[csaa-forum] 'Teletechnologies, Place, and Community': new book

Gerard Goggin gerard.goggin at sydney.edu.au
Mon Jun 27 09:51:25 CST 2011

[Dear CSAA colleagues, you may be interested in new book that advances our
thinking on technology & place ‹ cheers, Gerard Goggin]

Teletechnologies, Place, and Community (New York: Routledge, 2011), 260pp,
by Rowan Wilken (Media & Communications, Swinburne University of Technology)
Teletechnologies, or technologies of distance, cannot be ignored. Indeed,
the present electronic age is said to have wrought profound changes to how
we think about and experience who we are, where we are, and how we relate
with one another. Place and community have traditionally formed key concepts
for thinking about these issues, but what relevance do these concepts now
hold for us? In this wide-ranging study, Wilken re-evaluates how ideas of
place and community intersect with and help us make sense of a world
transformed by information and communication technologies.

This interdisciplinary investigation ranges across diverse textual and
contextual terrain, exploring approaches from media and communications,
architectural history and theory, philosophy, sociology, geography,
literature, and urban design. The rich analysis of these myriad texts
reveals the complex and at times contradictory ways in which notions of
place and community circulate in relation to these technologies of distance.
Wilken¹s examination underscores both the enduring importance of ideas of
place and community in the present age, and the urgent need to continue to
engage with, think about and reconfigure these twin ideas.

Table of Contents:
1. Techno-Sociality: Computer-Mediated Communication and Virtual Community
2. The Problem of Community
3. Haunting Affects: Place in Virtual Discourse
4. Machines of Tomorrow Past: Early Experiments in Architectural Computing
5. Fantasies of Transcendence and Transformative Imagination: Architectural
Visions of Cyberspace
6. Domesticating Technology, Mobilising Place
7. Rethinking Teletechnologies, Place, and Community

Gerard Goggin
Professor of Media and Communications
Department of Media and Communications
University of Sydney
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