Call for Chapter Proposals in edited volume Virtual Reality in the Humanities – Concepts, Methods, and Intercultural Applications

Call for Chapter Proposals

We invite proposals for submissions to an edited volume entitled

„Virtual Reality in den Geisteswissenschaften – Konzepte, Methoden und interkulturelle Anwendungen
[Virtual Reality in the Humanities – Concepts, Methods, and Intercultural Applications]”

edited by Karsten Senkbeil and Timo Ahlers. The volume is scheduled to appear in 2023 with the publisher Peter Lang Verlag (Berlin, ISSN: 1868-372X) as part of the series “Hildesheim Studies in Intercultural Communication“.

Aims and Scope

Virtual Reality Studies have become an interdisciplinary field of research with a remarkable breadth. As of yet though, approaches and applications from the perspective of the Humanities and the Social Sciences are relatively rare. This edited volume is intended to contribute to this developing branch within VR studies by focusing on concepts, methodologies, developing theories and practice that make use of decidedly Humanities-based aims and interests. This includes studies on immersive VR, but innovative approaches with 360° videos, etc. We particularly invite studies that employ qualitative methodologies for in-depth research on linguistic, (inter-/trans-) cultural, social, pedagogical, and other aspects of human interaction in and with VR. We hope to contribute to the establishment of a multi-methodological field of research on immersive technologies, and to further illuminate moments of inter- and transcultural communication in virtual environments.

We invite contributions written in German or English.


- 01 October 2022: send chapter proposal to
- 22 October 2022: notifications of accepted proposal
- 15 February 2023: send complete chapters
- 15 May 2023: notifications of accepted chapters; receive reviews
- 15 July 2023: deadline for revised chapters
- 30 August 2023: submission of corrected proofs

How to contribute

Please send a chapter proposal in English or German including the working title, an abstract of max. 500 words, 3-5 keywords, and a short bio of the author(s) until 01 October 2022 to the following address:


Those chapters, whose proposal is accepted (by 22 October 2022), are expected to be completed by 15 February 2023 and should consist of 25,000 to 40,000 characters incl. blanks.

Peer Review

Each chapter will receive two reviews, one of them coming  from the group of authors. We expect chapter contributors to be ready to provide one review for their colleagues’ work.

Funding and licensing

This book project will be financed through project funds provided by the “Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur Niedersachsen / [Ministry of Science and Culture of the State of Lower Saxony]”. The volume will be published in a hardcover version (one copy for each author included) and as an e-book. We are also planning for open access publication of the book (CC-BY) after an embargo of 12 months.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via the mentioned email address.

We are looking forward to your contributions!

Best regards,
Karsten Senkbeil (University of Hildesheim)

Timo Ahlers (University of Potsdam)