History seminars at the IHR
Public History Seminar
Convenors: Alix Green (University of Hertfordshire), Anna Maerker (King’s College, London), John Tosh (Roehampton University), Judy Faraday (John Lewis Partnership), Tim Boon (Science Museum), Scott Anthony (University of Cambridge)
Venue: Past & Present Room 202, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House
Time: Wednesday, 17:30
Negotiating #SocMedia4Hist: Technologies, Tactics and Triumphs
Claire Hayward (Kingston University), Justin Bengry (Birkbeck) and Jennifer Evans (University of Hertfordshire)
The world of social media offers historians opportunities to find collaborators and colleagues, communicate and uncover new avenues of research, 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 systems 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, jointly convened by the Public History and History of Sexuality seminars, 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.
This session is being jointly hosted by the Public History & History of Sexuality Seminar. It takes place in room 304, on the third floor of the IHR, in the North Block.