The exact shape of the world? Media and mapping

by Giorgio Avezzù, Teresa Castro, and Giuseppe Fidotta ‘There’s something to knowing the exact shape of the world and one’s place in it – don’t you agree?’ – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Gore Verbinski, 2006) Among the different critical turns that have been reshaping recent media scholarship, the emphasis on space and spatiality […]

Editorial NECSUS

For the Autumn 2018 issue of NECSUS we have again compiled dynamic visual material and scholarly texts, including contributions that expand current research themes and explore new forms. The special section in this issue covers the topic #Mapping, guest edited by Giorgio Avezzù, Teresa Castro, and Giuseppe Fidotta. The authors who have been selected to […]

Plus ultra: Coloniality and the mapping of American natureculture in the empire of Philip II

by Adam Wickberg Introduction By 1570 the Spanish empire under the reign of King Philip II had already ruled the part of Central America known as New Spain for half a century. The famous conquistadors like Hernán Cortés and Christopher Columbus were dead and gone, but stories of their great fortune were very much alive […]

Earth networks: ‘The Human Surge’ and cognitive mapping

by Tiago de Luca In this article[1] I want to explore the way in which the global can be imagined in the cinema by taking up the concept of cognitive mapping as proposed by Marxist cultural theorist Fredric Jameson. I argue that the totalising remit of the concept offers an especially productive avenue through which […]

Embodied cartographies of the unscene: A feminist approach to (geo)visualising film and television production

by Laura Sharp [T]he frame refers to what is around the frame – a spatially and temporally contiguous ‘unseen’ that may, in its turn, subsequently enter the frame and so become actualized as a seen/scene… The essential thing about film, then, is not the framed image, but that which comes between the frames: the cut.[1]  […]

Digital maps and fan discourse: Moving between heuristics and interpretation

by Marta Boni It has already been established that maps, studied as a form of knowledge, share certain attributes with moving images. Both have the function to make visible elements of real, or imaginary, landscapes, but also to offer a multitude of possible paths, as well as multiple ways of existing in space and, sometimes, […]

The mapping of ‘500 Days of Summer’: A processual approach to cinematic cartography

by Chris Lukinbeal Introduction Film, media, and visual culture’s spatial turn has kindled interest in the relationship between cartography and cinema. This growing body of literature has emphasised the similarities between the mediums as well as how cartography and cinema may be productively combined. Castro describes this as cinema’s ‘mapping impulse’, while Bruno calls cinema […]

Making the map speak: Indigenous animated cartographies as contrapuntal spatial representations

by Lola Remy ‘That’s what we’re gonna use… their own medicine.’ – Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell, You Are on Indian Land (1969) Introduction: Maps as (colonial) power With the discovery of the so-called ‘New World’ and the exploration of its lands by European nations, mapping became the ideal tool for comprehending and mastering the unknown territories […]

Media mapping and oil extraction: A Louisiana story

by Janet Walker Introduction  Dead trees with leafless branches grey against the sky, flooded roads, houses raised up on stilts: such are the marks of coastal communities in peril in this time of environmental volatility and degradation. Chief Albert Naquin states in the 2015 documentary Can’t Stop the Water that ‘[t]he small Indian community of […]

NECSUS Autumn 2018_#Mapping — call for submissions

guest edited by Giorgio Avezzù (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Teresa Castro (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 / IRCAV), and Giuseppe Fidotta (Concordia University) Recent media scholarship has been undergoing a spatial turn. Borrowed from geography, key concepts such as mapping/cartography, space/place, environment, landscape, mobility, territory, and others have gradually become unavoidable in the domain of media and visual studies, […]

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