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[ecrea] CFP, Web_site Histories: Theories, Methods, Analysis

Mon Jan 28 16:05:45 GMT 2008

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>Call for Papers
>Conference title: Web_site Histories: Theories, Methods, Analysis
>One-day conference, October 14th 2008. The main purpose of Web_site
>Histories is to place the new and emerging field of Web History on
>the research agenda and to map the field of historical website studies.
>Organizer: The Centre for Internet Research, University of Aarhus,
>The conference is associated the AoIR 9.0 conference "Rethinking
>Communities, Rethinking Place" in Copenhagen (http://
>Confirmed keynote speakers:
>Kirsten Foot, Associate Professor, University of Washington
>Steven Schneider, Professor, State University of New York
>Title: Object-Oriented Web Historiography.
>Abstract: Foot & Schneider will present a keynote address that
>focuses on their proposal of an object-oriented approach to
>researching and writing Web history. They will consider the various
>meanings of object entailed within the notion of object-oriented Web
>historiography in order to advance both the theoretical foundation
>and methodological rigor of developmental analyses of Web artifacts
>in their hyperlinked contexts. Developmental analyses of any aspect
>of the Web, whether engaged in contemporaneously or retrospectively,
>entail dynamics within and between the (co)producers of Web
>artifacts, production practices and techniques, and Web artifacts
>themselves. These dynamics make it difficult but very important for
>scholars to identify and situate their object(s) of analysis
>historically and theoretically. See extended 
>description at http://
>Kirsten Foot and Steven Schneider are the authors of Web Campaigning
>(MIT Press 2006) as well as a number of articles about Web Sphere
>A panel will round off the conference by discussing the future
>directions of studies of Web History. Besides Kirsten Foot and Steven
>Schneider panel participant will be Niels Brügger, Associate
>Professor, the Centre for Internet Research, University of Aarhus.
>The main purpose of Web_site Histories is to place the new and
>emerging field of Web History on the research agenda and to map the
>field of historical website studies. The focus on the Web can be seen
>as a specialization within the larger field of Internet History, but
>with another subset of questions and challenges. The underscore in
>the title reflects the uncertainty and variability of the object of
>study ­ are we talking about the Web in general, Web Spheres,
>individual websites, or web pages? The conference welcomes papers on
>any of these approaches or any other theme, topic or idea connected
>to the theories, methods or analysis of Web History. Theoretical
>approaches could be discussions of the object of study or reflections
>on doing historical research on this particular subject.
>Methodological approaches may include abstract or more specific
>considerations of the range of applicable methods, both old and new,
>to Web History. Finally, the analytical approach welcomes
>contributions exploring the practical hazards and possibilities of
>this special kind of empirical material, as well as papers on
>concrete empirical studies.
>Papers are also welcome on a wide array of historically-grounded
>themes. The topics below are examples of the kinds of issues paper
>presenters are invited to address  but are not intended to limit
>topics suitable for paper submissions:
>·      General as well as more specific histories of the development
>of the Web, focusing on, for instance, technology, graphic design,
>culture etc.
>·      The history of the Web as a subset of the history of the
>Internet, with emphasis on, for instance, the development of
>hardware, software and protocols
>·      The organizational architecture of the Web in a global,
>national, transnational or local perspective
>·      Defining moments and events on the Web, either in terms of how
>the Web was conceived and built, or in terms of how it is or was
>perceived and used
>·      Demographical, social, cultural, or other factors influencing
>Web use and uptake
>·      Political, economic, institutional or personal histories of
>the Web
>·      The growing popularity of social networking sites in a
>historical perspective
>·      Interactivity, genre and media discussions in relation to the Web
>·      The histories of expectations in pre-web time meeting the
>reality of the Web
>·      Source availability and validity ­ the archiving of the Web
>·      The history of the Web in the larger framework of media history
>Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words by April 15th 2008
>(further instructions at After a
>process of double-blind peer review, authors will be notified of
>accepted papers by May 15th. Full papers will be due by August 31st
>2008. Please note that there is a maximum of 30 participants, and
>priority will be given to paper presenters. Paper presentations will
>consist of short presentations with opponents/discussants and
>roundtable-style discussions. Presenters are therefore also expected
>to act as opponents/discussants.
>Participation in the conference is free, and coffee and lunch is
>included (yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch). Following the
>conference, papers will be considered for inclusion in an edited
>volume on Web Histories.
>The conference takes place at the University of Aarhus, two days
>before the start of the AoIR 9.0 conference in 
>Copenhagen (http:// 
>Aarhus is situated west of Copenhagen and is
>the second largest city in Denmark with a population of approximately
>300,000. It is accessible by train or by air via the Aarhus or
>Billund airports. Read more about Aarhus and the 
>university: http:// and
>The Centre for Internet Research is located at the Institute of
>Information and Media Studies, and was established in September 2000
>in order to promote research into the social and cultural
>implications and functions of the internet. Read more about the
>Conference website:
>The conference is sponsored by:
>·      'The Knowledge Society', a joint research priority area at the
>Faculty of Humanities, University of Aarhus,
>·      the Institute of Information and Media Studies, University of
>·      the Centre for Internet Research, University of Aarhus.
>About the organisers:
>Niels Brügger (PhD, MA) is Associate Professor at the Institute of
>Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus, and co-founder
>of the Centre for Internet Research. His primary research interests
>are website history, web archiving, and the internet and media
>theory, and he recently started the research project "The history of
>, 1996-2006" (
>Vidar Falkenberg (MSc) is a PhD fellow at the Institute of
>Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus, and a member of
>the Centre for Internet Research. His research is on the development
>of online newspapers in Denmark (read more at http://
>On my blog I write about the research
>project "The history of, 1996-2006" as well as about issues of
>relevance to the internet and to of today [ in Danish ]
>Website History: Theoretical and Methodological Problems in an
>Emerging Field, Internet Research 8.0: Let's Play, The 8th annual
>conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, Vancouver
>2007, 25 pages
>A Critical Textual Philology of the Website: Why 
>and How?, The pre- AoIR 8.0 Workshop 'Internet 
>Histories', Vancouver 2007, 22 pages
>Abstract: conference_workshops
>The website as unit of analysis? Bolter and Manovich revisited,
>Digital Aesthetics and Communication (Northern Lights: Film and Media
>Studies Yearbook, vol. 5) (red. A. Fetveit, G.B. Stald), Intellect,
>Bristol 2007, 75-88
>About the publication: 
> journals.appx.php?issn=1601829X
>NIELS BRÜGGER, Associate Professor, PhD
>Institute of Information and Media Studies
>University of Aarhus
>Helsingforsgade 14
>8200 Aarhus N
>Phone (switchboard)   +45 8942 1111
>Phone (direct)               +45 8942 9226
>Telefax                           + 45 8942 5950
>E-mail                             (nb /at/
>Profile at LinkedIn:
>Profile at Kommunikationsforum [in Danish]:
>The research project "The history of, 1996-2006"      http://
>The Centre for Internet
>Theories of Media and Communication
>Internet Archive in

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