What does doing academia in general and anthropology in particular look like on social media? Each piece in this series works to answer this question by taking on an aspect of our work as graduate student Contributing Editors of the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s Social Media Team (SMT). Our unofficial style guide outlines practices we have codified over the years, while other posts detail the relational ethic through which we collaborate as a team, including our internal training around handling harassment and our process for tackling problems as they arise. We also offer reflections on the stakes and politics of academic labor online, the citational practices and possibilities of social media, and live-tweeting as an academic genre.
The idea for this series first emerged in 2020 from our desire to sift through our experiences as the SMT and typify our expertise formed through over five years of managing the social media presence of the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA), more popularly known by the handle @CulAnth. In the years since, and with the upheaval and rightward swing of Twitter and the subsequent dispersal of many users to new platforms, questions about online community and academic labor have only become more urgent.
We wrote this deeply collaborative series on Zoom calls, across time zones, and in asynchronous conversations via document comments and group chats. Borrowing from horizontal organizing practices, each piece in this series had a “bottom-liner,” a person or persons who did the work to ensure that the post could be finished, but the pieces themselves were all collectively composed. For this reason, we have decided to represent authorship in a particular way: the bottom-liner(s) of each piece are listed first, then the rest of the team is listed alphabetically. As we discuss throughout this series, there is no real way for us to individualize our contributions, so the series’ authorship reflects this. We also see this as contributing to ongoing efforts at rethinking authorship and collaboration in scholarship.
Posts in This Series
With some 48,400 thousand followers, the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s (SCA) Twitter account @CulAnth is the world's largest anthropology social media acc... More
SMT TO DO LIST: Enter details for 16 pieces in newly published series into The SpreadsheetIncluding Twitter handles of authors—either from Managing Editor or in... More
The Society for Cultural Anthropology’s Social Media Team (SMT) relies heavily on oral history, some institutional memory, and low turnover rates to imagine and... More
While it can be a generative and privileged position to handle an account and content that shapes the discursive spaces of #AnthroTwitter and #AcademicTwitter, ... More
Live-tweeting an academic panel or talk may vary—it can involve brevity or depth, quoting or paraphrasing, summary or commentary, formality or fun—but generally... More
In the political economy of the production and dissemination of knowledge, open access (OA) journals offer the possibility to rethink collective engagement with... More
Most members of the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA)’s Social Media Team (SMT) have been in their position for two to four years, but the SMT has existed... More