Reading Groups

Scholars of all ranks are invited to propose to form a reading group through our network. The guidelines for this process are as follows.

Proposals: A scholar may propose in approximately 150 words to form a group to read a predetermined number of works, ranging from as modest as two articles to as ambitious as three books. In the event that the proposer wishes to tackle a longer reading list, she/he may submit a sequence of proposals. Reading groups should be no larger than four scholars. The proposer may either line up the group members in advance or recruit them through a message to our 3,000+ subscribers. If the former, please indicate the names of the individuals and CC them on the email submitting the proposal. If the latter, please wait until we have approved the proposal before messaging our subscribers through our discussion feed. The proposer should include a schedule for completing the readings and holding the discussion, including a tentative deadline for the reading group to complete its work by. We recommend holding the discussion via email, but proposers are welcome to opt for skype, zoom, chat, and, where possible, in-person meetings. All participants should have ample opportunity to share thoughts and respond to each other. Reading groups need not have mutually exclusive reading lists. Proposals should be sent to editorial-nationalism@mail.h-net.org.

Write-ups: individual reading groups will submit for publication on our network a brief write-up by one of the participants, of between 300 and 1,000 words, outlining the topics and arguments of the selected readings and the thoughts of the group. Such reports should be seen as reflection pieces: they can certainly note criticisms and praise offered by the readers, but should not be treated as vehicles for attacking or promoting an individual scholar’s work. All members of the group must affirm that the write-up accurately reflects the discussion of the readings before we will pubish it. We will provide a standard form to structure and expedite the writing. We will publish the write-ups after reviewing them.

Logistics: Groups must complete readings, hold their discussion, and finalize their write-up through their own deliberations. H-Nationalism can provide proposers some standard text with which to contact publishers to request review copies of books and articles, but all participants should be prepared to purchase the necessary readings or otherwise have access to them.