Media@McGill is pleased to host Mimi Sheller who is Beaverbrook visiting scholar this fall. On 15 October, she will give a public talk, Infrastructures of the Imagined Island: Media, Mobility and Tourism, in collaboration with the AHCS Speaker Series and the department of geography, at 5h30pm, in Lecture Arts, W215 (map).
Sheller is the Director of the Mobilities Research and Policy Center Professor of Sociology, in the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Description of the talk:
'Travel and leisure destinations, especially in the Caribbean, are being disembedded from national territories and repackaged as unique natural enclaves connected to global metropolitan media, transport, and communication systems. Through a discussion of Zaha Hadid's master plan for a new resort on Dellis Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands, this paper explores how state space, informational space, and tourist space are recoding and rescaling island space into newly mediated configurations that combine virtual and physical geographies. As Caribbean states and territories adjust to complex new infrastructures and architectures of software-supported mobility, they may prefigure processes of postcolonial urbanism that are restructuring private property, cyberspatial property, and state territory in other parts of the world.'