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EXTENDED CFP: ‘Media and Place’, 11-12th July 2014 (deadline 15 March)
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School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
EXTENDED CALL FOR PAPERS
‘Media and Place’
School of Humanities and Cultural Studies
To celebrate the launch of the new ‘Media’ Masters programme, we are pleased to announce our conference on the 11-12th July 2014.
Confirmed Keynote speakers:
Submission of abstracts
Media operate in settings and environments: they exist in place. Some media spaces we occupy feel like home - listening to our favourite radio stations while we drive to work - while others enable virtual travel across vast physical spaces to different geographical locations. Media can escort us in an instant from the glamour of the global city to the minute, quotidian details of life lived at the local. Television’s liveness can gather very different people in the same physical space or draw together disparately located audiences around political events, sports tournaments and ecological disasters. Literature and film make possible different versions of the same city, multiplied as it filters differently through the eyes of directors and authors to the audience and reader. Media can blur the boundaries between the private and the professional, transform domestic boundaries into global businesses, and offer individual opportunities for public confessionals. New media connect us across continents with friends, loved ones and those we’ve never met. Yet place is always more than a location on a map; it is lived and experienced through repetition such that some places become laden with meanings of belonging and affective attachment. In what ways does place matter to the media? How far do we inhabit or live inside the media we use? Or rather, has the electronic world created a culture of placelessness? This inter-disciplinary conference welcomes researchers and practitioners from media and cultural studies, urban history, post-colonial studies, gender studies, urban sociology, cultural and phenomenological geography, politics, political economy, philosophy, social and cultural theory, cultural policy, anthropology, town planning, architecture, design, visual arts and ecology.
1. The cultural representations of land and urbanscapes across time and space;
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