At Home in Liquid Spaces: Media, Work and Mobile Lives

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Edgewood AB, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Karin Fast, André Jansson
Chairs: André Jansson


Today’s ubiquitous media ecology signifies mobility as opposed to rootedness; flexible work rather than long-term commitments; liquid lives rather than solid communities. These tensions articulate the broader conflict between the “metaphysics of fixity and flow”, as defined by Cresswell, which saturates the structural transformations of modern societies, as well as everyday lifeworlds. Current media developments are thus accompanied by ideologies and social norms that largely collide with classical values of social stability and territorial belonging. How does it feel to live under such ambiguous conditions? How do individuals and groups handle the pressures of being connected, mobile and flexible? How do they establish a sense of security and belonging, ultimately a sense of home in liquid spaces? In this session, we address such questions through a combination of empirical cases and theoretical approaches, all sharing a deep concern with how growing media reliance affects deeper human relations with space and place. The individual contributions approach this area of spatial transformation from numerous angels and offer insights into: the mediatization of work and its social and spatial implications; the unfolding of the ‘liquidity norm’ in the everyday lives of cultural entrepreneurs and mobile professionals; the role of mobile media in the shifting meanings of sex, work, and sex work; the liquid geographies of journalistic livelihoods; and the lack of, and hence need for, tourisms studies that engages with the home. Altogether, this session opens up for discussions around security, belonging and (professional) identity in a mediatized society.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Karin Fast*, Karlstad University, A Typology of Mediatized Work 20 3:20 PM
Presenter André Jansson*, Karlstad University, Transmedia work as recognition work: understanding liquidity as norm 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Emilia Ljungberg*, , Liquid stigma? Mobile media and commercial sex 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Cecilia Möller*, Geomedia Research Group, Karlstad University, Sweden, Henrik Örnebring, Geomedia Research Group, Karlstad University, Sweden, Liquid geographies of journalism: gender, place and identity among ex-journalists 20 4:20 PM

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