About the Books

The long-established hierarchies and practices of scholarly knowledge production are undergoing change, challenged from within and also by broader social developments. Over the past 50 years, universities have become accessible to a wider range of people and many new (inter)disciplines have emerged. Digital technologies have a role to play in these changes, including the facilitation of collaboration, monitoring and evaluation as well as communication of results both within the scientific community as well as to wider audiences. Virtual Knowledge takes science and technology studies as a framework and turns a critical gaze to e-science and e-research as phenomena and mode of research. Each chapter is theoretically-informed and empirically grounded, so that each addresses a key issue in the current transformations of research, through careful conceptualization and empirical discussion of these transformations.

Paul Wouters, Anne Beaulieu, Andrea Scharnhorst, and Sally Wyatt (eds), [Under Review] Virtual Knowledge, MIT Press. (EP Website)

No less than a revolutionary transformation of the research enterprise is underway. This transformation extends beyond the natural sciences, where ‘e-research’ has become the modus operandi, and is penetrating the social sciences and humanities, sometimes with differences in accent and label. Many suggest that the very essence of scholarship in these areas is changing. The everyday procedures and practices of traditional forms of scholarship are affected by these and other features of e-research. This volume, which features renowned scholars from across the globe who are active in the social sciences and humanities, provides critical reflection on the overall emergence of e-research, particularly on its adoption and adaptation by the social sciences and humanities.

Jankowski, Nicholas W. 2009. E-Research: Transformation in Scholarly Practice. 1st ed. Routledge. (EP Website)

This volume examines the role of history in the study of new media and of newness itself, discussing how the ‘new’ in new media must be understood to be historically constructed. Furthermore, the new is constructed with an eye on the future, or more correctly, an eye on what we think the future will be. Chapters by eminent scholars address the connection between historical consideration and new media. Some assess the historical descriptions of the development of new media; others hinge on the issue of newness as it relates to existing practices in media history. Remaining essays address the shifting patterns of storage at work in media inscription, as they relate to the practice of history, and to the past and contemporary cultural formations. Together they offer a ground-breaking assessment of the long history of new media, clearly recognizing that the new media of today will be the traditional media of tomorrow, and that an emphasis on the history of the future sheds light on what this newness can be said to represent.

Jones, Steve, Nicholas W. Jankowski, and David W. Park. 2011. The Long History of New Media: Technology, Historiography, and Contextualizing Newness. First printing. Peter Lang Publishing. (EP Website)

This volume in currently under development.

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