Mobile Mapping: Space, Cartography and the Digital

by Clancy Wilmott
MediaMatters
Amsterdam University Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-90-485-3521-7, Paper: 978-94-6298-453-0


ABOUT THIS BOOK
This book argues for a theory of mobile mapping, a situated and spatial approach towards researching how everyday digital mobile media practices are bound up in global systems of knowledge and power. Drawing from literature in media studies and geography - and the work of Michel Foucault and Doreen Massey - it examines how geographical and historical material, social, and cultural conditions are embedded in the way in which contemporary (digital) cartographies are read, deployed, and engaged. This is explored through seventeen walking interviews in Hong Kong and Sydney, as potent discourses like cartographic reason continue to transform and weave through the world in ways that haunt mobile mapping and bring old conflicts into new media. In doing so, Mobile Mapping offers an interdisciplinary rethinking about how multiple translations of spatial knowledges between rational digital epistemologies and tacit ways of understanding space and experience might be conceptualized and researched.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
Clancy Wilmott is currently a member of the European Research Council project Charting the Digital, a 5-year interdisciplinary project across sociology, media and play studies and geography. She is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the project based at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies of the University of Warwick: a position geared towards research on mapping, space and media. In addition, she is involved a European Research Council Proof of Concept grant with the University of Warwick to build a platform for a mobile and digital game for fieldwork.


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