Article | The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25-29 October; 2006 | Introducing MediaCities

Title:
Introducing MediaCities
Author:
Johan Fornäs: Department of Culture Studies (Tema Q), Link√∂ping University, Sweden
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Year:
2006
Conference:
The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25-29 October; 2006
Issue:
020
Article no.:
001
Pages:
15‚Äď19
No. of pages:
15
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-03-06
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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The ESF-LiU Conference in Vadstena 25‚Äď29 October 2006 gathered more than 50 inter¬≠national scholars to explore and discuss the theme of ‚ÄúCities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World‚ÄĚ. The main organiser and chair of the conference; musicologist researcher in media and communications Johan Forn√§s from the Department of Culture Studies (Tema Q) at Link√∂ping University introduces and sums up the event by outlining the general objectives behind this initiative.

This introduction starts by discussing the recent convergence of two previously distinct research areas: media studies and urban studies. The separation is a particular facet of a more general disjunction between culture and space; which is now being outdated from both sides; as geographers and urban theorists are increasingly interested in the imaginary; mediated and symbolic; while cultural studies and media research express a growing attention to spatial dimensions and locations of communication practices.

The various aspects and forms of this convergence are highlighted; combining the study of space in culture and cities in media or media representations of urban spaces with studies of culture in space and media in cities; comprising urban spaces of media making and use as well as the interspatial flows of images; texts and sounds. The result is a complex and dia­lect­ical fusion that may be termed MediaCities.

Subthemes and dimensions of this interface between urban; media and cultural studies are dis­cuss­ed; outlining a background to the conference and ideas for future collaborative Euro­pe­an research in this hybrid field; based on a set of different previous efforts that have paved the way for this new direction of research.

The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25-29 October; 2006

Author:
Johan Fornäs
Title:
Introducing MediaCities
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The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25-29 October; 2006

Author:
Johan Fornäs
Title:
Introducing MediaCities
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