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The Professional Historian
History is the never-ending process whereby people seek to understand the past and its many meanings. The institutional and intellectual forms of history's dialogue with the past have changed enormously over time, but the dialogue itself has been part of the human experience for millennia. We all interpret and narrate the past, which is to say that we all participate in making history. It is among our most fundamental tools for understanding ourselves and the world around us.
Professional historians benefit enormously from this shared human fascination for the past. Few fields are more accessible or engaging to members of the public. Individuals from all backgrounds have a stake in how the past is interpreted, for it cuts to the very heart of their identities and world views. This is why history can evoke such passion and controversy in the public realm. All manner of people can and do produce good history. Professional historians are wise to remember that they will never have a monopoly on their own discipline, and that this is much more a strength than a weakness. The openness of the discipline is among its most attractive features, perennially renewing it and making it relevant to new constituencies.
What, then, distinguishes a professional historian from everyone else? Membership in this profession is defined by self-conscious identification with a community of historians who are collectively engaged in investigating and interpreting the past as a matter of disciplined learned practice. Historians work in an extraordinary range of settings: in museums and libraries and government agencies, in schools and academic institutions, in corporations and non-profit organizations. Some earn their living primarily from employment related to the past; some practice history while supporting themselves in other ways. Whatever the venue in which they work, though, professional historians share certain core values that guide their activities and inform their judgments as they seek to enrich our collective understanding of the past.
The Humanitarian Side of History
History is often seen as a degree leading to a career in education. Or work in a museum. But what if I told you that you could connect your history major to humanitarian work abroad?
Mwikali Kioko (https://www.mtholyoke.edu/stories/62832/connecting-history-degree-international-work) tells us how he did just that.
Kioko majored in history and minored in education. He then went on to study a master’s degree in social work. After becoming a graduate and volunteering in Kenya for a year, he started applying to real jobs at international NGOs. His first opportunity to really get stuck into true humanitarian work came quickly, and he joined a team supporting Liberia’s transition after the civil war and focus on long-term development. After growing substantially within that organization, he moved to Tanzania and dedicated his time to a HIV care and treatment program.
How did his history education tie in? He simply says that history shows us how people interacted during our past, how issues either bring us together or divide us, and the factors that affect access to socio-economic resources. You need to understand a country’s history to understand their real perspective and negotiate for changes with stakeholders to be able to really play a role in improving people’s lives.
Kioko’s advice to anyone wishing to work internationally with a history major is to expose yourself to international contexts and gain international experience as early as possible. Fellowships right after graduation, accessing Study Abroad program and being a generalist before specializing can help you define where you’d like to specialize. He says that having a master’s degree is really a requirement for international development work. Develop practical management and leadership skills, network and learn a second language for the best results.
There are NGOS that focus on the conservation of artifacts, monuments and other items of historical significance across the world. Let’s look at a few that might interest you now.
The American Institute for Conservation of Historical and Artistic Works
Looking for something close to home? You can use their website to look for jobs! Experience here could help you look for jobs abroad if you work here while you’re still studying, as an employee, intern or fellow. An example of the types of opportunities you can find on their website includes the following:
The Chrysler Museum of Art is currently seeking fellows to focus on the study, examination and treatment of paintings. The Fellowship includes a stipend of $33,000 plus benefits, including a travel allowance for research and conference. Here’s more details: http://www.conservators-converse.org/2016/04/job-posting-neh-fellowship-in-painting-conservation-the-chrysler-museum-of-art-norfolk-va/
Other Opportunities Worldwide
If you love books, you could head to Brazil and work for the Associação Brasileira de Encadernação e Restauro (ABER) or Brazilian Bookbinding, Conservation and Book Preservation Society, the Japan Library Association or to Canada and work for the Canadian Association For Conservation, which promotes the dissemination of knowledge concerning the conservation of Canada’s cultural property. World Monuments Fund is another NGO aided at saving the world’s most treasured places. They have worked with over 600 projects worldwide. See https://www.wmf.org/ for more information.
If the history of a country fascinates you, wouldn’t it be amazing to live there? A master’s could be your ticket in the door to a paid position at an NGO in Japan, China, Tanzania or India. Any region interests you is valid, and there are NGOs everywhere!
What about an MRes TPTI in Technical, Heritage, Territories of the Industry at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne? This two-year program will help you develop a comprehensive approach to the investigation and enhancement of industrial cultural heritage. There are different tracks available, including the history of technology, management and restoration of historical and cultural heritage, management and conservation of industrial heritage and industrial landscapes. This program costs 8000 EUR per year for international students. Teaching is provided in both English and French.
The M.A. in Curating at the University of Kent, UK is delivered by specialists visiting lecturers to develop your knowledge of the history, theory and display of fine arts. This one year program costs 12,890 GBP for international students.
Fancying taking the same path as Kioko, described above? An M.Sc. in Social Work is a specialized career path that could take you anywhere in the world. The program at West Texas A&M University in the USA prepares advanced generalist practitioners for a valuable humanitarian career. This two-year program costs USD 440 per module.
So, are you ready to kick-start your humanitarian career with a master’s that will make you super-employable? If you’d like some help with your statement of purpose, you know who to ask! We’d love to get started on yours as soon as we can.