Marxist Thought and the City

Cities & SpacePosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 13:08:07

Marxist Thought and the City
Henri Lefebvre

Translated by Robert Bononno
Foreword by Stuart Elden

University of Minnesota Press 2017.

One of the most influential Marxist theorists of the twentieth century, Henri Lefebvre first published Marxist Thought and the City in French in 1972, marking a pivotal point in his evolution as a thinker and an important precursor to his groundbreaking work of urban sociology, The Production of Space. Marxist Thought and the City—in which he reviews the work of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels for commentary and analysis on the life and growth of the city—now appears in English for the first time.

Rooted in orthodox Marxism’s analyses of capitalism and the capitalist mode of production, with extensive quotations from the works of Marx and Engels, this book describes the city’s transition from life under feudalism to modern industrial capitalism. In doing so it highlights the various forces that sought to maintain power in the struggles between the medieval aristocracy and the urban guilds, amid the growth of banking and capital.

Providing vital background and supplementary material to Lefebvre’s other books, including The Urban Revolution and Right to the City, Marxist Thought and the City is indispensable for students and scholars of urbanism, Marxism, social geography, early modern history, and the history of economic thought.


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A Cartographic Turn

Maps & MappingPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 13:02:40
A Cartographic Turn: Mapping and the Spatial Challenge in Social Sciences
Jacques Lévy (ed.) EPFL Press (2016)

The Cartographic Turn contains contributions on maps and cartography from multiple authors from various disciplines: geography, demography, cartography, art theory, architecture and philosophy. While such diversity could imply that this book is a collection of independent contributions gathered only by their topic, this impression would be misleading. Rather, this book develops four simple propositions that actually can be streamlined into a single concept expressed through four different perspectives. Above all, maps convey rational, aesthetic, ethical and personal messages, at times separately but more often in unison, and this mix offers ample fields for studying social complexity. Beyond that, maps are, by their very existence, both representations of pre-existing spaces and creations of new spaces. Consequently, the historical or anthropological analysis of maps as semantic objects should be connected to the production of new maps, namely those that take advantage of the powerful tools provided by digital technology. Finally, the issues of contemporary mapping should be read in light of recent innovations within social sciences on space. Before this cartographic turn, technicians, historians, users and exegetes were distinct and decidedly turned away from each other.The era of the singular engineer-designed map is past. Maps have gained many new actors, and these actors are critical thinkers. This book would modestly like to contribute to a durable association between mapping and reflexivity. Cartographers, historians of cartography, geographers, visual scientists and artists, social scientists as well as advanced students in these disciplines will appreciate and benefit from reading The Cartographic Turn.


  • Foreword (Rob Kitchin)
  • Introduction: Mapping Is Thinkable, Thinking Is Mappable (Jacques Lévy)
  • Part 1: Map as Resource – When Maps Reflect (Christian Jacob) – Maps in Perspective, What can philosophy learn from experimental maps in contemporary art? (Patrice Maniglier) – The Cartographic Dimension of Contemporary Art (Marie-Ange Brayer) – What the Atlas Does to the Map (Elsa Chavinier, Carole Lanoix, Jacques Lévy and Véronique Mauron)
  • Part 2: Map as Language – Space for Reason (Jacques Lévy)
  • Cartographic Semiosis: Reality as Representation (Emanuela Casti) – Doing the Right Map? Cognitive and/or Ethical Choices (Jacques Lévy and Elsa Chavinier)
  • Part 3: Where Are We on the Map? – Mapping Ethics (Jacques Lévy) – A Reappraisal of the Ecological Fallacy – Mapping Otherness (Emanuela Casti) – Mapping the Global Mobile Space: The Nomadic Space as Sample (Denis Retaillé)
  • Part 4: Who is the Author of this Map? – ‘My’ Maps? On Maps and their Authors (Patrick Poncet) – Lost in Transduction: From Digital Footprints to Urbanity – Augmented Reality and the Place of Dreams (André Ourednik)
  • After Cartography (Tim Ingold)

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Seven Sisters Indoor Market

Film, Space & PlacePosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 12:55:37



At its heart, this is a film about risk. It is about what we stand to lose in the course of a colossal social transformation reflected in the way our cities are being re-designed. A stroll in central London will show you what this transformation entails. Developers and politicians are building a new skyline, and with it, bearing a new standard of living costs. While recognising that change is inevitable, this film asks: what do we risk losing as this transformation unfolds?

