Ecrea twg Media & the City 2015 Conference


University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science, 2425 September 2015

urban media studies preview

Call for papers and panels
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. Thus, though speaking from the position of media studies, we invite submissions from scholars who work in all relevant fields that interface with the key issue of media and the city. These include, but are not limited to, such fields as urban geography, urban sociology, architecture, anthropology, science and technology studies, visual and sound/auditory culture studies, sociology of the senses, and other related subfields.

We specifically welcome submissions which deal with the following themes and approach them with an interdisciplinary curiosity – as potential intersections between two or more fields of research: Historical connections between urban studies and media studies; Urban spaces and media practices; Urban sociality and media; Mediation of urban daily life; Media, architecture and urban design; ‘Media cities’ as production clusters and complexes; Performing and audiencing (in) the mediated city; Media, urban power, resistance and conflict; Media, gender and the city; Media, ethnicity and the city; Urban spaces of media consumption; Urban law in the digitally sustained cities; Mediated urban sensescapes; Urban, outdoor and ambient advertising; Fashion as urban communication; Urban gaming; Journalism and the city; The city as a mediated ecosystem; Urban mediation and spatial negotiations; Methodologies of urban media studies; Teaching about media and the city

We welcome both individual and multi-authored abstracts, and full panel proposals (with four presentations; 15–20 minutes per presentation). In the case of panel proposals, the candidate chair should provide a title and a short general description of the proposed panel, together with the abstracts of all presenters.  In addition to conventional academic presentations of original theoretical, methodological and/or empirical research of any of the above or other related themes, we encourage practice-based presentations, like urban films and documentaries, sonic projects and other exploratory artwork that probe issues of media and the city.

Abstract proposals (300 words) for presentations and panels, together with short bios, should be submitted to by May 18th, 2015. Authors will be informed of acceptance by June 18th 2015.

The conference will also feature a special dialogic plenary where participants from different disciplines will be invited to share views on their work in the context of media and the city.

A selection of papers will be published in an edited book and/or in a journal special issue.


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