Institutional blogs (that aren’t totally dull)

A growing trend in the last year or so is for academic or related institutions to set up blogs to publicise their activities and news. Some are more interesting than others, but I think they’re becoming less bland and, well, institutional than they used to be. (I don’t think I’ve seen any academic department blogs yet though. But then, most departments’ webpages seem to be stuck in the ’90s. Boring boring boring.) Here are a few of interest to historians and other humanities scholars.

AHDS blog. The AHDS (Arts and Humanities Data Service) is the UK’s central organisation concerned with the long-term preservation of digital resources and data in Humanities fields. It’s recently set up a blog, which has some useful and interesting links (plus a debate on digital cameras).

Intute Arts & Humanities is a UK-based subject-specialist web portal. The Arts & Humanities Blog is more lively and personal than these sort of blogs tend to be.

AHA Today. The recently-established blog of the American Historical Association has good articles and plenty of news.

Academic publishers’ blogs seem to be springing up all over. Here’s the OUP blog. It’s OK. You can find several more at Cliopatria’s History Blogroll.

On a smaller, more informal scale, a number of history societies have blogs. The Alcohol and Drugs History Society Blog has been around for quite a while. (Can’t imagine why I would be especially aware of that one…) Google suggests that, unsurprisingly, Local History Societies are grasping the possibilities of blogging with some enthusiasm.

Got any more?

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3 Responses to Institutional blogs (that aren’t totally dull)

  1. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the OUP site; it’s not knock-your-socks-off good, but its philosophy section is decent, which I wouldn’t have expected. It would be nice if some of the major academic publishers were to put in some of the commitment of some of the smaller niche publishers (Ignatius Press comes to mind as an unusually successful case) on this point. But I wonder if that’s possibly part of the difficulty. A smaller niche publisher like Ignatius, with a well-defined (even if not perfectly homogeneous) target audience, can be sure that its primary readers will tend to have common interests; it can easily participate actively in the blogosphere because it has a ready-made community within which it can easily fit. But publishers like Oxford and Cambridge would have more difficulty doing so.

  2. John Russell says:

    Of the university press blogs, I really like Harvard’s (it’s usually quite lively and I find it much more interesting than the OUP blog). And now both Harvard UP and Yale UP are doing podcasts (which have so far looked interesting though I’ve yet to actually listen).

  3. There are also blogs made from within institutions that aren’t really institutional. And where are the boundaries of the modern institutions. I blog from anywhere, but it is mostly about my work within an institution.

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