CfP: Book on Online virality

The book Online Virality, edited by Valérie Schafer and Fred Pailler within the frame of the HIVI Project (https://hivi.uni.lu), 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 (https://www.degruyter.com/serial/sdhh-b/html)

Timeline 

  • Submission of proposals (to be sent at valerie.schafer@uni.lu): 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

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Online book launch: “Deceitful Media: Artificial Intelligence and Social Life after the Turing Test”

Simone Natale is happy to invite you to the online launch of his latest book, Deceitful Media: Artificial Intelligence and Social Life after the Turing Test (Oxford University Press, 2021). The event, organized for the book’s release in Europe and the UK, brings the author in conversation with three leading scholars of AI and algorithmic culture:

Veronica Barassi, St. Gallen University, Switzerland
N. Katherine Hayles, University of California, USA
Christian Katzenbach, University of Bremen, Germany
Moderator: Paolo Bory, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy


This online event takes place on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 at 5-6:30 BST on Zoom; registered participants will receive the link to join the Zoom session before the event. Participation is free upon registration, places are limited. A livestream will be provided for those who were not able to complete the registration.

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/176367599237

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Digital Roots. Historicizing Media and Communication Concepts of the Digital Age

Edited by: Gabriele Balbi, Nelson Ribeiro, Valérie Schafer and Christian Schwarzenegger (De Gruyter, 2021)

As media environments and communication practices evolve over time, so do theoretical concepts. This book analyzes some of the most well-known and fiercely discussed concepts of the digital age from a historical perspective, showing how many of them have pre-digital roots and how they have changed and still are constantly changing in the digital era. Written by leading authors in media and communication studies, the chapters historicize 16 concepts that have become central in the digital media literature, focusing on three main areas. The first part, Technologies and Connections, historicises concepts like network, media convergence, multimedia, interactivity and artificial intelligence. The second one is related to Agency and Politics and explores global governance, datafication, fake news, echo chambers, digital media activism. The last one, Users and Practices, is finally devoted to telepresence, digital loneliness, amateurism, user generated content, fandom and authenticity. The book aims to shed light on how concepts emerge and are co-shaped, circulated, used and reappropriated in different contexts. It argues for the need for a conceptual media and communication history that will reveal new developments without concealing continuities and it demonstrates how the analogue/digital dichotomy is often a misleading one.

The book is available in open access

Frontmatter 
I
Contents 
V
Digging into Digital Roots. Towards a Conceptual Media and Communication History 
Gabriele Balbi, Nelson Ribeiro, Valérie Schafer and Christian Schwarzenegger 
1
TECHNOLOGIES AND CONNECTIONS
Networks 
Massimo Rospocher and Gabriele Balbi 
19
Media Convergence 
John O’Sullivan and Leopoldina Fortunati 
41
Multimedia 
Katie Day Good 
59
Interactivity 
Benjamin Thierry 
77
Artificial Intelligence 
Paolo Bory, Simone Natale and Dominique Trudel 
95
AGENCY AND POLITICS
Global Governance 
Francesca Musiani and Valérie Schafer 
117
Data(fication) 
Erik Koenen, Christian Schwarzenegger and Juraj Kittler 
137
Fake News 
Monika Hanley and Allen Munoriyarwa 
157
Echo Chambers 
Maria Löblich and Niklas Venema 
177
Digital Media Activism 
Emiliano Treré and Anne Kaun 
193
USERS AND PRACTICES
Telepresence 
Jérôme Bourdon 
211
Digital Loneliness 
Edward Brennan 
229
Amateurism 
Susan Aasman, Tim van der Heijden and Tom Slootweg 
245
User-Generated Content (UGC) 
Göran Bolin 
267
Fandom 
Eleonora Benecchi and Erika Wang 
281
Authenticity 
Andreas Fickers 
299
Authors 
313

Balbi, Gabriele, Ribeiro, Nelson, Schafer, Valérie and Schwarzenegger, Christian (ed.). Digital Roots: Historicizing Media and Communication Concepts of the Digital Age, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110740202