Media Ecology Beyond The Metaphor New Better And More Materialist
February 19, 2016: Nina Lager Vestberg (Professor of Visual Culture @ The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Date & Time: February 19, 10:15 - 12:00
Location: UiT Tromsø, Room B-1003

This talk will give an overview of media ecology as a contested term in media studies, beginning with established uses of the terms ecology and environments as metaphors for understanding media (with more than a nod to McLuhan), and moving on to current debates on the material infrastructures of media technologies. Drawing on arguments presented in the editors' joint introduction to Media and the Ecological Crisis (Routledge 2015), the lecture will engage a critique of the purely metaphorical ecology of twentieth-century media studies. It will further detail some of the current work in both media research and new materialist theory that may fruitfully inform a new, better, and more materialist media ecology. Finally, it will point to areas in which the old and new conceptions of media ecology would seem to benefit from mutual exchange rather than hostility.

Video recording of the lecture available here. Filming by RESULT, UiT Tromsø.

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