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Hi, do you have any advice on how to structure a research paper when you’ve never had to use a theoretical framework (what even is that?) or a specific method of analysis? I’m totally lost and the deadline is coming up fast :( ty

Oof, hmm. I’d need a lot more than an ask to explain it all to you, and I’m not sure I’m the best for that. Let’s see. In terms of theoretical framework, it’s a fancy term for the academical concepts and authors you’re using as the stepping stone for your own argument. Basically, what you’ve read and studied and is already “accepted” as theories in your field (or other fields), and that you want to draw from; or, what others have said on the same subject as you before, and what you want use, what you refute. How your ideas will go further, give more details, or counter what comes before. You need theoretical foundations so that your reader knows what you’re getting at, basically.

Method of analysis is rather subjective and personal, and I need to know what you’re analysing if you want (weak and general) advice. It also depends on your argument. For example, my own ideas are steeped in the whole interpretation, creative freedom framework; so obviously, interpretation and hermeneutics are my analytical tools of choice when I pore over a text. But your argument may require more objective tools, even engines, and the list goes on, especially if we don’t share the same material to analyse in the first place. Obviously, you won’t analyse a map or a terminology corpus as you would a novel or an engineering issue like fractures, etc…

I don’t know if this helps? Good luck! Shoot me a message if you need more.

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Hey! :) I really want to do a PhD and am wondering how you got to do yours (like the progress of applying; financing, etc). If it’s too personal I can totally understand (if this is the case: sorry that I asked). Good luck with your PhD! :)

Hi! Not too personal at all, don’t worry, but keep in mind that I’m doing mine in France and in literature/translation studies—the process varies wildly from department to department, and from country to country. I’m also not funded, so my “financing” is me working two to three jobs on the side. I think funding is more streamlined and more frequent in the US/UK, though registration is so expensive that I should hope people get funded more easily.

In my experience, going for a research-focused masters (MSc) specialised in the field you’re interested in is one way to have a solid “starter” application file. I’m sure there are others, but I don’t know about them. Grades weigh heavily in the balance too: the PhD programmes I was interested in all required a distinction for the overall MSc grade and for the masters’ dissertation. During the second semester of my MSc, I wrote my PhD proposal (the research project). Nobody expects you to know everything there is to know about your subject at this point, and feeling like you’re grasping at straws or you’re feeling your way around in the dark is perfectly normal. You’re asking, not answering. Don’t go into a research project with a clear idea of what you want to “discover”;  your hypothesis is not supposed to be an end, but a stepping stone to further reflexions that will come in time. What is important is showing the solid knowledge on which you’re basing your ideas, and in which direction you want to go from there. And of course, the exercise is a way to prove that your writing is solid, and your method and research abilities are sound. 

Anyway. When your PhD proposal is all neat and complete (you can find advice and outline templates online), you can send it to the advisor you’ve had your eye on. If you’re planning on staying with your alma mater, chances are, you already know the teacher you’ll want to target, and it’s usually easier because they can help and guide you. If not, you have to explore PhD programmes in other universities and deep-dive on their research advisors profiles in order to find those with whom you share research interests and specialisations, so that they will 1. be interested in taking you under their wing; 2. be constructive throughout your research. This actually went surprisingly smoothly for me, but contacting several people and having to defend your project is very common, so be sure that your proposal is solid and engaging. 

I think applying for funding happens at this moment in the timeline (or even earlier), at least in the UK. 

When you’ve secured your advisor, you’re finally ready to apply to the programme of your choice. Your project, student file (bachelor + masters + masters’ dissertation), and advisors’ recommendation letter will all be taken into account by a jury. Then you get in, and that’s that.

I think that’s the gist of it? Don’t hesitate to ask if you have other questions. And good luck, of course!

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Hello Paulina, I am sophomore in college and currently pursuing a very profitable degree (Computer Science). I am studying CS because everyone tells me to, but the truth is that I detest it. For the past year or so I have been reading and writing a lot. It is something that I like doing, but I am scared that it might be an infatuation for literature rather than a true passion. I am strongly considering changing my degree to English Literature. Any wise words? Is it a good degree?

Full disclosure: I’m myself a very lucky idiot whose parents have been generally supportive of my financially unsound ambitions, as long as I was willing to put in the work. I’m not sure my words and choices are considered wise.

