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[liberationtech] CFP: Histories of the Internet

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Tue Sep 25 18:40:45 PDT 2012

Histories of the Internet – Call for Papers

This is a call for papers for a Special Issue of Information & Culture: A
Journal of History (Volume 50, Issue 1, February-March 2015). For the
latest and most complete information on the special issue please see

Guest Editors

William H. Dutton, Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet
Institute, University of Oxford, and Professorial Fellow, Balliol College

Thomas Haigh, Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of

Andrew L. Russell, Assistant Professor of History, College of Arts &
Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology


Abstracts can be submitted to an editor of the special issue for informal
feedback until 1 March 2013: e-mail: William dot Dutton at oii dot ox dot
ac dot uk.

Full papers should be submitted to the managing editor, George Royer, for
review by 30 August 2013.

The Call

The increasing importance of the Internet, Web and related information and
communication technologies, such as social media, has made it ever harder
and ever more important to understand their history. Many authors have
traced the timelines of technical developments, and a growing number of
books have been written about the social history of the innovations that
comprise and enable this network of networks. Scholars disagree over the
very definition of the Internet and its history as a set of protocols, a
large technical system, an infrastructure, or ensemble of technologies.

The editors invite original, scholarly treatments of the history of the
Internet that critically examine common assumptions about its origins and
developments over the decades. Submissions could take any number of
approaches, including:
·      Broad historical perspectives on the Internet’s development;
·      Historical case studies of particular developments, such as ARPANet,
TCP/IP, the World Wide Web, or Facebook;
·      Accounts of computer and communication networks, such as Open
Systems Interconnection, online services, the European Informatics Network,
and digital mobile telephone networks that contributed to or anticipated
aspects of today’s Internet but did not use Internet technologies;
·      Regional histories of Internet adoption or innovation;
·      Studies of an institution, such as ICANN, W3C, or Internet
Governance Forum;
·      Explorations of an event, such as the dotcom bubble;
·      Critical analyses of scholarly or popular narratives about the
Internet’s history.
These are only illustrative of possible approaches, as we would welcome
creative approaches to the history of the Internet that go beyond these
specific examples.

About the Editors

William H. Dutton is Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet
Institute, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College. Before
coming to Oxford in 2002, Bill was a Professor in the Annenberg School for
Communication at the University of Southern California, where he was
elected President of the Faculty, and remains an Emeritus Professor. In the
UK, Bill was a Fulbright Scholar, then National Director of the UK's
Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT), and
founding director of the OII during its first decade. He is editor of The
Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies (forthcoming 2013), and is writing a
book on the Fifth Estate.

Thomas Haigh is an Associate Professor of Information Studies at the
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and chair of the SIGCIS group for
historians of information technology. He has published widely on the
history of computing – see more at

Andrew L. Russell is an Assistant Professor of History and Director of the
Program in Science and Technology Studies in the College of Arts & Letters
at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Russell has
published numerous articles and book chapters on the history of computers
and telecommunications, and is the author of An Open World: History,
Ideology, and Network Standards (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).

About the Journal

Information & Culture: A Journal of History publishes high-quality, peer
reviewed articles on the history of information. The journal honors its
(45+ year) heritage by continuing to publish in the areas of library,
archival, museum, conservation, and information science history. However,
the journal's scope has been broadened significantly beyond these areas to
include the historical study of any topic that would fall under the purview
of any of the modern interdisciplinary schools of information. In keeping
with the spirit of the information schools, the work is human centered and
looks at the interactions of people, organizations, and societies with
information and technologies. Social and cultural context of information
and information technology, viewed from an historical perspective, is at
the heart of the journal's interests. See:

Submission and Review Process

Full papers should be from 6,000 to 10,000 words, including all notes and
bibliography. Shorter or longer papers might be considered in exceptional
cases, based on the merit of the case. The editors expect to publish 4-6
papers in the special issue, with any additional papers that merit
publication scheduled for journal issues that will appear after the special
issue. Before preparing or submitting an article, please check for any
updated instructions at

Authors are asked to please follow the submission guidelines available at In
particular, authors should prepare notes and bibliography in accordance
with the journal style. Neither the editorial office nor the special
editors should need to make formatting changes to notes or bibliography.
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