H-Swahili is H-Net's Network on the Swahili language and culture.
I. The H-Swahili Network: Scope, Content, Purpose
The H-Swahili network will strive to conduct its business in Swahili and in English as the primary languages on topical issues related to the use, teaching, promotion and general advancement of the Swahili language and culture, which is spoken by over 100 million people throughout East, Central and parts of Southern Africa.
Mtandao wa H-Net utajitahidi kuendesha shughuli zake kwa Kiswahili na Kiingereza, kama lugha zake za kwanza, katika masuala yote yanayohusu ufundishaji, utangazaji na uendelezaji,kwa jumla,wa lugha na utamaduni wa Kiswahili;lugha ambayo inazungumzwa na zaidi ya watu milioni mia moja, Afrika ya Mashariki na Kati, na katika baadhi ya sehemu za Kusini mwa Afrika.
We however encourage speakers of other languages to participate in this forum and ask that they make an effort to translate their ideas and contributions into Swahili and English for the benefit of other participants. We welcome all who are interested in learning, promoting and teaching this very important African language. We welcome contributions in both Swahili and English. Please feel free to join in even though you may not speak Swahili. You can learn with us.
We especially encourage Swahili teachers and their students who wish to grow in their language learning skills, book reviews skills, as well as others interested in Swahili and related African cultural issues.
We contend that while other Swahili discussion groups exist on the World Wide Web, we would like to add another serious and professional online forum that contains useful philosophical and pedagogical inquiries, and teaching and application of Swahili. We hope to attract many more spheres of life, both within and outside Africa. This would be particularly amongst old and new speakers, not only in the diaspora, but on the all inclusive, borderless and thereby unlimited and inherently dynamic virtual space aptly represented on the World Wide Web.
This H-Swahili network will be conducted professionally and will encourage serious and enduring contributions utilizing Swahili and English as the languages for discussion. We invite all interested persons, organizations, and others interested in meeting and interacting with native Swahili speakers as well as others interested in learning, speaking, teaching, and interacting in this very important African language.
We hope to focus and engage in the thinking, development of useful Swahili teaching materials, book reviews, discussions, conferences, etc. of current affairs and events related to Africa with special emphasis on the use of an indigenous African language in conflict resolution, overall African development and related transnational relationships, addressing gender issues, discussion on the relevant political, social-cultural and economic issues in Africa and elsewhere. The newly designed H-Swahili network also allows for scholarly collaboration on exciting new digital projects utilizing built-in platforms and multiple forms of media.
H-Swahili is edited by field experts approved by the network board and certified by H-Net’s Executive Council. The editors serve two-year renewable terms and rotate their duties. Editors are listed in the Network Staff List linked from the network’s front page. The editors will solicit postings through the Commons, will approve new subscriptions, will handle routine inquiries, and manage submissions. Anyone with suggestions about what H-Swahili can and might do is invited to send in ideas by writing to the editorial address. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) Like all H-Net networks, H-Swahili is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the network mission, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. Please read section III below for details about ownership, style, formatting, and content of your messages. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.02 of our council policies, located at:
For a list of current editors, visit: https://networks.h-net.org/node/11749/staffpage
III. Communicating Through the Network.
A full copy of the H-Net Council Policies and Bylaws and other important information may be found at: http://www.h-net.org/about/.
B. Contributions: The tone and content of H-Swahili depends directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars, many of whom must pay for their access to the internet. A number of excellent guides to online behavior and style are available on the internet and we invite you consult them.
-- ALL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NETWORK MUST BE SIGNED. If your profile on the H-Net Commons is not filled out with a valid name and affiliation the editors will delay posting until authorship and email address are confirmed.
-- CONTENT: Editors retain the right to review material for its pertinence, tone, style, and relevance to the network's mission. Ad hominems, unattributed quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed as subscribers to the network. H-Net permanently archives its content on the H-Net Commons. Do not submit material that you consider to be of a private nature or that you would not want available to future readers.
-- STYLE: the default editorial style for discussion postings is that of a letter to the editor. Your remarks can be crafted to suit the tone of an existing discussion thread, but in any case they should address the editor and not make direct personal references to others, except where you are replying directly to a simple query (e.g., "you can find this information in Webster's Third International Dictionary."). Avoid excessive quotation of messages you refer or reply to.
-- FORMAT: While you can submit your posts to the Commons using various fonts, styles and formatting these may be edited by the editor for uniformity and readability.
IV. Technical Information.
When you subscribe to the Commons, H-Net will send you a confirmation message containing important information about managing your subscription. For online help with your subscription see http://networks.h-net.org/help-desk, especially the “Getting Started” section. These guides will help you modify your notifications, unsubscribe from the network, change the e-mail address associated with your profile, and use your “My H-Net” page effectively. If you still have questions after reading the guides please email email@example.com.
V. The H-Swahili Network Site
The H-Swahili network site contains the following required information and services:
- The archives of the H-Swahili network discussions and other uploaded content
- The network's official documents: its about page, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.
- Hypertext links to resources in our subject: teaching materials, research archives, other networks.
VI. Advisory Board.
H-Swahili's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long-term policies are developed by the advisory board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among editors and subscribers; monitor the network and make active contributions to discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas and concerns about H-Swahili.
For a list of the current advisory board, visit: https://networks.h-net.org/node/11749/staffpage
VII. Our Parent Organization: H-Net
H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, egalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources.
The goals of H-NET networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields.
H-Net's Council Policies and Bylaws, along with a list of its officers and committees, is available at: http://www.h-net.org/about/
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- Book and software reviews: timely, exhaustive, authoritative, professional, fast. Mailed through our lists and stored in searchable, printable, retrievable format on our site at http://www.h-net.org/reviews.
- Job guide postings: at regular intervals, H-Net offers employment information in a broad array of fields in the humanities and social sciences. https://www.h-net.org/jobs/home.php
- H-Net calendar: announcements of conferences, papers, and professional activities, archived and searchable at our web site. You can visit our site and sample these and other services, at: http://www.h-net.org/announce
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