H-Net Reviews

H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Our edited lists and web sites publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for colleagues and the interested public. The computing heart of H-Net resides at MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, Michigan State University, but H-Net officers, editors and subscribers come from all over the globe.

Humanities and Social Sciences Online Net

H-Net is a kind of ‘web 1.5’ resource– halfway between the old static content of the 1990s and the social networking and participation sites common today. It’s has a very old school look and feel, but it is still a great place to do some reading to see what academia is up to in the humanities and social sciences.

“Among H-Net’s most important activities,” the What is H-Net page notes, “is its sponsorship of over 100 free electronic, interactive newsletters (“lists”) edited by scholars in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific.” The site also includes a database of reviews, a job guide and an announcements page for “academic conferences, calls for papers, and programs… ”

I am particularly fond of the reviews, which are searchable, and provide a helpful way to find ideas and to start to dig through the vast mountain of scholarly books and articles published each year. You can find the most recent reviews and information on the home page or go here to the content search page. It’s not fancy, but it works.

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and Smarthinking.com. I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol] writinginthewild.com

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