Call for Chapters: Historicizing media and communication concepts of the digital age

ECREA Communication History Section is launching a call for chapters for a new book project tentatively entitled Historicizing media and communication concepts of the digital age. The book aims to historicize some of the most relevant ideas and concepts in contemporary digital media studies, and will appear in the series “Studies in digital history and hermeneutics” directed by Andreas Fickers (DeGruyter Editor). The volume will be both online with free access and printed thanks to the support of C2DH at the University of Luxembourg, and will be edited by Gabriele Balbi, Nelson Ribeiro, Valérie Schafer and Christian Schwarzenegger – the former and current management team.

The main goal of the book is to show how several concepts did not originate with digital technologies, but existed before the digital age and have been used for long time, also in the “analogue times”. This should help to understand how concepts have changed over time and to see both continuities and profound mutations in their meanings between past and present, between the analog and digital eras. We have selected more than 20 concepts and part of them will be assigned thanks to this Call for Chapters.

We are looking for authors for the following words/concepts: Fake News, Virtual/Reality, Convergence, Mobility, Divide/Inequalities, Multimedia, Privacy/Private Life, Data, Network, Sharing, Piracy.

If you or your team of authors are willing to write a chapter of 5’000-6’000 words, please express your interest to by July 9, 2019 and enclose an interest statement (no more than 500 words) mentioning the concept you selected and giving us a few a details on:

– How would you historicize this concept? 

– How is the concept you selected linked to your previous work and why did you pick it? (small biography)

– Which are the media historical examples you plan to consider in your chapter?    

We are very excited to launch this new book project and we are looking forward to reading your proposals.

All the best, 

Gabriele Balbi, Nelson Ribeiro, Valérie Schafer and Christian Schwarzenegger


a.     July 9, 2019 – Interested authors’ submissions 

b.   Mid-July – Feedback by editors 

c.      11 September 2019 – Initial ideas may be discussed in a one day meeting we are organizing in Vienna, just before the start of ECREA Communication history section workshop (see here for more info: 

d.    End of January 2020 – First version of the chapters sent to the editors.