H-Net Horizons Newsletter 4:1

Volume 4, Number 1 (April 2017)Horizons: H-Net Newsletter Archive


Anyone who has spent some time in the Commons knows that each of its 200+ networks has its own purpose, audience, and flavor. H-Net's flexible Drupal-based platform allows editors to develop a great variety of content and projects suited to their subscribers' interests and goals. In this issue of H-Net Horizons Newsletter, we feature some of this variety, from the discussions of teaching theory and practice at H-World, to crowd-sourced projects like H-Slavery's Digital Resources for the Study of Global Slavery and the Slave Trade, to regular publications, like H-Diplo's policy series on America and the World, 2017 and Beyond. We take a moment to say goodbye to graduating H-Net clerks Cammi Cameron and Maddie Saucedo. And we welcome four new networks to the Commons, each of which promises to enrich H-Net's offerings for students, scholars, and professionals in the humanities and social sciences.
--Yelena Kalinsky, Associate Director for Research & Publications

Featured Network

H-World is H-Net's network for practitioners of world history, emphasizing research, teaching, and the connections between them. The network collects links to programs, organizations, journals and resources in world history, compiles a list of recent publications, commissions book reviews, and even suggests ways of using the network to graduate students and faculty. H-World collaborated with the H-Net Book Channel on a memorial essay dedicated to the World History Legacy of Sidney Mintz. One of the network's strengths is an active community of subscribers interested in grappling with complex issues related to research and teaching. Recent discussions have included a long thread on rationales for teaching Western Civ and World History, whether global history is still possiblegender and world history, and teaching world history and current events.

Featured Staff

In this issue, we feature Cammi Cameron and Madeline Saucedo, two H-Net student clerks who are graduating this spring and whose professionalism and good spirits we will miss. Recently trained network editors and review editors who have ordered books for review have likely had the pleasure of corresponding with Cammi and Maddie. We asked them a few questions before they go:
Year and major at MSU:
Cammi: Senior in Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Science Education. Maddie: 3rd year at MSU (walking in May), History major with 2 minors: Anthropology and Classical & Ancient Mediterranean Studies.
Plans for after college: 
C: I will be student teaching United States history classes for a full year at East Lansing High School. Then, I will apply to get my first job as a secondary social science educator. M: After commencements I will be going to Greece to study art & archaeology. Then I plan on taking 1 year off from academics to work before applying to graduate school for the fall of 2018. I will most likely pursue a masters in anthropology.
H-Net Network you follow and what you like about it:
C: I follow H-Education, and I love their regular publications of Educational History Articles in Current Periodicals. I have been introduced to many relevant and interesting articles through these regular publication roundups. M: I follow quite a few networks on H-Net, but I really enjoy H-Environment. I like the variety of material the network covers and discusses. Everything from the National Park Service Timeline to regular updates about the humanities within environmental studies.
Hobbies or interests outside of work:
C: At home, I am a distance runner and a foster mom for rescued racing greyhounds. I'm also an avid reader and tea-drinker. M: Obviously anything related to history, especially ancient history, interests me. I like to spend my free time outdoors or with friends and family. I enjoy hiking, fishing, and regular trips to the beach. I'm a huge classic rock fan so I do my best to attend as many concerts and events related to that.
What you've learned from working at H-Net that you'll take with you to your next endeavor:
C: At H-Net, I have learned the importance of staying current with the academic literature of my field and how to keep up with new research. As a teacher, I will be able to bring continually developing knowledge of both the content I teach and new pedagogical techniques into my classroom. M: Digital Humanities is a growing field so I found my time at H-Net to be very beneficial in preparing me for a future that will involve these types of technologies and research methods. While I'm in Greece this summer I will be doing an independent research program with the study abroad director. We have discussed the possibility of mapping and digitizing a burial site that we will be working at. Hopefully I will be able to apply my knowledge of digital humanities and social sciences to the project to make the research accessible to the public.

Digital Resources on Slavery

Digital Resources for the Study of Global Slavery and the Slave Trade is a crowd-sourced project developed by H-Slavery. The page compiles digital resources and projects related to the study of slavery in one place on the network using the Link content type. Editor Jorge Felipe assembled the sources and invites additional contributions. Editors interested in setting up a similar project on their networks are invited to contact H-Net.

New Networks

H-Net is pleased to welcome four new networks to the Commons: H-Music, H-NahuatlH-SHERA, and H-Celebration!
H-Music is devoted to closing the gap between the role that music has played (and continues to play) in history and the role it plays in most mainstream historical scholarship. It brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to consider music in its historical, social, and cultural contexts.
H-Nahuatl focuses on the Aztec language of Nahuatl and the Nahua culture. The network provides a space for scholars to discuss aspects of the language structure and grammar, announce their research, and seek assistance, as well as for the public to pose questions to specialists in the field.
Like H-Nahuatl, H-SHERA is a long-running discussion list that has migrated to the H-Net Commons. The network brings together historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian art and architecture, highlights events and announcements related to this region, and reviews recent books in the field.
H-Celebration brings together scholars in the fields of Celebration Studies, Festival Studies, and Holiday Studies, offering a fertile place and digital tools for this growing field. The network is compiling a series of image-based studies of celebrations, starting with striking image essays of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival and New Orleans Mardi Gras Walking Clubs. In the coming year, H-Celebration will be host to the peer reviewed Journal of Festive Studies.

Diplomatic Scholarship in the Age of Trump

H-Diplo commissions essays, roundtables, and reviews on diplomatic history and international affairs. Since January, H-Diplo has been publishing two essays per week in its ISSF Policy Series on America and the World - 2017 and Beyond. Edited by Robert Jervis, Francis Gavin, Joshua Rovner, and Diane Labrosse, these commissioned pieces tackle questions surrounding the election of President Donald J. Trump from the perspective of diplomatic history and international relations theory, and allow scholars to reflect upon the state of international relations and America's role in the world. Some of the biggest draws have included:

See all the essays in the series here.

How to Post on H-Net

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Getting Involved

Interested in getting more involved with your network or have ideas for how to improve your network? Learn more about how to join H-Net as a network or review editor or as an advisory board member at the Join H-Net page. There, interested subscribers can fill out a network or review editor or advisory board application. All applications should receive endorsement from the relevant network. (Existing editors should fill out the nomination form.)  Don't know who to contact? Write to the Associate Director for Networks or Associate Director for Research & Publications with your ideas.