In our ongoing look at the year that was 2017, Nina Cartier calls our attention to a seemingly-ephemeral moment in the wake of one of the year’s biggest political surprises, exploring the racial and gender subtext of the moment when Doug Jones taught us how to Dougie.Read More
When is a punch more than just a punch? In the next installment of our look back at the year that was, Nathan Holmes reflects on the “important semiotic damage” of a prominent white supremacist getting punched in the face with cameras rolling.Read More
Mediapolis opens the new year by looking at the one that’s just passed. Here, co-editor Brendan Kredell introduces the series and reflects on the changing tone of the journal in 2017.Read More
In this installment of our continuing series of conversations with authors of new books on cities and urban culture, reviews editor Noelle Griffis talks with Pamela Robertson Wojcik about her new book on the figure of the child in American urban film and fiction.Read More
In this installment of our From the Archives section, Nicholas Avedisian-Cohen explores the history of the Echo Park Film Center and its relationship to the city of Los Angeles, suggesting that we can observe the process of urban change at work through the holdings of film archives.Read More
In the first of her series of posts on transnational public art movements, Caitlin Bruce explores tensions around the relationship between urban identity and street art in Mexico.
In this special podcast Q&A Mack Hagood interviews Shannon Mattern on her new book, Code and Clay, Data and Dirt, focusing on her discussion of sound.
In this first installment of “Opening the Canon,” Mark Shiel reflects on Edward Soja’s influence on media studies, urban studies, and their intersections.
In “Ruins, Representation and the Right to the City,” Spencer Cunningham provides a deft summary of the ongoing discussion surrounding the redevelopment of the City of Detroit, exploring the aesthetics (or, rather, the aestheticization) of the city’s urban ruins, and the contradictory forces of gentrification that continue into the present day.
In “Urban Topographies of Global Imagination,” Josh White investigates the geographical dimensions of global governance and its disjunction from the imaginaries of global communion that appear in contemporary popular culture, including the television program, Sense8. White’s analysis includes a critical examination of Michel Foucault’s “heterotopias.”
In “Infrastructural Inequality and Digital Divides,” Kortnee Tilson navigates through the dense theoretical content of Manuel Castells’ work on networked societies, and provides an evaluation of his insights for questions of power, inequality and access in connection with digital infrastructures.