Academic mailing lists are a highly valuable source of ideas and support, and also help to keep you breast of current research and events in your field. If you are interested in attending or presenting at conferences, you will find Calls for Papers (CFPs) listed regularly. They also provide you with a large community of fellow researchers who can help to track down rare publications, suggest useful reading, or answer questions about your own research. Here are a few that I recommend:
PHD-DESIGN: All forms of design, including graphic design, multimedia design, architecture, produce design etc.
PICTUREBOOKRESEARCH: Children’s picture books, illustration and children’s literature.
H-MATERIAL-CULTURE: Historical and contemporary cultural artefacts and the contexts i which they are used. It also sometimes covers related topics such as product design.
DIGITAL-ARTS-FORUM: Web art, interactive art, digital art, visualisation, screen cultures, posthumanism, cybercultures.
ILLUSTRATION-RESEARCH: Illustration in the broadest sense: extends to all forms of narrative art.
DRAWING-RESEARCH: The UK Drawing Research Network mailing list.
ART-TECHNOLOGY: The intersection of art and technology, including digital art, digital display of art, multimedia, cybercultures.
FILM-PHILOSOPHY: Associated with the Film Philosophy journal.
H-ARTHIST: Art history (international, so not all messages are in English)
To subscribe to any of these lists, click the link above and choose ‘subscribe’. I recommend selecting the daily digest option, because some of these lists receive many messages a day and it is helpful to receive them all in a single email.