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Authors:Amanda Lagerkvist: Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK), Stockholm University, Sweden
Publication title:Future Lost and Resumed: Media and the Spatialization of Time in Shanghai
Conference:The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena, Sweden, 25–29 October, 2006
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:020
Article No.:009
Abstract:The current resurgence of the Chinese mega city of Shanghai involves a radical restructuring of the urban fabric, infrastructure, economy and media culture. New Shanghai competes to become the information communication hub in the Asia-Pacific, and partly through the display of wide-ranging digitalization at the World exposition of 2010 and in the city, the municipal government has set its mind on once again detaining the future right here. In this paper I probe the question of how one place becomes continually endowed with futurity. Futurity, I argue, is in fact an essential part of a collective memory in the city: it is Shanghai’s genius loci. Moving from the Golden Age of modernity and cosmopolitanism of the 1920s and 30s, through the city under Communism, into the current global/digital city of Shanghai I inquire into they ways in which media and communication have been historically, and are at present, a backbone of the Shanghai imaginary. I further discuss how the future is both obsessively desired in Shanghai of today and at once under seizure since New Shanghai is, as much as it is a place of physical monumentality, an elusive and contradictory space of temporal co-existence as well as of hypermobility and hypermediation.
Language:English
Year:2006
No. of pages:18
Pages:93–110
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/020/009/ecp072009.pdf
Available:2007-03-06
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Amanda Lagerkvist (2006). Future Lost and Resumed: Media and the Spatialization of Time in Shanghai, The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena, Sweden, 25–29 October, 2006 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=020;article=009 (accessed 8/20/2014)