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Proposed abstracts for talks and panels are now being accepted

Proposed abstracts for talks and papers for presentation are now being accepted for the forum from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

These papers will convey the insights gained from historical perspectives on internet technologies and applications in education, civil society, business, industry, politics and government.

Through a set of talks and panels the forum aims to provide a variety of historical perspectives on innovations or other key events in the development and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), ranging from the telegraph to the future internet and related digital media. Discussions will focus on what can be learned from these histories and how historical perspectives can support research, policy and practice for a network society.

Who should submit proposals for talks and presentations?

We are particularly interested in hearing from those who have been engaged in historical research on ICTs, whether from their general evolution to specific developments, such as in network infrastructures, services, or collaboration, and in specific areas such as haptic or video communication, social media, or AI. Critical perspectives on conventional wisdom are as welcomed as are descriptive, historical, policy-oriented, or theoretical accounts from multidisciplinary perspectives.

Papers and videos of presentations will be freely available to the public on the AIT website and through outreach activities. Papers chosen for presentation will be posted on SSRN after the conference, and we encourage papers to be submitted post-forum to academic or trade journals, such as Internet Histories, building on the comments received at the forum.

We hope and expect to receive novel and engaging perspectives on the histories of a diverse array of technologies, events, successes, and failures, that have shaped the rise of our networked society – for better or worse.

Proposals can build on the topics above, but the final programme will be set around the most promising proposals received by the forum’s programme committee, which will initially review abstracts of proposals for papers, panels, or presentations to the forum.

How to submit a proposal

The deadline is 9am, Monday 29 May.

Send your abstracts of 300-600 words for proposed papers or panels to forum@archivesit.org.uk

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