[Air-L] FW: Symposium on Media City, May 15-17 2013, Helsinki

Tero Karppi tero.karppi at gmail.com
Thu Jan 17 02:10:23 PST 2013

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The Spectacular/Ordinary/Contested Media City
May 15–-17, 2013
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

In contemporary cities, the effects of advanced telecommunications and
  commodified media exist everywhere around us. In both eye-catching
and oblique ways, mass and personalised media forms reshape our
spatial practices and perceptions of specific milieus and the city as
a whole.

We invite presentations that deal particularly with the following issues:

• role of media and surveillance technologies in the
spectacularisation of urban public spaces and events
• the ways in which media technologies and representations become part
  of the taken-for-granted perceptions and routinised practices and
rhythms of urban life
• the actual and potential contributions of mass and personalised
media forms to the contestation of economic, political and cultural
hegemonies in cities

Throughout the interdisciplinary symposium, the spectacular, ordinary
and contested aspects of the media city will be brainstormed through
questions such as: What is the relationship of materiality of media
and symbolic media representations in the construction of densely
digitalised urban milieus? To what extent and how is media-saturation
steering people’s urban activities towards automated and un-reflected
modes? Or do the “urban media affordances” open room for creative
place-making practices, new amalgamations of technology and
corporeality, and even chances for alternative decoding and political
resistance? In which ways do different forms of art and popular
culture (cinema, literature, theatre, digital games etc.) articulate
and intervene in the media city? What ethical and political issues
lurk behind the pecuniary motifs of the ongoing mediatisation of space?

Invited keynote speakers:

• Anne Cronin, Lancaster University, UK
• Stephen Graham, Newcastle University, UK
• Scott McQuire, Melbourne University, Australia
• Shannon Mattern, The New School, USA

If you would like to present a paper at the
Spectacular/Ordinary/Contested Media City symposium, please send an
abstract (max. 300 words) to mediacity-2013 at helsinki.fi by 24 January
2013. A narrative bio (max. 100 words) describing the author’s
background and research interests should also accompany the proposal.

For more information, visit:

The organising committee:
Jani Vuolteenaho & Outi Hakola, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Seija Ridell & Sami Kolamo, University of Tampere.

Contacts / conference secretary:
Kirsi L. Reyes-Anastacio / Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Email: mediacity-2013 at helsinki.fi

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