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This talk will address contemporary theorisations of the new ‘teletechnologies’ and their capacities to transcend social divisions and to compress space and time – supposedly leading to the much-advertised ‘death of geography’. All this is occuring in the context not only of processes of globalisation and de-territorialisation and the rise of new forms of (hyper) mobility, but also of the proliferation of boundary-policing. The talk will take, as its empirical foci, three contemporary emblems of mobility – the migrant, the mobile phone and the container box.

My concerns lie at the interface of communications and cultural geography and I will pose questions as to how we can best understand the changing relations between the virtual and the material realms (and between modes of communications and transport) in the contemporary world. 

About the speaker

David Morley is Professor of Communications in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London. His publications include Spaces of Identity (with Kevin Robins) , Routledge 1996; Home Territories (Routledge 2001); Media, Modernity and Technology (Routledge, 2006) and most recently Communications and Mobility (Blackwell 2017).

How to attend

The event is free to attend, but please register using eventbrite.

Image credit: World travel and communications recorded on Twitter by Eric Fischer shared under a CC BY 2.0 license.