Cartographies of Place

9780773543027: Hardback
Release Date: 11th April 2014

9780773543034: Paperback
Release Date: 1st April 2015

7 b&w photos

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 320

Series Culture of Cities Series

McGill-Queen's University Press

Cartographies of Place

Navigating the Urban

Engaging with place, image, and media to understand the complexity of urban life.
Hardback / £91.00
Paperback / £27.99

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.

Michael Darroch is the director of the IN/TERMINUS Creative Research Collective in the School for Arts and Creative Innovation at the University of Windsor. Janine Marchessault is Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media, and Globalization in the Dep

“Cartographies of Place addresses an important topic and makes rich, consistent, and considered contributions to contemporary debates. Essays by established scholars and new voices develop common themes deserving of a broad, interdisciplinary readership.” Scott McQuire, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne