Call for Papers – Special Issue Cultural Science

23 08 2010

Special Issue Cultural Science (
Internet Research Methods as Moments of Evolution

Editor: Thomas Petzold, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Call for Papers

This special issue of Cultural Science explores Internet research methods at the intersection of socio-cultural and evolutionary research. It invites contributions that combine innovative research design on the Internet with an evolutionary treatment of socio-cultural change to reconsider the dynamics of institutions, identities, and socio-cultural relations. By doing so this special issue seeks to identify and further develop discussions of specific methods as well as wider considerations of underlying propositions that deal with evolutionary approaches to culture.

Methods as moments of evolution relates to phenomena Internet researchers seek to unravel by using specific approaches and techniques as well as to the more general idea that Internet research methods must be understood as part of an evolutionary process of scientific working and thinking.

For this special issue, contributions are welcome that take methods and concepts from disciplines previously unrelated or but marginally related to cultural research and the humanities and apply, adapt and adjust these to Internet related research into structural and dynamic changes. Such an approach, it is expected, shares methods with other emerging disciplines and fields such as computational social sciences (Lazer et al 2009), digital humanities (Schreibman, Siemens and Unsworth 2004), and web science (Berners-Lee, Hall, and Hendler 2006).

This special issue welcomes case studies as well as broader methodological analyses of:

* Internet research methods and instruments exploring evolutionary processes of
Internet related issues in general,

* the dynamics and structural change of culture and language on the Internet in

* the challenges and limits of both visualising large data sets and/or small nuances of micro-case studies, and asks

* what it means for Internet researchers to consider methods as moments of evolution.

Prospective authors are asked to submit contributions (full papers, essays, visualisations, think pieces, in PDF or Word format, with references in Harvard style) of up to 8000 words to Thomas Petzold, Henry Li and Woitek Konzal by 30 September 2010. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Early-career researchers and doctoral students are encouraged to contribute to this special edition. Accepted papers will be published in December 2010.

Special Issue of Cultural Science:

Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2010

Final revised papers due: 15 November 2010

Publication: December 2010


Berners-Lee, T., W. Hall and J.A. Hendler. 2006. A Framework for Web Science. Now Publishers Inc.

Lazer, D. et al. 2009. Computational Social Science. Science 323: 721-3.

Schreibman, S., R. Siemens and J. Unsworth. 2004. A Companion to Digital Humanities. Oxford: Blackwell.