CfP: Book on Online virality

The book Online Virality, edited by Valérie Schafer and Fred Pailler within the frame of the HIVI Project (, aims to focus on the many ways we may think about online virality, historicise it and analyse the circulation, reception, evolution of viral born-digital content. Virality, information circulation and content sharing always intertwine a heterogeneous arrangement of material, infrastructural, practical, visual and discursive elements. This involves several infrastructures and platforms, various stakeholders, intermediaries, social groups and communities that (re)define themselves constantly, some regulation, curation and content moderation policies, affects and emotions (fears, humor, empathies, hatreds…), etc. 

The book will offer an interdisciplinary overview on online virality by including three main types of chapters: analysis of corpora and case studies, methodological approach, and historical and socio-technical analysis. Diachronic and historical approach are very welcome. 

The book will be published in open access and as a print version in the Digital History and Hermeneutics Collection by De Gruyter (


  • Submission of proposals (to be sent at until October 20, 2022 (abstracts of max. 500 words)
  • Feedback regarding acceptance: 10 November 2022 
  • First draft of the chapter (app. 6000 words): end of March 2023

VIRAL seminar. Programme 2022-23

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the VIRAL seminar will continue to focus on the many ways we may think about online virality and analyse the circulation of born-digital content. 
The seminar will offer an interdisciplinary overview of virality, digital cultures, circulations and traces. It includes three main presentation types: analysis of corpora, methodological considerations, and historical or socio-technical approaches.

The seminar will take place approximately once a month, and all sessions will be held from 17:00 to 18:30 (Paris time).

If you would like to register for one or more sessions, please email


  • Thursday 22 September 2022, 5.00 pm-6.30 pm (remote session) 

“Viral journalism, is it a thing? Strategies, tactics, concerns” by Anastasia Denisova (University of Westminster, London)

If memes and gifs can reach millions of people, would it be useful for journalism to employ similar formats to engage the audience? Different from clickbait and marketing, viral journalism means diversifying content and understanding emotions. Quality media in the UK (think The Economist, Times, Financial Times etc.) are trying viral technics – but can they turn against the master?

Discussant: Valérie Schafer (C2DH, University of Luxembourg)

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ECREA Pre-Conference (5-6 October 2022) : The Transformation of Public Dissent. Public Spheres and Alternative Media to Disinformation Ecologies?

Please find below the preliminary program of the ECREA Pre-Conference on the Transformation of Public Dissent.
The preconference will be held online via Zoom. Please email to register free of charge. You will then be provided the access data. 

CfP: #History on Social Media – Sources, Methods and Ethics

The joint project SocialMediaHistory of the Universities of Bochum and Hamburg is organising an online conference on “#History on Social Media – Sources, Methods, Ethics” from 11 to 12 November 2022. 

Deadline for submission: Abstracts (500 words) and a short biography (max 100 words) can be sent to by 31.8.2022.

The detailed call for participation is available here.