In this first installment of our Q&A feature – where contributors to a project like an edited volume or conference panel have a structured discussion about the themes and ideas central to their own work and to the project on which they’ve collaborated – we examine a new book. Released this September by Wallflower Press, Global Cinematic Cities: New Landscapes of Film and Media addresses world cinema, television, new media, and the global city to argue for the continuing importance of “the cinematic city” in a time of converging media practices and globalization processes. Its editors, Johan Andersson and Lawrence Webb, asked their contributors a series of questions related to the underlying concerns of the project. Their answers, lightly edited, as well as Andersson and Webb’s framing comments, are collected below.
Global Cinematic Cities: An Introduction (August 23, 2016)
In the first entry to the Q&A, Global Cinematic Cities editors Lawrence Webb and Johan Andersson introduce the issues and the panelists discussing them.
Thinking Media Through Space (August 23, 2016)
In the second entry, the contributors explain what they think urban space has to offer as a methodology to people working in film and media studies.
Media Politics/Mediating Politics and the Urban (August 25, 2016)
In the third entry, the contributors concentrate on the political implications of their topic, and look at the gaps left when approaching space through media.
The Cinematic City in a Digital Age (August 29, 2016)
In the fourth entry, the contributors close by considering how digital media has changed the relationship between the cinema and the city and discuss their own future projects in light of these changes.