Dear anthro grad students,
Remember when you first decided to study anthropology? Remember those anthro 101 classes and those profs and ethnographies and all of that good stuff that made you decide, “Hey, I’m gonna do this anthropology thing”?
Well, now that you’re in grad school, how’s it working out?
A few more questions:
1) What brought you into the discipline in the first place? What made you say to yourself: “Self, this is what I want to do with my life”?
2) And how’s everything looking now that you’re on this side of the whole process? Are you hopeful or pessimistic about your future in anthropology?
4) How are you faring with the whole publish or perish paradigm? Thoughts?
3) Of course there’s a number three…I know you have all learned to rapidly skim everything you lay your eyes upon because you have mountains of reading all the time, so I just wanted to see if you’re still paying attention. The question: What’s your take on conferences? Love ’em or hate ’em?
5) How about debt? Are you sinking or swimming?
6) Last question: what’s your prognosis for anthropology? What are YOU going to do with this discipline you have chosen? Are you aiming for tenure at a big R1? A teaching school? Are you planning on leaving academia? Joining the public sector? Taking up professional gambling? What’s next for you?
Enough questions. Anthropology is what we make of it. And I happen to be curious, despite some of the grim predictions about our field (and academia in general) that happen to be lurking out there, what we’re all going to do with this thing we call anthropology. So let’s hear it.