Web Searching: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

I’m co-editing a book on web search engines with Amanda Spink (Professor of Information Technology, Queensland University of Technology):


Web Searching: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Digital Formations Series. Peter Lang Publishing.

Amanda Spink, Professor of Information Technology, Queensland University of Technology
Michael Zimmer, Department of Culture and Communication, New York University

Proposal Submission Deadline: April 1, 2006
Full Chapters Due: August 1, 2006


Web search engines have emerged as a unique new media formation within contemporary culture. “Web Searching: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” will provide an interdisciplinary, theoretical perspective of the lived experience of web searching; each chapter will push forward our understanding of social, cultural, economic, legal, political, information and communication impacts of these technologies. The book will critically examine the emerging critical issues, theories, and interdisciplinary formations arising from, and surrounding, web searching, particularly the impact on individuals, social groups, modern and postmodern ways of knowing, and public and private life.


Planned book sections include, but are not limited to, the following:
Communication Perspectives
Cultural Perspectives
Economic Perspectives
Ethical Perspectives
Information Behavior Perspectives
Legal Perspectives
Political Perspectives
Social Perspectives


Potential contributors are invited to submit a 2-5 page chapter proposal to the Editors by April 1, 2006, detailing the background, motivations and structure of the proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by April 15 as to the status of their proposal and sent organizational guidelines. Full chapters should be 8,000-9,000 words in length and are due on August 1, 2006. Final revised manuscripts will be due on September 30, 2006.


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to:

Amanda Spink – ah.spink (at) qut.edu.au
Michael Zimmer – michael.zimmer (at) nyu.edu

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