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Thinking Beyond Academia:

intro picIs a PhD in the humanities a dead end road? With fewer undergraduate students choosing to major in the humanities and universities offering fewer and fewer tenure track positions, humanities PhD students face an increasingly tough job market, often forcing them into adjunct positions or out of academia altogether. But the latter does not have to be Plan B. Finding work outside academia can be as rewarding and intellectually challenging as teaching at a university or college. CHAT has partnered with CLA to host a series of Professional Development workshops to showcase alternative careers for PhDs and help students develop skills that can be applied to a broad variety of jobs. Today's CHAT event offers a glimpse at some of those alternatives. Elliott Shore, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries, and four recent PhDs, who have held or currently hold a fellowship from the Council on Library Information Resources (CLIR), will speak about the work they do, how they got there, and offer suggestions for current PhD students looking "outside the box" as they plan for their future. For more detail see below.

Reminder: applications for the Advanced Graduate Scholar Award for the fall of 2017 are due on March 6. For eligibility and application guidelines, click here. If you have questions please contact CHAT directly at chat@temple.edu.



Upcoming Deadlines:

Spring 2017

  March 6   Advanced Graduate Scholar Award
  April 3   Associate Graduate Scholar Award
  May 5   Interdisciplinary Research Groups


Upcoming Talks:

Professional Development Workshops

Elliott Shore, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries
Erin Connelly, University of Pennsylvania Speaker portrait
Jennifer Grayburn, Temple University
Alicia Peaker, Bryn Mawr College
Nikolaus Fogle, Villanova University

What Else You Can do with a Humanities Ph.D.: The Alt/Ac World of the Library and in Information Technology

Monday, February 20
4–5:30 pm, CHAT Lounge

This workshop will feature a discussion of opportunities in the world of cultural memory organizations such as libraries and archives and in related areas in information technology organizations. Chaired by the executive Director of the American Association of Research Libraries, Elliot Shore, it will include two current and two former postdoctoral fellows of the Council on Library and Information Resources. The five participants will share their views on this career path and offer suggestions for current PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

Elliott Shore is a Temple graduate, an historian, librarian, and technologist who started his career working in the Contemporary Culture Collection in Paley Library. He is the Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries and Co-dean of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which has helped to develop the careers of more than 150 scholars.

Speaker portraitErin Connelly(University of Pennsylvania) received her Ph.D. in Medieval English from the University of Nottingham. She works in the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at Penn on several overlapping initiatives that explore both the materiality of medieval manuscripts as within a digital context and the possibilities of analyzing texts that the codices contain. These initiatives include Collation Visualization, a developing set of tools that enable scholars to virtually model and visualize the physical construction of manuscripts, relating the models to digital images and content; Digital Editions, a project to create image-based editions of medieval manuscripts from Penn's and other collections and publish them online; and Manuscript Ebooks, an ongoing project to create ebooks (in epub format) from manuscripts in OPenn and other open source repositories.

Speaker portraitJennifer Grayburn(Temple University) received her Ph.D. in Art and Architecture from the University of Virginia. As Digital Scholarship and Content Area Specialist, she works in close collaboration with the team supporting operations and services for the libraries' recently established Digital Scholarship Center, applying both technical and content area expertise to define projects and shape the programs that will establish the Center's role in the academic and research environment at the university. She will also work in the areas of textual analysis, geocoding and GIS applications embracing a variety of data and digital object types, data visualization, data analysis, and data mining, linked data and metadata scheme development, digitization, media authoring and production, and project scoping and project management.

Speaker portraitAlicia Peaker(Middlebury College) Alicia Peaker came to Bryn Mawr in 2016. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Northeastern University and a B.A. in English: Literary Studies from Eastern Washington University. Before coming to Bryn Mawr, she completed a Mellon CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Digital Liberal Arts at Middlebury College. She has also served as the Co-Director of Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, the Project Manager for The Women Writers Project, and has consulted on dozens of digital humanities and digital liberal arts projects. Alicia's current research interests include exploring ways of digital modeling the natural worlds of novels.

Speaker portraitNikolaus (Nik) Fogle is the Philosophy Librarian and humanities team leader at Villanova University's Falvey Memorial Library. As a subject librarian and team coordinator Nik supports the library's connection with a number of humanities departments and programs on campus, focusing especially on the Philosophy Department and its graduate program. Prior to coming to Villanova Nik worked on the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu, and taught philosophy and urban studies at Arizona State University, Syracuse University, and Renmin University of China. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple and was a CLIR Fellow at Villanova from 2013-2015.


Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

Speaker portraitSally Ann Ness, Dance

Choreographies of Landscape;: Signs of Performance in Yosemite National Park

Thursday, March 2
12:30-1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

Ethnographic fieldwork on the sports of climbing and hiking conducted from 2005-2012 in Yosemite National Park supports a "choreographic" theory of cultural performance. This pragmatic symbolic theory posits movement as the ground of all meaning-making. It gives primary consideration to the performative force of embodied movements as they inspire, transmit, reproduce, coordinate, and publicly transform various kinds of meaningful self-world relationships. The choreographic theoretical framework advanced, in contrast to more widely employed semiotic analytics, foregrounds sign performance as opposed to sign information, sign movement rather than sign-object relations, and sign mediation rather than sign representation. In so doing, it recognizes new roles for movement in the development of conceptual processes, as well as in the cultural dynamics of group and solo performance practices, and in the analysis and pedagogical understanding of sonic and kinetic forms of meaning-making.

Sally Ann Ness is an incoming Professor and Chair of Dance at Temple University. She is author of Choreographies of Landscape (Berghahn Press, 2016), which was supported by a 2007 John S. Guggenheim award. Her book publications include Body, Movement, and Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992), Where Asia Smiles (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), and Migrations of Gesture (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) co-edited with Carrie Noland. Her research has also been published in Semiotic Inquiry, American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Dance Research Journal, Journal of Asian Studies, The Drama Review, and Performance Research, among other journal publications.


Recorded Programs

Video CameraMany past lectures can be viewed online. These are fascinating lectures on a wide range of topics in the humanities with high-quality sound and video. See our growing collection of recorded programs.


Graduate Courses

Student with booksLooking for a unique course to round out your graduate education? Serious about interdisciplinary methods? CHAT lists Graduate courses across the humanities and social sciences that welcome qualified students from other graduate programs. Listings are updated regularly after registration begins for each semester.


Continuing Exhibitions

Spring 2016

Speaker PortraitLeah Modigliani, Tyler School of Art

How long can we tolerate this? An incomplete record from 1933-1999

M-F, 10 am-4 pm, CHAT Gallery
10th floor, Gladfelter Hall
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