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Book Launch Citizenship from Below

A successful book launch was held at the 37th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association, Guadeloupe, for Mimi Sheller’s Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom (Duke University Press, 2012). Presenter: Deborah Thomas.

Deborah Thomas presenting Mimi Sheller’s new book, Citizenship from Below

Mimi Sheller, Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, is Professor of Sociology at Drexel University and the author of Democracy after Slavery: Black Publics and Peasant Radicalism in Haiti and Jamaica and Consuming the Caribbean: From Arawaks to Zombies. You can now read the introduction to Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom, here: For more information, and to order the book directly from Duke University Press, please visit 18033

The Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) is an independent professional organization devoted to the promotion of Caribbean studies from a multidisciplinary, multicultural point of view. It is the primary association for scholars and practitioners working on the Caribbean Region (including Central America and the Caribbean Coast of South America). Its members come from the Caribbean Region, North America, South America, Central America, Europe and elsewhere even though more than half of its members live in the United States many of them teaching at U.S. universities and colleges. Some of the other wonderful titles also launched at the event included:

Keith McNeal, Trance and Modernity in the Southern Caribbean: African and Hindu Popular Religions in Trinidad and Tobago, University Press of Florida, USA, 2011. Presenter: Karen Richman

Nadève Ménard, Ecrits d’Haiti: Perspectives sur la littérature haïtienne contemporaine (1986‐2006), Karthala, France, 2011. Presenter: Régine Jean‐Charles

Diana Paton and Maarit Forde (eds), Obeah and Other Powers: The Politics of Caribbean Religion and Healing, Duke University Press, USA, 2012. Presenter: Faith Smith

Schuller, Mark and Morales, Pablo (eds.), Tectonic Shifts: Haiti since the Earthquake, Kumarian Press, USA, 2012. Presenter: Claudine Michel

Deborah Thomas, Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transitional Jamaica. Duke University Press, USA. 2011. Presenter: Alissa Trotz

Book Launch Audience

Mobile Publics Workshop

Call For Papers

New interaction orders, New mobile publics?

13-14 April 2012

Lancaster University, UK

Equipped with mobile technologies, people connect in ways that were unthinkable when Goffman wrote Behaviour in public spaces (1963) and William Whyte explored The social life of small urban spaces (1980). The momentous Arab Spring events, London riots and ‘2011 Occupy’ demonstrations are extreme examples that pose old questions about the ‘interaction order’ and its relation to social order and the public sphere in new ways.

On the one hand, mobile connectivity enables micro-coordination of increasingly mobile everyday lives, new modulations of co-presence, absent presence and present absence, and transformations of socio-material practices of availability, obligation, intimacy and strangerhood in public. Some of the social innovations involved also shape emergent new practices of mobilising people in protests and crises. Arguably new, agile, local and globally networked communities and ‘mobile publics’ are forming. On the other, worries over a loss of civility, community, privacy, and new forms of surveillance enabled by the ever closer intermeshing of digital technology and everyday ‘movement-spaces’ fuel fears over an erosion of civil liberties and ‘capital P’ politics.

Goffman’s insistence that ‘the interaction order’ is the performative locus of such utopian and dystopian transformations and his and Whyte’s attention to detail are the motivation for this two-day interdisciplinary workshop. We would like to bring micro and macro, theory and empirical research, everyday lived practice, design, policy and politics together through collaborative analysis of multi-sited, mobile, ethnographic or otherwise qualitative studies of behaviour in today’s public spaces, zeitdiagnostic theory and avantgarde design. We invite researchers, designers, technology developers, architects, urban planners, artists and urban communities to submit contributions that explore aspects of new and old ‘behaviour in public spaces’, including (but not limited to):

  • the ‘osmotic’ relationship between physical and virtual spaces, connectivity and mobility
  • the social life of such spaces
  • emergent principles and practices of the 21st Century interaction order
  • augmented embodied and sensory phenomenology and material agency
  • links between the interaction order, public engagement, and public space
  • tensions between mobile informationalized everyday lives and movement-spaces and principles of privacy and civil liberty, security, splintering and sorting of ‘access’
  • examples, practices and impacts of improvised communities and mobile publics, and collective intelligence
  • examples and methods of collaborative, experimental, radically careful and carefully radical design of new practices, technologies, forms of public engagement and spaces
  • reflections on the links between theory, empirical studies, design and politics in the broadest sense

Please send a 300 word abstract to Pauline Feron: by 24th February 2012. Notification of Acceptance 9th March 2012.

There is a small amount of financial support available for travel. If funds are an obstruction, please contact

Dr Monika Buscher
Senior Lecturer / Director mobilities.lab
Part I Director
Centre for Mobilities Research
Department of Sociology
Lancaster University

T2M 2012

T2M Conference – Madrid, 2012

The International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) announces the call for papers to be presented at its tenth annual conference, which will take place at the Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid (Madrid Railway Museum) on 15-18 November 2012.

Delicias station, Madrid Railway Museum

Physical mobility in societies and the economic growth of societies have been linked to the availability of means of transport and to their combination and coordination, particularly as a result of modernization and urbanization processes.The future of public transport in the last 100 years depended on good and easy intermodal mobility. While walking and driving may have allowed monomodal point-to- point travel, public transport by definition includes a transition between transport modes. Thus, transport planning in favour of public transport systems did face public expectation to provide intelligent intermobilites in order to support public transport modes.

The Madrid Conference seeks to analyse the processes of interconnection and integration among the different modes of transport from a historical perspective, and will therefore deal with the various aspects that converge therein: economic, social, institutional, political, technological, territorial and patrimonial. Consequently, the suggested research topics related to the concept of intermodality are the following:

  • International and transnational intermodality and its technical, economic and political-administrative aspects.
  • Intermodality and migratory processes.
  • Intermodality in metropolitan cities and its effects on urban development and on transport demands and everyday travel habits.
  • The planning of intermodal complexes throughout history: projects, successes and failures.
  • Spaces for modal interchange: stations, airports, sea and river ports.
  • Technological consequences for modal interchange in the sea and river transport sphere: from stowage to container traffic.
  • Intermodality in the air traffic sphere. The airport within reach of the city and major intermodal hubs: from metropolitan connections to the emergence of highspeed lines.
  • Light intermodality in large cities: the different ways in which users access the transport system (walking, cycling and driving to major intermodal hubs).
  • Intermodality and environment.

Papers must be sent to: The deadline for sending abstracts and an abbreviated CV (maximum of one page per paper: Word or Rich Text Format only) will be May 15, 2012. Further information can be found at


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).