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Capraro, V, Lentsch, A, Acemoglu, D, Akgun, S, Akhmedova, A, Bilancini, E, Bonnefon, JF, Brañas-Garza, P, Butera, L, Douglas, KM, Everett, JAC, Gigerenzer, G, Greenhow, C, Hashimoto, DA, Holt-Lunstad, J, Jetten, J, Johnson, S, Kunz, WH, Longoni, C, Lunn, P, Natale, S, Paluch, S, Rahwan, I, Selwyn, N, Singh, V, Suri, S, Sutcliffe, J, Tomlinson, J, Van Der Linden, S, Van Lange, PAM, Wall, F, Van Bavel, JJ, Viale, R (2024) The impact of generative artificial intelligence on socioeconomic inequalities and policy making, PNAS Nexus, 3(6), DOI: 10.1093/pnasnexus/pgae191.

Natale, S and Treré, E (2024) Dreaming of seamless interfaces: media and friction from the feuilleton to personal computing, Information, Communication & Society, pp.1-19, ISSN: 1369-118X. DOI: 10.1080/1369118x.2024.2352628.

Natale, S and Henrickson, L (2024) The Lovelace effect: Perceptions of creativity in machines, New Media & Society, 26(4), pp.1909-1926, ISSN: 1461-4448. DOI: 10.1177/14614448221077278.

Natale, S and Depounti, I (2024) Artificial Sociality, Human-Machine Communication, 7, pp.83-98, ISSN: 2638-602X. DOI: 10.30658/hmc.7.5.

Keightley, E, Li, EC-Y, Natale, S, Punathambekar, A (2023) Editorial: encounters with Western media theory, Media, Culture & Society, 45(2), pp.406-412, ISSN: 0163-4437. DOI: 10.1177/01634437221149821.

Sarda, T, Natale, S, Downey, J (2022) Inventing the dark Web, First Monday, DOI: 10.5210/fm.v27i11.12691.

Depounti, I, Saukko, P, Natale, S (2022) Ideal technologies, ideal women: AI and gender imaginaries in Redditors’ discussions on the Replika bot girlfriend, Media, Culture & Society, 45(4), pp.720-736, ISSN: 0163-4437. DOI: 10.1177/01634437221119021.

Natale, S and Guzman, AL (2022) Reclaiming the human in machine cultures: Introduction, Media, Culture & Society, 44(4), pp.627-637, ISSN: 0163-4437. DOI: 10.1177/01634437221099614.

Natale, S (2021) What if deception is banal? For a new media theory in the age of disinformation, Studi Culturali, 18(3), pp.437-448, ISSN: 1824-369X. DOI: 10.1405/102367.

Natale, S and Cooke, H (2020) Browsing with Alexa: interrogating the impact of voice assistants as web interfaces, Media, Culture & Society, 43(6), pp.1000-1016, ISSN: 0163-4437. DOI: 10.1177/0163443720983295.

Natale, S (2020) Communicating through or communicating with: Approaching Artificial Intelligence from a communication and media studies perspective, Communication Theory, 31(4), pp.905-910, ISSN: 1050-3293. DOI: 10.1093/ct/qtaa022.

Treré, E, Natale, S, Keightley, E, Punathambekar, A (2020) The limits and boundaries of digital disconnection [Editorial], Media, Culture and Society, 42(4), pp.605-609, ISSN: 0163-4437. DOI: 10.1177/0163443720922054.

Natale, S (2020) When art history meets information theory, or on media theory outside media theory, MAST: The Journal of Media Art Study and Theory, 1(1), pp.50-53, ISSN: 2691-1566.

Natale, S and Treré, E (2020) Vinyl won’t save us: reframing disconnection as engagement, Media, Culture and Society, 42(4), pp.626-633, ISSN: 0163-4437. DOI: 10.1177/0163443720914027.

Natale, S (2020) To believe in Siri: A critical analysis of AI voice assistants, Communicative Figurations Working Papers, 32, ISSN: 2367-2277.

Lesage, F and Natale, S (2019) Rethinking the distinctions between old and new media: Introduction, Convergence: the journal of research into new media technologies, 25(4), pp.575-589, ISSN: 1354-8565. DOI: 10.1177/1354856519863364.

Natale, S, Bory, P, Balbi, G (2019) The rise of corporational determinism: Digital media corporations and narratives of media change, Critical Studies in Media Communication, 36(4), pp.323-338, ISSN: 1529-5036. DOI: 10.1080/15295036.2019.1632469.

Sarda, T, Natale, S, Sotirakopoulos, N, Monaghan, M (2019) Understanding online anonymity, Media, Culture and Society, ISSN: 0163-4437. DOI: 10.1177/0163443719842074.

Natale, S (2018) If software is narrative: Joseph Weizenbaum, artificial intelligence, and the biographies of ELIZA, New Media and Society, 21(3), pp.712-728, ISSN: 1461-4448. DOI: 10.1177/1461444818804980.

