Calls for Papers

Mobile Utopia: Pasts, Presents, Futures ‘T2MC2C’, 2-5 November 2017, Lancaster University

This joint Cemore|T2M|Cosmobilities conference will bring together historians, researchers, artists, policy-makers, designers, and innovators to explore Mobile Utopia: pasts, presents, futures. The Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster University, the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) and the Cosmobilities Network  have joined together to invite contributions across the spectrum of mobile utopian themes.

Recognising the global uncertainties of the Anthropocene, we invite reflections on utopia (and dystopia) that explore how societies shape, and have been shaped by, complex im|mobilities, from microbial to big data mobilities, from horse-drawn carriages to driverless cars, from migration to planetary jet streams.

We invite proposals deploying utopia as a heuristic and creative methodology – rather than as a narrative closed system – which challenges our assumptions about what has been possible in the past and what will be possible and preferable in the future. We welcome reflections from any city, country or place, in relation to any theme, scale, or period in history. In addition, proposals may address any aspect of the history, and social, cultural, economic, technological, ecological and political aspects of the diverse dimensions of im|mobility. Proposals are encouraged to use a range of formats, academic, creative and otherwise, as outlined in the call for papers.

We welcome contributions from any academic perspective or discipline, as well as contributions by artists, professionals, policy makers and practitioners. Recent entrants to the research field and doctoral students are especially welcome, with reduced rates and travel bursaries available in some cases.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University.

The Programme Committee
Chairs: Monika Buscher, Carlos López Galviz

Pennie Drinkall
Malene Freudendal-Pedersen
Julia Hildebrand
Sven Kesselring
Mimi Sheller
Jen Southern

Changing Social Connections in Time and Space 2-5 November 2017

Migration/Immigration Network of the Social Science History Association
Call for Papers, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Social Science History

Montréal, Québec Canada
November 2-5, 2017
Submission Deadline : March 3, 2017
The SSHA is the leading interdisciplinary association for historical research in the US; its members share a
common concern for interdisciplinary approaches to historical problems. The organization’s long-standing
interest in methodology makes SSHA meetings exciting places to explore new solutions to historical
problems. We welcome graduate students and recent PhDs as well as more-established scholars, from a
wide range of disciplines and departments.
We invite you to submit panels and papers related to migration/immigration and mobility for the forthcoming
SSHA conference on “Changing Social Connections in Time and Space.” We encourage submissions
on all aspects of social science history. Submission o f complete sessions and inte rdisciplinary panels are
especially welcome.
The Migration Network is one of the largest and most active networks at the SSHA. This year’s theme,
focusing on changing social connections across time and space, offers especially rich opportunities for
migration scholars.
We are seeking submissions that address the topics below. Related subjects and new ideas are
also welcome:
● Refugees in the Past and Present
● Populism, Nativism and Migration in
North America and Europe
● Digital History and Migration
● Migration in Public History/Public
● Teaching Migration in the Contemporary
● Internal Migration and Population
● Regulating Migration and Migrants
● Population Circulations
● Canadians on the Move
● Migration, Mobility and Technology
● The Politics of Assimilation/Integration
● Gender and Migration
● Emotions and Migration
● Food, Ethnicity and Mobility
● Refugee Scholars and Mobile Scholars
● Religion and Migration
We are now accepting conference submissions for the 2017 SSHA Annual Conference. You may login to
submit a panel or paper directly at ( ). Individuals who are new to the SSHA need to create an
account prior to using the online submission site. Please keep in mind that if your panel is accepted, every
person on the panel must register for the conference. Graduate students are eligible to apply for financial
support to attend the annual meeting (see ).
Please contact the Migration Network Representatives for comments, questions, assistance
creating a panel, or help with submissions:
Linda Reeder ( Elizabeth Venditto: ( )
Gráinne McEvoy (
Look for us on Facebook: Migration/Immigration Network – Social Science History Association


Contested Borderscapes – 28 Sept – 1 Oct 2017 Mytilene, Lesvos (Greece)

Urban Geography and Planning Laboratory,

“Invisible Cities” research team & Population Movements Laboratory

Department of Geography, University of the Aegean

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European member states are signatories to the Geneva Convention Related to the Status of Refugees.

Human rights and dignity are respected in detention centres across Europe.

An electrified fence was built to protect the nation-state from illegal intruders.

Traffickers are responsible for deaths by drowning in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.

Deportations are voluntary returns.

Turkey is a safe country.

War is peace. 

Freedom is slavery.

Ignorance is strength.

