Cartographies of Place

IN/TERMINUS is pleased to announce the upcoming release (March 2014) of Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban, engaging with place, image, and media to understand the complexity of urban life. Co-edited by Michael Darroch and Janine Marchessault. Watch for news of the Windsor book launch (date TBA)!


Media are incorporated into our physical environments more dramatically than ever before – literally opening up new spaces of interactivity that trans- form the experience of being in the city. Public gatherings and movement, even the capabilities of democratic ideology, have been redefined. Urban Screens, mobile media, new digital mappings, and ambient and pervasive media have all created new ecologies in cities. How do we analyze these new spaces?

Cartographies of Place develops new vocabularies and methodologies for engaging with the distinctive situations and experiences created by media technologies which are reshaping, augmenting, and expanding urban spaces. The book builds upon the rich traditions and insights of a post-war genera- tion of humanist scholars, media theorists, and urban planners. Authors engage with different historical and contemporary currents in urban studies which share a common concern for media forms, either as research tools or as the means for discerning the expressive nature of city spaces around the world. All of the media considered here are not simply “free floating,” but are deeply embedded in the geopolitical, economic, and material contexts in which they are used.

Michael Darroch is Director of the IN/TERMINUS Creative Research Collective in the School for Arts and Creative Innovation at the University of Windsor. Janine Marchessault is Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media, and Globalization in the Department of Film at York University.


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