Communication and Culture | Globalization of Media (Topic: Space, Place, and Media Technologies in a Global Context)
C652 | 26085 | Deboer, S.

Th, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM, 800 E. 3rd St. – room 272
Required film screening: W, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM, SE 140

Open to Graduates Only!

Instructor: Stephanie Deboer
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 251
Phone: 856-3708

The goal of this course is to encourage new critical imaginings on
the relationship among film and media technologies, the production
of space and the power dynamics that construct cities in a global
context.  In the interest of interrogating how the theories of the
course might be “located” within a particular geographic arena,
screenings and discussions will focus on cities of the Asia
Pacific.  It is expected, however, that students will pursue
research projects linked to any socio-geographic context of interest
to them.

This course interrogates a growing body of scholarship on global
space, urban landscapes and media technologies against recent
representations of and interventions into the Asia Pacific city in
film and media.  From the last few decades of the 20th century,
urban centers of the Asia Pacific region have emerged as sites
constructed, as Rolando Tolantino has phrased, in a “drive for
progress.” During this same period, the English language academy has
witnessed a rise in theorizations of the built environment, urban
space and mediated experience.  What do these two fields have to say
to each other?  How might such theories help us to understand
particular urban experiences in the Asia Pacific? How might
attention to film and media representations in the Asia Pacific
provide a corrective to scholarship that can be uncritical of
the “location” through which it is produced?  And how might both
help (or not help) us to see what lies between or below
seemingly “globalized” spaces – geometries of memory, sexuality,
gender, trauma or diaspora.

Readings will address these theoretical concerns from such
disciplines as film and media studies, critical geography,
anthropology, sociology, feminist critiques of technology,
architecture, urban studies, new media studies, postcolonial studies
and transnational theory.

Students will leave this course:
• Able to critically engage with theories of space, place and media
technologies from a wide range of interdisciplinary contexts.

• Conversant in the dynamics among film and media technologies,
representation and urban space and development in the Asia Pacific.

• Prepared to pursue original research projects (of any socio-
geographic context of interest to them).