Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs
Welcoming especially inter- and trans-disciplinary as well as archival research projects in literature and culture, Dr. Abedinifard is currently accepting, to advise or co-advise, a limited number of MA students with shared interests who wish to advance their research in Iranian and Persianate studies within an “area,” “comparative” or “global” studies framework, focusing on literary and cultural texts from any or a combination of the following areas, with primary texts in original language and/or English translation: (All proposal material as well as any submitted research by students must be rendered in written English, with quotes from any original language appearing both in original and English at all stages of the development of the research.) (For application deadlines and any information regarding where and how to apply, please contact the Department via the following specified form.)
- Iran (Persian—as well as Azeri; Kurdish; Arabic; Turkmen; Balochi; Gilaki; etc.)
- Afghanistan (especially Dari and Pashto)
- Tajikistan (Tajik [Latin/Cyrillic/Arabic scripts])
- Pakistan (Urdu)
- India (Gujarati and Hindi-Urdu)
- their diasporas
Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!
- Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
ADVICE AND INSIGHTS FROM UBC FACULTY ON REACHING OUT TO SUPERVISORS
These videos contain some general advice from faculty across UBC on finding and reaching out to a potential thesis supervisor.
- Iran's “Self-Deprecating Modernity”: Toward Decolonizing Collective Self-Critique (2021)
International Journal of Middle East Studies, 53 (3), 406--423
- Persian ‘Rashti jokes’: modern Iran’s palimpsests of gheyrat-based masculinity (2019)
British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 46 (4), 564--582
- Reply to Davies (2017)
HUMOR, 30 (2)
- Ridicule, gender hegemony, and the disciplinary function of mainstream gender humour (2016)
Social Semiotics, 26 (3), 234--249
- Structural functions of the targeted joke: Iranian modernity and the Qazvini man as predatory homosexual (2016)
HUMOR, 29 (3)
- Autobiographical comics: life writing in pictures (2014)
Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 5 (4), 477--479
- Book review: The Rhetoric of Racist Humour: US, UK, and Global Race JokingWeaverSimonThe Rhetoric of Racist Humour: US, UK, and Global Race JokingAshgate, Surrey, 2011, £55 hbk, (ISBN: 9781409420118), 215 pp. (2013)
Cultural Sociology, 7 (3), 389--391
- The Education of Women and The Vices of Men: Two Qajar Tracts (2013)
Iranian Studies, 47 (2), 355--360
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