn't any chance to study at the same time. A decade passed by this way. For my current job it suffices to give some 40 hours per week and there's spare time to complete my degree.
joining in on the first post bandwagon:
I study trees! I'm doing a MSc in Forest Biology and Management at the U of A up in Canada. In the end, this degree will be a sort-of applied ecology program, researching the effects of forest harvesting on natural regrowth.
71strongchikga Primeira Mensagem
I'm starting my MA in medieval studies, concentrated mostly on literature (though it is an interdisciplinary program). After my MA, I plan to continue to get my PhD (also in medieval studies, focused on literature). My main areas of interest are Old English and Old Norse literature and cultures, but find myself branching more and more into studying many diverse areas of medieval culture and literature.
I finished my MA in English and am now in a PhD program in Literature, although I plan to take as many rhet/comp classes as I can. My specialty is American short fiction of the late 19th/early 20th C, although I wrote my MA thesis on Emerson, Thoreau, and Muir.
Last semester we read The Spirit Catches You and You Fall DownThe spirit catches you and you fall down : a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures by Anne Fadiman.
Myself, I'm starting (in about a month) a PhD in musicology at UCLA. I'm not sure what I'll write my dissertation on, but it will probably deal with either chamber music, the nineteenth century, the problems of virtuosity in the current "early music" scene, or music of the leisure class in pre-WWI America.
...In case you can't tell, I really haven't decided what to study.
...actually, I study theology.
81DiscothequeKittens Primeira Mensagem
In about two weeks I start grad school. Studying clinical psych. My particular concentration is in forensic psychology, with interests in working with the prison population (therapy and assessment), ex-cons (esp. parole-required therapy for sex offenders), state hospital forensic wards (think extreme psychosis, and it's a thousand times worse), and working as an expert witness to criminal defense lawyers. Topics of interest include: sex offenders, infanticide, cult killings, juvenile homicide, workplace homicide, more homicide... violent and aggressive behavior in general and sexual deviance in general.
I am also really interested in group psychology, family systems, existential and humanistic psych (though not as useful in the forensic field), psychological constructs (esp. validity and reliability of), and assessment.
My Masters was a coursework degree, and I studied International Relations, Politics and Security studies.
84takethebackseat Primeira Mensagem
#75 That sounds fascinating. Always had a interest in theology.
Although, as a kid I've always wanted to be an artist. These days, I use a Moleskine notebook for my thesis or manuscript notes, but I doodle in my notebooks too! I've only recently picked up a paintbrush (again, after eight years of putting my artistic talents aside in pursuit of science).
After working on a psych ward for three years, that was not the route that I wanted to take for the rest of my life. Abnormal Psychology is definitely interesting, but Anthropology is safer!
My interests lie on the prose poetry and long line free verse side of the spectrum. I'm interested in breaking forms and pushing poetry beyond the same old rhyming couplet. Nazim Hikmet, Gary Young, and T.R. Hummer are all awesome writers from whom I take inspiration.
I study transportation systems engineering. My thesis will probable involve the application of some operations research to transit operations or airline scheduling (it's far too early to say for sure).
Then again, we did go to the same school as undergrads.
Like many of the readers above, I have found the mishmash of majors in this thread surprising. I wish there was a simple way to change this prose information into a graphic representation for easier comparison of quantities, and to see what sorts of majors we're missing.
Then again, the "what" is not as interesting as the "why" in this case. Why this particular set of majors? Why did we choose to put up books in LT, sign up to this group, and post in this thread, where others did not?
I must stop there, or I'll end up turning this into a research project for myself. :(
:( The built-in spell-check seems to think that I've spelled archaeology incorrectly. This grieves me.
What exactly is your focus? I toyed with the idea of doing archaeology, but decided on cultural anthropology instead.
Originally, I started studying maths and physics because someone told me it was the key to getting both money and women... that someone lied. By the time I realized the horrible lie for what it was, I had been swept full-on into the tempest we call mathematics.... yes, that's exactly what happened.
For those of you who wondering what I will do with my degree once I am done; here is your answer. First, I will breed a horde of bunnies. Then I will train this horde of bunnies to follow my commands, using my patented 'bunny whisper' technique. Then I will use my extensive knowledge of optimal transportation and nonlinear elliptic pdes to figures out how to send my bunny horde across the globe whereupon they will be the harbingers of mass destruction on all those who would oppose my will. Yes, I will use my mathematical knowledge and a horde of bunnies to take over the world. Bunnies are the key... they reproduce quickly, are disarmingly cute and are incredibly destructive (just ask someone who has had a house bunny). They will be unstoppable once I have taught them the dark arts of nonlinear elliptic pde... see... you just HAD to ask didn't you?
I'm also interested in Sympotic culture and its physical remains, both in Greece and outside. This fits in with my other interest too, as the South Italians because producers of an Atticizing local pottery, though with a thoroughly indivisual character too, that was actually imported by Athens.
But it's early to say if I'll stick with this particular area and interest. Anyway, that's my long answer.
I am also interested in the Early development of Hellenistic science. Particularly of note the interesting mechanisms found associated with mass graves of immature rabbit bones, which we find in Macedonia. Certain features of the machine and the close proximity of the remains show that it was designed as a doomsday weapon against bunnies, just another one of the ingenious creations from the minds of the people who brought forth Archimedes and Aristotle that is now lost to the annals of history. I think, however, through modern radiography we might be able to see the inner workings of this device, despite the terrible corrosion from the rather alkaline soil. Clearly the ancients were interested in killing rabbits on a large scale, though I cannot see that practical application... save perhaps some nutter looking to take over the world with bunnies, though this is so unlikely as to be laughable. Nevertheless, as an archaeologist, is is my job to question the technology of the ancients, however irrelevant it is to the modern world.
