Beyond the Postmodern: Space and Place for the Early 21st Century

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Beyond the Postmodern: Space and Place for the Early 21st Century

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Beyond the Postmodern: Space and Place for the Early 21st Century combines theoretical reflections of a more general manner with case studies to contribute to a better understanding of how space and place have been constituted by, and constitutive of, the social, technological and economical developments of the last 30 years.

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Almost as rapidly as it was conceived, the claim that we have entered an era characterised as ‘postmodern’ has become highly disputed, and many of the contesting claims do so by mobilising conceptions of space and place and their relationship to apparatuses of movement. Recent scholarship has explored the fact that we are living in a world characterised by an exponential increase of flow, mobility, virtuality and technology. Hence, the notion of postmodernity has been rivalled by alternative concepts such as supermodernity, hypermodernity, liquid modernity or reflexive modernity in an attempt to better grasp the world of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Beyond the Postmodern: Space and Place for the Early 21st Century combines theoretical reflections of a more general manner with case studies to contribute to a better understanding of how space and place have been constituted by, and constitutive of, the social, technological and economical developments of the last 30 years.

Introduction
Harris Breslow and Antje Ziethen

Section 1: Theorising Metamodern Space and Place: Flow, the Noosphere and Non-Place

Flows, Fluids, Mobilities and Möbius Strips: The Space of the Supermodern Subject
Harris Breslow

Solutioning the Overcode: Artistic Methods of Escape from the Electronic Super-Panopticon
Charlie Tweed

Contradiction and Ambiguity in Non-Place: Non-Place as a Transitional Spatial Concept
Edem Üngür

Section 2: Making Sense of the Reality of Virtual Space and Place: Social Media and Cyberspace

Conceptualising Virtual Learning Space(s) in Saudi Arabia: A Foucauldian Panoptic Approach
Omar Basalamah and Tariq Elyas

Movement and Involvement: Phenomenological Adventures in Cyberspace
Thomas Arnold

Virtual Space and the Contention over Representations of the City
Tuuli Lähdesmäki

Section 3: Imagining Space and Place: The Contemporary Urban Condition in Architecture, Urban Design, Literature and Art

Lessons Learned from Kabul for the Reconstruction of Mogadishu
Mitchell Sutika Sipus

The Haunting Absence of Presence in Michael Eastman’s Havana Series
Christina Alegria

Fear of Invasion: White Suburban Anxiety in Peter Carey’s The Tax Inspector
Felicity Castagna

Mapping the City—Narrating ‘Complexity’: Contemporary Conceptions of Urban Space and Their Representation in Anglophone Narratives
Berit Michel

Harris Breslow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mass Communication at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, where he is also a Principal Investigator on the Emirates Internet Project. Harris’ current research interests focus on the philosophy of space, new media and their role in the articulation of social space, the rearticulation of urban space in the Arab world, and the relationship between civil society, cyberspace, and urban space.

Antje Ziethen is a visiting researcher at McGill University, Montreal, and the author of Géo/Graphies postcoloniales. La poétique de l’espace dans le roman mauricien et sénégalais. Situated at the crossroads of literature, geography, urban studies and philosophy, her research deals with theoretical approaches to analysing space and/in fiction. She is currently working on a project that explores the link between contemporary African literature and the Americas as mediated through the representation of urban space.