Welcome to H-SHERA in the H-Net Commons!

Yelena Kalinsky's picture

Dear SHERA subscribers,

If you are receiving this message, that means you have been successfully migrated from the SHERA listserv into the H-Net Commons! From now on, our group's communications will be conducted through the H-Net platform and we can use the H-SHERA site to share and archive resources related to research and teaching in our field. You can always find the H-SHERA page at https://networks.h-net.org/h-shera, and all our other outlets, including our websiteFacebook group, and Twitter are all listed in the right-hand menu under H-SHERA Resources.

A few words about H-Net:

H-Net is an international scholarly society founded in 1993. It consists of 180+ online communities edited by over 300 volunteer field experts. Each network is overseen by an advisory board, and there are approximately 200,000 subscribers worldwide. H-Net is collaborative, democratic, and global. It is committed to a free and open exchange of ideas. Editorial oversight ensures that scholarly resources are reliable and citable and debate is lively, scholarly, and civil. In addition to the networks, other free H-Net services include academic announcementsthe job guidean academic book reviews program, and the H-Net Book Channel.

SHERA's own history is in a way parallel to H-Net's. Our email list began in 1996, hosted on the FAS (Faculty of Arts and Sciences) server at Harvard and administered by Pamela Kachurin. It later moved to the server at Oakland University and was administered by Tamara Jhashi, and in recent years, we've reinvigorated our activities and online presence with new leadership and many new initiatives. With our shared mission of promoting research, conversation, and collaboration, we are certain that SHERA will fit right at home at H-Net.

Your H-Net profile and posting to H-SHERA (you may wish to bookmark or save this message):

As part of the migration, H-Net has created a profile for you in the H-Net Commons. It is assocated with the email where you received your SHERA list subscription. To request a password, please click here and enter your email address; you will then receive an email message with your password. (This may take a little while, depending on server traffic.)

With this password, you'll be able to log into the Commons, update your profile and notifiation settings (individual, daily digest, or none), post and reply to H-SHERA messages, and subscribe to other H-Net networks. By filling out your profile, you can let other subscribers know your academic affiliation, publications, dissertation or works in progress, and professional website, and you can update these at any time. Your personal information, like your email, mailing address, and phone number, will be kept private and will not be shared with anyone beyond the H-Net staff.

At the bottom of all H-SHERA emails, you'll see a link to "Read more or reply." Clicking on this link will take you to the post on the network. You'll need to be logged in to reply, but once you've logged in, your browser should remember you.

To post a new message or share an announcement, navigate over to the H-SHERA front page and click on the orange "Start a Discussion" button in the center of the page. Type in your message, add some keywords, and click preview and submit. The editors will moderate the post and it will appear simultaneously on the network and be sent out to subscribers' email in-boxes.

Before you post, you may wish to peruse H-Net's Posting Guidelines. The main things to keep in mind are:

  • H-Net does not remove or alter posts, so it is important to preview and double-check your spelling and any dates or contact information you wish to include in your announcement.
  • Everything posted to the Commons should be free of copyright or your own original work.
  • Job or fellowship announcements for longer than 6 months must be posted to the H-Net Job Guide first before being shared on networks. (The Job Guide is H-Net's primary revenue source to support its services.)
  • No anonymous postings; institutional profiles should have a responsible individual's name in the profile.
  • The editors will reject posts that do not follow these simple guidelines.

If you encounter any problems with your H-SHERA subscription, please write to the editors at editorial-shera@mail.h-net.msu.edu. H-Net also has a team of undergraduate clerks on staff Monday-Friday 9am-5pm EST who can help you by phone at 517-432-5134 or via email at help@mail.h-net.msu.edu.

Check back and get involved:

In the coming weeks and months, you'll see more pages on the site related to SHERA's upcoming activities, conference sessions, prizes, and more. If you would like to share resources, such as syllabi, images, or teaching tools, or you have a project in mind that you would like H-SHERA to pursue, please do not hesitate to contact the editors at editorial-shera@mail.h-net.msu.edu or suggest it on the network by posting a message. We are looking forward to this new phase of SHERA's history.



Yelena Kalinsky
H-SHERA network editor
(On behalf of the SHERA board)