In asking this question, a portrait is painted of a market in Tottenham, north London, called the Seven Sisters Indoor Market. On face value, it is a fairly common market, with numerous and diverse businesses sit side-by-side vying for custom. Looking more closely, it’s evident that it also doubles as an informal cultural centre for immigrants from Latin America, Africa, and elsewhere. This, too, is common enough among various parts of London and cities like it.

Upon closer reflection, however – and it is this reflection that the film attempts – a brilliance emerges. It is a brilliance in which public and private, social and commercial, native and foreign, are merged into a social attitude of inclusiveness - an example of humanity exceptionally embedded into urban space. It is a market imbued with a ‘living room’ feeling made up of informality and spontaneous cosmopolitanism. Imagine trying to cross a corridor amid multilingual chatter, and being blocked by a child practicing karate.

This portrait is painted using hybrid film language that borrows from documentary and fiction styles, as well as ethnographic modes of representation. At times, past and present are merged in the course of invoking personal stories of migration. At other times, static shots allow stories to unfold before the camera, resulting in a language as spontaneous as the spirit of the market itself.

The story of the Seven Sisters Indoor Market is a reminder of what is possible in a city, as well of what we risk losing through the systematic dismantling of the conditions that keep it open.

This emergent conflict is not passive – in this particular site, you may join the members of the Ward’s Corner Community Coalition in their struggle to preserve the market. The first step towards organised resistance, however, is a reflection triggered.

It’s this reflection on risk that this documentary offers.

Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou

Director, The Seven Sisters Indoor Market

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New Book - Cultural Turns

Spatial HumanitiesPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 12:44:27
Cultural Turns: New Orientations in the Study of Culture
Doris Bachmann-Medick.
Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2016. ISBN 978-3-11-040297-1.

https://www.degruyter.com/viewbooktoc/product/433816The contemporary fields of the study of culture, the humanities and the social sciences are unfolding in a dynamic constellation of cultural turns. This book provides a comprehensive overview of these theoretically and methodologically groundbreaking reorientations. It discusses the value of the new focuses and their analytical categories for the work of a wide range of disciplines. In addition to chapters on the interpretive, performative, reflexive, postcolonial, translational, spatial and iconic/pictorial/visual turns, it discusses emerging directions of research. Drawing on a wealth of international research, this book maps central topics and approaches in the study of culture and thus provides systematic impetus for changed disciplinary and transdisciplinary research in the humanities and beyond - e.g. in the fields of sociology, economics and the study of religion.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Cultural Turns - New Orientations in the Study of Culture 1-37
Chapter I: The Interpretive Turn 39-71
Chapter II: The Performative Turn 73-101
Chapter III: The Reflexive/Literary Turn 103-130
Chapter IV: The Postcolonial Turn 131-173
Chapter V: The Translational Turn 175-209
Chapter VI: The Spatial Turn 211-243
Chapter VII: The Iconic Turn/Pictorial Turn 245-278
Outlook: Are the Cultural Turns Leading to a Turn in the Humanities and Study of Culture? 279-298

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Space, Place, and Geographic Thinking in the Humanities

Spatial HumanitiesPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 12:21:41

Tim Cresswell lecture on Space, Place, and Geographic Thinking in the Humanities


e-blogged from Varve

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Bike Share Mapping

Maps & MappingPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 12:17:04
Bike share mapping creates beautiful portraits of London, NYC and Berlin

Researchers in Germany have turned GPS data from three major world bike share programmes into living, breathing visualisations of the cities themselves.

The Guardian, 9 August 2016: http://gu.com/p/4q2k4?

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Ballard's Island: Literary Geographies special issue

Spatial HumanitiesPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 12:04:13

Literary Geographies Volume 2 (1) 2016: Special Issue on JG Ballard's Concrete Island edited by Alexander Beaumont, Daryl Martin


Table of Contents

Special Issue Introduction

Ballard’s Island: Histories, Modernities and Materialities
Alexander Beaumont, Daryl Martin 1-15

Special Issue Articles

Sounding Surrealist Historiography: Listening to Concrete Island
Jeannette Baxter 16-30

An Expanding Field: Sensing the Unmapped
Sue Robertson 31-47

From a ‘metallized Elysium’ to the ‘wave of the future’: J.G. Ballard’s Reappraisal of Space
Jarrad Keyes 48-64

Ballard and Balladur: Reading the Intertextual and the Architectural in Concrete Island
Richard Brown 65-78

