Morley argues 'death of geography' in the age of digital media and globalization

June 14, 2010

David Morley

The School of Communication hosted the 27th Annual Van Zelst Lecture in Communication, featuring David Morley, professor of communication in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

The lecture is funded through a generous gift from the Van Zelst family, Louann Van Zelst (C49) and the late Theodore Van Zelst (McC45, GMcC48).

Morley spoke on "The Geography of the New" April 13 before a crowd that included graduate students in the Department of Radio/Television/Film, faculty, and the Van Zelst family, including Mrs. Van Zelst, and her three children, daughters Anne Orvieto and Jean Bierner, and son David.

Members of the Van Zelst family attended the lecture, including Mrs. Van Zelst (center) and her children (from left), Anne Orvieto, David Van Zelst, and Jean Bierner.

Morley's research spans micro-practices of media consumption and macro questions such as the role of media technologies in re-constituting electronic landscapes. His research involves perspectives drawn from cultural geography and media anthropology, and addresses both the functional and symbolic dimensions of communications technologies.

Morley has held visiting positions in the United States, Australia, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and France - most recently in University of Paris II, Pantheon-Assas - and his work has been translated into 18 languages.

Here, Morley shares the full text of his lecture [pdf].

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