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21 February 2020
Asian Internet Histories
The future is history, as the great wisdom in many Asian cultures has long taught people the importance of looking backward in time for lessons, models, inspirations, and visions for the present and the future. This special issue provides a timely opportunity to showcase and reflect upon Asian Internet histories – both in their own right, but also as part of the wider emerging and maturing field of Internet histories and Internet and digital technology research.
With its great diversity of places, society, languages, cultures, infrastructures, and economy, the Asian region contains roughly half of the world’s Internet users. Since the mid-twentieth century at least, the region prefigured and then incubated a wide range of forms of Internet technologies and associated digital cultures. Some of these Internet histories have been formulated, but many aspects of Asian Internet remain to be researched, documented and represented, theorized and enacted, considered, and debates.
Accordingly, we welcome papers on a wide range of aspects of the histories of Asian Internets and digital cultures, including but not limited to:
- Theories, concepts, and methods;
- histories of particular Internet technologies or cultures in Asian location;
- co-evolution of Asian languages, scripts, and Internet technology;
- histories of Internet and digital technology policy and governance in Asia;
- historiographies of Asian Internet or digital technology;
- histories of mobile Internet and mobile apps in Asia;
- studies of distinctively ‘Asian’ Internet technologies, formats, and cultures;
- the long histories of Asian Internets and digital cultures;
- new histories of Asian Internet;
- Internet histories of particular groups, cultures, and social identities in Asia;
- Asian Internet and social imaginaries.
- Inter-Asian Internet and digital histories;
- Asia as method and methods for/in Asia for Internet histories, including digital and computational methods;
- analysis of the implications of Asian Internet histories for international and global discussions of Internet histories, forms, and futures.
We especially welcome papers that explore neglected or new aspects of Internet in Asia, or studies of understudied countries, areas, and cultures in the region.
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Please send a 300-500 word abstract for consideration by 21 February 2020 to the special issue editors.
Following notification of acceptance of abstract, full papers of 6000-8000 words will be due by Friday 3 July 2020 (with final revised papers, if accepted, due by 1 November 2020).
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