Sponsored by The Nature in Legend and Story Society and H-Net, Humanities and Social Sciences On-line

H-NILAS is a moderated internet discussion forum sponsored by the Nature in Legend and Story Society (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."

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.

H-NILAS invites subscribers to submit syllabi, outlines, handouts, bibliographies, guides to term papers, listings of new sources and archives, and reports on new software, datasets and cd-roms. As a member of H-Net, H-NILAS will post announcements about conferences, fellowships and grants, research and publication opportunities, and jobs. We are especially interested in reaching college faculty who already have, or plan to teach courses on this area.

Like all H-Net lists, H-NILAS is moderated. It is edited by Thomas Dean and Boria Sax to filter out inappropriate posts. It is advised by a board of scholars and is associated with The Nature in Legend and Story Society.

Logs and more information can also be found at H-Net's Web Site, located at

NILAS memberships are $20 US for students and persons on a fixed income; regular memberships are $25 US. Checks may be made out to NILAS and mailed to:

David Anderson
NILAS Treasurer
340 Killdeer Court
Lincoln, California 95648-2474

NILAS distributes a quarterly newsletter to members. Submissions for the newsletter may be sent to Dave Aftandilian (

Subscribing to the H-NILAS e-mail list is free, and you do not need to be a member of NILAS to subscribe to H-NILAS. Instructions for joining the mailing list are at the bottom of this page.


H-NILAS is owned by H-Net, an international network 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. H-NET sponsors dozens of e-mail lists and Web sites for them in a variety of disciplines and fields, publishes reviews of scholary books and articles on the internet, and provides a weekly Job Guide. Our host is Michigan State University. More information can be obtained by sending an e-mail message to or by browsing our Web site at .


To subscribe, send an e-mail message to according to the following model:

SUBSCRIBE H-NILAS firstname lastname, institution


SUBSCRIBE H-NILAS Jane Smith, Pioneer State U

You will receive a Survey asking for name, address, and other information. When this form has been returned, the editors will add you to the list.

For additional information please write: Boria Sax,
For technical assistance please contact the H-NET help staff at:

Thank you for your interest in H-NILAS!

Thomas Dean
Boria Sax


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