It occurs to me that I haven't done a proper on this new instance! My formal job title is Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University, but alongside that I also direct , a lab focused on building open-source interoperable tools for new forms of scholarly communication. I'm also director of , a scholarly network serving something like 50,000 users across the humanities and around the world.* And of course I'm one of your friendly neighborhood admins.

My interests circulate around the future of , as one component of thinking about how might become more , more spaces for cultural and intellectual work. Of late, that interest has led me to thinking a lot about and , and particularly ways that they can be more and .

As I attempt to embody the kinds of governance I'd most like to see in higher education, I gravitate toward radical . I share work-in-progress early and often. And as a result you're likely to hear a lot from me about how things are going here and particularly about what happened when things go wrong.

Thanks for being part of this new community, and thanks for bearing with us as we learn to fly the plane in mid-air!

*"Something like": We know we had around 31,000 registered users before we onboarded . HASTAC brought with it about 19,000 users who had accounts on their old servers. Some number of those are likely duplicates that didn't get caught in the process. And until HASTAC users actually log in at HCommons, I'm a little uncomfortable counting them. But the number that comes up when we check to see how many members we have is over 50K, so until we get a more accurate count I'm going with it.

@kfitz Thank you for all the work you’ve done with Humanities Commons and for creating this Mastodon server. Glad to connect/follow your work!

@kfitz Cool! As an expert in open #governance, you might get requests from online community moderators to help with how to do open governance. For example, admins of mastodon servers :P Including me! I am curious about your ideas on how we could best do governance here, on our own small islands as well as collaboratively in the greater fediverse :)

@erikkemp I love that. I have a few ideas but I'm going to give it some thought for a few days and see what I might suggest.

@kfitz I have never worked in the humanities but I understand that the disciplines I have worked on have depended on changing trends in #ScholarlyCommunications l recall sending responses to referees of my early publications by post. This has clearly been superseded. What you are working on seems very important.

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