CONFERENCE Media City: spectacular/ordinary/contested 15-17 May 2013 Helsinki

I hadn’t seen this one earlier, looks good. This adds another event to an already busy spring 2013:

MediaCities, 3-5 May 2013, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York;
New Media & Self-Organisation in Urban and Neighbourhood Governance Delft 16-17 May 2013
HYBRID CITY II: Subtle rEvolutions, 23-25 May 2013 Athens Greece
Communication and the City: Voices, Spaces, Media Conference, 14-15 June 2013, Leeds University UK


In contemporary cities, the effects of advanced telecommunications and commodified media exist everywhere around us. In both eye-catching and oblique ways, mass and personalised media forms reshape our spatial practices and perceptions of specific milieus and the city as a whole.

We invite presentations that deal particularly with the following issues:

  • the role of media and surveillance technologies in the spectacularisation of urban public spaces and events
  • the ways in which media technologies and representations become part of the taken-for-granted perceptions and routinised practices and rhythms of urban life
  • the actual and potential contributions of mass and personalised media forms to the contestation of economic, political and cultural hegemonies in cities

Throughout the interdisciplinary symposium, the spectacular, ordinary and contested aspects of the media city will be brainstormed through questions such as: What is the relationship of materiality of media and symbolic media representations in the construction of densely digitalised urban milieus? To what extent and how is media-saturation steering people’s urban activities towards automated and un-reflected modes? Or do the “urban media affordances” open room for creative place-making practices, new amalgamations of technology and corporeality, and even chances for decoding and political resistance? In which ways do different forms of art and popular culture (cinema, literature, theatre, digital games etc.) articulate and intervene in the media city? What ethical and political issues lurk behind the pecuniary motifs of the ongoing mediatisation of space?

Invited keynote speakers:

  • Anne Cronin, Lancaster University, UK
  • Stephen Graham, Newcastle University, UK
  • Scott McQuire, Melbourne University, Australia
  • Shannon Mattern, The New School, USA

If you would like to present a paper at the Spectacular/Ordinary/Contested Media Citysymposium, please send an abstract (max. 300 words) to mediacity-2013(AT) by 14 January 2013. A narrative bio (max. 100 words) describing the author’s background and research interests should also accompany the proposal.

The organising committee

Jani Vuolteenaho & Outi Hakola, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

Seija Ridell & Sami Kolamo, University of Tampere.

Contacts / conference secretary:

Kirsi L. Reyes-Anastacio / Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Email: mediacity-2013(AT)



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