Carleton History Now is a curated publication of the Communications Committee of the History Department at Carleton University that brings together the best of the wider Carleton history community.

We highlight and celebrate the scholarship of this department, the teaching and community-led learning that happens here, and the impact that historical scholarship has outside the walls of the university.

We are inspired by the work and model provided by Digital Humanities Now & the Pressforward team at the Roy Rosenzweig Centre for New Media and History, and thank them deeply!

How does that work?

We subscribe to a growing list of feeds from academic blogs, from Twitter lists of current and former members of the department, and wherever else we find them. Our volunteer editors pour over this material, nominating and discussing in the administrative back-end of this site which pieces to promote.

Each week, volunteer editors-at-large curate a series of feeds the wider social media landscape, selecting materials for review. These editors-at-large are undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, and friends of the department; anyone may become an Editor at Large! At the review stage, the best materials are selected for promotion on our site according to our guidelines. The Editor then formats these materials for our site, linking back to the original source, and makes them live. The post of ‘Editor’ rotates amongst our graduate students who have an interest in social media and new modes of publication.

These materials are then rebroadcast to the wider community, amplifying our collective voice. Members of our department reach (at last count) approximately 12 000 unique users on Twitter, for instance. Carleton History Now functions as the pinch point in the hour glass – we gather much, select a few, and promote widely.

Let us know about your work

If you’d like your materials to be part of our feed and published here, let us know. If you have ever been an editor-at-large in our system, you can continue to submit materials by using the ‘Nominate This’ bookmarklet.