Natale, S and Ballatore, A (2017) Imagining the thinking machine: Technological myths and the rise of artificial intelligence, Convergence, 26(1), pp.3-18, ISSN: 1354-8565. DOI: 10.1177/1354856517715164.

Natale, S (2016) Unveiling the biographies of media: on the role of narratives, anecdotes and storytelling in the construction of new media’s histories, Communication Theory, 26(4), pp.431-449, ISSN: 1050-3293. DOI: 10.1111/comt.12099.

Natale, S (2016) There are no old media, Journal of Communication, 66(4), pp.585-603, ISSN: 1460-2466. DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12235.

Ballatore, A and Natale, S (2015) E-readers and the death of the book: or, new media and the myth of the disappearing medium, New Media & Society, ISSN: 1461-4448. DOI: 10.1177/1461444815586984.

Balbi, G and Natale, S (2015) The double birth of wireless: Italian radio amateurs and the interpretative flexibility of new media, Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 22(1), pp.26-41, ISSN: 1937-6529. DOI: 10.1080/19376529.2015.1015860.

Natale, S (2015) Spreading the spirit word: print media, storytelling, and popular culture in nineteenth-century spiritualism, Communication+1, 4, pp.1-18.

Natale, S (2015) The historian and the antiquarian: Erkki Huhtamo’s media archaeology [book review], Cinémas, 25.2-3, ISSN: 1181-6945. DOI: 10.7202/1035779ar.

Natale, S and Balbi, G (2014) Media and the imaginary in history: the role of the fantastic in different stages of media change, Media History, 20(2), pp.203-218, ISSN: 1368-8804. DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2014.898904.

Natale, S and Ballatore, A (2014) The web will kill them all: new media, digital utopia, and political struggle in the Italian 5-Star Movement, Media, Culture and Society, 36(1), pp.105-121, ISSN: 0163-4437. DOI: 10.1177/0163443713511902.

Natale, S (2014) Introduction: new media and the imagination of the future, Wi: Journal of Mobile Media 8.2 (2014), 8(2), ISSN: 1918-2104.

Natale, S (2013) Spiritual stars: religion and celebrity in the careers of spiritualist mediums, Celebrity Studies, 4(1), pp.94-96, ISSN: 1939-2397. DOI: 10.1080/19392397.2013.750128.

Natale, S (2013) Geisterglaube, unterhaltung und showgeschäft im 19 jahrhundert, Historische Anthropologie, 21(3), ISSN: 0942-8704. DOI: 10.7788/ha.2013.21.3.324.

Von Simone, N (2013) Belief in Spirits, Entertainment and Show Business in the 19th Century, Historische Anthropologie, 21(3), pp.324-342, ISSN: 0942-8704. DOI: 10.7788/ha.2013.21.3.324.

Natale, S (2012) A short history of superimposition: From spirit photography to early cinema, Early Popular Visual Culture, 10(2), pp.125-145, ISSN: 1746-0654. DOI: 10.1080/17460654.2012.664745.

Natale, S (2012) Photography and communication media in the nineteenth century, History of Photography, 36(4), pp.451-456, ISSN: 0308-7298. DOI: 10.1080/03087298.2012.680306.

Natale, S (2012) Un dispositivo fantasmatico: cinema e spiritismo, Bianco e Nero, (573), pp.82-91, ISSN: 0394-008X. DOI: 10.7371/71477.

Natale, S (2012) Fantasie mediali: la storia dei media e la sfida dell’immaginario, Studi Culturali, 9(2), pp.269-284, ISSN: 1824-369X. DOI: 10.1405/38079.

Natale, S (2012) Understanding media archaeology, Canadian Journal of Communication, 37(3), pp.523-527, ISSN: 1499-6642.

Natale, S (2011) The medium on the stage: trance and performance in nineteenth-century spiritualism, Early Popular Visual Culture, 9(3), pp.239-255, ISSN: 1746-0654. DOI: 10.1080/17460654.2011.601166.

Natale, S (2011) The invisible made visible, Media History, 17(4), pp.345-358, ISSN: 1368-8804. DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2011.602856.

Natale, S (2011) The cinema of exposure: spiritualist exposés, technology, and the dispositif of early cinema, Recherches sémiotiques, 31(1-2-3), pp.113-113, ISSN: 0229-8651. DOI: 10.7202/1027444ar.

Natale, S (2011) A cosmology of invisible fluids: wireless, x rays and psychical research around 1900, Canadian Journal of Communication 36.2 (2011): 263-75, 36(2), pp.263-275, ISSN: 1499-6642.

Natale, S (2010) Spiritualism exposed: scepticism, credulity and spectatorship in end-of-the-century America, European Journal of American Culture, 29(2), pp.131-144, ISSN: 1466-0407. DOI: 10.1386/ejac.29.2.131_1.



Parry, R, Foti, P, Natale, S (2021) When digital becomes the object: developing computing histories in museums. In MuseWeb (MW21); MW21: MW 2021, Washington DC, USA (Online).


Natale, S, Foti, P, Parry, R (2024) Museums and the History of Computing: Objects, Narratives and Practice, Routledge.

