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AAC Special issue of Internet Histories. Digital Technology, Culture and Society "The 90s as a turning decade for Internet and the Web"

Date limite : 20 septembre 2017

This call for papers aims to revisit the history of Internet and the Web within a specific decade that coincides with the Web’s availability for the general public : the 1990s. How did the course of Internet History change in the 90s ? Which continuities and turns, tensions and debates emerged within the Internet community, within digital communities, and more generally within society at large ? How can we map the Internet and the Web of the Nineties ? Who were the key actors and more hidden figures of their adoption and massification ? How can we characterize the digital cultures of the 1990s and reconstruct and revisit them ? What did Web browsing meant for Internet users of the Nineties ? How can we explain nostalgia today for this past Web ?

We hope to explore these questions and many others in this special issue, through global, transnational, national, regional and local histories.

Suggested topics :

- The mass diffusion of the Internet : its rhythms, patterns, issues, actors, limits

- The emergence of the World Wide Web and the paths to the Web in the 90s

- The heritage of previous times, models, projects and achievements in Internet history

- “Eternal September” and other newcomers on the Internet and/or on the Web

- The communication around the Internet and the Web (in media, advertisements, political or economic discourses, etc.) and their socialisation

- The Internet’s commercial turn

- The history of ISPs and of content providers

- History of 90s websites and online communities

- The controversies and debates that involved the Internet and Web during the 90s

- The Web of the 90s and its relationship with convergent media dynamics/histories of the period (e.g. television, telecommunications, print…)

- The topic of the Internet and the Web versus “older media” (in press, TV, radio, online)

- The dot-com bubble

- Digital archeology and the reconstruction of digital communities and vanished spaces

- Digital tools and digital humanities for reconstructing and analysing the Web of the 90s

- Discussions on the place and on the 90s turn within the history of the Internet and the Web (realities, limits, critics…)

- The nostalgia for the past of the Internet and Web of the 90s

Of course, we encourage and welcome other topics and perspectives on the 90s as a turning decade for Internet and the Web.

Submissions
The proposals are to be submitted to
benjaminthierry@gmail.com
valerieschafer@wanadoo.fr
explicitly mentioning CFP 90s

They need to fit on one page, detail an explicit angle of analysis and outline, and integrate a short bibliography.
Selected authors will be invited to submit then a full paper through the editorial system, which will undergo full peer review and will determine acceptance of papers for publication.

Calendar
Deadline for the submission of proposals : September 20th 2017
Notification of proposal acceptance : October 1st 2017
Submissions of the full paper (6000-8000 words) : March 1st 2018
Feedback based on reviews : April 20th 2018
Deadline for Revisions : June 20th 2018

Internet Histories : Digital Technology, Culture and Society is an international, inter-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal concerned with research on the cultural, social, political and technological histories of the internet and associated digital cultures.

More information on the journal can be found at http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rint20

Instructions for Authors are available at http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rint20#Word_limits

Should you have any questions regarding this CfP, please feel free to contact us :
benjaminthierry@gmail.com
valerieschafer@wanadoo.fr

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