Should the journal your article appears in be a factor in assessing the quality of the article itself? A number of European institutions are apparently pushing in that direction and that mindset may be coming to a campus near you.
This week’s Chronicle of Higher Education discusses recent European efforts to rank humanities journals, as a means of measuring an article’s value in tenure and funding decisions. This new program (called the European Reference Index for the Humanities) is apparently part of a sincere effort on their part to promote European scholarship, but as a practical matter it seems quite dubious for journals in the humanities disciplines.
It’s been a busy week of reading on the web, and we’ve gathered quite a range of articles and blog entries. We start off with Stan Katz at the Brainstorm blog looking at why the public should care about history, and how the National History Center and AHA play a part. Then, read a number of perspectives, in the First Monday online journal, about Web 2.0. For fun, we’ve linked to news of a new movie about a college professor, appropriately titled “Tenure.” Other topics include possible state park closings, intellectual history in grad school, a survey from the Getty Institute, birthday wishes for H-Net, large-scale digitization projects, and (believe it or not) more.
A new project between the Library of Congress and the photo-sharing site Flickr has created quite a buzz online, and therefore begins this week’s “What We’re Reading.” Also noted are two articles from the Washington Post, news from the Chronicle on disputed Iraqi archives, and an “unconference” announcement. And finally, just for fun, read about how Stephen Colbert has badgered the Smithsonian into displaying his portrait.
It’s a touchy subject and also the focus of the first half of this week’s “What We’re Reading” post: the history job market and the AHA’s role. We point to four articles, and the comments that go with them, to explore a range of views on the subject. Following that is a selection of announcements (including new projects, new award recipients, and new books), links to an excellent series of posts on the digital humanities, and details on how Lincoln’s cottage is going green.
Updates on funding for renovations on the American History Museum, debates from student newspapers on what to post on the web, and the question “Do we still need women’s history,” are topics from just a few of this week’s “What We’re Reading.” Also included is an article that takes a look into where the term “America” came from, and news from the National Coalition for History.
This week we note two newsworthy articles: protests over a talk by Holocaust denier David Irving, and historians (including two past AHA presidents) endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. From “First Monday” we find professor Richard Cox discussing the effects of new technologies on archives. And finally, what makes a good historical novel? Watch a webcast from the Library of Congress with historical fiction writer David L. Robbins.
In Remembrance of Roy A. Rosenzweig
On October 12th AHA Today recognized the life and work of Roy Rosenzweig, who passed away on the evening of October 11th. The news of this loss has spread across the Internet, where numerous blog posts and articles went up soon after Rosenzweig’s death. Here are links to a few:
In this week’s edition of “What We’re Reading” you’ll find articles on new technology that is helping piece together the past, news on another foreign scholar denied entrance to the U.S., and a new “open book” that explores the impact of all things Google.
- Piecing History Together
The Economist explains how “pattern-matching technology” is being used to piece together 16,000 bags of shredded documents from Stasi files and uncover “East Germany’s dark past.”
- Another Professor Denied Entry
This article from Inside Higher Ed examines the case of Marixa Lasso, a native of Panama and an assistant professor of Latin American history at Case Western Reserve University, who has been denied re-entry to the U.S.