In other words:1) Heaven.
3) Child. (What happens when heaven and earth have sex)
As members of the hiring committee we need to know:I suspect this applies just as well to getting accepted into graduate school, though, lacking a substantial body of work, it might come out sounding a bit more nebulous. Anyway, since I'm working on writing applications for my Doctorate, I thought I might give Ikebana a try.
1) what the big picture is in your work
2) how you did it (ethnography, close reading, exploring ideas x, y, z, history...)
3) ONE discovery/original conclusion
1) I'm interested in bridging gaps between different groups, and increasing democratic participation in decision making processes.
2) I've done ethnographic research on environmental controversies including coal power plant construction, and the Las Vegas water grab.
3) I've found that the ethnographer is often in a unique position to bring different and divergent groups together, to facilitate communication, and help construct viable and sustainable solutions.
Is that too much? Should I be more specific? Less specific? I definitely need to think more about how I would explain it further once I've said it - something I need to focus on now, since I'm writing proposals for all of these applications. Any suggestions for how to refine this would be appreciated - particularly from those who are familiar with the grad student review process.