Abstract

Are our increasingly urban, highly mediatised lives less real or authentic than other ways of being in the world? Is the ‘mediapolis’ optional or are our identities and everyday lives so immersed in the ubiquitous and alluring logics of the media city that genuine escape is no longer possible? These questions intersect with enduring myths and metaphors about urban space. The modern city, for instance, has long been associated with alienation and an unnatural, inauthentic existence. This notion is exemplified by the dehumanising waste land of T.S. Eliot’s ‘unreal city’. And yet, urban environments and lifestyles now represent the dominant form of reality for most of the world’s population, providing the lens through which we imagine and experience ourselves, along with a variety of the city's others: the rural, the remote, and nature itself. This paper explores the relationship between urban life, mediatisation, and questions of the real, the natural, and authentic; it does so with the help of works of speculative fiction that extrapolate on a particular premise: the unreal city.

Bio

Natalie teaches into the writing and communication programs in the School of Communication and Arts and has a background in the study of literature, writing, and media & culture. Her research is focused on questions of urban space, identity, and narrative. She regularly invokes the capacity of speculative fiction to explore these questions.

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Following the lecture, please join us for drinks at St Lucy's.

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

The research seminar and workshop series' occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

The seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in the Digital Learning Space (Room 224) in the Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37).

Semester 1, 2018 Seminars & Workshops

 

Friday, 2 March
3-4pm

The bizarre paradox of boat people

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Stephen Crofts

Friday, 9 March
3-4pm

Workshop: Metrics for Grant Writing and Promotion

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Angela Hannan and Kathleen Smeaton
(UQ Library)

Friday, 16 March
3-4pm

On Materiality and Meaning

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Ewa Lajer-Burcharth
(Harvard University)

Presented by the Power Institute with support from the Keir Foundation and the UQ Translational Research in Creative Practice research group.

Friday, 23 March
3-4pm

Art after Trump

UQ Art Museum
James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11)

Eleanor Heartney

Friday, 20 April
3-4pm

Rise of "Bright Noir": Redemption and Moral Optimism in American Contemporary TV-Noir

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Prof. Alberto Garcia
(University of Navarra)

 

Friday, 27 April
3-4pm

The Plague of Fascination

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Prof. Murray Pomerance
(Ryerson University)
Friday, 4 May
3-4pm

Paul Lazarsfeld and Facebook: Re-Reading Personal Influence in an Age of Social Media

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Prof Tom O'Regan
Wednesday, 9 May
3-4pm

Rhythm as a Metaphor for Presence in Prose Fiction

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Eliza Robertson
Friday, 18 May
3-4pm

Capturing Knowledge in Creative Research

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Skye Doherty
Friday, 1 June
3-4pm

Masks, Simulations, and Elusive Sparks: Four Decades of the Digital Human Face in Cinema

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Lisa Bode

 

Semester 2, 2018 Seminars & Workshops

 

Monday, 23 July
3pm-4:30pm

Strategic communication in the age of global information warfare: How it works

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Prof Konstantin Pantserev

Friday, 10 August
3-4pm

TBA

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Caro Wilson-Barnao

Friday, 17 August
3-4pm

Host community acculturation orientations, ethnic minority communication, and perceptions toward ethnic minorities: Studies of Chinese Hongkongers

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Prof Ling Chen
(Hong Kong Baptist University)

Friday, 24 August
3-4pm

TBA

UQ Art Museum
James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11)

Dr Dan Angus

Friday, 31 August
3-4pm

TBA

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Beth Driscoll
(University of Melbourne)

Friday, 7 September
3-4pm

TBA

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Ted Nannicelli
Friday, 21 September
3-4pm

TBA

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

A/Prof Kim Wilkins
Friday, 5 October
3-4pm

TBA

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Marg Henderson

 

Venue

Level 6, Michie Building (#9)
Room: 
601