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L.A Re.Play

L.A Re.Play – A Mobile Art Exhibition

Co-Curators: Hana Iverson, Mimi Sheller, Jeremy Hight

Utilizing the thriving, diverse, artistically vibrant and architecturally unique city as a living medium, the exhibition L.A Re.Play will showcase emergent forms of mobile media art that turn the city of Los Angeles into an exhibition space, a game space and a performance space. Presented as a location-based mobile public art exhibition in February 2012, it will accompany the double session presentation on Mobile Art: The Aesthetics of Mobile Network Culture in Placemaking, co-organized by Iverson and Sheller for the College Arts Association 2012 conference. Playing upon the dynamic relations between physical place, digital space, and mobile access via smartphone, the mobile artworks in the exhibit (along with the conference panels) will highlight the embodied performance of hybrid place and the social and collective politics of networked space.


Feb. 22 – 29, 2012 L.A Re.Play Exhibition

Installations: Grad Art Gallery, Broad Art Center, UCLA

Tuesday, February 21

Pre-Conference Workshop: Mechanics of Place, a Mobile Augmented Reality participatory project by Hana Iverson and Sarah Drury. Held at CalArts.

Wednesday, February 22, 2:30 – 5:00 pm

CAA Panel 1: The Aesthetics of Mobile Network Culture in Place Making, Part I Chairs: Hana Iverson, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Mimi Sheller, Drexel University (Concourse Meeting Room 403A, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center)

In a Network of Lines that Intersect: Placing Mobile Interaction

Teri Rueb, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Situated Mobile Audio

Siobhan O’Flynn, Canadian Film Centre Media Lab

Sounding Cartographies and Navigation Art: In Search of the Sublime

Ksenia Fedorova, University of California, Davis

Indeterminate Hikes

Leila Nadir, Wellesley College

“En Route” and “Past City Future”: Making Places, Here and There, Now and When

Ian Woodcock, University of Melbourne

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5:30 – 7:30 pm L.A Re.Play opening reception at CAA Convention Center L.A Re.Play Hub Location

Thursday, Feb. 23 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Off-conference Roundtable:  The City / Space and Creative Measure moderated by Jeremy Hight at ArtCenter South Campus

Panelists TBA

Friday, Feb. 24, 6:00 – 8:00

Reception: DESMA Grad Art Gallery, Broad Art Center, UCLA

Saturday, Feb. 25 9:30 AM–12:00 PM

CAA Panel: Mobile Art: The Aesthetics of Mobile Network Culture in Place Making, Part II,  Chairs: Hana Iverson, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Mimi Sheller, Drexel University (Concourse Meeting Room 406A, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center CAA)

I-5_Passing/52 Food Marts Project

Christiane Robbins, Jetztzeit

Narration in Hybrid Mobile Environments

Martha Ladly, Ontario College of Art and Design

Silver (Gateways): Being Here and Everywhere Now

Jenny Marketou, independent artist

Mechanics of Place: Textures of Tophane

Sarah Drury, Temple University

ManifestAR: An Augmented Reality Manifesto

John Craig Freeman, Emerson College

Feb. 29 show closes

Event Locations
CAA Conference Center and Exhibition Hub: Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90015
Exhibition: Grad Art Gallery, DESMA, UCLA
Broad Art Center, 240 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Art Center South Campus
950 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
CalArts (pre-conference workshop)
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355

Caribbean Studies Association

Unpacking Caribbean Citizenship: Rights, Participation and Belonging

Call for Papers
Caribbean Studies Association
37th Annual Conference
May 28-June 3, 2012
Le Gosier, Guadeloupe

Jean Jacques Dessalines

The Caribbean Studies Association issues a call for papers for its 37th Annual Conference with the theme “Unpacking Caribbean Citizenship: Rights, Participation and Belonging. ” We invite scholars, practitioners in the humanities, social sciences, public policy and members of civil society organizations whose works focus on the wider Caribbean and its diasporas to submit abstracts of approximately 250 words or less for research papers and presentations. We also welcome graduate student submissions and multi-lingual panels.

While we expect individual paper submissions, we especially encourage participants to submit proposals for complete panels (four presenters), roundtable discussions that engage with the conference’s timely theme. Unrelated topics will also be considered. More information on the conference’s theme can be found on the CSA website, ( Submissions must be made electronically via the CSA website. Deadline for submissions is December 30, 2011.

With respect to the film/art/performance track: Next year, a very limited number of films that pertain to the conference theme as well as the Francophone Caribbean will be selected for presentation during the conference. This new direction is designed to both streamline and better integrate the film/art/performance track within the conference. Please see the CSA website for submission information. A visual art and performance component will be curated by a committee consisting of members of the Executive Council and CSA members.

CSA is able to offer a limited number of travel grants to assist selected participants. A call for applications for the travel grant will be issued on the CSA website as well as in the CSA fall newsletter scheduled for December.

