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Um, hullo?

I'm a historian (or , adorable) on the small(ish) island of , at the bottom of Australia. I grew up here and occasionally like to go awandering, but do so love this island a lot.

I research colonial landscapes, particularly in the early years of a colony – I'm interested in how colonisers interpreted the land and adapted to it. Most of my work so far has looked at Tasmania, but I'm starting to branch out. I am a teeny bit of a map nerd, and am keen to find my fellow and friends out here.

And this is one of my favourite maps, purely for the details on the illustration. ain't got nothing on the wild creatures of Tasmania.

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I thought I would probably migrate instances, so did it before I posted too much. But here's my second , so it's all here on the one page.

Along with researching colonial landscapes, I also teach in a fully online program offered by the University of Tasmania. At the moment, I'm in the final couple of weeks of running a training course for , and information professionals that focuses on how to help family historians who visit their institutions.

I'm looking for all my people among the , and always keen to talk online pedagogy (especially for students with lower digital literacy, as many of ours have).

This is the 1st of what should be an interesting series of blog posts from the Royal Historical Society about #digitalhistory: Ian Milligan on 'digitised historians'

Sometimes you wander through the first room of a museum, getting the gist from the French signs combined with your own knowledge of European medieval history.

Then you turn and, for a moment, think you've developed babel fish eyes. "Why, that sign makes perfect sense!" you think. "It's a linguistic miracle, I understand it all!"

Ah. Hmm. Yes.

Hey Everyone! Introductions: I'm an early modern Mediterranean historian. I've just begun a new project on the intersection of sexuality, disability, and aging.

I'm in the early stages of editing a volume on disability on the early modern mediterranean; do you have an article for us?

I also interview for the New Books Network, so if you want to talk about your new research with me for the podcast: get in touch.

Also: I love yoga, Amsterdam, cooking, mystery, and Alice the Basset Hound.

My first Mastodon-assisted piece is now published – a review of Jarrod Hore's fascinating book Visions of Nature for Journal of Australian Studies.

Thanks to everyone who gave advice on what to do when you just have too much to say and too few words to fit it into.

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A question for my academic peeps in the humanities: Say you have a very small piece of scholarship (circa 1.5-3k words) that you want to share with the world; something narrow but fun, and you just want to get it out of your system without developing it into a full essay for a peer-reviewed publication.

What are the best available options? I have published pieces like these as blog posts on my personal website in the past, but I would be interested in sustainable options—especially for long-term accessibility and citability.

@academicchatter @litstudies @academicsunite @phdlife @earlymodern

Guess I should do an #introduction post! I’m a historian specializing in the fields of Atlantic World/Military/Early American history. Specifically, my research focuses on piracy in the mid-17th & early-18th centuries. I’ve written a couple of books & a National Geographic bookazine on the subject. Currently writing my third pirate book. I’ve also co-authored some cool stuff on critically analyzing HP to dissect first-gen mentorship & queer-coding with @swilua #histodons


Hello all! I used to work in #PublicHistory as a tour guide at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. I later moved to the Papers of George Washington.

Although you wouldn't think it with that resume, my background is in #WomensHistory. I prefer my history from the perspective of the most marginalized.

I was an editor of the Papers of Martha Washington, and I host the Women's History podcast "Your Most Obedient & Humble Servant"


Coming soon to
#LayersOfLondon, John Rocque's 1754 map of Middlesex, reaching much further north and west than his earlier '10-miles-round' map.

I've stitched together and am georeferencing #UniversitätBern's 4 map sheets. Easy with @qgis, but time-consuming.

It's been a busy year, and I completely forgot I'd written a review!

My discussion of the Time-Layered Cultural Map is now available online in Reviews in Digital Humanities. Thanks @roopikarisam !

I admire the confidence of the person putting a new screen protector on their phone, while sitting at the gate as their flight boards around them.

While the hcommons server was down (please refollow if I've lost you!), I was getting up stupendously early to start my 37 hour trek from Hobart to Paris. I could have cut a few hours off that, but opted for the route that had a little more leeway in the transfers — you just don't know what to expect at the moment.

The actual flying times are very similar, whether I went through Asia or the US, because Hobart truly is in the middle of nowhere.

Does anyone recognize the location in this pen and wash roundel? I've asked before on #Instagram and #Birdsite to no avail, but #Mastodonians may be better informed or have more powerful recall of visual memory. At least that's my hope. It will certainly be in #England if it is anywhere - but it might equally be a fiction. As to date I'd say between 1790 and 1810.

"there's has"

I've already deleted and redrafted several times to fix hashtag mistakes. You'll all just have to cope with the rest of the evidence of my terrible proofreading.

The irony is that this is the second time I'm posting this comment. The first version misspelled the grammatical error I was addressing. So it was a typo of a typo.

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Honours scholarships available!

Come and study honours in humanities at the University of Tasmania, doing one of the very cool projects we have set up with industry partners. You'll do our regular Humanities Honours program, and the project will be your thesis.

There's has a nice bit of money attached ($10,000 per scholarship), the projects can be completed from anywhere in Australia (but you'll need to visit Tasmania at least once), and the projects are suuuuuper flexible so the successful recipients can adapt them to suit their interests.


Have sympathy
for the historians
it must be difficult for them
to constantly be reminded
of just how bad we are
at learning from history.

Eilean nam Ban, known locally as Seagull Island, is a mile or so out of Kinlochleven on the north side of Loch Leven. Historically, it was used as a meeting point for clan chieftains to settle their differences and more recently as a location for a slightly more adventurous wedding.

#Photography #LandscapePhotography #ScotlandPhotography #Island

Over the next few weeks I am going on a moving writing retreat through France (and onto the UK in mid-December). It's a mix of personal leave and research leave, so I'm looking forward to mornings spent exploring and afternoons spent writing my book manuscript.

I will take all and any recommendations for lovely writing spots in
- Paris
- Rouen
- Avignon
and their surrounding areas.

Recommendations for nearby places to visit and see are also welcome.

misread a reference to ‘defederation as direct action’ as ‘defenestration as direct action’ and... well, that is (a) certainly direct, and (b) something that should perhaps be on the table for dealing with trolls

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