This book introduces and develops the concept of geomedia studies as the name of a particular subfield of communication geography. Despite the accelerating societal relevance of ‘geomedia’ technologies for the production of various spaces, mobilities, and power-relations, and the unquestionable emergence of a vibrant research field that deals with questions pertaining to such topics, the term geomedia studies remains surprisingly unestablished. By addressing imperative questions about the implications of geomedia technologies for organizations, social groups and individuals (e.g. businesses profiting from geo-surveillance, refugees or migrants moving across national borders, or artists claiming their rights to public space) the book also aims to contribute to ongoing academic and societal debates in our increasingly mediatized world.
Table of Contents
1. Introducing Geomedia Studies (Karin Fast, André Jansson, Johan Lindell, Linda Ryan Bengtsson and Mekonnen Tesfahuney)
Part 1: Theorizing Geomedia
2. The Necessity of Geomedia: Understanding the Significance of Location-based Services & Data-driven Platforms (Rowan Wilken)
3. Mapping Geomedia: Charting the Terrains of Space, Place and Media (Paul C. Adams)
4. Space, Place and Circulation: Three Conceptual Lenses into the Spatialities of Media Production Practices (Helen Morgan Parmett and Scott Rodgers)
5. Media, Materiality, Mobility: Understanding Geomedia as Infrastructure Spaces (Mimi Sheller)
Part 2: Geomedia Spaces
6. Look Insidetm: Corporate Visions of the Smart City (Gillian Rose)
7. ‘The Sounds of Silence’ – Writing Urban Spaces (Tindra Thor)
8. City as Backlot: On Location in San Diego (Chris Lukinbeal and Laura Sharp)
9. Unimaginable Homes: Negotiating Ageism through Media Use (Kristian Møller Jørgensen and Maja Klausen)
Part 3: Geomedia Mobilities
10. Mobilism in Translation: Putting A New Research Paradigm to The Test (Maren Hartmann)
11. Artists Out of Place: The Invalidation of Network Capital in A Small-Town Cultural Community (André Jansson & Linda Ryan Bengtsson)
12. Geographical Imagination, Politics of Hospitality and The Media in The European Refugee Crisis (Kaarina Nikunen)
13. Fast Media (John Tomlinson)
14. Geomedia: In Praise of Unruly Conjunctions (Scott McQuire)
Karin Fast is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies and one of the Geomedia Research Group coordinators, at Karlstad University, Sweden. She has published her work in journals such as Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, International Journal of Cultural Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Media Culture and Society.
André Jansson is Professor in the Department of Geography, Media and Communication at Karlstad University, Sweden.
Johan Lindell is Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Geography, Media and Communication at Karlstad University, Sweden.
Linda Ryan Bengtsson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Media and Communication, Karlstad University, Sweden.
Mekonnen Tesfahuney is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Media and Communication, Karlstad University, Sweden.