AccueilMoving Boundaries in Mobilities Research

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Publié le mardi 17 avril 2012 par Elsa Zotian

Résumé

This conference, funded by the University of Cagliari and organized in collaboration with the Cosmobilities network, aims at discussing new directions in mobilities research, showcasing the state of the art in the field, and providing a unique opportunity to create lasting links among researchers, especially in the north and the south of Europe. The language of this event will be English but the range of papers presented will be a reflection of the diversity of concerns, approaches and methodologies informing mobilities research in Europe and beyond. Young and experienced researchers are invited to submit abstracts for paper presentations. High quality abstracts on any aspect of mobilities are welcomed.

Annonce

Background

Mobilities is a distinct strand of theory and research in social science, an evolving approach that synthesises in an original way existing and new writings on the combined movements of people, objects and information. The mobilities turn addresses conceptual and methodological challenges posed by old and new transformations in transport and communication systems and their implications for contemporary lives and natures.

Over the last decade the mobilities turn has generated enthusiasm across different fields and informed studies in a wide range of topics and problematics, from tourism, migration, transport, urban planning and mobile communication to logistics, climate change, consumption and inequality. In the Anglophone world interest is particularly evident in sociology and human geography. One among many anecdotal examples is Tim Cresswell’s article ‘Towards a politics of mobility’ which currently figures as the most downloaded paper in the last twelve months in Environment and Planning D: Space and Society.

While research has, up to date, tended to focus on the daily micromobilities of people and objects, attention is also being directed towards histories of mobility, the mobility of ideas, large scale circulation systems, building materials and resource consumption and circulation.  As an approach with moving boundaries, mobilities research is also developing methodologies and methods that respond to both conceptual innovations and the empirical realities of a world on the move. Innovations in ‘mobile methods’ are openning up promising prospects and still unfulfilled possibilities some of which are related to the way new ICTs routinely generate, collect and disseminate data. The mobilities turn, like most social science, still has to come to terms with these trends and create synergies with streams of research that are successfully exploiting these opportunities. At the moment, major advances in network theory, one of the backbones of complexity theory, are coming not so much from the physical sciences but from research on the social, drawing on vast amounts of data generated by intelligent networked infrastructures and mobile telephony. 

Aim

This conference, funded by the University of Cagliari and organized in collaboration with the Cosmobilities Network, aims at discussing new directions in mobilities research, showcasing the state of the art in the field, and providing a unique opportunity to create lasting links among researchers, especially in the north and the south of Europe. The language of this event will be English but the range of papers presented will be a reflection of the diversity of concerns, approaches and methodologies informing mobilities research in Europe and beyond. Young and experienced researchers are invited to submit abstracts for paper presentations. High quality abstracts on any aspect of mobilities are welcomed although submissions addressing the following themes are particularly encouraged:

  • histories of mobilities
  • cultures of mobilities   
  • mobilities outside the north Atlantic rim
  • the spaces and politics of mobility (and immobility) in the Mediterranean city
  • forms of mobility other than car, train and aeroplane
  • research conducted in collaboration with artists and public and private actors outside academia illustrating the way  new knowledge collectives are formed around the use of new ICTs
  • transnational research involving different institutional settings

Format

  • Presentations will be followed by plenty of time for questions and collective dialogue and the event will be scheduled in a way that maximises the time for discussion and socialising.
  • Introducing the Cosmobilities Network: This conference is part of a series of regular events jointly organised between European universities and Cosmobilities to promote mobilities research in southern and eastern Europe and strengthen links between researchers in and outside academia. On Thursday 5 July, following the inaugural presentation, Malene Freudendal-Pedersen and Sven Kesselring will introduce the Cosmobilities Network, and talk about its origins in 2004, its activities, future plans and how to become involved.
  • Deadline for abstract (350 words) submissions: (please contact the organizers for late submissions)

April 25, 2012

Contact for abstract submissions and conference registration:

  • Javier Caletrío jcaletrio@gmail.com
  • Ugo Rossi urossi@hotmail.com

Organisers

  • Event organized and funded by the University of Cagliari (Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e delle Istituzioni) in collaboration with the Cosmobilities Network.
  • Professor Giuliana Mandich (University of Cagliari)
  • Dr Javier Caletrío (CeMoRe-Lancaster, Cosmobilities, Visiting Fellow University of Cagliari)
  • Dr Ugo Rossi (University of Cagliari)

 

Registration and accomodation

The event is free but registration is required (please contact Javier Caletrío and Ugo Rossi). A modest contribution may be required for the participation to the conference dinner. For  accommodation in Cagliari please have a look here: http://people.unica.it/visitingprofessor/2010/02/09/alloggiaccommodations/

Location

Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, is the perfect location for a Cosmobilities event. A crossroad between cultures throughout the centuries - among which Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantins, Aragons, Catalans- it offers one of the most beautiful and longest beaches in the Mediterranean and a crystal-clear sea around, besides an unspoiled natural environment consisting of lagoons, bird sanctuaries and wildlife reserves, as well as museums and archaeological sites, which altogether make it a unique scene in Europe.

Dates

5-7 July 2012.

Preliminary schedule

Thursday 5 July

  • 17.30 – Welcome and introduction
  • 18 – Inaugural presentation
  • 19.30 – Presentation of the Cosmobilities Network
  • 20.30 – Dinner

Friday 6 July 2012

  • 10 – Keynote speaker
  • 11.30 – Session 1
  • 14 – Lunch
  • 15.30 – Session 2

Saturday 7 July 2012

  • 10 – Keynote speaker
  • 11.30 – Session 3
  • 14 – End of the conference

Keynote speakers

  • Malene Freudendal-Pedersen (Roskilde, Cosmobilities Network)
  • Sven Kesselring (MoRE, Munich/Aalborg, Cosmobilities Network)
  • Mimi Sheller (mCenter, Drexel, Philadelphia, Pan American Mobilities Network)

Lieux

  • Cagliari, Italie

Dates

  • mercredi 25 avril 2012

Mots-clés

  • mobilities, new media technologies, globalization, social mobility, geographical mobility

Contacts

  • Javier Caletrío
    courriel : jcaletrio [at] gmail [dot] com

Source de l'information

  • Javier Caletrío
    courriel : jcaletrio [at] gmail [dot] com

Pour citer cette annonce

« Moving Boundaries in Mobilities Research », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le mardi 17 avril 2012, http://calenda.org/208163