This call is for a workshop to be held as part of the SCMS 2016 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, March 30-April 3, 2016.
The space-time compression between mass-mediated and material culture has long extended media analysis to the fields of human geography and urban studies. However, less work has brought these investigations together with approaches from memory studies to consider how place and attachment are received by popular narratives that illuminate urban media for the cultural present. To that end, the workshop brings together cultural producers, media theorists and heritage workers to ask how human and non-human collectives are imagined, conjured up, and forgotten by a world that is increasingly filtered through urban media formations.
Topics may include:
• Architectures, infrastructures and everyday life
• Representations of the city in film, television, literature and the arts
• The integration of mass-mediated culture into the fabric of urban space
• The heritage and memorial potential of urban media formations
• Contestations over public space from regional and multinational vantages
• Social conflict resulting in war, abandonment and urban destruction
• The impact of tourism and gentrification
Short descriptions (80 words), as well as titles and bios should be sent before Aug 21.