For information concerning the program only, contact:
Dr. Gina Athena Ulysse, Program Chair,

For information pertaining to registration and membership, please contact:
Mrs. Joy Cooblal, Secretary-Treasurer,

For questions on the travel grants, please contact:
Dr Samuel Furé Davis, Grant Committee Chair,

Call for papers: Local and Mobile

Local and mobile: Linking mobilities, mobile communication and locative media

Call for Papers

3rd Mobilities conference 2012

Conference website and abstract submission:


From March 16-18 2012, the Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media (CRDM) Program and the Mobile Gaming Research Lab at NC State University will be hosting the 3rd joint international conference of the Pan-American Mobilities Network and the Cosmobilities Network.


Invited keynote speakers:

·      Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine)
·      Rich Ling (IT University of Copenhagen)
·      Teri Rueb (University of Buffalo, SUNNY)

Mobilities has become an important framework to understand and analyze contemporary social, spatial, economic and political practices. Being interdisciplinary in its nature, Mobilities focuses on the systematic movement of people, goods and information that “travel” around the world in rates much higher (or much slower) than before. As such, mobility studies challenge traditional scholarship that often ignores the social dimensions of mobility, overlooking how travel, movement, and communication and transportation networks help to constitute modern societies and communities. Mobility has always been critical for the creation of social networks and to the development of connections to places. In addition, Mobilities contributes to study of the technological, social and cultural developments in transportation, border control, mobile communication, “intelligent” infrastructure, surveillance.

While mobility is an important framework to understand contemporary society, the pervasiveness of location-aware technology has made it possible to locate ourselves and be networked within patterns of mobility. As user generated maps and location-aware mobile devices become commonplace, we experience a shift in the way we connect to the internet and move through space. Networked interactions permeate our world. We no longer enter the internet–we carry it with us. We experience it while moving through physical spaces. Mobile phones, GPS receivers, and RFID tags are only a few examples of location-aware mobile technologies that mediate our interaction with networked spaces and influence how we move in these spaces. Increasingly, our physical location determines the types of information with which we interact, the way we move through physical spaces, and the people and things we find around us. These new kinds of networked interactions manifest in everyday social practices that are supported by the use of mobile and location-aware technologies, such as participation in location-based mobile games and social networks, use of location-based services, development of mobile annotation projects, and social mapping, just to name a few. The engagement with these practices has important implications for identity construction, our sense of privacy, our notions of place and space, civic and political participation, policy making, as well as cultural production and consumption in everyday life.

We invite papers that address themes at the intersection of mobility and location, or related topics, such as:
·      Mobile communication and location awareness in everyday life practices;
·      New urban spatialities developed with mobile gaming and locative social media;
·      Privacy and surveillance issues as they relate to mobile and location-based social networks;
·      Identity and spatial construction through locative media art / embodied performance;
·      Civic engagement and political participation through mobile social media, new mapping practices and location-aware technologies;
·      Borders, surveillance, and securitization with ubiquitous and mobile technologies;
·      Aeromobilities, air travel, and aerial vision;
·      Alternative mobilities and slow movements;
·      Planning, policy and design for future mobilities and location-based services;
·      Tourism, imaginary travel, and virtual travel;
·      Transitions toward sustainable mobilities;
·      New methodologies for mobilities research.

Disciplines represented at the conference may include (but are not exclusive to): Anthropology, Architecture and Design, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Communication, Criminology, Cultural Studies, Geography, Media and Visual Arts, Politics and International Relations, Public Policy, Sociology, Theater and Performance Studies, Tourism Research, Transport Research, and Urban Studies.

Conference location:

North Carolina State University, Raleigh (NC), USA

Conference hotel:

Brownstone Hotel (
Discounted rates will be available to registered participants.

Important dates:

Deadline for abstracts: 30 October 2011 (800 words, including references)
Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2011
Registration deadline: 30 January 2012
Conference Dates: 16-18 March 2012

Please submit your abstracts through the conference website:

Organizing Committee:

Adriana de Souza e Silva (NC State University, USA)

Heather Horst (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia)
Lee Humphreys (Cornell University, USA)
Ole B. Jensen (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Mimi Sheller (Drexel University, USA)
Irina Shklovski (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Phillip Vannini (Royal Roads University, Canada)


For further information, contact:

Adriana de Souza e Silva, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Communication
Interim Associate Director, Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media Ph.D program
North Carolina State University

AAG 2012 Call for papers

Utopian/dystopian mobilities


The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers
New York, New York
February 24-28, 2012

Utopian/Dystopian Mobilities

Open Session Proposal in Mobilities Research organized by Mimi Sheller (Drexel University), Malene Freudendal-Pedersen (Roskilde University), Sven Kesselring (Technische Universität München) and Ole B. Jensen (Aalborg University).

