[SIGCIS-Members] Email Book

Esther Milne emilne at swin.edu.au
Sun Dec 11 19:55:27 PST 2016

Hi everyone,

I've been an archive lurker for a couple of months so I thought it was time to introduce myself.

I'm an academic writing a book commissioned by MIT called 'Email and the Everyday: Homes, Institutions, Markets'. Despite its 45 year history, surprisingly there have been no monographs dedicated to email.

Of course there are many journal articles, conference presentations and research projects that examine email communication. And the leading internet histories all discuss email but there is not the sustained analysis we've seen with other technologies and media forms.

So I'm getting in touch with a few questions. Keen to hear your views! Currently, I'm writing about mailing list culture and moderation. What would you say are the key mailing lists for IT/email/computer history? And do you think mailing lists still have a role to play despite the popularity of alternatives offered by social media?

The other topic I'm researching at the moment is the email provider sector. So, both commercial and open source email client programmers or providers. If anyone is working in this area I'd be keen to talk.

Thanks for listening - email me off list if that's easier. Like I say, I would love to hear from you!


Associate Professor Esther Milne
Department of Media and Communication
Swinburne University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
emilne at swin.edu.au ||| @esthermilne |||

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