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H-Net and the European Social Science History Conference
by Robert Cherny, President-Elect of H-Net

The European Social Science History conference met in the Hague, the Netherlands, on February 27 - March 2. H-Net was well represented. On Friday, March 1, Gus Seligmann (H-Net president), Bob Cherny (H-Net president-elect), Melanie Shell Weiss (H-Net Council member and assistant director), and Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux (H-Net Council member and chair of the International Committee) co-hosted a luncheon for those H-Net editors who were in attendance. At the business meeting, also on March 1, Gus made a presentation on behalf of H-Net, offering to be of whatever assistance might be useful during the planning for the next ESSH meeting, which will be held in Berlin in 2004. Gus represented H-Net at the meeting of the technology network, which agreed to include H-Net in its planning for the next ESSH conference.

Other H-Net participants included Leonid Borodkin, editor of H-AHC (Association for History and Computing), who serves on the ESSH advisory board and will help to plan the next two conferences, and Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux, who served as one of the organizers for the family and demography network and as a chair and discussant. Seth Wigderson, a former member of the H-Net Council, presented a paper, as did Melanie Shell Weiss; other H-Net editors and advisory board members were also present and some presented papers or served as discussants.

For more information on the conference, including photos, go to

On the final day of the conference, March 2, Gus, Bob, Melanie, and Antoinette offered a roundtable discussion on the topic, "Building Global Networks of Scholars: The Benefits and Challenges of Internationalizing H-Net." The session was well attended, and there was a lively and useful discussion about ways to increase H-Net participation by scholars outside the US.

Fauve-Chamoux began with an overview of the work of the International Committee. Cherny followed with some comments on the current extent of internationalization of H-Net and some observations on the challenges that H-Net will face in accomplishing further internationalization. Shell Weiss spoke on H-Net's efforts to bridge the digital divide, focusing on H-Net's African networks, other work in Africa, and H-Net's new publication model. Seligmann summarized some of H-Net's efforts at making online archives available to scholars at universities that are not able to afford access to existing databases.

About the Author
Robert Cherny, President-Elect of H-Net, is at San Francisco State University and is also List Editor for H-California, Advisory Board Member for H-Labor, List Editor for H-SHGAPE, Advisory Board Member for H-West.

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