H-Slavery is recruiting additional editors. In particular, we are seeking scholars who can help develop any of the following areas of interest.
Moderators: We are interested in recruiting an editor or team of editors to oversee our moderation queue, which features incoming academic announcements, queries, and occasional comments. The duties are typically light in nature, requiring the moderators to log into our network 2-3 times a week to vet messages and decide whether to publish them to our network, ask for revisions, or reject them. The vast majority of messages are routine academic announcements that require only a quick, conscientious read through. In cases where messages do not seem pertinent to our academic audience, the moderators will have access to advice and support from the rest of our editorial team. The position is one of vital importance to our editorial team and allows scholars to work steadily in the background. Graduate students are welcomed to apply.
Slavery and Public History Blog: We would welcome an editor or team of editors on our team who can develop a thread of academic content, including brief updates, commentaries, interviews, and public history site overviews, concerning the public commemoration and documentation of slavery. The editor or editors will be members of H-Slavery’s team and produce content through our network. Applicants should be willing to collaborate with others, share light copy-editing duties, and pursue small-scale projects alongside their primary commitments. Graduate students are welcomed to apply.
Review Editors: We are interested in recruiting additional Review Editors, who will commission and edit reviews of books and other scholarly materials through a formal system managed by our parent non-profit, H-Net. We are particularly interested in recruiting scholars whose expertise includes regions and time periods outside of the 19th-century U.S. South. This could include, among other subjects, antiquity or the middle ages, any region of the world, the legacies of slavery in the Americas, or modern human trafficking. H-Net handles mailings and copy-editing, provides training on editorial best practices, and maintains an internal system for advice and technical support for review editors. Review Editors have discretion, within the bounds of editorial policies, over which books they commission reviews of and who to contact as a reviewer. A Ph.D. is required for this position.
There are many reasons to consider volunteering with H-Slavery. We have an editorial team composed of academic volunteers who support each other’s efforts and work with flexible scheduling. Our parent non-profit, H-Net, provides guidelines and training to help structure our activities, as well as a support system including a help desk and private networks for conversation among editors. We constitute one of the largest academic audiences for our subject of study, with over 3,000 subscribers who receive our content via email notifications and tens of thousands of web visitors to our main website every year. Our editors operate free from conflicts of interest and have the privilege of focusing on the intrinsic academic value of their labor.
To apply to serve in one of these capacities, please email email@example.com by the end of Monday, March 15th with a single PDF containing the following. 1) Your C.V., including current contact information. 2) A description of between 250 and 400 words explaining your areas of expertise and offering a brief appraisal of your competing time commitments over the next two years. 3) Some brief comments indicating which position you are interested in and how you envision fulfilling it. Please also be prepared to provide the name and contact information of a reference upon request.
Do you have your own ideas for how you can contribute to H-Slavery? Please always feel welcomed to reach out to us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up a chat by phone or zoom.
Dave Prior, Andrew Kettler, and Amanda McGee