CfA: Place, Power, Media

Divya McMillin, Joost de Bruin, Jo Smith (editors):
“Place, Power, Media”
Deadline: April 1, 2015

The anthology Place, Power, Media aims to study how place, as represented in mediated texts, is transformed through the imperatives of globalization, while at the same time offering forms of localized resistance to such processes. The core argument of this anthology is that it is in the analysis of place making that we recognize, engage with, and exert agency on the neocolonial conditions of globalization. This focus marks a departure from both reductionist tendencies of globalization studies and the obsession with the past that entraps revisionist postcolonial studies, as well as Indigenous approaches that seek to assert the particularities of cultural belonging. An initial proposal has already caught the interest of a few leading publishers and we are excited to put forth a Call for Papers for the anthology, described further below.

Place is an emotionally charged and culturally contested category in our current moment of globalization. The construction, configuration, restoration, and representation of place is an important project at multiple levels: what meanings are derived from it, what meanings are infused, who are the key players, what power struggles are inherent—these issues offer rich areas of study for global media scholars. This anthology brings together critical analyses of mediated texts such as television, news media, community media, and social/digital media that interrogate the notion of place in response to the pressures of globalization. Careful choreography and meticulous editing in televisual texts for example, can transform messy, real, noisy, and dusty locales into charming, friendly, progressive, and colorful sites for consumption. What are the implications of such “sanitization” for how consumers engage in political, social, economic, and cultural processes that shape their present and future, and that may very well reconfigure their pasts? How have local media producers drawn on global frameworks, practices and aesthetic norms to articulate the particularities of their place? Which expressions of place are lost or intensified in these encounters with the global? This anthology aims to build theory that links Indigenous, postcolonial and globalization studies and paves the way for further critical analyses of the interplay between power and place in globalizing economies. In its focus on the aesthetics and practices that rework geographical locations, the anthology will include studies of a variety of mediated texts including film, television, radio, social media, news and community-based media initiatives, to explore how reconfigurations of place, in turn, introduce incremental shifts in global flows that might facilitate „opportunistic encounters“ of resistance and interruption.

The distinction of this anthology will be in its interdisciplinary focus on the relationships among Indigenous, postcolonial, and globalization discourses and their implications for a range of contemporary media practices. We offer an anthology that focuses on how place-making media strategies, from a range of inter- and intra-national locations, draw on normative models of media that have a global purchase. As such, the anthology takes seriously the historical and contemporary conditions underpinning everyday media practices by offering a synthesis of Indigenous and postcolonial concerns framed through the larger lens of globalization.

We welcome papers from established and emerging critical scholars of Indigenous, postcolonial and global media, that:

  • Illustrate how media technologies produce space for local and foreign consumption.
  • Explore how media genres and forms such as lifestyle television, community radio, and social media configure “reality” by drawing on notions of place.
  • Reveal the contradictions and dynamics of complicity of globalization through the study of place-making media technologies and modes of production
  • Enhance our understanding of local adaptations of global formats for non-western and indigenous communities
  • Use ethnographic methods such as audience research or projects with media producers to illustrate ways in which people negotiate a sense of place through media.
  • Build theory on the relevance of place, particularly as cities or regions (as subnational units) attempt to link to global circuits sometimes working with and sometimes working against national efforts to do the same
  • Expand research on key concepts in global media studies such as synchronicity and contemporaneity
  • Expand research on key concepts in postcolonial studies such as opportunism, hybridity, and encounter
  • Expand research on key concepts in Indigenous studies such as sovereignty, complicity, and translation
  • Build scholarship on ethical considerations in such “transformational” texts as we evaluate how colonial pastscontinue to inform the globalized present.

Timeline

Authors are invited submit 500-750 word abstracts by April 1, 2015 and complete chapters no later than September 1, 2015 to:

Divya McMillin, PhD
Professor of Global Media Studies
Director of the Institute for Global Engagement
University of Washington Tacoma
Box 358457
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98422-3100
USA
divya uw.edu

Editors:
Prof Divya McMillin (University of Washington Tacoma)
Dr Joost de Bruin (Victoria University of Wellington)
Dr Jo Smith (Victoria University of Wellington)

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