I can’t tell you what to do, and I can’t tell you how you’re supposed to know the difference between lifetime passion, infatuation, or something in-between—something that’s not necessarily all-consuming, but will make you happy, challenged, satisfied, and meet your own expectations for yourself.

What I can tell you, though, is that studying or working long-term with something you detest is never a good, sustainable idea—or am I too idealistic?

As for literature being a good degree, it depends on a whole lot of things. It depends on whether you’re willing to work seriously at it—if you’re ready to “take” as much as you can from it, and what you want to do it with it. Will a literature degree help you achieve your goals? What kind of job are you looking for, and is literature a good pathway towards it? 

Again, I’m not the best to advise you on this, but if you’re at the point in your life where you’re thinking about careers—about what you want to do after—, I’d say that there are other questions to answer to before diving into a literature degree. What do you see yourself becoming? What kind of job would make you happy, or happier, on a day-to-day basis? What do you need to feel comfortable and secure in your life—financial stability? A home-based work, a dynamic office-life? Prestige, or solitude, or team-work? Responsibilities, or detail-oriented tasks? Intellectual challenges, or low-stake activities that will allow for peaceful work-life balance? What are your motivations, what are your deal-breakers, where can you compromise? These are things you might want to look into before your reorientation. A degree for the sake of learning is great, don’t get me wrong, but I’m guessing we’re talking about a degree that’s a mean to an end here—the right tool to land the job you want down the line (more so in elitists environments where diplomas are necessary to prove your pseudo worth), rather than the end of said line?

When you’re clearer about what you want to do, then look into what kind of degrees can help you get there. Literature might be one of them. There are a lot of skills to be gained there—a lot of processes to be learned. I personally think it’s wonderful, but… I’m not very objective, am I?

One last thing. Two last things, actually. First, choosing now doesn’t mean you’re locked in place—you never are. Doors close and others open, and you can follow different paths and still do good, so don’t feel trapped, whatever you decide. And finally, a degree isn’t everything and you can learn and challenge yourself and find satisfaction outside of the common educational channels; they’re helpful, but only as long as they’re not stifling you.

Good luck! Sorry for rambling!

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I envy those Korean kids in God of Study - they see the goal and they can study all day (although by my personal standards at almost 30 it’s unhealthy and almost impossible). And the time they spend on studying does pay off - they learn. I, on the other hand, don’t. I just spend time. Of course, I could use a mentor (would prefer Abe Hiroshi), but every day in the net I see people, who learn a lot on their own - like Language Heroes members or those, who participate in the Great Polyglot Challenge (many-many languages in 9 months). And I’m almost 30 and know nothing - I can write smth in English, but 10 days in London showed, that my speaking skills are quite awful. My knowledge of English kinda stays with me only because I read in English (I guess, fan fiction helps more then general literature), and my job is heavily related to it (also I do understand a bit of Italian only because of the nature of my job, and I do plan to get a level in Italian until summer), but Japanese and German are long gone from my head, and we don’t even start remembering my crush on Finnish.

I hope that 100 days of productivity will change it a bit, although I’m awful when it comes to studying by yourself - I need teachers, desperately.

Oh well. Self-pitying before going to sleep is my kind of fun.

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You know that advice of listening to games music to focus on a writing task? It totally works, I’m still terrible at everything and cutting it really close to my deadline (and got no sleep tonight, yay), but at least I’m slightly less of a mess and I don’t think I could have done it without the background music to help.

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I’m sitting in the local coffee shop and there’s a family of three sitting at a table in front of me. Both the mother and daughter are wearing pink. I can’t hear what they’re saying because I have headphones in but the mother is the one talking, and from her body language it seems like she’s complaining or telling a story about someone doing something she finds intolerable. The husband nods in agreement, every once in a while. The daughter, being innocent and probably no older than six, just walks away and continues to eat her pastry. Think about what it would be like if you couldn’t read body language. There are more than just five senses, that’s for sure.

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It’s 2:12 in the morning and I’m awake ‘cause I’m thinking. I like studying, really I do but there are just times when I don’t think it’s enough. Like the need to excel or something. Right now it feels like I’m studying as a hobby, a hobby I really wish to quit. I think I can do better but the wall I have to climb is so fucking great I can’t even bear to look at it. It’s like giving up on things I don’t think I can do and I’ve done that countless of times. I’m probably being a coward by doing this but I really don’t see the point in me studying. I don’t know if I want to quit or maybe I’m just in a slump 'cause of the low marks but whatever it is I hope it ends 'cause I can’t bear to feel like I’m doing something without even knowing what I want to achieve. 

