Call for papers — New Zealand Geographical Society Conference

A number of scholars have noted an increasingly visible “spatial turn” within Media Studies, characterized by a growing concern for the development of more spatially sensitive modes of media research and analysis. This spatial turn in Media Studies has helped to generate an international expansion of work that explores relationships between communication media and questions involving space and place, matters of scale, new media mobilities, territoriality and identities, and so forth. Meanwhile, cultural geographers are increasingly researching media topics, as is evidenced by the ongoing expansion of panels devoted to Media Geography at international conferences, and the launch of new journals such as Aether: The Journal of Media Geography. Hence, geographers are becoming increasingly concerned with the role of media practices and institutions within the processes of globalization, theconstruction of space and place, the geographies of everyday life, and related matters. As Jansson and Falkheimer suggest in Geographies of Communication, communication creates space, and space creates communication.

We invite submissions on any aspect of Media Geography or involving the intersection of Media Studies and Geography for one or more Media Geography panel(s) we will be convening at the New Zealand Geographical Society Conference 2010, with the Institute of Australian Geographers, to be held in Christchurch from 5-8 July (see Topics might include:

* Media and cultural citizenship
* Indigenous media and indigenous broadcasting rights
* Mediated experiences of space and place
* Popular geopolitics
* Media convergence
* Media spectacles
* Media and identity
* Urban communication
* Media and communication for development
* Geographies of cinema, radio, television, Internet, advertising, or cell phones
* Cultural politics of geographic technologies and participatory GIS

Conference keynote speakers include Lisa Parks, Professor and Chair of Film and Media Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. Professor Parks has authored or edited several books and many journal articles and book chapters that explore a range of issues at the intersection of Media Studies and Geography. Her books include Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual (Duke University Press), and Planet TV: A Global Television Reader (New York University Press).

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Julie Cupples ( and Kevin Glynn ( by 1 April 2010.


~ by Jason Dittmer on March 24, 2010.

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