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The panel discusses communication processes that play a role in the re/construction of images and meanings linked to places. We focus on smaller localities and local communities that use distinctive features (historical, industrial, natural) as part of the way in which they communicate themselves.
Images of every locality - a town, a neighbourhood, a community - are used and circulated to communicate to insiders as well as to outsiders - visitors, trespassers, investors… The panel intends to explore various aspects of communication processes and its structures as well as actors and the power relations constituted in the communication process. To keep the discussion focused, we would like to signpost the unique social milieu of the small localities where social ties resemble Gemeinschaft rather than Gesellschaft ones with their lack of anonymity, commonly shared history and local knowledge. The second concept we want to explore is public space and that as a material space as well as a social one.
The questions to be discussed include but are not limited to:
● What are the dominant images in a city's communication?
● Who is allowed to participate in communicating the city?
● What is left out - intentionally or unintentionally - from the communication?
● How can we challenge long-established local images/meanings?
● How can public spaces be utilized in communicating a locality?
We welcome research-based papers and theoretical discussions of the topic. Examples of possible themes:
● Role of the local media and local professional communicators in the image/meaning re/construction
● Resistance/alternatives to how the locality is officially communicated
● Communication and the material/non-material public space
● Re/construction of the image of the city
● Utilization of specific images and categorizations (historical city, UNESCO city, industrial city etc.) in communication and their convergence