Valérie Schafer est chargée de recherche au CNRS, ISCC.

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Digital Paths

Head of department: Valérie Schafer

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The word « Digital » recovers a diversity of meanings, practices and challenges: this interdisciplinary topic calls for crossed analyses, leaning on various grounds, sources and epistemological approaches, to graft its realities and more generally its trajectories.

The pole Digital Paths gathers researchers in information and communication science, sociology, history, science of management, STS, linguistics. They study the relation of societies to digital in long period, around two main approaches:

– History and heritage of the digital

What ever is considered, technical networks and infrastructures, the issue of innovation, of public uses and participation, the question of the identities or the societal transformation related to digital in various fields (education, leisures, policy,…) taking into account a long period cannot be disregarded, allowing to avoid the pitfalls of the present.

Two subaereas of work are developed: History of computing and networks (history of data processing and telecommunications, the data networks, the Internet and the Web history, etc.) and the Born-Digital heritage (material heritage, archives of the Web, of the newsgroups).

– Digital environments

At the same time mediums and ecosystems, the digital environments are analysed here according to a systemic vision which inextricably binds the human and technical, territorial, social, political, economic and legal organization around two issues:
on the one hand digital identities, on the other digital controversies and risks (for example Net neutrality, governance issues, cultural diversity).


- Paolo Bory (Università della Svizzera italiana)
- Alexandre Coutant (Université de Franche-Comté)
- Jean-Claude Domenget (Université de Franche-Comté)
- Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay (ISCC, LSE)
- Suzanne Dumouchel (TGIR Huma-Num, CNRS)
- Andrew Feenberg (Simon Fraser University)
- Thomas Fressin (Gendarmerie nationale, Université de Nice)
- Fanny Georges (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3)
- Virginie Julliard (UTC, Costech)
- Anne-Marie Laulan (ISCC)
- Francesca Musiani (ISCC)
- Michaël Oustinoff (Université de Nice)
- Camille Paloque-Berges (HT2S, Cnam)
- Thierry Paquot (Institut d’urbanisme de Paris)
- Jacques Perriault (ISCC)
- Valérie Schafer (ISCC)
- Thomas Stenger (IAE de Poitiers)
- Benjamin Thierry (Paris-Sorbonne)

Activities 2014-2015

Research projects in progress

– ASAP, Archives Sauvegarde Attentats Paris, projet financé par le CNRS. De #jesuischarlie à #offenturen : archives et archivage du patrimoine nativement numérique face aux attentats.

– Web90 (2014-2017), project ANR Young researcher Heritage, Memories and History of the Web in the 1990s, coordinated by Valérie Schafer, with the participation of Fanny Georges, Francesca Musiani, Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay, Hervé Le Crosnier, Camille Paloque-Berges, Louise Merzeau and Benjamin Thierry.

– Participation in European network RESAW on the archives of the Web, in partnership with Niels Brügger (Center for Internet Studies, Aarhus University).

Conferences, seminars

– Symposium Attention(s) aux internautes, May 11th, 2015, ISCC.

– Conference Time and temporalities of the Web (from December 1st to December 3rd, 2015, Paris) for which a call for papers was open until May 10th, 2015.

– Fourth year of the seminar Digital Identities (Alexandre Coutant and Thomas Stenger).

– Fourth year of the seminar Internet Histories (coordinated by Valérie Schafer and Fanny Georges) and second year of common meetings ISCC (Internet Histories), Paris 3, Social Media Club in partnership: Valérie Schafer, Fanny Georges (Paris 3), Claire Wehrung (Paris 3 and SMC) mixing academic scholars and professionals.

– International symposium Women, gender and TIC (Europe, 19th-20th centuries), organized with LabEx EHNE, Paris, May 15th-16th, 2014.