Henry Trotter in front of Yale stained glass windows

Historians of Africa

A Facebook Social Networking Initiative for African History Students

Historians of Africa logoIn December 2006 I started a group on the popular Facebook social networking website called "Historians of Africa." It is for anyone interested in the field of African history, especially graduate students who are training to become educators in the field. But it is also open to undergraduate, professors, and activists—anyone passionate about African history.

The primary aim is to create a social networking opportunity for Africanists who may not know each other through more traditional means (conferences, school, word-of-mouth). The goal is to create an awareness of each other for the purposes of conversation, support, encouragement, intellectual stimulation, and "shop talk." It's a space where we can learn about each other's interests, get information on conferences and calls for papers, and encourage each other through personal engagement.

Our desire is that this group will foster a spirit of intellectual generosity within our field. We hope it will emcompass a global membership in Africa, the Americas, Eurasia and beyond.

Do you want to join?

If you'd like to join, you must first register with Facebook. It's a simple process. Log in, join a "network" (your university or the region where you live), and create a personal profile. You can reveal as much or as little as you like about yourself.

(Your privacy is protected through the networking policy: only those people whom you identify as your friends (in Facebook) will be able to see your profile. You personally determine your privacy settings.)

Once you've registered, go to the Historians of Africa page to join the group. If you'd like, post a short description about yourself, your research interests, your travels, and your African history connection for the benefit of the members. Check in periodically for news and discussion updates, but also use it as a space to meet others who share an interest with you in African history.

If you have further questions, contact me.