Ecrea Media & the City 2015 Conference
URBAN MEDIA STUDIES: CONCERNS, INTERSECTIONS AND CHALLENGES
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science, 24–25 September 2015
Media related practices are grounded in the city – where the majority of human population today lives – and media as both technologies and representations pervade nearly all aspects of urban living, cutting through diverse forms of public appearance, community, control, resistance and habitation. As a result, none of the established perspectives in media studies, whether that of democracy and participation, production and technology, representation and use, or belonging and identity, can claim to have an exhaustive understanding of their problematics without appreciating the urban context. In the same way, no urban process can be fruitfully tackled without taking into account the involvement of media and media related practices.
Yet, despite being closely – though unevenly – entwined, from small towns to megalopolises, the two complexes, media and the city, have remained disjointed in the scholarly analyses. In fact, it can be argued that for media scholars in particular, the city has remained a terra incognita. Wishing to revive the initial enthusiasm in media studies, which started as an interdisciplinary endeavour, Urban Media Studies conference aspires to provide a dialogic space for disciplines interested in mediated urbanism. We also hope to stimulate critical reflections on the challenges of collaborating across disciplinary boundaries.
BOOK OF ABSTRACTS available for download:UMS_Zagreb 2015_BOOK OF ABSTRACTS
FINAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
SEPTEMBER 24TH – THURSDAY
9:00 – 10:00 Registration
10:30 – 11:00 Welcome
Igor Kanižaj (University of Zagreb, Croatia), Vice-Dean for Science and International Relations
Ilija Tomanić-Trivundža (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Vice-President of ECREA: Network, Section and TWG coordinator.
Seija Ridell (University of Tampere, Finland), Chair of ECREA TWG Media & the City
Simone Tosoni (Catholic University of Milan, Italy) and Zlatan Krajina (University of Zagreb, Croatia), Vice-Chairs of ECREA TWG Media & the City
11:00 – 12:00 Keynote Lecture 1 with Q/A:
Ole B. Jensen Professor of Urban Theory, Dept. of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University “Carry networks… Stay in contact! Towards a situational understanding of contemporary mediated mobility practices“
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Parallel sessions 1 (1.1, 1.2, 1.3)
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00 Parallel sessions 2 (2.1, 2.2, 2.3)
17:00 – 17:30 Break
17:30 – 19:30 OPTIONAL: Urban Film Screening session in Booksa Cafe // Guided Tour of Industrial Heritage and Post-Industrial Developments in Zagreb
(see below for more details)
SEPTEMBER 25TH – FRIDAY
9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 10:30 Keynote Lecture 2 with Q/A:
Rob Kitchin Professor and ERC Advanced Investigator at the National University of Ireland Maynooth “The Programmable City“
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Parallel sessions 3 (3.1, 3.2, 3.3)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Parallel sessions 4 (4.1, 4.2, 4.3)
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Dialogic plenary
17:30 – 19:30 Break
19:30 Social dinner at Apetit Restaurant
23:00 – 3:00 A special farewell party in the rock club SPUNK (free entry for conference members)
Thursday 24th September
1.1. CITIES AS MEDIA
Chair: Marco Santangelo
Curry Chandler (University of Pittsburgh, USA): Cities are media: information, infrastructure, and interfaces
Marek Wojtaszek (University of Lodz, Poland): Airport’s digital mannerism, or where singularity becomes sensible
Andreas Hepp, Sebastian Kubitschko, Piet Simon & Monika Sowinska (University of Bremen, Germany): Community building in the mediatized city
1.2. URBAN MEDIATION, MATERIALITY AND HISTORY
Chair: Robert Imre
Cesare Silla (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy): The (theatrical) mediation of urban daily life and the genealogy of the media city: show windows and advertisements as social tableaux in America (1890-1930)
Ivana Podnar, Fedja Vukić & Anka Mišetić (University of Zagreb, Croatia): Temporary Urban Structures – Typology and Meaning
Kathryn Travis (York University, Canada): Thinking City Through Graffiti: Fieldwork Encounters with Graffiti as a Media Related Practice
Zoran Kurelić (University of Zagreb, Croatia): On the very idea of a subversive perfume
1.3. MARKETING IMAGINARY CITIES
Chair: Sami Kolamo
Susan Ingram (York University, Canada): Mediating Halstatt
Emmanuele Curti (University of Basilicata, Italy), Frank M. Go (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Holland): Matera’s bid book, cultural tourism 3.0 and history
Markus Reisenleitner (York University, Canada): Video blogs in the Fashion District: Re-inventing LA’s Fashion Imaginary in the Digital Mediascape
2.1. SMART CITIES: DISCOURSES AND TECHNOLOGIES
Chair: Rob Kitchin
Marco Santangelo (Politecnico and Università di Torino, Italy): Is technology just another Trojan horse for business as usual? Reading the urban through the smart city discourse
Jordan Frith (University of North Texas, USA): Big data, urban assemblages, and the smart city
Davide Lampugnani (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy): Questioning the smart city: which exchange between enabling technology and collective intelligence?
