Blogging and Social Media
I have an active professional profile on social media and through blogging on themes of higher education, history and sexuality at various sites.
I employ both Facebook and Twitter to publicise and promote my outreach and impact activities such as events, public talks and blogging. I have been asked to write guest blogs for the School of Advanced Study, University of London, the Bishopsgate Institute, London; the History News Network at George Mason University and others. My own blog writing has been republished at the Huffington Post, The Politics and Policy Blog at the London School of Economics, and Slate. I have also been interviewed about my work in for Podcast Episode 49 at ActiveHistory.ca, an initiative that connects the work of historians with the wider public and the importance of the past to current events.
I am an Editorial Fellow with History Workshop Online (HWO), the online magazine for History Workshop Journal, which seeks to continue the spirit of the History Workshop movement. As Editorial Fellow I am responsible for commissioning and editing content, social media and promotion, and contributing to planning and strategy for HWO. This has included overhauling the online presence of of one of the most important historical movements of the 20th century.
My most exciting and successful blogging venture has been the international, collaborative, open-access blog NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality. Launched in January 2014, Notches soon became an active voice in professional conversations about the history of sexuality on both sides of the Atlantic. NOTCHES now has a team of 3 Managing Editors, 10 Editors, and 8 Assistant Editors. Our approximately 300 posts have been viewed half a millions times. NOTCHES is at the centre of international conversations about the history of sexuality in both the academy and beyond.
In 2009 I was invited to participate in the Blackwell-Wiley sponsored ‘History Compass Exchanges’ blog. Contributions here ran the gamut from interviews with scholars and questions of method and practice for professional historians to personal anecdotes and updates as I navigated my way through postdoctoral life. With a large and active readership, the History Compass site offered an opportunity to engage with academics and an engaged public on questions of teaching methods, writing strategies and professional development. History Compass no longer exists, but I have archived my past blogs on this site.
I was an early contributor to the Canadian youth and careers website TalentEgg as a writer throughout 2010 for their Career Incubator series. I wrote about young professionals and higher education, but most of my blogs comprised advice to students on transitioning into and thriving at graduate school.
In addition to my own personal @JustinBengry twitter profile, which has over 8,000 followers, I manage and contribute to the @NotchesBlog account, which supports the activities of NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality. I am also the Social Media Coordinator for the History of Sexuality Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, and operate its @IHR_Sexuality twitter account and Facebook presence, which together promote activities of the seminar and act as a notice board for activities and events in the field. I have also managed social media for several historical projects including the AHRC-funded project Queer Beyond London tweeting from @QueerBeyondLDN and also Historic England’s initiative Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage from @LGBTQPlaces and our own hashtag #PrideofPlace.
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My full academic profile can be viewed at Academia.edu.
I have compiled my online writings into a blog archive.