The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media is pleased to announce a new partnership with the National Council on Public History (NCPH) to develop and host the organization’s new “History@Work” website at http://publichistorycommons.org/. History@Work is a group blog designed to expand on the long-running work of H-Public, to serve as an online “commons” where people from a variety of areas of the public history field could share ideas and news, and to create a bridge to future digital and other publication efforts. Like the field of public history itself, the blog is designed to blend scholarly, professional, and civic discourse arising from the practice of presenting history in public. Several members of the CHNM staff will be in attendance at this week’s NCPH annual meeting and available to discuss the new website and CHNM’s many other public history efforts.
History@Work aims to cover as wide a range of perspectives and venues in public history as possible, including:
- Annual Conference: serves as the central conference blog during our annual spring conference
- Consulting in Public History: news and discussion of interest to those working as consultants in the field
- Exhibits & Projects: announcements of new public history projects, plus critical reviews of conventional and unconventional exhibitry in our “Off the Wall” section
- Grad Students/New Professionals: issues of particular interest to those who are training to be public historians or who have just entered the field
- In the Academy: issues of interest to those who teach in public history programs and/or others in the academy whose work relates to public history
- International Perspectives: cross-cultural or comparative discussions of public history practice around the world; transnational dimensions of the field
- NCPH: a space for news and updates relating to the National Council on Public History
- Social/Environmental Issues: pulls together postings on the wide range of public history questions that touch on social justice and the environment
History@Work is also an experiment in new modes of scholarly communication, in keeping with the goals of CHNM’s PressForward project. History@Work is “lightly peer-edited”—that is, volunteer editorial teams with interests in specific sub-topics in public history invite and recruit postings, which may then be edited and revised for relevance and focus.
With its commitment to using digital technologies to foster new kinds of scholarship and with its strong roots in public history, CHNM is delighted to be a part of NCPH’s latest foray into the digital realm.