Internationalizing Internet Studies - Edited Anthology

The purpose of this anthology, 'Internationalizing Internet Studies', is to acknowledge that Internet use and Internet studies take place 'elsewhere' in various national and international contexts. We seek to uncover how non-Anglophone uses of the Internet might challenge certain preconceived notions about the technology and its social impacts as well as the manner in which Internet studies is taken up, valued and taught outside the circuits of understanding prevalent in Anglophone academia. Through bringing together researchers whose daily experience of the Internet is mediated through non-Anglophone languages and cultures as well as researchers situated within the Anglophone academy whose work focuses on cultures outside North America and Europe, we hope to promote the visibility of work already being done outside the Anglophone world. We also aim to encourage new work that critically engages with Anglophone Internet scholarship that is based on research into diverse locales and draws upon a range of intellectual traditions.

Accordingly, we wish to gather together a distinctive collection of contributors who can illuminate the key features of the Internet's internationalization, surveying exemplary Internet language groups and cultures. We hope to encourage explorations of the distinctive features of the consumption and use of the Internet by various language groups, and how this expands and questions taken-for-granted notions of Internet studies.

We are also interested in contributions that reflect upon this cosmopolitan turn in the Internet, and what it signifies for our methods, tools, and concepts of Internet studies - and for media, communication, and cultural theory themselves. Here we are concerned with the debate - yet to emerge - on the internationalization of 'Internet studies'.

Contributions would be welcomed, but are not restricted to, the following topics:


Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to both editors outlining your proposed contribution to the edited collection by 31 January 2006. We will advise acceptance by 1 April 2006.