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Challenge #2: Networking (6/11-24)

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    Caitlin Duffy

    Welcome to your second challenge!

    Whether you completed the first challenge or not, we encourage you to take part in our networking challenge! It will help you to explore two different methods of finding Humanities Commons users and engage with Humanities Commons groups.

    The full details and instructions for our second challenge can be found on our blog.

    Use this space to share your accomplishments, challenges, and discoveries once you’ve completed the challenge. Did you learn anything new? Is there anything that you’re excited about as a result of following users and/or joining and engaging with groups? Did you come across any challenges or difficulties? Are there any groups that we should know about? Do you have any questions about networking and groups on Humanities Commons?

    I look forward to hearing your experiences with our second challenge! Keep up the good work!


    Kate Koppy

    Just in case anyone else had trouble finding the Humanities Commons homepage for item 1 of Challenge 2…….

    Once you log in, click on the Humanities Commons logo in the upper left of screen.

    It’s such a useful page, and I’m grateful that this challenge prompted me to find it. 🙂


    Andrew Carroll

    So I’ve gone and added anyone who shares interest in the Etruscans, I’ve found there are very few people here who are in those groups. I wish there was a way to see the members that other people follow. I wonder if some of the people I follow are following Etruscan Scholars who just have not added Etruscan to their interest and so are not coming up when I click on that topic.


    Sara Santos

    Hello, everyone!

    I’ve just completed Challenge #2. I started following 5 people, mostly scholars in postcolonial ecocriticism, Global South lit and environmental humanities, and joined 2 new groups, Animal Studies and Lit and Economics. At first I had difficulty finding people with similar interests, perhaps because I was searching very specific terms, so I broadened the search and found that there’s a large number of people on HCommons with interest in ecocriticism and Global South lit. I think the slightly more challenging part was starting a discussion. I almost never participate in these group discussions, so this time I created a discussion thread using one of the strategies suggested by our awesome camp director. I asked the Animal Studies group which 3 key texts they would recommend to anyone in the field of animal and environmental studies. We’ll see what replies I get!

    Overall, this challenge was helpful in encouraging me to engage more actively in digital communities!


    Nina Lager Vestberg

    I’ve started following three more people, and joined one more group. I am pondering whether to start a new discussion topic in one of the groups or reply to an existing one, but haven’t decided yet. None of the groups I’ve found as yet have an enormous amount of recent activity, so I’m not sure which would be the best option for the purposes of the challenge. But at least I have now posted a discussion reply to each of the two HC Summer Camp challenges so far 🙂


    Scott Banville

    I’ve added a few more folks–and even found a few that I follow on Twitter as well.

    I’ve also joined two more groups. Both the ones I’m most interested don’t have a very active discussion board so I’m thinking I may add a discussion topic here.


    Caitlin Duffy

    @kkoppy Thanks for looking out!


    @magistercarroll Thanks for sharing your experience and your thoughts! When the platform launched, the Humanities Commons team debated whether or not they wanted to allow members to see who others are following and ultimately decided that they didn’t want this to be visible. While they understand that seeing who other members are following could allow users to discover relevant profiles, they didn’t want the Commons to take on the sort of popularity contest quality that tend to characterize other social media platforms.


    @sarastarbucksantos Thanks for sharing your experience for this challenge (and for calling me awesome 🙂 ). I’m excited to see the discussion your post on Animal Studies generates!


    @ninalager and @sbanville Thanks for sharing your experiences! I’m happy to hear that this challenge was helpful for you both! One thing I might recommend to help you get the most out of the groups you’ve joined is to start discussions regardless of whether or not that group has a lot of activity already. Humanities Commons groups can only reach their full potential through you, the users, so it’s really up to us to make the activity happen.


    Kirsten Ashley Bussière

    I found a few people to follow so far and I will continue to look for more. In one of the groups I posted a new topic but nobody has answered just yet on Humanities Commons. On Twitter though I had a fellow scholar respond to my tweet which summarized what I did for this challenge and the topic of my discussion. It turns out that we both are working on mapping and literature so I guess this networking activity helped me network elsewhere as well.


    Charlie Gleek

    There are precious few folks on HC-some of whom I already correspond with- who work in and around AfAm Print Culture, Consequently, I followed a few folks who work in DH as this is an area of interest and I’m in need of some network connections as my program has lost it’s DH faculty. The groups I’m looking to join lack active discussion threads; if anything, the activity in these groups are CFPs and deposits (I’m guilty of posting these and not participating in the discussion as well). My reading of this thread makes me think that a lack of discussion is not uncommon here at HC (?)



    Caitlin Duffy

    @kirstenbussiere Thanks for sharing! I’m happy to hear you made contact with someone in your field through this networking activity! I guess the fact that it happened outside of HC (but while discussing your HC work!) just goes to show how far your digital presence extends! 🙂 Feel free to keep the group updated if anything comes of this connection, we’d love to hear about it!


    Caitlin Duffy

    @cgleek Thanks for sharing your experiences with this challenge, and welcome to the camp! I hope HC can help you stay connected to a DH community.

    Yes, the Humanities Commons team has also noticed less activity in some of the public, subject-based groups and has been trying to think about how to encourage more discussion and community. It’s really up to the users to keep these groups lively, so it’s important that we consider what features or moves might help.

    I’m going to post a question to this group asking if anyone has ideas about how to liven up dead groups. Also, the mini-challenge blog post (to appear early next week) has some more thoughts about what could help a group foster more engagement.


    Lisa L. Tyler

    I’ve found a number of people to follow, but I’ve been disappointed that there are so few people in Hemingway studies and even modernism more generally who have a presence here. I think one of the problems is that those groups have existing networks (email lists, newsletters, journals, Facebook groups) already and don’t see the need to join. Still trying to find somewhere I could logically post a question about my research interests.



    Lisa L. Tyler

    Since I’m working on an essay on Hemingway and ecocriticism, I decided to ask the Environmental Humanities group about texts I should read on ecocriticism and modernism more generally. I’ll be interested to see what happens next.


    Dana Gavin

    This challenge was difficult for me at first — until @kirstenbussiere posted about completing the challenge on Twitter, was retweeted by HC, and I found out how networking can manifest!

    Like everyone (I imagine), I felt awkward starting a new conversation in groups that seemed inert, but I understand that if no one overcomes the awkwardness, communities die off. Which is depressing, because I have had great success networking on Twitter, and I would like to have another complementary platform to use for longer discussions, document sharing, etc.

    In order to complete this challenge, I got off Twitter for five seconds and posted a longer response to Kirsten’s inquiry — the sort of response Twitter really can’t handle. I really appreciate events like this Summer Camp, and folks like @caitlinduffy49, for inspiring the kind of action that can keep this place thriving.


    Mollie Freier

    I’d already joined some groups and followed two people, but I checked out the membership of the groups I’d already joined and added some people to follow. I also found a group on Digital Pedagogy that intrigued me, so I joined that.

    The group on Detective Fiction doesn’t have a lot of traffic–people have posted some work, but there didn’t seem to be any discussion. I did post a question about any work people were doing on cozy mysteries, but I really don’t expect an answer right away.

    That said, I intend to post a link to Humanities Commons and the Detective Fiction group to an e-mail list on mystery and detective fiction, and I’ll probably post on Twitter as well. There’s a good deal more going on in the field than is reflected in that group.

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