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Greater co-operation among Rubaiyat collectors and researchers

October 13, 2016

dscn1886The Rubaiyat Research Day in Cambridge in July was an opportunity for quite far flung researchers and collectors, all interested in aspects of the poem, and/or Omar Khayyam and Edward FitzGerald, to get together to exchange views and new findings, and to discuss new projects.  Such occasions do not occur often and the suggestion was made that more could be done, perhaps using social media, to make contact between those interested both easier and more frequent.

The possibility of establishing some kind of international grouping of people with a serious interest in the Rubaiyat was raised.  At present there are only a few national groupings of this kind, notably the well established Netherlands Omar Khayyam Society, now over 25 years old.  The London-based Omar Khayyam Club provides more of a social forum for Rubaiyat enthusiasts, and groups are believed to exist in Norway and Belgium.   Sadly, the US Omar Khayyam Club has been defunct for many years.   There seems to be scope for a new, more research oriented, international grouping, in which people could share information about their activities and interests.

Such a grouping should, we believe, be something that complements the existing networks for exchanging and publicising new information and research findings about the Rubaiyat and related subjects.  These include not only this blog and its associated website, plus the websites and newsletter operated by the Netherlands Omar Khayyam Society, but also individual websites like that of Bob Forrest, a regular contributor to this blog.  One suggestion, from our colleagues in the Netherlands, is that a new international group might be based on the established LinkedIn network, where it is possible to establish interest groups with varying degrees of openness to public scrutiny.  Our own preference would be for a group whose existence would be in the public domain, and whose membership would be identified by name and publications, but for which further access to information would be restricted to invited members.  In effect this would be a society for those with a serious interest in the Rubaiyat and related topics, aimed at facilitating communication and co-operation.

Do our readers think that such a new grouping would be a useful development?  Is something like LinkedIn a good forum for the initiative?  Please let us know what you think about this idea in comments on this post.  We are particularly interested to hear from anyone who has experience of using social media as a basis for serious co-operation.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Aziz Chittaee permalink
    October 13, 2016 11:32 am

    How about making videos and posting on FB?

  2. October 13, 2016 3:43 pm

    It seems to me that this site serves all the functions discussed in an exceptionally creative way. In my opinion there is no need for another.

  3. October 13, 2016 3:56 pm

    Thanks for the comments. We value the contributions, and hope for more?

  4. Garry Garrard permalink
    October 13, 2016 5:53 pm

    I tend to agree with David Calderisi’s input. However, it doesn’t solve the problem of spreading the word to a wider audience.
    I have very mixed feelings about so-called social media, which unfortunately seem to be the only way to spread the word. However, it generates far too many links. Has anyone found a compromise?

  5. August Berkshire permalink
    October 13, 2016 10:16 pm

    How about a Facebook group that is public but where potential members have to be approved by a moderator to be added?

  6. November 1, 2016 10:39 am

    A Facebook group or a LinkedIn group is an option that we have in mind. A FB group seems a more popular platform whereas LI has a more professional or academic quality. In both cases membership has to be approved. Maybe we should start with a LinkedIn group and see what happens.

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