[CITAMS] IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Urban Media Studies (fwd)

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Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:01:46 -0700
From: Arlene Luck <aluck at usc.edu>
To: Barry Wellman <wellman at chass.utoronto.ca>
Subject: IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Urban Media Studies

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on Urban Media Studies

Media have come to pervade nearly all aspects of urban living. They are a
relevant part of urban infrastructures and play a key role in sustaining
urban functions. At the same time, they inform urban routines and practices,
and mediate public appearance.  No urban process can be fruitfully
understood without taking into account these constitutive forms of

At the same time, it is not possible to adequately address our relationships
with media in contemporary cities without considering the urban character of
media-related practices. It is in the urban contextÿÿa densely populated
and highly infrastructured space where people are brought together through
corporeal or technologically mediated copresenceÿÿthat specific forms of
communication take shape and become normalized. Thus, none of the
established perspectives in media studiesÿÿwhether that of democracy and
participation, production and technology, representation and use, or
belonging and identityÿÿcan claim to have an exhaustive understanding of
their problematics without appreciating the urban dimension.

This Special Section on The Mediated City Between Research Fields: An
Invitation to Urban Media Studies  argues for a wider recognition of
ÿÿurban media studiesÿÿ as an emerging and vibrant scholarly space for
research conducted across the borders of media/communication studies and
urban studies; the goal is to shed light on the mutually constitutive
entanglement of media, in all their multiplicity, and urban phenomena.

Guest-edited by Simone Tosoni, Zlatan Krajina, and Seija Ridell, this
Special Section features six original articles (plus an editorial
introduction) that interrogate the urban-media nexus from the standpoint of
issues as diverse as the historical development of consumer capitalism
(Cesare Silla), street photography and new forms of flâneurism (Ilija
Tomaniÿÿ-Trivundÿÿa), sport megaevents (Sami Kolamo and Jani Vuolteenaho),
urban protests (Tetyana Lokot), and episodes of xenoracism reported in
social media (Zlatan Krajina). This collection is complemented by an
academic interview with Professor Will Straw, who lectures on urban media
studies at McGill University in Canada and whose work represents one of the
few pedagogical attempts to link the two fields.

The articles propose different ways to bridge the canons of urban studies
and media studies in order to address the co-constitutive nature of media
and urban phenomena.

We invite you to read this new Special Section of seven articles in the
International Journal of Communication that published October 23, 2019.
Please log in to ijoc.org to access these papers.  We look forward to your

The Mediated City Between Research Fields: An Invitation to Urban Media
Studies - Introduction
Simone Tosoni, Zlatan Krajina, Seija Ridell

The (Theatrical) Mediation of Urban Daily Life and the Genealogy of the
Media City: Show Windows as Urban Screens at the Rise of Consumer Capitalism
in America (1880ÿÿ1930)
Cesare Silla

Photographic Flâneur, Street Photography, and Imagi(ni)ng the City
Ilija Tomaniÿÿ-Trivundÿÿa

Uncanny Resemblances? Captive Audience Positions and Media-Conscious
Performances in Berlin During the 1936 Summer Olympics and the 2006 FIFA
World Cup
Sami Kolamo, Jani Vuolteenaho

The Augmented City in Protest: The Urban Media Studies Perspective
Tetyana Lokot

Understanding Encounters for Urban Media Studies: Civic Intercourse, Screen
Technologies, and Cultural Difference
Zlatan Krajina

Practicing Urban Media Studies: An Interview With Will Straw
Simone Tosoni, Seija Ridell

Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Simone Tosoni, Zlatan Krajina, Seija Ridell
Guest Editors
International Journal of Communication (IJoC)
USC Annenberg Press
University of Southern California

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