This page contains references to some frank opinions on graduate school in the humanities, discussions of current professional issues in art history, associations, job listings, and links to some art history departments.
Below this please find some study break material, most of which is rather less serious.
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Graduate School in the Humanities: Just Don't Go
Part Two of the Harsh Wisdom of the above Author
The Ph.D. Problem. By Louis Menand. Published in Harvard Magazine, Nov./Dec. 2009. Read this before applying to any graduate school.
Making College 'Relevant'. By Kate Zernike from the New York Times, "Education Life" December 29 2009.
The Crisis of the Humanities Officially Arrives. By Stanley Fish. From the New York Times Opinionator, October 11, 2010.
We Need to Acknowledge the Realities of Employment in the Humanities. By Peter Conn. From the April 4, 2010 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, which contains several articles on the current situation of graduate humanities programs and their students.
A Modest Proposal for the Reform of Academe "Rather than all the plum humanities positions going to Harvard, Yale, and Princeton alums, we would have a more meritocratic system where job searches would seek candidates with lesser pedigrees, but better-educated trigger fingers." Ken Mondschein, Ph.D. Plus links to considerations of other problems.
for Art Historians
Charles Rosenberg's great (and rather more comforting) resource.
American Association of University Professors Their "Journal of Academic Freedom" is aimed more at tenure-track and tenured professors, but peruse it once in a while to get an idea about current problems. Each issue also carries a list of colleges and universities condemned for bad behavior. Realize that the employment ads at CAA aren't going to tell you about this.
The Art History Newsletter
Art News. More US-based, more modern and contemporary art.
Art Newspaper International art news.
Association of Art Historians "The Association was formed in the UK in 1974 to promote the study of art history. It represents the interests of art and design historians in all aspects of the discipline, including art, design, architecture, photography, film and other media, cultural studies, conservation and museum studies." From their Home Page. Also has links to some UK museums, the Times and other UK newspapers.
The Chronicle of Higher Education Very useful and informative publication; many helpful articles dealing with all sorts of issues.
College Art Association Consider subscribing to this for a few years although its responses to critical problems in the field--or lack of same--can be irritating.
The Chronicle of Higher Education They seem to have a lot of jobs. (well, relatively...)
College Art Association Fewest jobs--apparently they are the most expensive place to post--but they are almost all full-time. Note that they frequently leave up announcements that have actually expired.
HigherEdJobs.com They seem to have the most jobs, but they include lots of part-time positions.
jobs.ac.uk Search here for jobs in the UK and Europe (sometimes posts US jobs but you'll see those first at the sites above this).
Art History Positions The low-down on what's happening in current searches by the candidates themselves.
Universities to Love Rationalizations from the rejected.
Unniversities to Fear Rationalizations from the rejected.
Art Dealer Is Charged With Stealing $88 Million I applied for a job with this fellow's gallery. Guess I was lucky to get turned down.
I will list the Web site of any art history graduate program willing to send me its address.
I will begin posting links to such collections, many of which will be coming from Christiane Gruber's postings on her H-ISLAMART@H-NET.MSU.EDU listserv.
Please, what has happened to Dean Brown???
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