Media's Mapping Impulse

MGM's current initiative is focused on "Media's Mapping Impluse."  A group of 30 scholars from around the world will gather in Mainz, Germany June 17th and 18th for a symposium on the topic.  This symposium will be the foundation for a MGM book on the subject.  Names and abstracts can be found below under the picture.

Cartography is one of the oldest forms of media and while mapping implies and objectification of spatial relations it cannot disown its gaze (Rose 1995) nor the inherent and embedded power relations that come from its voyeuristic and controlling tendencies.  Mass media in all its forms has an underlying mapping impulse - topologies, networks and flows lead to spaces constantly being used up to produce places of communication.  Meaning, ideology and power are habitually arbitrated across and through space, time, and the aether of media.  Mobile computing has only increased the pace, flow, and interaction of media across space and requires a geographical situatedness in which and for which media to take place.  The mapping impulse of media is overt and subtle: Think of how Hollywood’s runaway productions creatively maps Toronto as the “other” New York, Romania as North Carolina, or South Africa as California; Or, think of how locative media relies of geo-fencing, geo-tagging, and geo-coding to produce applications and services that localize and individualizes information to one’s liminal, transitory, and fleeting lived space; Or, think of how (geo)web 2.0 situates one’s virtual world via Facebook check-ins that announce your whereabouts to friends and acquaintances or Instagram’s geo-tagging of pictures (performing something).  And yet, this mapping impulse is hardly new, but rather has been part of media all along.  Visual media, for instance, developed out of a mapping impulse during the Renaissance, which led to the scopic regimes of projectionism and perspectivalism and their related technologies.  Moreover, both media and cartography are never static, but rather are ongoing scopic and discursive regimes that continually make and remake the terms in which we understand and interact with our world.  With this collection of papers we seek to explore the relationship between cartography, geospatial technologies, and locative media on the one hand, and new and traditional media forms such as social media, mobile apps, television, film, and music, on the other. 

 Possible themes and areas of focus for this book include, but are not limited to: montage and bricolage; the cartographic paradox and cartographic anxiety; the spatial turn in communication and media studies; GIS as media and the use of GIS to understand media; auditory cartographies, sound and musical maps; cinematic cartographies; locative media, mobile apps, and the everyday; sharing economies (AirBnB, Couch Surfing, Uber) and the map; architectonics, spatial mobilites and haptical cartographies; urban planning, media and the revisualization of place; and sensorial cartographies.

Author Second Author University Title
Adams, Paul   University of Texas at Austin Refugee Risk Maps: The Anxious Cartography of Displaced Person Flows 
Arnold, Gregory   Johannes Gutenberg University The power of maps in bottom-up web 2.0 cartography Crowdsourcing and critical web mapping of vacancy and the impact on urban development 
Avezzu, Giorgio   Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Cinema and the Crisis of Cartographic Reason
Boos, Tobias   University of Siena  Online Neighbourhood Mapping: The Case of Siena’s Online Eco-museum 
Buckman, Stephen Maria Arquero de Alarcon, Jennifer Margret University of South Florida and University of Michigan Tracing shorelines in the Great Lakes Communities
Castro, Teresa   Université Sorbonne Nouvelle  What does the world picture want? On the history of spinning globes, animated maps and GIS imagery in film
Clarke, David   Swansea University Memento and the Haussmannization of Memory – or, The Rat Man’s destinerrance
Conley, Tom   Harvard University Old Maps & New Media: Sentient Geographies
Conley, Verena     Sentiment Sediment Blurb
Doel, Marcus   Swansea University On Location -- Here and Now, or Modernity unhinged 
Finn, Johnny   Christopher Newport University Identity, Space, Media, & Mapping: Media as Vectors for Mapping Social Identities
Gekker, Alex Sam Hind Utrecht University, University Warwick On autopilot: Towards a flat ontology of vehicular navigation.
Kingsepp, Eva   Karlstad University Memory Culture and Popular History regarding the North Africa Campaign during the Second World War
Kümmel-Schnur, Albert   University of Konstanz TBD
Lukinbeal, Chris Laura Sharp Univertiy of Arizona Scale: (Dis)embodiment, Possession, and Alienation
MacDonald, Gavin   Manchester Metropolitan University Two Dutch landscapes: art and the mainstreaming of geomedia
Mains, Susan   University of Dundee Love in the Time of Cartography: Reimagining Media Narratives of Magic, Mobility and Danger in Colombian Tourism
Miggelbrink, Judith   Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde "Mapping the borderland. Mapping impulses in everyday (re-)productions of the German border towards Poland"
Pietsch, Stephan   Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde Presentation only: Title TBD
Plien, Marion   Johannes Gutenberg University Cinematically inspired cognitive (experience-based) maps: How feature films influence our perception of the world
Schaab, Gertrud Christian Stern Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences Mobile Map Apps: Toys or Tools?
Sommerlad, Elisabeth Anton Escher Johannes Gutenberg University Mapping Marrakech in Wester Feature Films
Tesfahuney, Mekonnen Richard Ek Karstad University Nihilist Media and its Mapping Impulse
Thielmann, Tristan   University of Siegen Maps 4.0: Things that come in between
Wißmann, Torsten   Johannes Gutenberg University Guides in the Nowhere. The (Un)Importance of Place in Audio-Guided City Tours
Woods Denis   Independent Scholar  Mapping’s Complicated Media Impulse
Poorthuis, Ate Zook, Matt Singapore University of Technology and Design, University of Kentucky The Geography and Gaze of the Selfie