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Jun. 30th, 2008 @ 01:59 pm Phd abroad
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Date:June 30th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I would first consider where you want to have your career as a musicologist. It is harder to stay in touch with AMS meetings and the general tenor of the discipline if you are in a different hemisphere. I once briefly toyed with the idea of getting my MA or PhD in Europe, but the nay-sayers eventually won with precisely the same argument.

Also, rumor has it that the German government and higher ed has by and large stopped supporting Historical Musicology as a discipline. Positions are being cut. It's ugly. I was on a faculty search committee this last year and the sheer number of German musicologists looking to break into North American universities was staggering.
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Date:July 1st, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
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wow, I had no idea about the rumor about Germany. I'm attending a conference in Oldenburg later this year, I'll have to ask around. It sounds weird because my undergraduate adviser was from Berlin, and she was encouraging me to get a graduate degree in Germany! Do you know if the same is true for Austria?

Also, there are other organizations like AMS (like IMS-International Musicological Society), no? I wouldn't have to necessarily stay in complete contact with AMS, right?
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