Welcome to We The Humanities

A very warm welcome to everyone who has followed the new rotation curation account for the humanities in the last few days.  If you’re at a loose end you could do a lot worse than browsing our Followers list – already it showcases the diversity of the humanities and there are some interesting and eye-opening accounts on there.

This post is a bit of a placeholder as we’re still in the planning stages.  At the moment ‘we’ is me (@jessisreading80) and, as of Friday when I meet up with her, Krissie (@krisreadsbooks).  If you’d like to help administrate the account please get in touch.

The next steps, as I see it at the moment, are as follows:

1) Recruit curators.  We’ve had quite a bit of interest already so we’re planning on setting up an online form.  This will help us get to know curators a little bit so that we can vary the schedule between different subjects and between researchers and practitioners.

2) Find a Big Name or two to help us launch the account.  We want to start with a bang and give the account as big a boost in follower numbers as possible before the guest editors get started so we’re looking for a couple of Big Names from the humanities to help us out.  Ideally they’ll hijack the account for a few days each, tweeting as a guest editor and encouraging their regular followers to become our regular followers too.  This will also mean that the first scheduled curator has a healthy bunch of people listening to them.  As this is an outreach account and we want it to give people a voice in an arena in which they might not usually be heard this is an important (if tricky) task.  Can you help?  Please share this request with your followers, recommend Big Names to us and/or hit them up on our behalf.

3) Work out how to run this thing. Upulie, a founder of @realscientists, the account that was part of the inspiration for We The Humanities, has already given us lots of tips about setting up but we’re still putting the finishing touches to the logistics (password handover, handover day, number of administrators needed etc).  We’re meeting on Friday to try and iron these things out; thanks for bearing with us in the meantime.

In between plotting and planning we’re really enjoying reading everyone’s generous mentions and shares of @wethehumanities as well as the interesting links and tidbits people have been sending through to us – please keep them coming.  And if you are in a position to help us promote the account – on Twitter, in your staff room, on your blog, with skywriting – thank you very much for your support.

Jess.

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