Events This Month
How do scholars transform doctoral theses into monographs?
What do publishers look for in a book proposal?
How do you negotiate a book contract?
In this session of DERC RAW, Dr Ramon Lobato, Senior Research Fellow
with DERC, will offer some tips on how to successfully navigate the world of
academic publishing and its many institutions, including university presses,
commercial presses, and open-access publishers.
Ramon Lobato is Senior Research Fellow (ARC DECRA fellow) with the Technology, Communication and Policy Lab. His research focuses on the cultural dimensions of media industries and markets, including non-legal, informal and pirate markets. Ramon is the author of Shadow Economies of Cinema and The Informal Media Economy, and more than 30 book chapters and articles. His current project is about the geography of video streaming. With an international team of collaborators, Ramon recently published the open-access book Geoblocking and Global Video Culture, a comparative study of streaming and circumvention practices. He is presently working on a book about Netflix.
Since the development of mobile media technology, there has been widespread proliferation of geo-locative, quasi-cartographic mapping practices in which people use applications (apps) on their mobile phones to negotiate, move and experience spatiality. These apps are reordering space, representation and power across technologies (a combination of cartographic discourses, digital economies and coded mapping applications), people (both in terms of embodiment, culture and subjectivity) and urban spaces (specific situated landscapes, infrastructures and flows).
Drawing on video footage from walking interviews in Sydney and Hong Kong, and archival documentation, this presentation considers how contemporary mobile mapping practices interweave topological and geometric rationalist models of space – across both digitality and materiality –, contra to intuitive, eruptive and ‘otherwise’ models of knowing. Focusing on a series of “moments” where the epistemological bases of everyday spatial knowledge are transformed into elasticated, yet gridded structures, I argue that everyday use of these apps offers important insights for future digital and spatial critiques of political power. It is in these moments, the extraordinary and the ordinary often become entangled, as the power of discourse becomes nestled in the everyday. In the volatility of postcolonial spaces, where the constant unexpected eruption of affect, haunting or trouble across bodies, technologies and spaces is bound with constant political contestation, the extra-ordinary becomes ordinary, and the ordinary, extraordinary.
Clancy Wilmott is a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Design and Creative Practice at RMIT University. Her research focuses on mobile technologies, cartographic (hi)stories, and postcolonial materialities in everyday life. She has previously been a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester, and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Warwick.
Please join us for our regular series of DERC Chats, an informal opportunity to hear what people in the centre and our broader research community are working on. In this August session, we’ll hear three brief ‘lightning talks’ from:
Lauren Gurrieri on research on social media influencers that examines sexualised labour on Instagram
Daniel Palmer on photo sharing in art
Gemma Sou (University of Manchester) on ethical representations and why she created comics from her interviews with disaster-affected people
We will then continue discussion over drinks and snacks.