Writing at the dawn of H-AMSTDY, in July 1993, founder Jeff Finlay pointed out “Once you yourself stop thinking of who you are and where you're coming from, you'll slip into belonging as a member of a true scholarly community. You'll learn that the computer mediated conversation we're having can help you discover your own voice, and transform you from being a passive consumer of knowledge to an active producer of it
Since 1997 H-AfrTeach, founded by students of the late Africanist Harold Marcus, has been a significant source for book reviews, information about texts and teaching ideas, and news about education in and concerning Africa. The network has been a safe harbor for discussions and interchange of ideas and content free of shouting and cant, a civil space in the larger, noisy world of internet chaos.
As soon as founding editor Michael Lumisch posted his inaugural invitation 14 years ago to join the discussion at H-1960s, subscribers were offering suggestions for course readings, debating periodization, discussing the meaning of the “counterculture,” and wondering whether major scholars could be invited to discuss their research. Eventually subscribers were wondering about
Writing in February 2001 at the dawn of the H-Genocide network, founder Alan “Jake” Jacobs wondered “Why do people, men mostly, commit genocide, and more broadly, democide. .. One reason for beginning this list is to discover what others think of this question.
Soon after H-HistGeog launched at H-Net in January 2002 its indefatigable editor Sam Otterstrom was moderating discussions of "GIS and segregation," “public and private space in places past,” and new queries for texts and resources. The resulting threads illustrated the kind of helpful collaboration and information-sharing that have defined who we are at H-Net.
H-AfrArts has been online at H-Net for twenty-two years. Can you help us build the future for the study of African expressive arts and African Studies at H-Net? Our decades of support for the field is a living record of the sweeping changes stemming from the transformation of new media. Back in 1996, barely a month after H-AfrArts’s launch at H-Net, Kate Ezra’s plea for “providing students with images via CD-ROMs or th
No sooner had H-AmRel launched at H-Net in late 1994, than it became clear there was plenty to talk about; the network was immersed in conversations about various aspects of “mission” in American religious history — “mission” in foreign policy, films about Christian missions, readings on the subject, new research — the kind of discussion and collaboration tha