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CfP: special issue of the Journal of Digital History on Web History of Society and Social Institutions

This special issue of the Journal of Digital History aims to broaden the field of historical web research by advancing new understandings of the processes related to the development of the WWW from a historical perspective.

The Journal for Digital History offers a unique open-access publishing model in the historical sciences that promotes a new form of data-driven scholarship and transmedia storytelling. Each article includes a narration layer involving transmedia storytelling, a hermeneutic layer exploring the methodological implications of using digital tools and data, and a data layer providing access to data and code utilizing a professional infrastructure.

For the special issue, the journal seeks original, high-quality contributions that demonstrate the unique value of archived web materials for historians. Topics intend to address the social aspects of web history. They include, but are not limited to the following:
    • reconstruction and deconstruction of contemporary history via archived web resources
    • the development of the information society
    • online communities and cyber communities: creation, transformation and lifecycles
    • online activism and social movements on the web in a historical perspective
    • history of institutions seen through the web: functions, features, platforms
    • understanding the limitations of these sources for web history, including technical or ethical challenges
    • biases in data and source-criticism in research of social history seen through the web

The submission deadline for 500-word abstracts is May 31st. Additional submission information can be viewed on the journal website.