2.2. SENSORY METHODS IN THE CITY
Chair: Meri Kytö
Jacqueline Waldock (University of Manchester, UK): Interpreting Imagined and Constructed Urban Sonic Environments
John Kannenberg (University of the Arts London, UK): Listening to museums: Sound map strategies for visual environments
Meri Kytö (University of Tampere, Finland): Amplified privacy: Recording, immersion and intimacy in urban space
2.3. MEDIATED URBAN MEGA-EVENTS
Chair: Elena Trubina & Sami Kolamo
Sami Kolamo (University of Tampere, Finland): Staging Resistance Through Sports Media Spectacles. The Dynamics of Camera-Conscious Performativity in the Contemporary FIFA World Cups
Anne-Marie Broudehoux (University of Quebec, Canada): Urban image construction and the mega-events media spectacle
Beatriz Garcia (University of Liverpool, UK): Urban myths? Transforming narratives of place via the media representation of one-off international cultural events
Elena Trubina (Ural Federal University, Russia): Mass media and the mega-events in emerging economies
SCREENING SESSION or GUIDED TOUR
In this part of the conference program, participants can choose between attending a series of short urban film screenings or a guided tour of Zagreb’s industrial heritage and post-industrial developments. Both programs will last for approx. 2 hours, starting at 5pm. Meeting will be in front of the conference venue (Faculty of Political Science, Lepusiceva 6) at 5:10 pm.
While we require participants to register for the tour (as part of the registration process), due to limited spaces in the minibus, and entails a small fee, registration for the film screening is not needed and is free for participants registered in the conference.
The film screening is our special supplementary program, where we emphasize that exploring the city is often done best by means other than writing – vision and sound.
Authors themselves will all be present in the session and will answer audience members’ questions.
We are grateful to the Booksa Cafe for providing the space for the screening – this easily accessible place (several blocks away from the conference venue) is known amongst Zagreb’s urbanites as a welcoming and cosy site of book promotions, pub quizzes, discussions, small concerts and film screenings. The address is Martićeva 14D, and the location is here .
Urban Films: Audiovisual Perspectives on the City
Chair: Andrea Davide Cuman
Location: Booksa Cafe, Martićeva 14D
Steve Hawley: Stranger than known: the imagined city
Francesca Gotti: Ex-//The removed city
Andrea Davide Cuman: The city of design
Friday 25th September
3.1. (RE)MEDIATED URBAN TRANSFORMATIONS
Chair: Cesare Silla
James Hay (University of Illinois, USA): What is old about the ‘neoliberal city’ & its media?
