News from Sep 20, 2015
Julia Leyda's book Extreme Weather and Global Media was published by Routledge in June 2015. As announced earlier, Julia Leyda will be a visiting professor at the Graduate School for North American Studies in the upcoming winter term (October 2015-February 2016).
"In the two decades bracketing the turn of the millennium, large-scale weather disasters have been inevitably constructed as media events. As such, they challenge the meaning of concepts such as identity and citizenship for both locally affected populations and widespread spectator communities. This timely collection pinpoints the features of an often overlooked yet rapidly expanding category of global media and analyzes both its forms and functions. Specifically, contributors argue that the intense promotion and consumption of 'extreme weather' events takes up the slack for the public conversations society is not having about the environment, and the feeling of powerlessness that accompanies the realization that anthropogenic climate change has now reached a point of no return. Incorporating a range of case studies of extreme weather mediation [...], Extreme Weather and Global Media generates valuable inquiry into the representational and social characteristics of the new culture of extreme weather."
"Weather is all around us: proliferating in every medium; swirling through communities; becoming more volatile in the epoch of climate change. This astonishing, affecting volume exquisitely arrays the social and intermedial ecologies of everyday nature—and the extremities of contemporary existence." —Janet Walker, University of California Santa Barbara
"This is a highly original collection of essays, bringing the insights of a critical media studies to the environmental humanities in order to elaborate the complexities of the cultural politics implicated in the 'hypermediation' of extreme weather events." —Graeme Turner, University of Queensland