‘Everything Can Always be Something Else’: Adhocism and J.G. Ballard’s Concrete Island
Craig Martin 79-95

Ballard’s Island(s): White Heat, National Decline and Technology After Technicity Between ‘The Terminal Beach’ and Concrete Island
Alexander Beaumont 96-113

ISSN: ISSN 2397-1797

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Early City Maps

Maps & MappingPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 11:51:16
The Forbidden City to Convict's Landing: rare early city maps – in pictures

From London when it had only one bridge, to a pictorial rendition of Sir Francis Drake’s invasion of Santo Domingo, these global city maps date back to the 1500s and are taken from Great City Maps, published by DK.

The Guardian
, 1 September 2016:

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New Town Utopia

Film, Space & PlacePosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 11:37:04

New Town Utopia
is a documentary feature film that explores the original utopian dreams of a post-war British New Town – Basildon, Essex - and compares this to the modern concrete reality. We're close to finishing production, and after four years of serious hard work, have hundreds of hours of footage ready to be crafted into a poetic, challenging film.

It is a meditation on British social history that asks the question: do people make the place… or does a place make the people?


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New Book - Sacred Mobilities

Liminality & LandscapePosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 11:28:50

Sacred Mobilities: Journeys of Belief and Belonging - Avril Maddrell, Alan Terry © 2015 – Routledge

This collection draws on the Mobilities approach to look afresh at notions of the sacred where they intersect with people, objects and other things on the move. Consideration of a wide range of spiritual meanings and practices also sheds light on the motivations and experiences associated with particular mobilities. Drawing on rich, situated case studies, this multi-disciplinary collection discusses what mobility in the social sciences, arts and humanities can tell us about movements and journeys prompted by religious, more broadly ’spiritual’ and 'secular-sacred' practices and priorities. Problematizing the fixity of sacred places and times as territorially and temporally bounded entities that exist in opposition to ’profane’ everyday life, this collection looks at the intersection between the embodied-emotional-spiritual experience of places, travel, belief-practices and communities. It is this geographically-informed perspective on the interleaving of religious/ spiritual/ secular notions of the sacred with the material and more-than-representational attributes of associated mobilities and related practices which constitutes this volume’s original contribution to the field.


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New Book - Practising Rhythmanalysis

Rhythm & TemporalityPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 11:16:46

Practising Rhythmanalysis - Theories and Methodologies

by Yi Chen (London College of Communication, University of the Arts)

This book explores rhythmanalysis as a philosophy and as a research method for the study of cultural historical experiences. It formulates 'rhythm' as a critical concept which is defined in dialogic relationships to intellectual traditions, yet introducing unique philosophical positions that serve to re-think ways of conceiving and addressing cultural political issues.

Engaging with the notion of 'conjunctural shift', which for Stuart Hall captures the ruptured social landscape of Britain in the 1970s, the book then puts the method of rhythmanalysis to work by testifying the changing cultural experiences in rhythmic terms. This particular rhythmanalytical project instantiates while opening up ways of using rhythmanalysis for exploring cultural historical experiences.

You can order the book and find more information here: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781783487776/Practising-Rhythmanalysis-Theories-and-Methodologies#

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New book - Haunted Landscapes

Liminality & LandscapePosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 11:13:55

Edited by Ruth Heholt and Niamh Downing | Pages 256 | Size 9.00 x 6.00
Series: Place, Memory, Affect

Examines the concept of landscape as a multitude of places and spaces haunted by spectres, memory, trauma and nostalgia in literature, art and film from Victorian times to the present.

Haunted Landscapes offers a fresh and innovative approach to contemporary debates about landscape and the supernatural. Landscapes are often uncanny spaces embroiled in the past; associated with absence, memory and nostalgia. Yet experiences of haunting must in some way always belong to the present: they must be felt. This collection of essays opens up new and compelling areas of debate around the concepts of haunting, affect and landscape. Landscape studies, supernatural studies, haunting and memory are all rapidly growing fields of enquiry and this book synthesises ideas from several critical approaches – spectral, affective and spatial – to provide a new route into these subjects. Examining urban and rural landscapes, haunted domestic spaces, landscapes of trauma, and borderlands, this collection of essays is designed to cross disciplines and combine seemingly disparate academic approaches under the coherent locus of landscape and haunting. Presenting a timely intervention in some of the most pressing scholarly debates of our time, Haunted Landscapes offers an attractive array of essays that cover topics from Victorian times to the present.


