Only open to students enrolled in the MA programme New Media & Digital Culture.
In a relatively short time span, our communication patterns and computing habits have been thoroughly ‘mobilized’. Mobile and social media have rapidly become part and parcel of urban life. They shape how we live, work, travel, spend leisure time, and meet. This has profound consequences for our sense of place, social relationships, how we interface with the city, and our sense of self. Moreover, digital media technologies today are part of the infrastructures, practices, and institutional arrangements on which urban life itself is based. So-called “smart cities” experiment with digital media, like sensors, data, the Internet of Things and digital dashboards, to help improve urban life. In this course we focus on this amalgamation of telecommunications devices, portable computational devices, 'smart technologies' and connected objects in urban settings. Students develop an in-depth understanding of the ways in which these urban mobile media shape city life. They become familiar with the main themes, concepts and approaches in this emergent multidisciplinary field of urban new media research, and adjacent fields of research.