Session 13

Media and Redefinition of Space
Yuliya Biedash (European Humanities University – Vilnius, Lithuania)


Yuliya Biedash: Introduction to the session on “Media and the Redefinition of Space”
European Humanities University – Vilnius, Lithuania

Andrei Costina: Virtual space – beyond “the end of space”
Faculty of Administrative and Political Sciences, “Babes-Bolyai” University Cluj-Napoca

Orsolya Gergely: The Virtual Me. A New Way and Practice of Identity-Construction and Language Use
Sapientia University

Peter A. Safronov: Escape without moving: language of estate billboards in Moscow
Moscow State Lomonosov University

Tatiana Litvin: Social Imaginary and Creativity of Action: Space as a project
St.-Petersburg State University


Claudiu Lukacsi: Mass Media and Social Change: Socio-Political Aspects of Instituting the Departments for Media Relations and Spokesperson
SNSPA, Faculty of Communication and Public Relations, Romanian Television (SRTV)

Radu-Mihai MEZA: Virtual Space in the Online Networked Society and Popular Media Culture
“Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca

Bianca Fizesan: (Re)Construction of virtual identity in virtual space -Second Life
Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, “Babes-Bolyai” University Cluj-Napoca

Angelica Helena Flitoanca-Marinescu: Legibility and Hierachy of the Sources in the Televisual Information
Şcoala Doctorală de Sociologie, Facultatea de Sociologie şi Asistenţă Socială, Universitatea din Bucureşti

Popovici Irina Elena and Chidovat Andra-Elena: New Media: blogs and social networking sites
The Faculty of Pholosophy and Social-Political Sciences, School of Sociology and Social Work, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi


Transformations took place due to the development of mass media brought modern practices of containerization of social and spatial relationships (in the form of national state) and corresponding legitimating mechanisms into challenge. This let some intellectuals to diagnose actual state of affairs as “the end of space” (J. Baudrillard), “no sense of place” (J. Meyrowitz), „time-space compression” (D. Harvey) etc. These statements sound paradoxical, because they were made in the situation, when the problem of space became one of the noticeable research trends in the humanities and social sciences, what made M. Foucault to label our epoch as “the era of space”. This allows us to claim that transformations of space experience connected with the development of technique and mass media led not to the devaluation but to the diversification of spatial relationships and to the necessity of redefinition of space.

That is why one of the distinguishing features of contemporary (postmetaphysical) thinking can be called an attention to the spatial aspect of human being which obtained the status of “spatial turn” in the past decade. Now a matter of considerable interest is not just the question “What is space?” but triadic relation – “society-action-space” (B.Werlen). This shifting – from space as a research object (space as such) to the social significance of spatial dimension – is first of all bound up with performativistic (action-oriented) concepts that consider space as a dynamic scheme materializing in the everyday “repertoire” of human actions.

The session is dedicated to the analysis of relation between social dynamic connected with the mediatization of everyday life and transformations of space interpretations as well as to the explication of heuristic potential of action-oriented concepts of space for the contemporary sociology and social theory.

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