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Living Mobilities: Pathways, Directions and Policies

Viver em/a mobilidade: (Com)Passos, Rumos e Políticas

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Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2018


In 2016, we met in Braga to discuss experiences about living mobilities, and debate reflections and results of research on (new) cultures of time, space and distance. Two years later, we travel South. In Évora, 2018, we intend to maintain the theme and broaden the debate on mobility in the contemporary world, looking particularly at its pathways, directions and policies. We now have a significant theoretical-conceptual knowledge about mobility, its senses, scales and experiences. This knowledge is shaped by the great questions that inspire contemporary social theorization around the uses, appropriations and representations of time and space. From what unites them and also from what separates them



We now have a significant theoretical-conceptual knowledge about mobility, its senses, scales and experiences. This knowledge is shaped by the great questions that inspire contemporary social theorization around the uses, appropriations and representations of time and space. From what unites them and also from what separates them.

  • Where did mobility research lead us?
  • How has this knowledge been appropriated by scientists, practitioners, and policy makers?
  • How has it been appropriated by the civil society and embodied or shaped by culture and art?
  • From the (seemingly) anodyne routines of our lives to the planning of organizations, cities and regions, what steps have been taken?
  • What compasses have been faced?
  • What policies have been designed, implemented and contested?

In a political and social context in which the mobilities acquire diverse and conflicting outlines, but also fill the agenda of culture and tourism policies, it is important to discuss the new reconfigurations of mobilities and the role of people and territories in this process. It is important to diagnose and highlight the role of institutional and governmental programs’ policies, and its adequacies, in the context of new forms of inhabiting. It is also important, from an interdisciplinary perspective, to examine the role of the various areas of knowledge, and the characteristics and potentials of the research and intervention methods, particularly with regard to participation and promotion of well-being and quality of life.

Living mobilities is to live between the planned, desired and anticipated, but also spontaneous, improvised, feared and avoided mobility.

Having these questions as the backdrop, this international and interdisciplinary seminar aims at discussing the experience of contemporary mobility. On the one hand, we must think of mobility as a producer of experiences, senses and ways of life. On the other, we must analyze how mobility results from structures and constraints, actions, plans, projects and intentions.

Living Mobilities’ seminar is an opportunity to bring together researchers from diverse scientific fields, policy-makers and other professionals, as well as representatives of the civil society, artists and creators, who help to think, plan and to deepen theoretical, methodological and social intervention approaches raised by old and new challenges imposed by contemporary mobilities.

We call for a rich and creative, multidisciplinary and multiformat participation, that allows us to understand the various experiences and senses of living mobilities, whether in the everyday life of ordinary people and organizations, or in social and political planning and intervention offices, whether in the context of community life or cultural production.


Due to the wide range of topics, we encourage the submission of abstracts oriented to the presentation of communications in a format different from the traditional, including posters, performances, presentation of documentaries and/or video, or discussion sessions from research and/or literary works. In this case, the authors should indicate this intention explicitly in the abstract, informing about any technical conditions necessary.

The proposed topics for the organization of the sessions are as follows, but proposals on other topics are accepted.   

  • Mobilities, transports, modes and lifestyle
  • Planning mobility: paradigms and methodology
  • Infrastructures, accessibility and inequalities
  • Drawn mobilities: Sketches, Maps, GPSs and APPs
  • Technology, cybercity and mobility
  • Speed, technology and transports
  • Mobility, times and gender
  • Transports, mobility and environment
  • Mobility, times and tourism
  • Mobility and/with scale: from local to glocal
  • Circuits, times and paths
  • Mobility, inequality and power
  • Mobility, surveillance and security
  • Mobility, routines and everyday life
  • Mobility, temporality, distance and ritual
  • Virtual mobilities, networks and technology
  • Mobility, body and well-being
  • The narrated mobility, lifestyles and the other: guides, Youtubers and Insta stories
  • Fast, slow, clean, smooth and other adjectives for mobilities
  • Deconstructing mobilities: sedentary lifestyle, immobilism and fixism

A draft version of the texts (up to 8 000 words) should be sent by November 2nd. For publication in e-book format or special issue in a scientific journal,* papers will be subject to review by the scientific committee.

