Reading Groups

Scholars of all ranks are invited to propose a reading group through our network. The guidelines are as follows. If you have any questions, please feel welcomed to email us at editorial-nationalism@mail.h-net.org

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 include 3-5 readers. The proposer may either line up the group members in advance or recruit them through a message to our subscribers. If the former, please indicate the names of the individuals and CC them on the proposal email. If the latter, please wait until we have approved the proposal before messaging our subscribers through our discussion feed. The proposer should include a tentative schedule for completing the readings and holding the discussion. We recommend holding the discussion via email, but proposers are welcome to opt for skype, zoom, online chat, etc. 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 a brief write-up by one of the participants. These write-ups should: list the names of the participants; provide the references for the readings; offer a two-sentence description of each reading; and then outline the discussion in between 300 and 1,000 words. The write-ups are brief scholarly 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 work. They do not need to reveal the opinions of the individual readers, but are welcomed to identify issues upon which readers found themselves disagreeing with each other or the readings. All members of the group must affirm that the write-up accurately reflects the discussion of the readings before we will pubish it. Examples are available immediately below. 

Logistics: Participants should ensure that they have access to the selected readings in advance, whether through their university libraries, purchase, or open access. H-Nationalism can provide proposers some standard text with which to contact publishers to request review copies of books and articles.