The History Carnival is a monthly showcase of blog writing about history, usually held on the 1st day of the month. It's hosted at a different blog each month to provide a variety of approaches and perspectives.
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1 October 2014: History Press Blog
1 November 2014: The Recipes Project
1 December 2014: Imperial and Global Forum
1 January 2015: Performing Humanity
Hosts needed! Feb 2015 • Mar 2015 • Apr 2015 • May 2015 • Jun 2015 • Jul 2015 • Sep 2015 • Oct 2015 • Nov 2015 • Dec 2015 • Please contact the co-ordinator if interested.
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Hosting a Carnival
The History Carnival is on the look out for hosts! If you've enjoyed reading the Carnivals, why not take a turn at hosting and help to keep them running?
To host, you must have your own blog, and you should have some familiarity with history blogs. Hosts certainly do not have to be academic historians, but do need to have some knowledge of the field, preferably through personal experience of historical research and writing. Pseudonymous bloggers are welcome.
Hosting requires a few hours' work, sifting through nominations and compiling the carnival. (Imaginative themes are always welcomed but not compulsory.)
History is a diverse field, and we welcome suitable nominations from anyone with something interesting to say about history, 'academic' or 'popular' - specialist topics, research, teaching, sources, debates and controversies, etc - so long as it is based on facts and evidence.
Posts consisting merely of links or quotes from other blogs may be considered but more substantive writing is preferred. Writing that engages with the past to discuss present issues should include significant historical content and analysis.
All nominations are vetted by the host of the edition, whose decision is final.
How to submit nominations
The Carnival's focus is on recent blogging - normally, since the latest edition. Slightly older posts may be considered if they were overlooked then.
The usual channel is to use the simple nomination form at this site. Individual hosts may provide additional options. Please ensure you include the full URL of the post you are nominating, and ideally the post title and blog name.
"Changes and Improvements" 20 September 2014
If you are a regular user of local bus services (at least in the UK), you will probably be familiar with periodic notices telling you about “changes and improvements to the services” which should more truthfully be entitled “cuts to the service and price rises”. A few changes will be coming to Carnivalesque and History Carnival in the next month or two which will hopefully not be experienced as falling into the latter category (at least, there definitely won’t be any price rises).
They should not affect the actual functioning of the Carnivals, but they are intended to streamline the work of co-ordinating the carnivals - especially their communication channels. They already have this shared blog, and I’m in the process of combining their separate Facebook pages into one.
They will continue to have separate websites and Twitter feeds. It is likely, though, that the two Twitter feeds will have more shared content, to reach both audiences with slightly less work. There will be some changes to the backend of the websites to simplify managing them together. More visibly, I’ll give the websites’ design a slight refresh but they will continue to have clearly distinct identities. This blog will also get an overhaul at some point.
If I have to admit this is largely for my benefit, I do nonetheless hope that it will bring some improvements for followers. Less time spent on routine news updates and admin hopefully means more time available for slightly more interesting networking and promotion of the history blogosphere. Eg, I want to make more use of the blog, and I’m hoping to do more interesting things with Carnivalesque’s Twitter account: watch this space…
(PS: I will probably break something, somewhere along the line, while doing all this: if anything goes a bit peculiar it’s probably just me hacking stuff. As long as it’s not suddenly advertising this one weird tip for losing weight, don’t worry too much.)
CFP: History Carnival 19 September 2014
Posted: Carnivalesque 105 - September 2014 14 September 2014
The latest Carnivalesque is up!
History Carnival 137 - September 2014 1 September 2014
The latest Carnival is up at Early Modern Medicine.
This month there has been a wealth of discussion about the centenary of the first world war…
CFP: Carnivalesque 31 August 2014
CFP: History Carnival 20 August 2014
History Carnival 136 - August 2014 1 August 2014
The latest Carnival is up at Exploring same-sex love in public history.
Even though the summer seems to be one of the quietest times for academic blogging, there have been some brilliant blog posts this July…
Posted: Carnivalesque 104 - July 2014 27 July 2014
The latest Carnivalesque is up!