Natale, S (2021) Deceitful Media: Artificial Intelligence and Social Life after the Turing Test, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780190080372. DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190080365.001.0001.

Natale, S and Pasulka, D (ed) (2019) Believing in bits: Digital media and the supernatural, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780190949990.

Leonardi, N and Natale, S (ed) (2018) Photography and Other Media in the Nineteenth Century, Penn State University Press, ISBN: 9780271079158.

Natale, S (2016) Supernatural Entertainments: Victorian Spiritualism and the Rise of Modern Media Culture, Pennsylvania State University Press, ISBN: 978-0-271-07104-6.


Ballatore, A and Natale, S (2023) Technological failures, controversies and the myth of AI. In Handbook of Critical Studies of Artificial Intelligence, pp.237-244.

Natale, S (2021) Introduction [Deceitful Media: Artificial Intelligence and Social Life after the Turing Test]. In Deceitful Media Artificial Intelligence and Social Life After the Turing Test, Oxford University Press, USA, pp.1-15, ISBN: 9780190080365. DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190080365.001.0001.

Natale, S and Ortoleva, P (2020) Allucinazione e media. In Barra, L and Galvagno, GC (ed) Media-storie: Lezioni indimenticate di Peppino Ortoleva, Viella, pp.73-77, ISBN: 9788833133263.

Natale, S and Pasulka, DW (2019) Introduction [Believing in Bits: Digital Media and the Supernatural]. In Natale, S and Pasulka, D (ed) Believing in Bits: Digital Media and the Supernatural, Oxford University Press, pp.1-18, ISBN: 9780190949983.

Natale, S (2019) Amazon can read your mind: a media archaeology of the algorithmic imaginary. In Natale, S and Pasulka, D (ed) Believing in Bits: Digital Media and the Supernatural, Oxford University Press, pp.19-36, ISBN: 9780190949990.

Ballatore, A and Natale, S (2018) Fallimenti, controversie e il mito tecnologico dell’Intelligenza Artificiale. In Fallimenti digitali, Edizioni Unicopli, pp.1-15, ISBN: 9788840019765.

Leonardi, N and Natale, S (2018) Introduction [Photography and Other Media in the Nineteenth Century]. In Unknown Parent Title, Pennsylvania State University Press,ISBN: 9780271079158.

Natale, S (2018) A mirror with wings: Photography and the new era of communications. In Photography and Other Media in the Nineteenth Century, Pennsylvania State University Press, pp.36-48, ISBN: 978-0-271-07915-8.

Natale, S and Bory, P (2016) Constructing the biography of the web: an examination of the narratives and myths around the web’s birth. In Web 25: Histories from the First 25 Years of the World Wide Web, © Peter Lang,ISBN: 9781433132698.

Natale, S (2016) The spectacular supernatural and the birth of the media entertainment industry. In J, K (ed) Unknown Parent Title, © Macmillan Reference, pp.249-262, ISBN: 9780028662909.

Natale, S (2016) Introduction. In Supernatural entertainments: Victorian spiritualism and the rise of modern media culture, Pennsylvania State University Press, pp.1-17, ISBN: 9780271071046.

Natale, S (2015) Specters of the mind: ghosts, illusion, and exposure in Paul Leni’s The Cat and the Canary. In Cinematic Ghosts, Bloomsbury Academic, pp.59-75, ISBN: 9781628922141.

Natale, S (2013) Mediums and stars: mediumship, show business, and celebrity in nineteenth-century spiritualism. In The Spiritualist Movement: Speaking with the Dead in America and around the World, Praeger, pp.237-251, ISBN: 978-0-313-39947-3.

Natale, S (2010) Spettacoli spettrali: spiritismo, cinema e fantasmi. In Diversamente Vivi: Zombie, fantasmi, mummie, vampiri, © Editrice Il Castoro, pp.157-162, ISBN: 9788880335627.

Natale, S (Accepted for publication) The many lives of WeChat: curating histories of the web in museum environments. In The Routledge Companion to Transnational Web Archive Studies, Routledge.

Natale, S (Accepted for publication) Introduction [Museums and the History of Computing: Objects, Narratives and Practice]. In Museums and the History of Computing: Objects, Narratives and Practice, Routledge.

Internet Publications

Natale, S (2020) On digital mysticism, or the secret of bending spoons.

Natale, S (2016) The Science of the Supernatural: Many assumptions and values separate us from the Victorians, but belief in the supernatural is not one of them, argues Simone Natale.


Natale, S (2017) Updating to remain the same: Habitual new media [Book Review], Updating to remain the same: Habitual new media [Book Review]. DOI: 10.1177/1461444816683947a.

Natale, S (2017) All that’s liquid, This is a review of Esther Leslie, Liquid Crystals: The Science and Art of a Liquid Form, London: Reaktion, 2016, 296pp, £25 hardback..

Natale, S (2016) Review of Le corps nerveux des spectateurs: cinéma et sciences du psychisme de 1900, Review of Le corps nerveux des spectateurs: cinéma et sciences du psychisme de 1900. DOI: 10.1080/17460654.2016.1212454.

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