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Madrid Movie Map

Film, Space & PlacePosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 11:03:32

"Geografía y cine” compiles a varied series of works produced by a group of researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, interested in the study of relations between the geographical and filmic space. Particular attention is given, on the one hand, to the way the film uses the geographical space as support for shooting locations and, secondly, to the subsequent dissemination of images from the exhibition of films. That is why mapping these filming locations is an essential step for any analytical study. A task that this group of researchers is carrying out in recent years and that, in the case of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, is displayed through an interactive map called MadridMovieMap.


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Voicing Experience - Autoethnography conference

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 10:46:00

Voicing Experience:

The 4th British Conference of Autoethnography

15-16 June, 2017, University of Sussex, Brighton

This interdisciplinary conference aims to provide an open, creative space in which to explore the power of autoethnographic work as expressed through its heterogeneous practices, productions and performances. What happens when we begin to take our experiences of the worlds we inhabit seriously and to give reflexive and diffractive voice, through manifold creative means, to that experience? What resonances do we find with other narratives and voices articulating experiences from other spheres? How does voicing experience speak to and challenge the larger structures within which we live? And how do these different spheres shape, in turn, the quality and style of voices being expressed – their tone, mode of expression, fluency and persuasiveness?

The conference seeks to explore the power of autoethnographic work, as expressed, for instance, in dynamics of resistance, critique, healing or assistance.

We invite proposals for papers, presentations, performances and other creative works.

Please submit proposals with abstract (250 words) and, if relevant, session plan (max 250 words) to voicingexperience2017@sussex.ac.uk<mailto:voicingexperience2017@sussex.ac.uk> by 10th February 2017.

The presentations will be arranged in the following ways:

· 90-minute 3-person presentation sessions.

· 90-minute single presentation sessions.

Please indicate which presentation format you would prefer.

Conference fee for this 2-day event (excluding accommodation): £75

We have a limited number of reduced-rate tickets (£45) for students and unemployed.

For general enquiries, please write to: voicingexperience2017@sussex.ac.uk<mailto:voicingexperience2017@sussex.ac.uk>

Please see the website for full details and registration: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sociology/outreach/sociology-conferences/voicingexperience

Organising Committee: Dr Jamie Barnes (Sociology, Sussex), Dr Michael Hayler (Education, Brighton), Dr Ross Wignall (Anthropology, Sussex).

This Conference is initiated by Brighton Autoethnography Group with sponsorship & support from the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Sussex.

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Cinemagoing, Film Experience and Memory

Memory & HeritagePosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 10:41:49
Memory Studies Special Issue: Cinemagoing, Film Experience and Memory
Volume 10, Issue 1, January 2017

Annette Kuhn, Daniel Biltereyst and Philippe Meers (issue editors)



Annette Kuhn, Daniel Biltereyst and Philippe Meers
Memories of cinemagoing and film experience: An introduction

Jacqueline Maingard
Cinemagoing in District Six, Cape Town, 1920s to 1960s: History, politics, memory

José Carlos Lozano
Film at the border: Memories of cinemagoing in Laredo, Texas

Lucie Česálková
'Feel the film': Film projectionists and professional memory

Pierluigi Ercole, Daniela Treveri Gennari and Catherine O’Rawe
Mapping cinema memories: Emotional geographies of cinemagoing in Rome in the

Melvyn Stokes and Matthew Jones
Windows on the world: Memories of European cinema in 1960s Britain


'Film Culture: Brno, 1945 – 1970.' The History of Distribution, Reception and Exhibition, Reviewed by Alice Lovejoy

John Seamon, /Memory and Movies: What Films Can Teach Us about Memory/, Reviewed by Ian O'Loughlin

CarrieLynn Reinhard and Christopher Olson (eds.), /Making Sense of Cinema: Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship/, Reviewed byEmma Pett

Karina Aveyard,/The Lure of the Big Screen: Cinema in Rural Australia and the United Kingdom/, Reviewed by Julia Bohlmann

Marcia Landy, /Cinema and Counter-History/, Reviewed by Mélisande Leventopoulos

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Archiving the City

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 18 Jan, 2017 10:37:43
Archiving the City/ City as Archive

Thursday 16 March 2017, 9.00am to 6.00pm

A symposium organised by the Archiving the City research strand.

