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Arpanet (1969-2019)

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Published on Thursday, June 08, 2017 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

This call aims at revisiting the history and historiography of the Arpanet, at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the ancestor of the Internet.

Announcement

Argument

This call for papers aims at revisiting the history of ARPANET, its genesis, development, heritage, memories and the writing of its history 50 years after the first four nodes came into service.

ARPANET’s story is today part of the Internet’s official heritage, as a first crucial step in its development. Seminal research, such as Janet Abbate’s Inventing the Internet (1999) or Alexandre Serres’ Aux sources d’Internet: l’émergence d’ARPANET (2000) has extensively covered its history. However, the 50th anniversary of ARPANET provides an occasion to reflect on existing histories, to open the debate to new perspectives and approaches.  

What have these pioneering researchers provided and what lessons have they taught us in terms of studying the history of computer networks? When considering ARPANET as a first step towards the Internet: how did this determine – and is still determining – our current understanding of the Internet and of the ARPANET? What other chronologies and territories involving the ARPANET can be advanced? What is left to explore and discover in the ARPANET’s history? If the ARPANET is dead today, are its heritage and spirit still alive and if so, how?

Suggested topics: 

  • The ARPANET’s inspirations:  previous concepts, models, theories, technologies
  • Development of computer networks from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s: society, culture, politics and economics in the ARPANET’s times (from a local, national and international perspective)
  • The place of ARPANET in the history of ARPA/DARPA or funding agencies more generally
  • The place of ARPANET within the history of military networks
  • Trajectories of ARPANET’s developments: from experiments to achievements, through mistakes and failures
  • ARPANET’s communities: from developers to users
  • ARPANET’s hardware and software within the history of computers and computing 
  • Famous and less-known protagonists or witnesses of ARPANET 
  • Spaces, places, maps, territories, geographies, and geopolitics of ARPANET
  • Communicating with, through, and about ARPANET 
  • ARPANET as a model: reception and influence on other networks and/or in other countries
  • ARPANET’s governance and architecture
  • ARPANET and infrastructures for digital information
  • ARPANET’s cultures: perimeters, specificities, limits …
  • The history of networks shaping collaborative work
  • Writing ARPANET’s history: critical historiography, methodology, epistemological issues
  • New discoveries in the history of ARPANET
  • ARPANET’s heritage in the present Internet and digital cultures

Of course, we encourage and welcome other topics and perspectives on ARPANET’s history too. 

 Submissions

The proposals are to be submitted to 

  • camillepaloqueberges@gmail.com
  • valerieschafer@wanadoo.fr

explicitly mentioning CFP ARPANET. 

They need to fit in one page, detail an explicit angle of analysis and outline, and integrate a short bibliography. 

Successful authors will be invited to submit then a full paper through the editorial system, which will undergo full peer review and will determine acceptance of papers for publication.

Calendar

  • Deadline for the submission of proposals: October 15th 2017 

  • Notification of proposal acceptance: November 15th 2017 
  • Submissions of the full paper (6000-8000 words): April 15th 2018 
  • Feedback based on reviews: June 30th 2018 
  • Deadline for Revisions: October 15th 2018

Internet Histories Journal

Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society is an international, inter-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal concerned with research on the cultural, social, political and technological histories of the internet and associated digital cultures.

More information on the journal can be found at 

http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rint20

Instructions for Authors are available at

http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rint20#Word_limits

Should you have any questions regarding this CfP, please feel free to contact us: 

  • camillepaloqueberges@gmail.com
  • valerieschafer@wanadoo.fr

Date(s)

  • Sunday, October 15, 2017

Keywords

  • arpanet, internet, network, communication, data, information, science, techology

Contact(s)

  • Valérie Schafer
    courriel : valerieschafer [at] wanadoo [dot] fr
  • Camille Paloque-Berges
    courriel : camillepaloqueberges [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Camille Paloque-Berges
    courriel : camillepaloqueberges [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Arpanet (1969-2019) », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, June 08, 2017, http://calenda.org/407259