Horizons: H-Net Newsletter, 3:1

H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences OnlinesVolume 3 • Number 1 • April 2016

From the Associate Director of Research & Publications

The snow has finally stopped falling in East Lansing, which means that the school year must be nearing its conclusion. This spring, H-Net welcomes three new networks: H-APS, focusing on associations, philanthropic giving, and society; H-Black-Europe, dedicated to the study of Europe and the Black Diaspora; and H-Germanistik, a Germanophone literary studies network that has migrated from listserv to the H-Net Commons. Elsewhere, H-Net is dipping another toe or two into the sea of academic podcasts by hosting two new podcasts: No Sounds Are Forbidden and H-Law's legal history podcast. And all around the Commons, H-Net editors and home office staff are busy building new resources and projects, conveniently sorted on each network's Resources tab and regularly featured in H-Net This Week. We invite readers and subscribers to explore what the H-Net Commons has to offer.

--Yelena Kalinsky, Associate Director for Research & Publications

New Networks


The H-Net Commons welcomes three new networks this spring!

H-APS, the associational and philanthropic studies network edited by Dr. Gregory R. Witkowski and Dr. Peter Weber, is dedicated to analyzing modes of giving, means of giving, and relationships of giving to other forms of societal interactions, such as associational life and democratic participation. The network has links to useful research resourcesteaching resources, and resources for professional development. A recent post on the history and invention of the nonprofit sector raises some framing questions and invites subcribers to join the discussion.

H-Black-Europe is a forum for scholars, intellectuals, and activists interested in the study of the Black Diaspora in Europe and Black European culture and history, edited by Dr. Tiffany Florvil and Dr. Kira Thurman. The network welcomes discussions about current research, new books, articles, methods, and tools of critical analysis, and issues related to Black European Studies. Instructions for how to subscribe or post welcome new readers.

Founded in 2005 and boasting nearly 10,000 subscribers, H-Germanistik has migrated from listserv to the H-Net Commons. Led by a small but efficient editorial team of researchers from all over Germany (currently Berlin, Hannover, Göttingen, and Stuttgart), the network is a German-language list dedicated to the study of German literature, philology, and linguistics, covering all periods. H-Germanistik cooperates with Germanistik im Netz, a virtual library for the German scholarly community, the online service IASLonline, and supports a reviews newsletter from literaturkritik.de.

Featured Clerk: Hannah Slajus

Many H-Net review editors and reviewers will know Hannah Slajus from ordering review copies or writing to the help desk about uploading a review. Hannah has been with H-Net since July 2014, and initially took on much of the work of corresponding with publishers and making sure reviewers get copies of books for review. Since then, she graduated to network analyst, keeping an eye on network projects and helping editors build resources, and since its inception, has been helping compile the weekly roundup H-Net This Week. This fall, Hannah will be moving on to a master's program in early modern history in London, where we hope she'll have plenty of opportunities to stay connected with H-Net. (For her interest in the history of science and medicine, might we recommend H-Sci-Med-Tech?) The following are a couple of questions we asked her about her time here:

  1. What was your major at Michigan State University?  1st degree Human Biology, 2nd degree History
  2. What was your role at H-Net? What projects did you work on?  I am the Network Analyst, I find projects and help editors with their ideas. I've worked on the Resources Tab, new banners, H-Net This Week, Book Channel, and I work in RMS, the reviews management system for H-Net Reviews.
  3. Where are you going next? How has H-Net helped you to envision your academic path?  I am going to King's College in London in the fall to get my Master's in early modern history. I want to get a PhD in the history of science and medicine. H-Net has been helpful because it's given me a background in digital humanities and I like to see all of the different specialities of the subscriber base and the different books that are reviewed. 
  4. What do you like to do outside of school and work?  I like to bake and read, I like traveling, I do pottery and sewing projects, I do a lot of yoga, and I have two cats.

We wish Hannah the best of luck!

Featured Network Project

Subscribers to H-Nationalism will already be familiar with the excellent Secessionism and Separatism Monthly, a series of posts by senior scholars in the field of nationalism studies that has been appearing on the network since last fall. Organized by Dr. Emmanuel Dalle Mulle, Researcher in International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, the series has touched on issues of secession, secessionism, and separatism from the perspectives of international law, peaceful separatism, democracy, violent separatism and the American Civil War, gender, and the case study of Pakistan, with more case studies to follow. Contributors have included Aleksandar Pavković, Peter Radan, Michael Keating, Brian Girvin, Don H. Doyle, Jill Vickers, and Farhan Hanif Siddiqi. In the coming posts, the editors hope to expand the theoretical, empirical, chronological, and thematic breadth. We look forward to reading them.


H-Net for the Ear

Since launching H-Podcast last fall, H-Net has been exploring ways of delivering audio content via the Commons. The Art of the Review, produced out of the H-Net Reviews office, has touched on topics as varied as national reviewing cultures, scholarly obituaries, and the long review essay that covers more than an assessment of a scholarly publication. Recently, two new podcasts have joined the fold: No Sounds Are Forbidden, produced by historian Matthew Friedman takes a close look and listen to avant-garde art music of the twentieth century. So far, Friedman has tackled Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire, the 12-tone composition method, and the connection between avant-garde music and cinema. Meanwhile, the newly launched H-Law Podcast, produced by attorney, historian, and experienced podcaster Siobhan Barco, offers conversations with authors about the historical development of legal paradigms and legal texts as windows into the intricate intermingling of law and society. The series begins with an interview with legal historian Mary Ziegler about her new book After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate. This summer, H-Net will welcome a summer podcast intern, who will be helping H-Podcast to continue building resources for podcast production and classroom applications, and will be available to produce segments for individual networks. Editors who have been thinking about giving podcasting a try should take advantage of this opportunity and jump on the audio bandwagon!

User Profiles

Subscribers who have edited their profiles recently may notice that there is a new section available for Dissertations and Theses in Progress. By filling this section out, users can get the word out about their new research to fellow scholars. Several networks already keep track (H-Sport and H-Luso-Africa are two). Having subscribers fill out their profiles means that editors can automatically compile lists of works in progress on their networks without any email exchanges or tallying. How easy is that?