Wandering: Special Issue of M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, Vol. 22, No. 4

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Cantrell, Kate, Van Luyn, Ariella and Doolan, Emma (ed.) 2019. Wandering: Special Issue of M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, Vol. 22, No. 4. Brisbane, Australia. Queensland University of Technology.
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Wandering: Special Issue of M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, Vol. 22, No. 4

Book CategoryEdited journal
ERA Publisher ID3063
EditorsCantrell, Kate, Van Luyn, Ariella and Doolan, Emma
PublisherQueensland University of Technology
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
Web Address (URL)http://journal.media-culture.org.au/

Wandering is an embodied movement through a landscape, cityscape, or soundscape; it is a venture that one may undertake voluntarily or reluctantly. It is similar to wayfaring and roaming, and different to walking. As a metaphor and as a figuration of subjectivity, wandering allows for a number of non-linear engagements: loitering, overhearing, wildflowering, meandering, even time travel. When coupled with an act of memory or imagination, wandering can instigate wondering, and vice versa. It can refer to the physical movement of the body through space or the abstract wandering of the mind through time; more often than not, it is both.

The contributions to this special issue on ‘Wandering’ take up the theme in ways that demonstrate how straying from prescribed pathways and patterns of movement can be a transformative experience: one that renders new ways of thinking, reading, gaming, communicating, and being. For the authors featured here, wandering is deeply affectual, at times intimate and empowering, at other times disorientating, melancholy, and compulsive. Wandering provokes an awareness of the ambiances of everyday life, a response to the repression of desire, trauma, and historical violence.

Keywordswandering, travel, travel writing, mobility studies, mobilities
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470101. Communication studies
360201. Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
470599. Literary studies not elsewhere classified
470299. Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
Journal TitleM/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
University of New England
Southern Cross University
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