Character-Set: UTF-8WELCOME TO THE H-NILAS NETWORK!
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This welcome message is designed to provide you with basic information about
this network. It contains information on using the list (managing your
subscription; tips on contacting and communicating via the list; mailing
addresses of the list editors; a list of the current editorial board); rules
for posting (style, editorial practice); information about the network's
associated service on the World Wide Web; and contact information about the
network's parent, H-Net.
I. The H-NILAS Network: Scope, Content, Purpose.
H-NILAS is a moderated internet discussion list sponsored by Nature in Legend and Story (NILAS). NILAS is a group of people dedicated to understanding relationships between human beings and the natural world, through the mediation of stories, poems, legends, pictures, and other cultural products. We regard interactions of people with fauna and flora as a subject that is sufficiently significant, complex and interesting to merit the most serious attention of both poets and scholars. We view literature and the arts as inheritors of the tradition of old mythologies, which were less concerned with interpersonal relationships than with the orientation of the human race with respect to other beings. The writing that focuses on specific animals and plants, together with their relationship to human beings, we are calling "totemic literature."
Since 1995, NILAS has been a registered nonprofit organization.
Beginning in the summer of 2001, NILAS began sponsoring an interdisciplinary conference for academics, storytellers, teachers, and other interested folks every two years. That same year, we also resumed publication of our quarterly newsletter, which contains original feature articles, stories, poems, and news related to nature in legend and story.
H-NILAS intends to foster productive exchange of ideas and materials among scholars and other interested parties of a humanistic or social scientific perspective -- the list is not limited to professional, academic historians. Storytellers, artists, archivists, librarians, public historians, and students at any level with a mature interest in the subject are also welcome. Through this list, subscribers and moderators will communicate current research and research interests; discuss new articles, books, papers, approaches, methods and tools of analysis; test new ideas and share comments and tips on teaching. H-NILAS subscribers need not be members of NILAS, though new members are always welcome.
The current editor will be identified in all messages coming from the list. The editors will assist people in managing subscriptions and setting up options, will handle routine inquiries, and will consolidate some postings. Anyone with suggestions about what H-NILAS can and might do is invited to send in ideas. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) Like all H-Net lists, H-NILAS is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the list, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. Please read section III below for details about ownership, style, formatting, and content of your messages. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over list editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.20 of our bylaws, located at:
For a list of current editors, visit: http://www.h-net.org/~nilas
III. Communicating Through the List.
A. Copyright notice. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. H-Net considers all messages
posted to its lists to be a form of publication. All contributions to
H-NILAS fall under Art. III, Sec. 3.01-3.08 of the H-Net Council Policies concerning
copyright and intellectual property:
"H-Net is a nonprofit communications service intended to advance the teaching, research, and service of scholars, educators, and students. Preserving copyright rights is a collective responsibility: H-Net users and editors must respect the intellectual property of others. Consistent with the objective of encouraging creativity in scholarship and education, editors and users are encouraged to transmit copyrighted works to or through H-Net, with the express permission of the copyright holder or in accordance with the fair use provisions of copyright law. H-Net considers posting to H-Net lists or Web, as contrasted with private e-mail correspondence, to be a form of publication." In general, the author retains copyright rights to publication of any submission to the list, and grants to H-NILAS and H-Net permission to store, disseminate with full attribution, and make available to subscribers such submissions without further permission. Postings (such as H-Net reviews) that are commissioned by H-Net are copyrighted by H-Net and may be reprinted for nonprofit, educational purposes with proper attribution to the author, location, and H-Net. A full copy of the H-Net Constitution and Bylaws and other important information may be found on the World Wide Web at: http://www.h-net.org/about/.
B. Contributions: "Netiquette." The tone and content of H-NILAS depend
directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal,
productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that
contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars,
many of whom must pay for their access to the internet. A number of
excellent guides to online behavior and style are available on the World
Wide Web; we invite you consult them.
-- ALL MAIL TO THE LIST MUST BE SIGNED. The editors will delay posting until authorship and email address are confirmed.
-- CONTENT: Editors retain the right to review material for its pertinence,
tone, style, and relevance to the list's mission. Ad hominems, unattributed
quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without
permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional
courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed from the
-- STYLE: the default editorial style for the list is that of a letter to
the editor. Your remarks can be crafted to suit the tone of an existing
discussion thread, but in any case they should address the editor and not
make direct personal references to others, except where you are replying
directly to a simple query (e.g., "you can find this information in
Webster's Third International Dictionary."). Avoid excessive quotation of
messages you refer or reply to.
