Before Easter I was approached by a young man at one of the coffee shops at the campus. He said 'Hi, don't I remember you from my history of ideas class?'. I could vaguely remember this man and during our talk it was obvious that he remembered me even though this was more than three years ago. When I had my ideas about networking this autumn, I did not know how to get into the postgraduate historiography milieu in Oslo. I tried to ask one of the professors in historiography at the history department, but he just told me that there unfortunatley were no historiography students neither at masters nor PhD level. Now it turns out that there is an interest for historigraphy amongst the history of ideas postgraduates and this man is one of them. What a happy coinsidence.
At first I found it amazing that my academic network could grow this way without any effort at all, then I remembered that he probably approached me because he remembered me as an active student then. To some extent I had already done the job. I also realised that of course I was too a valuable member of his network. I have usually felt a bit uncomfortable in my networking experience, because I feel I have had to ask people a favour as I do not have much to bring (yet). This is different now as I feel these students are my equals and it is more of a multilateral network.