The founding of Khronikos: the blog in January 2012 grew out of an attempt to rejuvenate a long-dormant student-run online journal by the same name. The journal remains dormant, but the blog is flourishing. Two possible explanations present themselves. First, the blog allows graduate students a forum to share their work. The relative informality and flexibility of submitting blog posts provides developing historians a safe place to explore new ideas, practice presenting their research, receive feedback from their peers and a broader audience, and participate in a wider dialogue about history and the graduate student experience. Secondly, the stimulating possibilities of digital history deserve a great deal of credit.
The founders of Khronikos: the blog, Daniel Soucier and Rachel Snell, were inspired to revisit the online journal and introduce the possibility of a blog to our graduate student colleagues after an experience with digital history in Prof. Liam Riordan’s graduate reading seminar in American History to the Civil War. In the syllabus and in the first class meeting, Prof. Riordan challenged the class to create a public history website relying on course reading and our own research pursuits. As one might imagine, there was a fair amount of groaning around the seminar tables as historians, stereotypically, do not embrace technology. A few of us, however, embraced the project and decided to extend Prof. Riordan’s experiment to a full-time, graduate-student run blog aimed at showcasing the work of University of Maine history graduate students and bringing our academic historical scholarship to a wider audience through short, accessible, and image-heavy blog posts. Thus, Khronikos was born out of our collective desire to embrace and help define digital history.
More about the founding of Khronikos, its mission, and a discussion of some of our top posts, see the Year in Review (2012-2013).
The blog provides an informal forum for sharing the work of graduate student and young scholars who have recently completed their graduate work. While the intent is still to highlight graduate student work, the editors request that blog posts are shorter (typically no more than 1000 words) and contain at least three relevant images. The goal is not only to showcase the interesting work going on in our department, but also to make it accessible to a wider community.
We welcome guest bloggers. Please contact the editor for more information.
For more information about Khronikos, both the journal and the blog, contact Rachel Snell at rachel.snell AT umit.maine.edu