Italy, Pisa

Media, space and the city: methodological approaches

when 12 June 2017 - 16 June 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 350

Media studies are a pivotal way of understanding society. Media became pervasive in our individual and
collective everyday life, and they are able to create collective representations and memory on a global level:
all the information we have about society and the world come from the media. Their pervasiveness makes
them, and us, ubiquitous: through our smartphones we can live in several worlds at the same time. Media,
and especially the new digital media, deeply modified our way of experiencing the space.
Often media and space are understood as dichotomous concepts, as if “real reality” and “virtual reality” could
exist separately. Such an interpretation can acquire a shade of nostalgia if relations established in the “real”
world are considered “pure”, “im-mediate” in the meaning of “not-mediated”, and possibly threatened by
the diffusions of the new media and of more mediated relations.
Nevertheless, a deeper analysis reveals that urban space and new media are strongly linked and that their
relation is not based on a simple contraposition. New media do not simply dematerialise social relations: they
make the territory more complex and stratified. They do not replace the physical space: they re-mediate the
borders and re-define traditional distinctions, such as public-private, external-internal.

Application Deadline: 29/05/2017

Course leader

Prof. Vincenzo Mele, Prof. Sonia Paone

Target group

Students, PhD students and researchers.

Course aim

The aim of the Summer school is to investigate the complex relations between space, city and media. Major
attention will be given to the methodological questions that threaten the scholars in Human Sciences.
The courses will be held in English by renowned scholars from Europe and North America, experts from
different disciplines, who will illustrate the complexity and potentialities of these perspectives.

Fee info

EUR 350: Fee needs to be defined.
Application Deadline: 29/05/2017

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