In 2016, Oxford English Dictionary declared “post-truth” the word of the year. In this Orwellian moment, the movement of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants across the increasingly militarised borders of Europe have instigated a socio-spatial debate about the limits of human rights, national sovereignties, continental values, precipitating and contributing to the ongoing condition of European crises. Although in the era of globalisation borders constitute porous passages for capital and commodities, at the same time they have hardened and ossified as “new enclosures” seeking to immobilise migrant and refugee populations. Fortress Europe emerges as a complex of new state control mechanisms, freshly erected border fences, newly built detention centres and improvised refugee camps; together, these technologies of migration management aim at the criminalisation, classification, stigmatisation, and biopolitical control of moving populations, fomented by xenophobic politics, and managed by humanitarian subcontractors. In this hostile climate, people on the move contest European border regimes, peripheries, and cityscapes by claiming spatial justice and political visibility while creating a nexus of emerging common spaces. They are joined by activists defending their right to movement, who are engaged in efforts to “welcome refugees” into a shrinking and contested public sphere, into alternative and self-organised social spaces, responding to the humanitarian crises wrought by militarism, violence, and structural adjustment with solidarity, stemming from a larger vision of sharing in each other’s struggles for survival and social transformation.

The island of Lesvos is a space of multiple histories of refugee passage, now reinvented as a “hot spot” in the contemporary European regime of migration management, but also reimagined by people who live there as a space of social solidarity with migrant struggles. It thus constitutes one epicentre, or “contested borderscape” of Fortress Europe, and a place where we might learn from local struggles and movements against its murderous politics. If, over the past year, the shores and seaways of Lesvos (“Lesbos”) gained international visibility as the backdrop to untold human suffering, loss, and survival, the purpose of gathering here is not to consume it as a spectacle; instead, we seek to learn from how people here have responded to, and organised in the urgency of what has became mediatised as “the refugee crisis.” The main aim of this international conference is to create a space of critical reflection in which academics, artists, and activists from different disciplines, backgrounds, and locations, can strategise, organise, and analyse the social landscapes of border-spaces such as this, and their reverberations for anti-border politics elsewhere.

We welcome proposals for various kinds of interventions, including, but not limited to: presentations of formal academic papers falling under one of the following five themes; brief provocations leading to open discussions; performance lectures; installations; exhibitions or screenings of visual work (e.g., film, photography, etc.); workshops (sharing practical knowledge, working through a particular idea or problem, teaching a methodology, approach, or framework). We wish to emphasise multidirectional discussion and open debate of contested—rather than “settled”—issues, as opposed to unidirectional knowledge transmission by institutionally acknowledged academic experts. As such, the conference will open with a plenary of local activists, and will culminate in a general assembly of all participants, mapping possibilities for future collaboration and exchange across and beyond Fortress Europe.


Track 1: The notion of the border

  • Borderlands, borderscapes, borderlines, border regimes
  • Borders and nomadism, diaspora, travel, heterotopias, and otherness
  • In-between spaces, hybrid spaces, and threshold spaces vis-à-vis border fortification, militarisation, enclaves, ghettos, walling urbanism, state territories
  • Bridging political, social, national, gender, religion and identity borders, boundaries and communities
  • No borders, open borders, and border-crossing struggles, movements, and activism

Track 2: Migrants’ commoning practices

  • Autonomy of migration and transnationalism
  • Mobile common space; strategies and practices for survival, struggle, solidarity, networking, communication, mutual aid of the moving populations.
  • Collective and sharing practices in migrants’ informal settlements and camps
  • Social solidarity, connections between the social struggles of the locals and the migrants; social philanthropy, humanitarianism, volunteering and NGO’s industry
  • Migrants’ social centres, squatted buildings, and self-organised housing projects

Track 3: New intersectional enclosures

– New enclosure policies, forced displacement, dispossession and grabbing of the means of production and reproduction, permanence of so-called primitive accumulation

– Class aspects of immigration, cheap workforce, surplus reserved army of unemployment

– Emergence of nationalistic-racist-fascist rhetoric and practice, (for instance, racist locals’ committees, the role of church and media)

– Gendered aspects of immigration (women, lgbtq+, sexism, gendered violence, pregnancy)

– Age aspects of immigration (children and elderly people)

– Disability and immigration

– Cultural re-appropriation of moving populations

– Slavery, trafficking, human organs’ trafficking

Track 4: State and Hyperstate migrant policies

– Fortress Europe, detention centers, hot spots, relocation policies, new border fences

– Law geographies, divisions between refugees and immigrants, criminalization and illegalization of border crossing, the right to citizenship and asylum

– Fear policies, xenophobia and biopolitics

– Health geographies, biosecurity and border controls

– Neocolonialism, geopolitics and war

Track 5: Representations and communication 

– Cultural representations of the Other

– Landscape and representations of the Other

– Newcomers – new ideas – new cultural relations

– Art and multicultural representations

– Newcomers and e-books, e-sharing, horizontal e-actions

– Other history, other museum, oral history of newcomers

Submission Procedure

We welcome proposals for various kinds of interventions, including, but not limited to: presentations of formal academic papers; brief provocations leading to open discussions; performance lectures; installations; exhibitions or screenings of visual work (e.g., film, photography, etc.); workshops (sharing practical knowledge, working through a particular idea or problem, teaching a methodology, approach, or framework).

