Epistemological Impossibilities

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This is the second in a series of new posts on professionalization for PhD students in the humanities and social sciences. In the previous post, I offered five key reasons to apply for (and win) external grants and fellowships. So that was the “why” post. This post focuses on two other important points that often fall into the category of “no one tells you because you’re supposed to know already”: what and when. What kinds of fellowships are out there and when should you apply for them?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

This is the first in what should be a series of new posts on professionalization for PhD students in the humanities and social sciences, based on my own experience and advice I have collected along the way. (A prior post in this vein concerned how to embark on archival research.) The meaning of professionalization can be somewhat unclear until you're actually doing it. Moreover, the reasons to do it are also often opaque: there may be no direct reward for success other than good vibes, nor a direct penalty for failure other than feeling glum. We know, in general, that successful graduate students become successful academics by adhering to certain norms and expectations, though we don't always know what they are. My focus here is one domain, however, in which there is a clear reward for successfully following the guidelines: winning external fellowships and grants.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The historian Audra J. Wolfe has a very good article on the ongoing historiographic controversy around the terms Cold War science or Cold War social science. The controversy is over whether Cold War social science is a useful historical category. She concludes that it is. Wolfe says that political leaders “granted” science and social science “nearly superhuman” powers during the Cold War, which differentiates this intellectual agglomeration from earlier (or later) ones like, say, Renaissance science. Other historians, however, have argued that for a variety of reasons it is not a useful term. I believe Cold War social science is a useful term but for different reasons.

Upcoming Talks

American Studies Association Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Westin Bonaventure, San Gabriel A
Panel: What Comes of Fury? Responses to California’s 1960s and 1970s Urban Crisis

Past Talks

Critical Legal Conference

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 2:00pm
Fulton 103, University of Sussex
Stream: Law - Capital - Pacification

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 1:00pm
Lexington Convention Center, Thoroughbred 2
Panel: Traveling Keywords

American Studies Association Annual Meeting

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 12:00pm
Washington Hilton, Lincoln West (C)
Excavating the Roots of the Carceral State: Black Freedom Struggles and White Resistance 1955-1965

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