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3rd Media Fields Conference: Contested Territories
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Media Fields Research Collective
A conference of the Media Fields Research Collective and the Film and Media Studies Graduate Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara
March 31 – April 1, 2011
Santa Barbara, California
The Media Fields research collective is excited to announce Contested Territories, its third conference exploring the relationship between media and space. We are interested in work that considers media about contested territories, media as contested territories, as well as the contested territories of media space. As a theme, ”contested territories” encompasses a range of sites, both physical and conceptual, where new possibilities can be born from struggle. The etymology of the terms lends to various interpretations of their meaning. For example, “contested” might immediately evoke thoughts of conflict and dispute but it can also refer to acts of questioning and doubting, or even witnessing and giving testimony. Although “territory” literally references an “earth place,” embedded within the term is also a sense of fear that things are somehow out of order. Territories and their contestations are both imagined and visceral; they are at once formed discursively and felt materially as lived experience.
We are interested in papers that approach the conference theme in multiple and even contradictory ways. Like past Media Fields conferences, Contested Territories is meant to deepen critical explorations of media and space across disciplines. The following topics might serve as a starting point for that conversation:
We seek proposals for individual paper presentations that broadly explore and interpret the theme Contested Territories. Scholars working across departments and disciplines are welcome, though a focus on media and media space is encouraged.
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