Interested contributors are invited to submit by 20 February 2017 an abstract of maximum 500 words. Abstracts should include: title, keywords, track name, name of the author(s), name of the presenter, affiliation and full contact details (please fill the submission form, link). Authors will be notified by March 20, 2016, about the status of their proposals. There are no fees but we do not have funds to cover travel expenses. The organisers expect an edited volume to result from the gathering. Questions can be directed to

Important Dates

Abstracts Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: March 20, 2017

Conference: Mytilene, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, September 28 – October 1, 2017


Inquiries may be directed to:

Swiss Mobility Conference – 29 & 30 June 2017, Lausanne, Switzerland

The Swiss Mobility Conference (SMC) is the result of collaboration between the urban
sociology chairs (EPFL) and geography of mobilities (UNIL). The objective of SMC is to
provide a place for discussion and debate for researchers in humanities and social sciences
working on various forms of mobility.
Presentations will address the mobilities in their diversity (housing choices, modal practices,
multi-local dwelling, tourism, etc.). They can register in the following research areas:
– theoretical debates (and in particular the contributions of social theories to the study of
– methodological innovations (using mobile methods)
– public policy and decision making in mobility
– regulation of mobility and its tools
– the actors and their logics of action
– the norms and values underlying mobility and social inequality
– temporality and spatiality of mobility
– mobility prospective
Abstracts of 3000 signs, must be sent by February 28, 2017 at the following address:
For more information:
– Prof. Vincent Kaufmann, Laboratoire de sociologie urbaine, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale
de Lausanne
– Prof. Patrick Rérat, Institut de géographie et durabilité, Université de Lausanne
Scientific committee:
Thomas Buhler, Université de Franche-Comté
Matteo Colleoni, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Yves Delacrétaz, Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud
Frédéric Dobruszkes, Université libre de Bruxelles
Cédric Duchene-Lacroix, Universität Basel
Maxime Huré, Université Lyon 2
Timo Ohnmacht, Hochschule Luzern
Mathis Stock, Université de Lausanne
Jean Varlet, Université de Savoie
Gebhard Wulfhorst, Technische Universität München

Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association – 21-23 June 2017 Zurich, Switzerland

Workshop: Mobile and multilocal practices: undermining social cohesion and the common good?

Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association 2017 at Zurich

Stable, territorially defined socio-political communities like urban quarters, cities, regions or national states are traditionally seen as the precondition for developing relations of trust resulting in social integration, cohesion and engagement. On this token, Putnam (2000) stated at the turn of the century a decline of social capital caused by increasing mobilities, within which he saw disengagements and withdrawal from communities.

An opposite perspective, the “mobilities paradigm”, proclaimed about 10 years ago, (Hannam et al. 2006; Sheller, Urry 2006) understands movement and travel as the foundation of social relations. Yet, what is necessary, is a shift in focus from territorially sedentary social communities to more processual and fluid forms of socialities, engagement and related concepts of the common good. Examples can be seen in phenomena like border crossing migration and refugee movements, trans-national social movements, trans-local communication networks, travel, multilocal living arrangements and everyday practices of maintaining geographically far-flung social networks of family, friendships and relations.

The Workshop aims at shedding light on the mutual interrelations of movement, social integration, the common good, self-interest and dis-engagement by bringing together empirical and theoretical analysis on this topic. In particular, we are interested in studies working on these issues against different theoretical background applying different research methods. Our workshop intends to mirror the rich field of social scientific mobilities and multilocalities’ research, which understands movement and dwelling as element of the social and its formation. Thus we invite contributions which touch on the following (and related) issues:

  • Mobilities, travel, multilocality and tourism as elements of social embedding and withdrawal
  • Infrastructures of mobilities and transportation and social networks
  • Mobilities as a force or dimension of social inequality and exclusion
  • Methods for mobilities research, mobile methods and post-human methods of mobilities research
  • ….

We explicitly invite contributions in French, German and English.

Please submit abstracts (500 words) before the 21 February 2017 to both workshop organisers by email:

Dr. Cédric Duchene-Lacroix, Department of Social Sciences, University of Basel, Switzerland,

PD Dr. Katharina Manderscheid, Department of Sociology, University of Lucerne, Switzerland,


pd dr. katharina manderscheid

soziologisches seminar


universität luzern

frohburgstrasse 3 | postfach 4466 | ch-6002 luzern | tel. +41 41 229 5691



sprechstunde studierendenberatung für ma posm: donnerstag, 9-10h nach anmeldung.


neue veröffentlichung/recent publication:

Endres/Manderscheid/Mincke: The Mobilities Paradigm: Discourses and Ideologies. Routledge 2016



Entangled Mobilities : 22-23 May 2017, Finland

Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2017


22-23 May 2017, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Organizers: The Finnish Anthropological Society, anthropologists at the Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä – deadline for proposals 23 February 2017

Forthcoming Conferences / Workshops / Seminars