Conference

Mobilities in Motion:

New Approaches to Emergent

and Future Mobilities

March 21-23, 2011

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Artwork by Dan Schimmel, 2009

Keynote speakers:

Rina Cutler

Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities, Philadelphia

Caren Kaplan University of California, Davis

Deborah Cowen University of Toronto

Adriana de Souza e Silva IT University of Copenhagen and North Carolina State University

Also featuring artists LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) and other special events and tours including a Philadelphia Mural Arts Tour.

Conference sponsored by the Pan-American Mobilities Network & the Cosmobilities Network

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, 32nd & Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA.

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.

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

DOWNLOAD Final Program HERE:

FINAL Program (PDF)

Registration is Now Open at:

https://deptapp.drexel.edu/mobilities/

In the early 21st century people, images, information, goods and even our bodies are moving differently than they did in the past, often in more dynamic, complex and trackable ways than ever before. Technological, social and cultural developments in transportation, border control, mobile communication, ‘intelligent’ infrastructure, surveillance and global positioning are rapidly changing the conditions of possibility for all forms of mobility and accessibility. While for some this means moving ever faster, farther and more frequently, for others it may bring turbulence, friction, slower speeds, and limited access. Furthermore, 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. And, most importantly, new alternative cultures of mobility are also emerging, as people enact, perform, and combine mobility and stillness in new ways. Innovative ways of dwelling, communicating, and moving (as well as policing, surveilling, and excluding) are already emerging in relation not only to the challenges of environmental pressures, fuel security, and economic turbulence, but also to novel possibilities brought about through creative innovation. This is a time of mobility challenges that will demand all kinds of different solutions, new thinking, experimentation and living differently.

In order to grasp these trends, ‘mobility’ has become a keyword in the social sciences, delineating a new domain of concepts, approaches, and methodologies that seek to better understand the character and quality of mobilities and immobilities, their inter-relation, and their contested futures. This conference seeks to advance the field of mobilities research, bringing together both established and new researchers from across the Americas and Europe to present up-to-date research on a wide range of transdisciplinary topics that address some of the most compelling issues that we face in the world today.

How can we break away from routinized practices that reproduce existing systems of transportation, urban planning, and dwelling? How can the search for new openings, possibilities, or ways of leading life propel us towards alternative mobility futures? How can transdiciplinary exchanges across the arts, social science and technology help us generate new approaches to mobilities in motion?

Panels will include the following topics:

• Aeromobilities and Airports

• Ethnography and Everyday (Im)mobilities

• Surveillance and securitization

• Migration, borders, and mobile places

• Slow mobilities and everyday mobilities

• Urban Spatialities and Mobile Public Spaces

• Location Based Social Networks and Hybrid Space

• Expanding Theories of Mobility

• Sustainability, Markets and Mobility Routines

• Tourism, new technologies and leisure travel

• Future scenarios: Off grid and Emission-free Mobility

• Musical mobilities

Conference registration:

The full registration fee of $225 (discounted to $150 for students, and for those coming from the Latin American or Caribbean countries), includes a conference dinner, coffee breaks, lunch, and snacks during the conference, as well as a special reception. For those who cannot attend the entire conference, there will be a one-day registration fee of $80 or a two-day fee of $160. Discounted rates on  hotel bookings  available to conference participants at Club Quarters Hotel, 1628 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA by calling Club Quarters Member Services at 1-212-575-0006. The hotel can be reached by taking the 21 or 42 bus downtown from 32nd & Chestnut St., and returning on the uptown bus on Walnut St, from 17th St. to 33rd & Walnut. Buses rides are $2 each or purchase tokens in subway stations for use on buses for $1.55 each.

Information for presenters:

Panelists will have 15-20 minutes to present their paper, followed by a discussion session at the end of each panel. Digital projection, audio, and WiFi internet access will be available.

Organizing Committee:
Malene Freudendal-Pedersen
Jennie Germann-Molz
Ole B. Jensen
Paola Jiron
Sven Kesselring
Adriana de Souza e Silva
Phillip Vannini
Registration deadline for presenters: 14 February 2011
General Registration deadline: 14 March 2011
Conference Dates: 21-23 March 2011

A publication based on the conference is planned for 2012. Best papers will be selected and the authors will be invited to submit a full paper by September 2011.

Conference location: Behrakis Hall South in the Creese Student Center, and Macalister Hall, Drexel University, 32nd & Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA

For directions please see: http://www.drexel.edu/em/directions/directions_uc.html

For further information please contact:

Prof. Mimi Sheller
Professor of Sociology
Director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy
Department of Culture and Communication
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875 USA
Tel. 215-571-3652
Fax. 215-895-1333
Email: mimi.sheller@drexel.edu

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