We are inviting abstract submissions for a one-day symposium entitled Archiving the City/ City as Archive. This event, hosted by the Centre for Modern Studies, considers the cultural forms through which the modern city is archived. It examines the different ways—via institutions, public art, collective practice, and more—in which urban history and memory are organised and presented in contemporary culture. It also engages with how the spaces and architecture of the city may themselves present an archive, offering up reminders of social and cultural processes, imaginaries, struggles and events.

The symposium critically engages with Henri Lefebvre’s (2014) argument that the reign of the city is ending; that the city now only exists as an image and an idea. In addition, the gentrification and museification of the historic urban core reveals, at least in part, the deep sense of loss through which that the modern metropolis is increasingly remembered. This connects more broadly with Derrida’s (1996) notion of ‘archive fever’, which, he understands, is part of a compulsive, repetitive culture; a ‘homesickness’ born of a ‘nostalgic desire to return to the origin’ (ibid: 167). As such, the symposium is interested in perspectives that make links between contemporary archiving processes (both formal and informal), city museums, visual culture, heritage urbanism, ‘authenticity’ and the cultural regeneration of historic urban spaces. Particularly welcome are proposals that critically examine the ways in which the city is archived to create the impression of a post-conflictual present or in ways that make the city a more exclusive or restricted place. In addition, we welcome abstracts that explore how archiving the city can, in ways reminiscent of Benjamin’s Arcades Project, reveal the immediacy and fragmentary nature of metropolitan experience. The symposium will take an open-minded and critical approach to understanding how, why and where the modern city is archived and what such processes reveal about history, memory, social conflict and urban imaginaries.

Abstracts of no longer than 250 words to be sent to gareth.millington@york.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday January 6th. We especially welcome abstracts from postgraduate and doctoral students.

Confirmed external speakers include Rebecca Madgin (University of Glasgow) and Graeme Gilloch (University of Lancaster).

Registration for University of York staff and students is free. Please book your place here: http://store.york.ac.uk/product-catalogue/centre-for-modern-studies/conferences


Derrida, J. (1996) Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression. Chicago: Chicago University Press
Lefebvre, H. (2014) ‘Dissolving city, planetary metamorphosis’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32: 199-202

Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building

Email: gareth.millington@york.ac.uk

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CFP: Media's Mapping Impulse

Conference CFPsPosted by Les Roberts 14 Aug, 2015 15:46:30

Media’s Mapping Impulse

Cartography is one of the oldest forms of media. In both cartography and media, meaning, ideology, and power are habitually arbitrated across and through space and time. While critical cartographers have shed light on mapping’s innate tendency toward the objectification of spatial relations, a (masculine) gaze that it cannot disown, these same power relations are equally embedded in media’s voyeuristic and controlling tendencies. Media, moreover, in all its diverse forms, has an underlying mapping impulse – a proclivity to comprehend itself and be rendered comprehensible through metaphors of topologies, networks, and flows that lead to the constant evacuation of spaces in order to produce places of communication. This mapping impulse is hardly new, but rather has been part of media all along. Visual media, for instance, developed out of a mapping impulse during the Renaissance, which led to the scopic regimes of projectionism and perspectivalism and their related technologies. Both media and cartography are never static, but rather are ongoing scopic and discursive regimes that continually make and remake the terms in which we understand and interact with our world.

And yet, the mapping impulse of media is both overt and subtle. Think, for instance, of the subtle duplicity of Hollywood’s runaway productions, which creatively map Toronto as the “other” New York, Romania as North Carolina, or South Africa as California. Developments in mobile computing have not only increased the pace, flow, and interaction of media across space, but also the ubiquity, and thus the taken-for-grantedness, of mapping. More and more, owing to the practices of the neogeographers of the Geoweb, media requires a geographical situatedness in which and for which media can take place. Here, locative media relies on programming languages and APIs to construct geo-fencing, geo-tagging, and geo-coding and to produce applications and services that localize and individualize information to one’s liminal, transitory, and fleeting lived space. Consider, for example, the ways in which (geo)web 2.0 unites one’s virtual and physical presence (if such a distinction can be made) via services such as FourSquare or Facebook check-ins that announce one’s whereabouts to friends and acquaintances.

