Here's your chance to earn the gratitude, appreciation, and even adoration of over 1700 material-minded folks on this site! Join the H-MATERIAL CULTURE crew!
We're pretty wide open to anyone who wants to help out in anyway: do some work, contribute neat stuff, send us cookies... Below are some ideas we have in mind but feel free to contact us with anything else you think may be a good idea. Please send interest to email@example.com.
Education Editor: This position has been filled but we'd love more help! Anastasia Pratt is now our dedicated "teaching material culture" person. Please let her know if you'd like to join the team and feel free to send in contributions to our syllabi collection.
Resource Editor: We need a resourceful person to maintain collections of resources on the site that would be of incredible value to the field. These might include listings of material culture departments, centers and programs, links to journals, archives or museums, organizations to join, useful websites... The compilation we have now is partial and a bit outdated right now, but enlarging it would be so useful.
Those conference reports I've been going on about... anyone can contribute...someone's gotta compile. (I will for now...)
"Full time" CFP seeker? So much more interesting than it sounds. The CFP is a fascinating genre and view of the field. Hunting for them is actually a great way to learn the field and to keep abreast of what's going on out there. So is reading a collection of them, but then someone has to collect them. You see how that works.
Developer of the science-material-culture collab, or some new multi-network collaboration on H-Net? You could create a resource of "The Matrial Culture of...." just about anything you like, in partnership with one of these public networks or not. The resource could consist of just about anything, too.
Would love to develop online "events" too. Virtual roundtables, live chats, online conferences, discussion groups, a book club, occassional papers series... Great stuff, but they take some effort. Who's with me?
Folks could also come aboard just to build one-time special features, like this one. Propose your idea, we can help build it! This website is capable of much more than we are using it for, AND comes with tech staff who know how to do it. All you need is the brilliant idea!
Blogging Editor: We have a couple people interested in blogging on H-MATERIAL CULTURE intermittently. A Blogging Editor would ideally expand the list of interested bloggers, maybe set up a rotation, and maintain The Soapbox and the rest of the blog site. Blogs could be about anything to do with material culture, from single artifacts to notes on current research to "the state of the field" or the Editor may develop themes (like the “What I do” video blog on AHA Today). The Blogging Editor may also track down individuals willing to write their own on-going blogs on the site. Hosting a Blogging Carnival of Material Culture Studies would also be an exciting option! And of course, the editor can also blog too!
Book Reviews Editor. Happy to say Marieke Hendrieksen has taken on this position. She is now soliciting book reviews. Watch for a steady stream of original book reviews. In the meantime, if you are interested in writing book reviews for H-Material-Culture let her know here: firstname.lastname@example.org We're also interested in building our book reviews into a larger Books Feature with reviews, online book discussions, author interviews, author responses ti reviews, etc. If working on this interests you, let us know!
And we always want contributions to Occassional Objects, PhD's in Progress (if you're not a PhD student, tell your PhD students!), and The Soapbox. If you are interested in any of the above, please let us know at editorial-Material-Culture@mail.h-net.msu.edu (or click “Write to the Editors” on the homepage) and we can do what we need to do to get started.