As far as I am aware, there is no possibility of returning to a list-serve format on the H-Net platform. Although not all networks have yet switched over, they all will be soon. I am also unhappy to see that the decision to switch to the Commons format (imposed on us by the H-Net council) seems to have all but killed off discussion. I know there have been similar problems on other networks. We have a lot of subscribers, possibly even more than before the switch, we just don't use the network in the same way. So what has Commons done for us?
H-EarlySlavic is a forum for the discussion of Slavic history, literature, and culture before 1725. It is focused primarily on East Slavic (Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian) regions, though West and South Slavic areas will also be considered.
Forwarded from William Brumfield:
My current article for Russia beyond the Headlines is devoted to the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin in Suzdal, one of the most important monuments of medieval Russian architecture: http://rbth.com/travel/2015/11/20/suzdals-cathedral-compound-evocative-chronicle-in-stone_...
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I wonder if anyone has considered abandoning Commons and returning back to the previous model. I don't know how it works for other networks, but the switch to Commons as good as killed the Early Slavic one. I don't know anyone who likes Commons or sees any advantages compared to the way the things were done before. If Commons are also more expensive and require constant fundraising, what is the point?
As some of you know, Informa recently purchased Ashgate Books, and is now closing the press. There is currently a petition on change.org explaining the present situation and urging Informa not to close Ashgate down. If you want to read or sign the petition, here is the link: https://www.change.org/p/save-ashgate-publishing
My thanks to Christian Raffensperger for sending this petition to me.
This year's winner of the Early Slavic Studies Association Book Prize is Julia Verkholantsev's The Slavic Letters of St. Jerome: The History of the Legend and Its Legacy, or, How the Translator of the Vulgate Became an Apostle of the Slavs (Northern Illinois University Press).