Epistemological Impossibilities

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.

Friday, June 14, 2013

In the previous post, I discussed the film Dirty Wars and a response to it in the context of my own dissertation research on counterinsurgency and police assistance. In the mailbox when I got home from seeing that film was the new issue (June 2013) of the American Historical Review, which contains a review of the recent book Modernizing Repression by Jeremy Kuzmarov.

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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