Erik Garrett (Duquesne University, USA): Singing in Steel: Postindustrial Communicative Experiences of Meaning and Resistance
Rafael Alarcón Medina, Alice Werner & Iara Pezzuti (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil): The (Latin American) Subaltern Media-City: Space, power, precarious labor, and subordinated digitization in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Robert Imre (University of Newcastle, Australia, University of Tampere, Finland): Radicalization and the City: Contemporary Media Architecture and Political Violence
3.2. POLITICAL ACTION, MEDIA AND URBAN SPACE
Chair: Kathryn Travis
Päivi Rannila (University of Turku, Finland): Urban communities of presence: ambivalent uses of media in the Freetown Christiania
Agata Juniku (University of Zagreb, Croatia): Radio-situation: political action in urban space
Tetyana Lokot (University of Maryland College Park, USA): The Affordances of ICTs for Mobilizing and Managing Volunteer Efforts During an Urban Protest: The Case of Ukraine’s Euromaidan
3.3. URBAN REPRESENTATIONS
Chair: Miriam De Rosa
Alan Salvado (UPF Barcelona, Spain): Questioning Resilience. Notes on cinema and urban landscape
Emma Duester (Goldsmiths, University of London): Art and the city: A visual mediation of interconnected city spaces across Europe
Silva Kalčić (University of Zagreb, Croatia): New media art in the transformation of urban public space
Ulla Järvi (PhD, Science Journalist, Finland): Mediating a city in ruins: How a local newspaper deals with the collective trauma created by Nokia’s collapse
4.1. URBAN PLANNING AND MEDIATED PARTICIPATION
Chair: Ole B. Jensen
Tena Perišin & Sanja Vrhovec (University of Zagreb, Croatia): New buildings in old settings
David Harris Smith (McMaster University, Canada), Frauke Zeller (Ryerson University, Canada), Emily Eyles & John Eyles (McMaster University, Canada): Mediated participatory urban planning & design
Bastiaan Baccarne (Ghent University, Belgium): Tinkering with the urban media environment: urban innovation, living labs and hackathons
4.2. DIGITAL LANDSCAPES OF POST-SOCIALIST CITIES
Chair: Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasyuk
Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasyuk (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia): Electronic neighborhoods in Moscow suburban areas: from parochial spaces to new public arenas?
Oksana Zaporozhets (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia): Invading urban underground: the mediatization of metro
Yulia Epanova (Samara State University, Russia): Urban navigation in the digital era: the anthropology of mobile applications’ user
Aleksandra Kasatkina (Russian Academy of Science, Russia): Accumulating knowledge – accumulating community: urban sociality in local history focused social media
4.3. URBAN MEDIA PRACTICES AND SPACES
Chair: Seija Ridell
Miriam De Rosa (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy): Failing resilience. Snapshots of cinephile vintage and architectural decay
Antonija Čuvalo (University in Zagreb, Croatia): Spatial genres of urban media use
Tomohisa Hirata (Gunma University, Japan): How should entertainments be provided? The disparity of the distribution of internet cafés in Beijing and rural-urban migrant workers
Alexandra Kviat (University of Warwick, UK): ‘Social network in real life’: anti-café as a new form of urban public space
DIALOGIC PLENARY: Engagements in Urban Media Studies
The aim of this session is to provide a platform for an interdisciplinary and critical reflection on what it means to engage in an exploration of media & the city (or, ‘urban media studies’)- conceptually, empirically, methodologically, and pedagogically. For this reason, we have invited five scholars from a variety of intellectual backgrounds, geographical locations, and stages in their respective careers, to provide a critical introduction to our Plenary, by way of positioning themselves in relation to the following key questions, we pose in advance of the session:
1) Looking back at your own research interests in ‘media and the city’, how would you define ‘media’ as a component of this joint theme of study? What, on the other hand, makes ‘the urban’ specific as a social and cultural context for such research?
2) Which modifications of inherited canons and assumptions from the disciplinary tradition you come from are to be adopted?
3) Which other fields do you think media studies should collaborate with on this journey?
4) Which specific topics do you see arising from doing ‘urban media studies’?
Each speaker will have a maximum of five minutes to provide their position statements based on their responses to the above questions, so as to stimulate a discussion and give it a starting direction, after which introduction, everyone in the audience will be invited to respond to specific arguments made and take the debate further.
Jordan Frith (Assistant Professor – Technical Communication, University of North Texas)
Beatriz Garcia (Senior Research Fellow, University of Liverpool, Department of Sociology)
Rafael Alarcón Medina (Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Escola de Arquitetura)
James Hay (Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, College of Media, University of Illinois)
Zlatan Krajina (Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb)
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