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CfP: “Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds”

Die interdisziplinäre Konferenz GeoMedia 2015 wird vom 05. bis 08. Mai 2015 in Karlstad, Schweden, stattfinden. Beiträge zu “Neue Perspektiven für Medienproduktionsräume” werden gesucht.

Mehr aus dem Call for Papers:

“Proposed Thematic Panel for GeoMedia 2015: Spaces and Mobilities in
Mediatized Worlds (An Interdisciplinary International Conference
Karlstad, SWEDEN, 5-8 May 2015, website: http://geomedia.se/)

New Perspectives on Media Production Spaces

By no means have media production spaces been ignored in academic
research. Analyses of media production have often been anchored to
specific settings, for example the studio in television production
studies, the newsroom in journalism ethnographies, or the loft-style
office in creative industries research. Yet in many ways these
traditions sit uneasily alongside the sorts of media spaces that emerge
through recent attempts to theorise media in terms of ‘practices’. The
value of work on media practices has been to emphasize the highly
contingent interweaving of media into ‘everyday life’, a process which
is fluid, indeterminate, and non-media centric. Yet, such work has
overwhelmingly centred on the spaces of media consumption. Media
production spaces, by contrast, are theorized as institutionalised,
closed-off, strategically coherent and medium-specific. The geographies
of media production, in other words, are often implicitly assumed to
inhabit a different level of analysis.

This thematic panel aims to offer new perspectives that trouble the
dichotomy between the geographies of media production and everyday
mediation, and particularly how the former is often seen as
institutionalized while the latter mundane. To begin with, what counts
as media production is up for grabs, for example in the erosion of
producer/audience distinctions, the loosening of medium specificity in
the wake of digitalization, or in the dispersal of media production
sites. At the same time, there are conceptual reasons to challenge the
idea that media production spaces are centers of power. This session
will explore the indeterminate spaces of media ‘production’ and their
contingent negotiation with, anticipation of and even subjugation to the
spaces, values and sensibilities of everyday life.

Papers might address the above themes via the following topics:

·      Affective/emotional dimensions of media production spaces/places

·      The social spaces of professionalized media fields and their
material geographies

·      Localized geographies of film/television/music

·      Code/software spaces and media production

·      Sport spaces and media production

·      The urban habitus of media professionals and semi-professionals

·      Site-specific encounters of media and non-media people

·      Spaces of ‘produsers’, ‘prosumers’, ‘citizen journalists’ and
other non-professional media contributors

·      Time/temporality/timeliness/rhythm and media production spaces

·      Media producer anticipations/constructions of audience/user

·      Architectural/infrastructural environments of media production

·      Cultural policy and the governance of media production

·      The body as site of media production

·      Practices of media space branding

·      Below the line media production spaces

The above list is indicative rather than exhaustive – proposals on other
topics still within the above broad session theme will be gratefully

If you are interested in proposing a paper for this panel, please send
an abstract between 200-250 words to both Helen Morgan Parmett
(Helen.MorganParmett@wwu.edu) and Scott Rodgers (s.rodgers@bbk.ac.uk) by
no later than 15 September 2014.

Following the GeoMedia conference, we plan to propose the papers from
this panel (or a development thereof) into a special theme issue for a
refereed journal in media and cultural studies.”

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