Just kidding on that last pp, of course :D Good luck with your masterful plan Mr. PDExperiment626.
And bunnies! It had to be bunnies! That is obviously the only reasonable use of a degree in advanced mathematics. (And just ignore all those rumor mongers - there's always someone going off on how people are inventing bunny-killing machines, but have we ever actually seen one?) ;-D
104PattyTrish Primeira Mensagem
Right now, I either want to be a subject librarian (English, literature, and/or creative writing) and work in reference for an academic college/university.
Work in cataloging, acquisitions, and collection development for a public library.
My diss is only incidentally about Indians, though. I'm making use of my undergrad German degree and exploring some overlooked diaries by a Swiss tourist in the U.S. in the 1820s. Transnational history, tourism, immigration. All very trendy. ;-)
114oldtrustylegs Primeira Mensagem
After that, I think my next project will be constructions of Catholic clergy in popular culture in the modern period.
On the subject of bunnies taking over the world would these be Monty Python Killer Rabbits, because they also look cute but pack a nasty bite. I note that this thread was started by an Australian, which leads to the question why are Australians always obsessed with Rabbits?
Yet another MLIS (master of library and information science) here. My concentration is public libraries, and I'm particularly interested in teen services and readers advisory. (Even though, sadly, my program doesn't support latter.) I can think of few things more rewarding than helping steer people toward the next book their going to fall in love with.
I just read the thread and joined the group today. I have a bachelors in English and I am about a year into a Masters in Secondary Education. I will be teaching high school English next year. Ultimately I plan to pursue a PHD in Education. Eventually I will get out of school. :-)
120firefighter288 Primeira Mensagem
By the way, I'm a PhD student in Medieval Literature(s) taking my final specialist comprehensive on March 22. Oh, how I envy young brains that don't dump out material faster than I can input it. Topics I've written on -- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (gender/religious quest); Beowulf (speeches/community/communion); Marie de France; and in early lives -- modern American short story and novels, Derrida and deconstruction in the US, and a variety of non-academic esoteric and fiction.
I'm translating the Old Saxon _Heliand_ this semester with a German professor so that I can use it to compare to the Anglo-Saxon gospels for my dissertation. I'd like to do Old Norse,too, but this particular professor is drawing so many students from the English graduate students that he's been told to drop it for a couple of semester. By then, I hope I'll be through.
What I really want to do is go on and get my PhD in Interdisciplinary Archaeology at UCLA when I am done.
My BA is in History and Anthropology.
I plan on specializing in gerontology and death and dying. It sounds really bleak, but I promise it isn't...
I've also been hearing a lot recently about the need for people with knowledge of computational/data processing skills in literary history to figure out what to do, academically, with all the new electronic literature databases. I'm not sure really how to go about that, but I think I want to make that part of my education.
First post I am currently finishing up my MA in Diplomacy and Military Studies in Hawaii. interdisciplinary program that throws Military History, Strategic Studies, Diplomatic History, Political Science, and a whole bunch of soldiers (former and current) in a room with civilians,cops and professors. I am in the process of writing my Masters Thesis armed and unarmed contractors in U.S. Military History (Colonial period to Vietnam). Besides that I am an Iraq Combat Vet and a Deputy Sheriff with the Hawaii State Department of Public Safety.
I have a BA in Psychology and an M.S. in Health Education with a focus on Public/Community Health. I've been a children's case manager, a private piano instructor, and most recently, the Education Coordinator in a Public Health Department in a University.
I will be returning to school this winter to pursue a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning during which time I'll specialize in Community Development and Transportation while picking up a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems. I hope to follow up this second master's degree with a PhD in Urban Studies.
If I don't end up with a career in academia when all is said and done, I'll at least have developed some skills that will pay me well outside the ivory tower. I hope. :-)
The broad general reading list includes things like:
In Search of Authenticity: The Formation of Folklore Studies by Regina Bendix and Folklore of Canada by Edith Fowke.
If anyone is in central Florida, we still have another weekend of performances, as well as two weekends of holdover performances at the end of August.
I'm starting my MA in English, probable specialization in Victorian lit but also looking to the side of Carribean post-colonial as a minor. I am also part of an interdisciplinary theory concentration.
I'm interested in ethics and religion in mid-Victorian literature especially. I love 800-page bricks, especially George Eliot's.
i'm currently doing psych as a grad student in melbourne (meaning i have a Bachelor's degree in another discipline and need to get up to speed). i would love to concentrate on psychotherapy but who knows if that will change in 5 years :|
I'm just an old retired guy trying to learn something. Take care.
The direction the photon is headed is reversed in the reflection while the fingers still roll in the same direction. This turns a right-handed photon into a left-handed one.
I intend on a PhD in theology or religious studies eventually.
Good luck to all of you!
I'm studying for a PhD in Plant Biology.
I started in Fall 2007 and will be taking my written quals in about a month-yikes!
Now only if I wasn't graduating at the worst economic time EVER. Actually, I would have been done around Feb had I been able to get a job.
I'm kidding, I love physics. Astronomy is just a branch of physics after all. The good thing about being in science, is that your University pays you a stipend and you get a tuition waver. I can't imagine actually having to pay to go to grad school...
I am entering my first year of PhD study in Education at the University of Delaware.
What would you like to do with your Ed.D degree? Are you trying to teach at hte college level or do you want to go into administration, etc?