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« on: August 26, 2006, 05:58:11 PM »
Hey Pundit, as you can see by my avatar and my screen name, I'm not really worried too much about people knowing who I am or what I do.  Some people are, you seem to be, but that's okay.

I've always wondered: what do you do for a living?  I'm a graduate student in history (MA candidate) in southern Illinois.

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2006, 03:27:13 AM »
The Pundit was a historian, who is now semi-retired.

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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2006, 11:30:31 AM »
Hey, that's cool.  I take it you had a different concentration than I do.  I'm a 19th century historian specializing in the First World War and its antecedents.
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2006, 01:36:25 PM »
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I would say this is only a narrow niche of PunditĀ“s illustrious endeavours, but I assume this is the official statement, so be it.
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2006, 02:13:31 PM »
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Hey, that's cool.  I take it you had a different concentration than I do.  I'm a 19th century historian specializing in the First World War and its antecedents.

My specialty was in religious history.

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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2006, 03:01:40 PM »
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My specialty was in religious history.

How is this tought in Canada? Here religious history is mostly taught in seperate institutions, co-joined by studies in  literature  and  language of the  specific area.  And there is "comparative religious sciences".
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2006, 07:36:28 PM »
In the US, religious studies are kind of glommed together, the study of Christianity in particular is covered by "divinity" degrees and programs.
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2006, 12:18:49 AM »
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How is this tought in Canada? Here religious history is mostly taught in seperate institutions, co-joined by studies in  literature  and  language of the  specific area.  And there is "comparative religious sciences".


In the University where I taught, Religious Studies had its own department as part of Comparative studies (at different times in my career there it was actually its own department, then cuts forced it to be amalgamated into comparative studies, then back to being its own department); and this focused on the study of the phenomenology of religion from an "objective" (more acurately, a humanistic non-religious) point of view.
Whereas religious theology (ie. divinity school) was taught in the faculties of theology, of which my university in particular had two, one catholic and the other protestant.  It was still legitimate academic study, but from a "faith-based" perspective with a focus on training people for religious offices.

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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2006, 03:12:24 PM »
Well, this is interesting. Before quitting grad school I was studying history, too. At one point I almost transferred to the University of Toronto but the expenses, as a foreign (US citizen) student, were prohibitive.

My concentration was late antiquity and the early middle ages.

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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2006, 03:47:25 PM »
Great gravy!  Illustrious company indeed!  Double major here, History/Art History.  I was part of a focus program dealing with the U.S. Civil War & Reconstruction, my favorite era by far.

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« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2006, 05:25:22 PM »
I think that there may be the makings of a historians' cabal here...

I have a MA in History and teach at a local university.  My specialty in grad school was Soviet mass culture in the 1920s and early 30s.


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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2006, 05:31:23 PM »
Since most of you guys have chosen to be more detailed then I was, I'll mention for those of you who might have been curious that my undergraduate (honours) thesis was related to early modern European occultists (specifically John Dee); and for my post-graduate thesis I took a U-turn and ended up studying the origins of Christianity (in part because I had the opportunity to get a fellow of the Jesus Seminar as my advisor).

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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2006, 05:43:26 PM »
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Since most of you guys have chosen to be more detailed then I was, I'll mention for those of you who might have been curious that my undergraduate (honours) thesis was related to early modern European occultists (specifically John Dee); and for my post-graduate thesis I took a U-turn and ended up studying the origins of Christianity (in part because I had the opportunity to get a fellow of the Jesus Seminar as my advisor).


Neat!  I have read quite a bit about John Dee and I am currently studying Koine Greek.  My study partner is planning to go to Seminary and needs to read the New Testament in the original Greek, but I am along for the post-Classical pagan philosophers like Marcus Aurelius.


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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2006, 09:19:06 PM »
Lots of historians around here...cool.

I'll be a tad more detailed.  I'm currently concentrating (for my MA) in Latin American and Modern United States history...although I'm only in the latter because my university kind of sucks and doesn't have a 19th century concentration.

In the modern US concentration, I specialize in 1880-1939, and in my Latin America concentration I study the Spanish conquest of Mexico (until about 20 years after Cortez "conquered" the Aztecs), and Mexico in general.
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2006, 11:02:00 PM »
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In the modern US concentration, I specialize in 1880-1939, and in my Latin America concentration I study the Spanish conquest of Mexico (until about 20 years after Cortez "conquered" the Aztecs), and Mexico in general.


Switch over to South American history, so that you'll have an excuse to come visit Uruguay!

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