Get Involved

There are several ways you can get involved in the public humanities project that is The 18th-Century Common.

  • “Nominate” material  for The 18th-Century Common from around the Internet by using the hashtag #18common on Twitter. How does this work?  Let’s say you see something intriguing online—such as this article from The Telegraph on the eighteenth-century origins of the cocktail—and you’d like to know more about the scholarship behind it. Simply post the link on Twitter using the hashtag #18common. A Gazette Contributor may select from material nominated by Twitter users, situating nominated articles in context—in this example, perhaps with an account of scholarship on William Hogarth’s Gin Lane engravings, or on newspapers and advertisements in the 18th century.
  • Become a Gazette Contributor. Gazette Contributors serve 1 term (Fall, Spring, or Summer) and commit to producing at least 4 Gazette posts (1 per month). We also welcome single Gazette contributions from those who cannot commit to a full term of 4 posts. Gazette posts are built around content nominated by other 18th-century enthusiasts on Twitter, feeds from 18th-century journals, and material nominated by Gazette Contributors. Detailed instructions on using PressForward to create Gazette posts are available to guide you through selecting content and situating it within the scholarly conversation. We encourage faculty to make the creation of Gazette posts an assignment in graduate seminars or advanced undergraduate courses. If you are interested in becoming a Gazette Contributor or assigning the creation of Gazette posts to your students, get in touch at [email protected].
  • Write a Features Post. Have you recently published an academic book or article? Write a short account of it for intelligent nonacademic readers! Features posts can also describe digital humanities projects, share dissertations or other research-in-progress, discuss museum exhibits, or examine current events with a connection to the eighteenth century. We seek contributions that will build on our existing topical Collections as well as posts on new subjects. In order to submit a Features post, send a proposed or completed post to [email protected].
  • Become a Collection Curator. Collection Curators draw on their existing scholarly networks to solicit Features or Gazette contributions from scholars on a specific topic of interest to the Collection Curator, and these contributions will be gathered together as a Collection. The Editors of The 18th-Century Common assist Collection Curators in preparing contributions for posting. See Martha Bowden’s Collection on Historical Fiction Set in the 18th Century as an example. If you are interested in becoming a Collection Curator, get in touch at [email protected].

You can read more about Getting Involved in the 18th-Century Common and about Rebekah Mitsein’s experience writing about her dissertation for The 18th-Century Common while on the academic job market.

For other inquiries please contact:

Jessica Richard, Co-Editor of The 18th-Century Common
Associate Professor of English
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina  27109
[email protected]

Andrew Burkett, Co-Editor of The 18th-Century Common
Associate Professor
Department of English
Union College
807 Union Street
Schenectady, New York  12308
[email protected]