* Waiting for confirmation from a publisher.

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts of communications should be submitted online. In the submission of abstracts, it should me mentioned the name (first and last) and institutional affiliation of author, a summary with a maximum of 300 words and 4 keywords.

The seminar’s working languages are preferably English and Portuguese, but communications in French, Spanish and Italian will also be welcomed.

Instructions for registration and submissions

  1. Sign up in https://sge.uevora.pt. You will receive a confirmation email to finish your sign up.
  2. After logging in https://sge.uevora.pt, please select the event “Seminário Internacional e Interdisciplinar Viver em|a mobilidade: (Com)Passos, Rumos e Políticas” in https://sge.uevora.pt/eventos/ver/543 
  3. On the right side of the page, choose “Register”.
  4. (Optional, if you want to submit abstract) On the right side of the page choose “Submit Abstract”.
  5. After registration, please select the option “Confirm Registration”, in order to select the specific type of registration.
  6. After the registration has been confirmed, and the payment has been made, please select the “Confirm Payment” option, where you will be asked for the billing data and where you should upload the proof of payment*.

*Students should attest their status by submitting their student card or other equivalent document.


  • Deadline for submissions: 05-09-2018

  • Deadline for confirmation of acceptance: 17-09-2018
  • Sending draft paper: 02-11-2018
  • Communication on acceptance of the paper for publication: t.b.a.
  • Final paper submission (for publication): t.b.a.

Scientific Committee

[this information is subject to update]

  • António Firmino da Costa (CIES-IUL)
  • Antonio Sáez Delgado (UÉvora)
  • Armando Raimundo (UÉvora e CHRC)
  • Eduardo Jorge Esperança (UÉvora e CICS.NOVA.UÉvora)
  • Ema Cláudia Pires (UÉvora e IHC-Cehfci-UÉ)
  • Helena Pires (CECS-UMinho)
  • Inês Secca Ruivo (UÉvora e CHAIA)
  • Joana Lima (UÉvora e CIDEHUS)
  • João Ferrão (ICS-UL)
  • José Alberto Ferreira (UÉvora, CHAIA e Centro de Arte e Cultura da Fundação Eugénio de Almeida)
  • José Carlos Venâncio (CECS-UBI)
  • Luís Vicente Baptista (FCSH-UNL e CICS.NOVA)
  • Luís Rato (UÉvora, CITIUE e LISP)
  • Margarida Queirós (IGOT-UL)
  • Maria da Saudade Baltazar (UÉvora e CICS.NOVA.UÉvora)
  • Maria Manuel Oliveira (LAB2PT-UMinho)
  • Miguel Bandeira (UMinho e CM Braga)
  • Moisés Martins (CECS-UMinho)
  • Paulo Pereira (CETAC-UMinho)
  • Paulo Quaresma (UÉvora e LISP)
  • Paulo Ribeiro (CETAC-UMinho)
  • Renato Carmo (CIES- IUL)
  • Rita Ribeiro (CECS-UMinho)
  • Teresa Fragoso (CIG)

Organising Committee

Catarina Sales Oliveira (CIES-UBI)

Daniel Malet Calvo (CIES-IUL)

Dennis Zuev (CIES-IUL)

Emília Araújo (CECS-UMinho)

João Pulquério Paula (CICS.NOVA.UÉvora)

Patrícia Santos Pedrosa (UBI e CIEG-UL)

Rosalina Pisco Costa (CICS.NOVA.UÉvora)


Before 31-10-2018: 50€

After 01-11-2018: 60€

Students: 30€

Dinner (not included in the fee): 20€



  • Wednesday, September 05, 2018


  • Rosalina Costa
    courriel : rosalina [at] uevora [dot] pt
  • Célia Rodrigues
    courriel : celiapr [at] uevora [dot] pt

Information source

  • Rosalina Costa
    courriel : rosalina [at] uevora [dot] pt


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« Living Mobilities: Pathways, Directions and Policies », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, https://calenda.org/468271

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