It’s not an “official” part of graduate school, but it seems as though the Humanities Net (http://h-net.org/) has become an important facet of graduate school life.
What is it? H-Net is a series of lists. Students and professors sign up via email and get discussion comments/questions via email. Scholars contribute book reviews, discussions, and share important announcements.
Why do people us it? It’s a simple way to stay “connected” but it is also quite simple to just delete the emails if they are uninteresting. It is a bit like watching the news ticker on TV in that sometimes the items catch your eye, but many times they do not.
Why you should be on H-”Whatever your specialty is” – Basically, this allows you to stay connected (as I mentioned), but it also helps keep the ear to the ground of conferences and job postings. Even though I’m not “on the market” yet, I still have an opportunity to see what’s going on with job and fellowship announcements. Also, it can be a publication opportunity. Students find H-Net to be a widely-read, yet low stress publication opportunity for book reviews. Students can/should also use the network to put together panels for national conferences. Sometimes committees will not accept one graduate paper to a national conference (AHA, OAH, etc.) but with a strong panel (including a known commenter), the committee is more willing to accept the panel.
For the sake of discussion, do any other grad students have horror stories about H-Net? Anyone want to agree or disagree with this advice? Feel free to comment.
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