Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 67: Organizing Blog Theme Weeks

Episode 67 Organizing Blog Theme Weeks

In today’s episode I reflect on the work that goes into organizing blog theme weeks or thematic digital series. I talk about my experiences pulling together theme weeks and provide a roadmap for those interested in organizing one.

Mentioned in this episode:
Active History Material Culture Theme Week
-Edited with Andrea Eidinger, Beyond the Lecture and the Beyond the Lecture ebook
-Edited with Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan and Nicole Belolan Archives Week on History@Work
-Edited with Carly Ciufo, Museums Theme Week on Active History
Archives Theme Week on Active History

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Material Culture Theme Week

Poster for theme week

Active History is organizing a 2020 theme week around material culture. Modeled after the 2019 Museum Theme Week (http://activehistory.ca/museum-theme-week/) this series aims to expand the conversation about material culture and highlight the work of those studying the materiality of the past.

We welcome contributions from academics, public historians, museum professionals, makers, community practitioners, and anyone engaged in thinking about material culture and the past.

Blog posts are welcomed on a range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • How can object-centred approaches to studying the past change our understanding of history? 
  • What is material culture? How does material culture fit within academic or public history scholarship? 
  • Examples of community-led approaches to material culture research and collecting
  • Decolonizing approaches material culture
  • Case study examples of material culture analysis  

Active History posts are between 700 and 1500 words, avoid jargon, use hyperlinks over footnotes, and we encourage the use of images to illustrate posts. We also ask that the style of writing is accessible to a wide audience. Draft posts are due by February 24, 2020.

Questions and pitches can be directed to series editor Krista McCracken at krista.mccracken@gmail.com

Active History Museums Theme Week

Active History Museum Theme Week poster

Carly Cuifo and I are organizing an Active History theme week about museums! I am super excited about this upcoming series of blog posts and thrilled with the responses we have received so far. Details about the theme week are below:

Active History is organizing a 2019 theme week around museums and museums practice.  Modeled after the 2017 Archives Theme Week this series aims to expand the conversation between historians and museum professionals while highlighting the unique work undertaken in museums.

Blog posts are welcomed on a range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • How do museums actually work? — eg. collection development, exhibit development, research, etc.
  • How are museums places of scholarship and research? (This could be theory based or based on an institutional example)
  • How are museums changing their practices to meet the needs of their patrons (either digitally or on site)?
  • Decolonizing museums
  • Case Study examples of community partnerships within museums

Active History posts are between 700 and 1500 words, avoid jargon, use hyperlinks over footnotes, and we encourage the use of images to illustrate posts. We also ask that the style of writing is accessible to a wide audience. Draft posts are due by February 15, 2019.

Questions and pitches can be directed to series editors Krista McCracken and Carly Cuifo at krista.mccracken@gmail.com