-- FORMAT: Please send messages in plain text: no styles, html, special
fonts, graphics files, or nonstandard characters (except diacriticals, which
are acceptable). Signature files are subject to editing for content and
length. Advertisements in signatures will be removed. Remove or turn off
.vcf, digital signatures, or other automatic attachments. As a rule, editors
do not redistribute attachments to the list; consider posting the material
at a web site, or consult with the editor concerning proper venues for
IV. Technical Information.
When you subscribe, LISTSERV will send you a confirmation message containing important information about managing your subscription. Please save this message as a text file for future reference. ALL changes to your subscription must be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, the software that manages the distribution and archiving of list electronic mail.
For online help with your subscription, visit: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ email: email@example.com
1.) To subscribe: Normally, receiving this message from listserv indicates that you are already subscribed to the list. But should you need to resubscribe, send the following command (turn off signatures, styles/fonts, and word wrap if you expect the line to wrap), as an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org:
sub H-NILAS your name, institution
Example: sub H-NILAS Jane Smith, Illinois State U.
Follow the instructions in the reply that LISTSERV will send you in response
to this command.
2.) To unsubscribe, logon to the computer account from which you subscribed to the list, and send this message to email@example.com:
Please unsubscribe from H-NILAS and all other mailing lists if you are
terminating a particular computer account. You can then resubscribe from the
3.) To change your subscription address: if you have access to your old account, login to it and send the command:
CHANGE listname newaddress
E.g., CHANGE H-NILAS firstname.lastname@example.org
You then must login to the NEW account to confirm the change, or it will not
be executed. If you do not have access to your old account, then write to
the list address and have an editor make the change for you; be sure to
provide your old and new addresses.
4.) To send your own message to all subscribers, send an email note directly
to H-NILAS@h-net.msu.edu. Please see III above on style and formatting of
messages to the list.
5.) To REPLY to a message so that all subscribers can read it, be sure that the outgoing reply is directed to H-NILAS@h-net.msu.edu, and not to the original author or to the editor. Replies intended only for individual authors should be sent directly to the author.
6.) If you are away for an extended period, suspend H-NILAS email by sending this to email@example.com:
SET H-NILAS NOMAIL
7.) After vacation, you can resume by sending to firstname.lastname@example.org:
SET H-NILAS MAIL
8.) If you prefer to receive one daily digest of all posts to H-NILAS instead of various individual posts, you can do so by sending this to email@example.com:
SET H-NILAS DIGEST
To return to individual messages, send the following message:
SET H-NILAS NODIGEST
V. The H-NILAS Site on the World Wide Web
In addition to providing interactive communications via electronic mail,
H-NILAS also maintains a site on the World Wide Web. The site is located on
the H-Net server at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan,
USA. It may be located by following the hypertext links at
http://www.h-net.org.TheH-NILAS web site contains the following
information and services:
- The archives of the H-NILAS list, known as its "logs." They are in
searchable and sortable format.
- The network's official documents: its welcome files, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.
- Hypertext links to resources in our subject: teaching materials, research archives, other lists
VI. Our Parent Organization: H-Net
H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and
social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a
variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and
social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a
positive, supportive, equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of
ideas and scholarly resources.
The goals of H-NET networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields.
H-Net's Constitution and Bylaws, along with a list of its officers and
committees, is available at:
Among H-Net's many services are:
- Book and software reviews: timely, exhaustive, authoritative, professional, fast. Mailed through our lists and stored in searchable, printable, retrievable format on our site at the World Wide Web. http://www.h-net.org/reviews
- Job guide postings: at regular intervals, H-Net offers employment information in a broad array of fields in the humanities and social sciences. http://www.matrix.msu.edu/jobs
- H-Net calendar: announcements of conferences, papers, and professional activities, archived and searchable at our web site. You can visit our site and sample these and other services, at: http://www.h-net.org/announce
CONTACTING H-NET FOR MORE INFORMATION
On the World Wide Web: http://www.h-net.orgElectronic mail: H-NET@H-NET.msu.edu
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Associate Director: Heather Hawley
Michigan State University