Mobilities research touches upon crucial social and political imaginaries concerning the challenges and issues related to environmental problems, climate change, sustainability, social exclusion and new societal configurations of mobility as we face the planetary limits of growth (e.g. Dennis & Urry 2009, Urry 2011). In this session we want to bring to the forefront elements of radical thinking and imaginative envisioning that from time to time surface through utopian and dystopian speculation about the future. Whether in literary, social scientific, architectural, cinematic or other genres of spatial representation, the session aims to open up the interesting tensions in these visions of the future of mobility, both realized and virtual.

While the more utopian outlook emphasizes innovative and unprecedented solutions to future mobilities, many 20th and 21st century future visions of mobility may be argued to carry dystopian dimensions such as the end of capitalism as we know it or the collapse of urbanism (e.g., Lefebvre 1973/1976; Graham 2010). The session will focus on how to connect earlier utopian ideas related to technology and design (e.g. Buckminster Fuller, Archigram, LeCorbusier, Bauhaus, etc.) to the contemporary practices and discussions about ‘alternative mobilities’ (e.g. off-the-grid living, Transition Towns, local/slow movements, etc.) and connect these to imaginations of future mobile utopias and dystopias (e.g. post-carbon mobilities, zero-emission mobilities, low-energy futures, cybermobilities, etc.). The session aims to connect research within geographies of mobilities with projects of utopian and dystopian thinking that have often inspired actual designs and practices. It shall explore the creative potentials in a cross-fertilization of these fields of thought.

Key references

Dennis, K. & J. Urry (2009) After the Car, Cambridge: Polity Press

Graham, S.  (2010) Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism, London: Verso

Lefebvre, H. (1973/1976) The survival of capitalism, London: Allison & Busby

Urry, J. (2011) Climate Change and Society, Cambridge: Polity Press

Please submit abstracts no longer than 250 words, along with a brief bio and contact information, to the session co-organizer: by August 30th, 2011.  Those selected for the panel will then be asked to register for the meeting and submit their abstract on-line at:  A copy of the abstract, along with your personal identification number (assigned by the AAG), should then be forwarded to the session organizer(s) no later than September 21, 2011 (The AAG Deadline is September 28th).


Webcasting Mobilities in Motion

Live Webcasting of Mobilities in Motion will be available here:

The Mobilities in Motion Conference will be webcast from 9am to 6pm on Monday 3/21, from 9am to 4:30pm on Tuesday 3/22, and from 11:45 -12:45 on Wednesday 3/23. Video archives will be made available after the event. Please join us online if you cannot make it in person!

More information about the conference is available at:


Mobilities in Motion Conference Update

Conference Flyer (pdf)

The Center for Mobilities Research and Policy is hosting the international conference “Mobilities in Motion: New Approaches to Emergent and Future Mobilities” from March 21st-23rd, 2011, in Behrakis Hall South. Keynote speakers include: Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities, Philadelphia; Caren Kaplan, University of California, Davis; Deborah Cowen, University of Toronto; and Adriana de Souza e Silva, IT University of Copenhagen/North Carolina State.

In the near future the carbon-based mobilities of the 20th century will likely be replaced by alternative transport systems and fuels, and perhaps less mobile societies. At the same time, new mobile social media, locative social networks, and digital arts are handling movement and connectivity in new ways, creating new kinds of hybrid public spaces. Join us as we discuss the future of mobilities.

This event is open to the Drexel Community and other academics, but registration is required:

Please see the Conference webpage for some updates and to download the full program.

Registration Open for Mobilities in Motion

Registration is now open for the Mobilities in Motion Conference at:

Presenters: Please register by Feb. 14th and note that you will asked for your institutional affiliation, contact information, and confirmation of your paper title and 150 word abstract to be included in the Conference Abstracts that will be given to all attendees.

Special conference hotel rates are available for presenters at Club Quarters Hotel, (Club Size room for $89 or a Standard Room for $104 a night plus 15.2% tax). Please quote the booking code that was emailed to you.

Non-presenters also Welcome! Please register by March 1st.

For additional details of the conference theme, location, and preliminary program please visit:

For any questions please contact:

Urban Spaces

Student Conference on Global Challenges: Urban Spaces

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011

The Office of International Programs will present the fourth annual Student Conference on Global Challenges, “Urban Spaces,” Thursday, February 24, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center (32nd and Chestnut Streets).

Flows of people, capital, knowledge, information, and culture converge in cities and metropolitan corridors. These spaces host both embedded centers of power and new challenges to existing political authority and territoriality; they are spaces in which extremes of wealth and poverty grow side-by-side, but also spaces of artistic creation, technological and scientific innovation, and human vitality; they are hubs of transnational capital and immigration, incubators of violence and disease, and hosts to creative solutions, sustainable infrastructure, and democratic engagement.

