With Justin Bengry and Hannah Elias
Tuesday 1 March 2016, 6 – 8pm
Room GOR 218, 43 Gordon Square
If you are interested, please register by 23 February by reserving your place on Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/history-blogging-and-social-media-tickets-21295871525
The site will ask you for a password as this is a Birkbeck only event. You should have received the password in an email from Jana Comfort advertising this event sent on Feb. 3.
The world of social media offers historians rich opportunities to find collaborators and colleagues, to communicate and uncover new avenues of research, to shape ideas and contribute to new, global communities of enquiry. But entering this world can be a daunting prospect, particularly for PhD students and early-career academics. Building and maintaining a profile for your work, negotiating online relationships and protecting your academic ‘capital’ are just some of the challenges. When your work touches on ‘difficult’ pasts then ‘daunting’ can become ‘terrifying’ as new social media opportunities emerge and continue to evolve.
Historians increasingly rely on Facebook as a professional tool, contribute to Wikipedia, use WordPress and other platforms to blog about their research, and engage on Twitter with other #twitterstorians. Others rely on image sites like Tumblr and Flickr to uncover and disseminate resources, while there is also a community of historians on Reddit.
This session tackles the question of how to navigate social media, making the most of the new spaces they open up while managing some of the risks and pitfalls.
The speakers both have first-hand experience of this tricky but important task of being a ‘historian in public’ using online media:
- Justin Bengry, an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London is a co-founder of the international, collaborative, open-access blog NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality. He also serves as Editorial Fellow for History Workshop Online (HWO).
- Hannah Elias is Associate Lecturer in the Department of History at Goldsmiths College, Honourary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, and an Editorial Fellow for HWO. She is an experienced curator of social justice and social media campaigns, having previously done this work for St Paul’s Cathedral.
The emphasis is on advice, discussion and developing skills. We will be running a hashtag #SocMedia4Hist on @HistoryWO throughout the seminar for questions and comments from those not able to attend in person.