CfP: Book on Online Virality

The book Online Virality, edited by Valérie Schafer and Fred Pailler within the frame of the HIVI Project (, aims to focus on the many ways we may think about online virality, historicise it and analyse the circulation, reception, evolution of viral born-digital content. Virality, information circulation and content sharing always intertwine a heterogeneous arrangement of material, … Continued

Défis européens partagés

Ce livre numérique est un projet collectif initié par la professeure Valérie Schafer dans le cadre du séminaire Digital Europe et mené par les étudiants de deuxième année du Master en histoire européenne contemporaine (MAHEC) de l’Université du Luxembourg. Les chapitres de cet ouvrage collectif portent sur des thématiques européennes sensibles et amplifiées en ligne, … Continued


Ken Hillis, Susanna Paasonen, Michael Petit, Networked Affect, Cambridge MA, The MIT Press, 2015. Abstract: Investigations of affective experiences that emerge in online settings that range from Facebook discussion forums to “smart” classrooms. Our encounters with websites, avatars, videos, mobile apps, discussion forums, GIFs, and nonhuman intelligent agents allow us to experience sensations of connectivity, interest, desire, … Continued

Virality and conviviality

Piia Varis, Jan Blommaert, “Conviviality and collectives on social media: Virality, memes, and new social structures”, Multilingual Margins, 2015, vol. 2/1. PDF available Abstract: There is a long tradition in which ‘phatic’ forms of interaction are seen as (and characterized by) relatively low levels of ‘information’ and ‘meaning’. Yet, observations on social media interaction patterns … Continued

Facebook’s evolution

Anne Helmond, David B. Nieborg and Fernando N. van der Vlist, “Facebook’s evolution: development of a platform-as-infrastructure”, Internet Histories, 2019, 3:2, pp. 123-146, DOI: 10.1080/24701475.2019.1593667 Abstract: The purpose of this article is to operationalise an evolutionary perspective on the history of social media and to trace Facebook’s evolution from a social networking site to a “platform-as-infrastructure”. Social media platforms such as … Continued

Facebook and counter-archiving

Ben-David, A., “Counter-Archiving Facebook“, European Journal of Communication, 2020. DOI: 10.1177/0267323120922069. Abstract: The article proposes archival thinking as an analytical framework for studying Facebook. Following recent debates on data colonialism, it argues that Facebook dialectically assumes a role of a new archon of public records, while being unarchivable by design. It then puts forward counter-archiving – a … Continued

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