Slavery, H-Net, & Keeping Up with Social Media

H-Slavery has just joined Twitter! For those of you new to H-Net, H-Net, Humanities and Social Sciences Online, is a volunteer organisation of historians and individuals interested in history who organise, monitor, contribute to, and follow one or more forums on specific fields or topics related to history that are attached to a central site. Personally, I follow H-Slavery (and have off and on since I first found out about it in 2005) and H-Albion and receive regular digests of their forum posts in my email inbox.

H-Net provides information in their forums on new books, job postings, CFPs (calls for papers for conferences), new journal issues, and lots more. It is also a space for individuals to ask for advice, post questions, and get answers from some experts in their field. I highly recommend checking them and requesting to join one or more that interest you. It’s a great way to stay up to date on your field, get some new ideas or leads, and maybe even share some advice with fellow followers.

Like I was saying, a few followers of H-Slavery (including myself) are now running this new Twitter account, @H_Slavery_HNet. By joining Twitter, H-Slavery is joining the trend of organisations and groups to create, gather, and share additional content while building connections with others of similar interests. Social media facilitates and encourages sharing, creating, “liking”, and curating personalised content online in one or more spaces, including (but certainly not limited to) Twitter, Facebook, blog providers such as WordPress (which we use here at Isles Abroad), and YouTube. You’ll typically see symbols of these applications in the corner of traditional, static websites that will lead you to their social media accounts and, hopefully, their most up-to-date content and information.

Through a Twitter account, H-Slavery hopes to share resources, participate in on-going discussions, and track what’s happening in the field of history as it happens. This venture has me thinking about various branches of social media that are creating, sharing, and commenting on content related to slavery history. Here’s just a few accounts in a range of formats you might want to check out to stay up-to-date on the subjects of historical (and in some cases modern) slavery study:

Blogs

The HAS Blog — Historians Against Slavery

National Museums Liverpool Blog — Items tagged “International Slavery Museum”

Twitter Accounts

@Slavery Justice — Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

@WISE_HullWilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation

Facebook Pages

Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

The Slave Dwelling Project

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