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I made a list of ancient history sessions at Hay Festival 2014

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In timetable order, here’s a list of talks that are directly related to ancient history or classics at this year’s Hay Festival, a wonderful annual event of arts and ideas hosted in the Welsh border town famous for its book shops (and for having its own self-declared king, but that’s another story). There’s plenty of other fruitful and interesting sounding talks too outside the purview of ancient history. The text here is lifted directly from the Hay Festival’s website, and all links below are the the relevant entries.

Academia.edu is an e.g. of network effects trumping poor web design

I've signed up to Academia.edu.

Its an intriguingly poorly constructed website, and probably makes a case for the argument that the tool itself only need be good enough for network effects to generate value to end users, and therefore growth in its population. I know I've signed up in particular because it's now seen as the place you need to have a profile in order to be findable as an early stage academic. And there was definitely a need for this sort of tool: previously communities were organically growing around such things as the Zotero and Mandeley referencing tools. Indeed, LinkedIn, the big candidate for online professional networking doesn't appear to specialise towards the academy enough to be used; I say "appear" with consideration, as to be honest it does a better job in some ways than Academia.edu. Putting to one side the old refrain of lack of regionalisation, whereby it should almost exclusively be rendered "postgraduate", Academia.edu…