Volunteering with H-Slavery
H-Slavery is eager to collaborate with scholars in our field of study, so if you are interested in volunteering with us please read on. Please also take time to acquaint yourself with our various activities, including the discussions on our main page and the projects available there and on our Resources Page. Once you have done so, we encourage you to contact our editorial account, email@example.com, to introduce yourself and mention your interests. We are always eager to correspond with scholars who believe they might be interested in volunteering, so please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.
H-Slavery is made possible by our wonderful all-volunteer academic staff. This includes graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, independent scholars, and faculty members from multiple academic disciplines and from across the globe. Together, these volunteers make it possible for us to commission and publish book reviews and blog posts, interview fellow scholars, circulate queries and announcements, develop projects, and maintain a page listing major resources for scholars of slavery.
Volunteering for H-Slavery has multiple benefits, including the opportunity to collaborate with scholars from around the globe, gain experience with the growing range of academic activities that take place online, design and build projects, and help shape our field of study. Because H-Slavery relies on an all-volunteer staff, we do our best to design projects that scholars can develop incrementally based on their schedules. It is one of our highest priorities that all of our volunteer staff find their labor on our behalf to be intellectually and professionally rewarding.
If you are interested in joining our volunteer staff, please note that we require that volunteers: 1) have regular internet access; 2) can read and write English fluently; 3) can work collaboratively with other scholars as well as independently of them; 4) stay in regular communication with the rest of our staff via email; and 5) remain active in our field of study.
A brief breakdown of how we organize our labor, based in large part on the terminology of our parent non-profit academic organization, H-Net, is as follows.
Contributors: are scholars interested in a specific project that does not necessarily entail a long-term commitment to working with H-Slavery. Scholars might, for example, seek to develop a month-long discussion about a major topic or commission a brief series of blog posts.
Network Editors: are scholars, including graduate students, who help us circulate queries and announcements, cultivate online discussion, maintain our resources page, develop our existing projects, and perform many other important tasks.
Review Editors: are scholars (Ph.d. required) who are in charge of running our book reviews program in consultation with our Advisory Board. Review Editors use H-Net’s online reviews management system to commission and edit reviews of relevant books within their own areas of expertise. H-Net provides copy-editing support.
Advisory Board Members: are typically more established scholars who help H-Slavery set policies, establish long-term goals, and develop projects.