The urban as emergent key concept for media theory

A new roundtable on ‘The Urban as Emergent Key Concept for Media Theory’ has been published online in Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture, edited by Scott Rodgers (co-editor of Conditions of Mediation).

This roundtable brings together contributions from five scholars (Zlatan KrajinaAndré JanssonMyria Georgiou, Giorgia Aiello and Scott Rodgers), all of whom explore the ways in which ‘the urban’ – and related concepts like the city, urbanism and urban space – have travelled in and through media theory and research.

Many of the most prominent sets of perspectives on mediated urbanism are broadly phenomenological, in that they emphasize an environmental view of media. Media, in other words, become seen as formal or technical ensembles encountered through action – rather than seen as discrete things apparently outside of such milieus. The second section of Conditions of Mediation (Spaces, Places, Environments) puts a particular emphasis on this kind of environmental view of media. As Joel McKim suggests in his chapter, phenomenologically inspired conceptualizations of media as atmospheric, ambient and environmental have become increasingly dominant in recent literature focusing on media and urban space.