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

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.

Call for papers – Doing Experimental Media Archaeology: Practice & Theory

Organised by the C²DH, the conference ‘Doing Experimental Media Archaeology: Practice & Theory’ will take place from 7 to 9 September 2022 in Esch-sur-Alzette and Differdange. 

The conference is organised within the context of the project “Doing Experimental Media Archaeology: Practice & Theory” (DEMA), funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).

7 September 2022, Kulturfabrik, Esch-sur-Alzette

8-9 September 2022, Science Centre Differdange

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CfP: ECREA Pre-conference (October 6-7, 2022)

The Transformation of Public Dissent: From Counter-Public Spheres and Alternative Media to Disinformation Ecologies?

Counter-public spheres are commonly regarded as discursive arenas that allow members of subordinated or marginalized social groups to incent counter discourses, circulate alternate narratives and to promote oppositional interpretations of social realities against a hegemony constituted by dominant publics. As such, counter-publics allow social actors to actively and autonomously bring visibility to their experiences, interests, and identities, to mobilize for their causes and not least to publicly voice dissent. In this regard, counter-publics help to reflect the societal status quo and can become indicative of existing social inequalities as well as the logics of inclusion and exclusion prevalent in dominant public spheres and to criticize their shortcomings. Counter-public spheres are of paramount importance both in liberal-democratic as well as in authoritarian societies. As a radicalization of normative theories of the bourgeois public sphere, the concept of counter-publics challenges liberal democracies by demanding the full realization of their constitutive ideals. While actors of counter-publics in democratic societies can refer to the ability to publicly voice a dissenting opinion and participate in public debate without fear of persecution as a fundamental norm, in non-democratic societies, these are often the only seeds in which the fragile blossoms of criticism and political defiance can take root. 

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