Mark Shiel considers some historical precedents for the current moment.Read More
Stan Corkin discusses Trump’s affinity with televisuality and the dangers of the reality effect.Read More
Caitlin Bruce identifies the polyrhythmic nature of the city as a potent model for resistance to the Trump administration’s tactics, and to anti-urban representations of the city as population instead of populace.Read More
Sabine Haenni fills in the “points of warmth” on her migration map with examples of local resistance and local cinemas.Read More
Johan Andersson considers the relationship between Trump’s rhetoric and the anti-urban themes of the contemporary war film.Read More
In this final response, James Gilmore suggests that the vastness of the superhero genre defies generalizations and instead requires scholars to take situated “entry points” to the genre.Read More
Managing Editors Erica Stein and Brendan Kredell kick off the second phase of From the Editors’ Desk by asking what role media and the city can play in an effective response to the rapid pace of change.Read More
Lorrie Palmer follows Agent Carter off the grid in her discussion of the second season’s unruly spaces and unruly women.Read More
Dennis Hanlon and Amy Tibbitts discuss how they managed issues connected to team teaching, interdisciplinary topics, and diversely prepared student populations in their class on Spanish and Argentine cinemas of the economic crisis.Read More
Laura Felschow analyzes Marvel’s expansion of authenticity to the international in world building and marketing.Read More
Mark Shiel calls for urban cinema and media studies to reorient its methodologies in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.Read More
In the first response, Matt Yockey argues Marvel links the superhero to the urban, and to New York City in particular, through affect-inducing strategies that belie both Marvel’s, and the city’s, “ever upward” aspirations.Read More
Moving-image installations and media architecture have recently given renewed currency to established notions of dispositif, apparatus, and spectatorship. These concepts have allowed for new inquiries into the relationships among screens, viewers, and space in the urban context. In this Polished Panel, the participants use close analyses of peripheral practices of projection to illuminate the centrality of architecture to spectatorial experience.
Mediated cityscapes often reinforce the stigma associated with devalued areas and the underprivileged, yet can also undermine dominant perceptions and counter misrepresentations of place. In this Polished Panel, the participants map that tension that emerges between real and represented places, using a spatial approach to race to trace formal and industrial practices that create meaningful linkages among spaces, places, and bodies.
Of all popular film genres, horror perhaps makes the most consistent and flexible use of space. This use maps out landscapes of power, repression, and displacement. In this Polished Panel, the participants propose to use horror as a map of gentrification and its spectre of racialized violence.