The conference will bring together undergraduate and graduate students to discuss these global challenges in student panels on Global Media, Global Business Trends, Global Social and Economic Issues, Global Health, Global Science, Technology and Society, and Global Justice and Human Rights. Students will lead the panel discussions and faculty experts will moderate them.

Students: To apply, visit

To register, visit

For more information, contact Jennifer Hayes at or 215-895-1204.


Battles of mobilities

Battles of mobilities? utopias for a different future

critical mass

Special session at the 4th Nordic Geographers Meeting in Roskilde, Denmark, May 24-27, 2011

Planning cities with the goal of economic growth as the primary objective has been the way forward for cities during the last century.

Because of the firmly seated discourse that more mobility gives more growth, city planning has been centred on creating infrastructural systems, dominated by an autologic. The private car has been seen as the starting point for growth, alongside the logistic networks).

Today, we see cities where the consequences of these planning strategies are visible and showing. Especially larger cities are articulating the unintended consequences of mobility and their infrastructural systems. Sudjic (2007) conveys this in the book The Endless City saying that: “it may well be that cities are more often the product of unintended consequences than of anything else” (35).

Between 25-50 % of city space are used to facilitate automobility thus automobility has a strong grip on everyday life, and constitutes a great challenge for cities. It occupies a large amount of space, space that could be used for social and cultural activities.

Thus the question of mobility can be a discussion of equity and democracy in the city. Questioning the right and access to city space can for instance be seen through the international monthly event called Critical Mass where cyclists take over the streets stating “we are not blocking traffic, we are traffic”.

Mobility research has evolved during the last decade to understand and grasp these battles and new ways of understanding the city. New mobile social media, innovative social networks and arts are questioning movement and connectivity in new ways. Thus new cultures of mobility are emerging, as people challenges environmental issues, this demands all kinds of different solutions, new thinking, experimentation and living differently.

The session will  explore these themes, among others:

  • Mobility conflicts and power struggles
  • The right to the city
  • Ambivalences of mobile everyday life
  • Sustainable mobility

Interested participants should send an abstract of maximum 300 words before the 20th of January 2011 to Malene Freudendal-Pedersen ( or Jonas Larsen (

Malene Freudendal-Pedersen
Assistant professor, PhD
Roskilde University
Department for Environmental, Social and Spatial Change
House 10.1
Box 260
4000 Roskilde



American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting Program Details

Session Information: Program Number: 4-0765

Type: Invited Session

Session Sponsor: AAA Executive Program Committee

Session Date/Time: Saturday, November 20th, 2010, 1:45 PM-5:30 PM

Haiti Wall

Graffitti on a A Wall in Haiti

Organizer(s): FARHA GHANNAM (Swarthmore College), MIGUEL DIAZ-BARRIGA (University Texas-Pan American), ANNE MENELEY (Trent University)

Chair(s): MIGUEL DIAZ-BARRIGA (University Texas-Pan American), ANNE MENELEY (Trent University)


1:45 PM: INTRODUCTION: ANNE MENELEY (Trent University)

2:00 PM: JOSIAH HEYMAN (University of Texas-El Paso) — Unequal Mobility in the U.S. Borderlands With Mexico: A Synthesis

2:15 PM: AMAHL BISHARA (Tufts University) — The Wall Has Two Sides: Two Kinds of Palestinians

2:30 PM: GILBERTO ROSAS (University of Illinois) — Delinquent Refusals and the Criminal Abandonments of the New Frontier

2:45 PM: KAROLINA SZMAGALSKA-FOLLIS (National University of Maynooth) — Tense Interventions: Towards an Ethnography of Pragmatism

3:00 PM: FARHA GHANNAM (Swarthmore College) — On the Meaning of Walls: Comparative Perspectives on Gated Communities

3:15 PM: DISCUSSANT: GREGORY STARRETT (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)

3:30 PM: MIMI SHELLER — Open Skies and Closed Borders: The Production of Airports as “Soft Walls” on the US-Caribbean Border

3:45 PM: ROCIO MAGANA (Rutgers University) — Border-Crossing Vortex: Migrant Abandonment and Strategic Risk in the Deserts of the American Southwest.

4:00 PM: ANDRE GINGRICH (University of Vienna) — New Borders in Southern Arabia

4:15 PM: MARGARET DORSEY (University Texas Pan American) — Border Wall Mobilities: Circulations of Necro-Citizenship on the U.S.-Mexican Border I

4:30 PM: MIGUEL DIAZ-BARRIGA (University Texas-Pan American) — Border Wall Mobilities: Circulations of Necro-Citizenship on the U.S.-Mexican Border II

4:45 PM: JULIE PETEET (University of Louisville) — Circulation and Walled Countries

5:00 PM: DISCUSSANT: ALEJANDRO LUGO (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign)


5:30 PM: End of Session