With this collection of papers we seek to illuminate media’s mapping impulse by exploring the relationship between cartography, geospatial technologies, and locative media on the one hand, and new and traditional media forms such as social media, mobile apps, television, film, and music, on the other. Media’s Mapping Impulse will be an international and interdisciplinary gathering of essays to be printed in the acclaimed Media Geography at Mainz (MGM) book series (www.geo.uni-mainz.de/mgm). Possible themes and areas of focus for this book include, but are not limited to: montage and bricolage; the cartographic paradox and cartographic anxiety; the spatial turn in media studies; GIS as media and the use of GIS to understand media; sensorial cartographies, sound and musical maps; cinematic cartographies; locative media, mobile apps, and the everyday; sharing economies (AirBnB, Couch Surfing, Uber) and the map; architectonics, spatial mobilities, haptical and emotional cartographies; urban planning, media and the revisualization of place.

Those interested in participating should send an extended abstract (750-1,000 words), along with a curriculum vitae and contact information, to Laura Sharp (laurasharp@email.arizona.edu) with the subject line “Media’s Mapping Impulse.” We ask that all proposals be submitted on or before September 15th, 2015. Responses to these proposals will be returned by November 1st, 2015. If selected, full papers will be expected on or before March 31, 2015. A blind review will be conducted on all papers. Final papers will be due no later than June 1, 2016. All authors selected for the final collection will be welcome to attend the “Media’s Mapping Impulse” symposium to be held at the Institute of Geography at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz in June 2016.

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New Book: Digital Cities

Digital SpacesPosted by Les Roberts 14 Aug, 2015 15:43:26
Digital Cities: The Interdisciplinary Future of the Urban Geo-Humanities
Benjamin Fraser (Palgrave Pivot, 2015)
Digital Cities stakes claim to an interdisciplinary terrain where the humanities and social sciences combine with digital methods. Part I: Layers of the Interdisciplinary City converts a century of urban thinking into concise insights destined for digital application. Part II: Disciplinary/Digital Debates and the Urban Phenomenon delves into the bumpy history and uneven present landscape of interdisciplinary collaboration as they relate to digital urban projects. Part III: Toward a Theory of Digital Cities harnesses Henri Lefebvre's capacious urban thinking and articulation of urban 'levels' to showcase where 'deep maps' and 'thick mapping' might take us. Benjamin Fraser argues that while disciplinary frictions still condition the potential of digital projects, the nature of the urban phenomenon pushes us toward an interdisciplinary and digital future where the primacy of cities is assured.

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New Book: Locative Social Media: Place in the Digital Age

Digital SpacesPosted by Les Roberts 14 Aug, 2015 15:38:51
Locative Social Media: Place in the Digital Age
Leighton Evans (Palgrave, 2015)

Locative Social Media offers a critical analysis of the effect of using locative social media on the perceptions and phenomenal experience of lived in spaces and places. It includes a comprehensive overview of the historical development of traditional mapping and global positioning technology to smartphone-based application services that incorporate social networking features as a series of modes of understanding place. Drawing on users accounts of the location-based social network Foursquare, a digital post-phenomenology of place is developed to explain how place is mediated in the digital age. This draws upon both the phenomenology of Martin Heidegger and post-phenomenology to encompass the materiality and computationality of the smartphone. The functioning and surfacing of place by the device and application, along with the orientation of the user, allows for a particular experiencing of place when using locative social media termed attunement, in contrast to an instrumentalist conception of place.

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New Book: Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban

Maps & MappingPosted by Les Roberts 14 Aug, 2015 15:35:14
Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban
Edited by Michael Darroch and Janine Marchessault
(McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015)

Media are incorporated into our physical environments more dramatically than ever before - literally opening up new spaces of interactivity and connection that transform the experience of being in the city. Public gatherings and movement, even the capabilities of democratic ideology, have been redefined. Urban Screens, mobile media, new digital mappings, and ambient and pervasive media have all created new ecologies in cities. How do we analyze these new spaces? Recognition of the mutual histories and research programs of urban and media studies is only the beginning. Cartographies of Place develops new vocabularies and methodologies for engaging with the distinctive situations and experiences created by media technologies which are reshaping, augmenting, and expanding urban spaces. The book builds upon the rich traditions and insights of a post-war generation of humanist scholars, media theorists, and urban planners. Authors engage with different historical and contemporary currents in urban studies which share a common concern for media forms, either as research tools or as the means for discerning the expressive nature of city spaces around the world. All of the media considered here are not simply "free floating," but are deeply embedded in the geopolitical, economic, and material contexts in which they are used. Cartographies of Place is exemplary of a new direction in interdisciplinary media scholarship, opening up new ways of studying the complexities of cities and urban media in a global context.

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