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Quick shout out to @cousinnick​ who kindly tagged me in this!                           

Rules: repost, please for the love of god don’t reblog. Non-archaeologists are also welcome to participate!

What kind of trowel do you have:  Honestly, I would have to say my laptop, I take extensive notes and my background deals more with narratives/counter-narratives so note taking is a must. Plus, my handwriting is so atrocious that handwriting my notes is a hit or miss kind of deal.

Area of expertise: Ancient Gender and Sexuality, Etruscan Funerary Art (oh yeah!!!), and reparation of cultural artifacts (so many case studies my friends).

Preferred drink in the field: Water for sure-or some tea depending on where I am at.

Tool that you have that no one else seems to have but should: I have to agree with @cousinnick​ - Pencils but I would also throw in a good note journal as well.

How long have you had your current pair of field boots: I don’t necessarily have a need for field boots (though I do have some for the few digs I have visited and I’ve had those for about 4 years)

Preferred music to dig to: It constant changes, normally when I am working I can’t have music on, but if I am researching/writing I like lofi.

Favorite piece of archaeology related media: Scholarly sources-The Etruscan Foundaiton is up there for obvious reasons!  Oh my gosh…with the risk of sounding exceptionally basic and problematic but I do have to say: Indiana Jones. It was my frist real exposure to archaeology (though flawed as it is) and lets face it-the music just hits!

Dream place to excavate: For my classical studies side I would have to say: Tuscany, Italy would be a dream, I am a huge fan of the Etruscans and I would just-ugh!

Favorite artifact that you’ve handled: This may sound a bit strange but I got to hold Roald Amuddsen’s tooth, which are the last remains that we have of him. His story is also really amazing-check him out!  There are others as well, but this would be considered the ‘coolest’ I always get a bit teary eyed and emotional handling pottery (something about feeling the grooves and sometimes feeling finger indentations just gets me!)

Tagging: I am a little out of the loop as to who I know who would be interested in this, so I would like to invite any archaeologist/anthropologist/museum person who is interested to participate. I would love to see what you all like to do!

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bruised knuckles. bloody noses. eye rolling. empty bottles. messy hair. sarcasm. lip biting. unwashed jeans. coffee breath. loud music. broken neon signs. chipped nail polish. leather jackets. always wearing headphones. swearing. sneaking out at 3 am. dark lipstick. frown creases. burning cigarettes. plaid shirts. under eye circles. dark colors.


honey tea. flower crowns. giggling. blowing kisses. dancing without worries. white lace. soft textures. fluffy throw pillows. using too many heart emojis. empathy. constant daydreaming. handwritten letters. fairy lights. bullet journals. designated driver. warm hugs. garden picnics. quiet. smile lines. optimism. flowy clothes. pastel colors.

TAGGED BY: @createsillusions

TAGGING: @vixenindecay @lceknir and everybody else who wants to do this

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Clovia just threw her textbook at me at told me to shut up!!!!

I’m sorry I cant shut up!!! They insulted MY HUSBANDO AND WAIFU THERE!!!

Can you believe her. Nobody understands the pain of being an otaku and having hate for you best boy and girl in your askbox….

Clovia has no sympathy! She says she is mean to her favorites all the time! Is that even love? Clearly she isnt worthy of her husbandos and waifus. I would hate to be on her husbando list…

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2020 Quarantine Challenge: Week 2

Tuesday, March 31 - Take a picture of the book you’re currently reading

I’m almost finished with this book, which I’ve been reading for my book club! I recommend reading Wolf by Wolf if you like action and adventure novels. I really like the book so far.

The blurb on the back cover reads:

“The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their great victory they host the Axis World Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.

Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm always remind her of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yale one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. With the power to skinshift, Yael must complete her mission by impersonating last year‘s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and stay true to her mission?”

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Welcome to chaos!!! This is my desk at home, which I haven’t seriously used in five years. It’s this clean because two years ago, I did some work for a professor over winter break and used it. I also cleaned it a little last summer. The cork board I actually changed around last night, but the rest of the mess? Oh boy. Watch this space, because I might try to organize it more. Or maybe not.

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