CeMoRe Lunchtime Seminar
Monday 25 April 2005
13.00-14.00, County South B.65
Jennie Germann Molz
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Mobilities Research
A mobile sociology of interactive travel?
Researching social relations and leisure travel in the information age.
I am in the initial stages of designing a research project that examines
the intersection between technology, mobility and sociality. My project
is to trace the emerging genre of interactive travel and to investigate
the implications of the convergence between corporeal and virtual mobilities
for the way people stay in touch while on the move.
The project aims to explore various spaces and forms of cultural and
technological production - including the Internet, mobile phones, wireless
hotspots, websites, travel bldgs, moblogs and the media, advertising and
promotional campaigns surrounding mobile networking services and devices
- within the context of leisure travel and sociality. Among the theoretical
issues at stake in this investigation are notions of cosmopolitanism,
citizenship, belonging, hospitality, escape, surveillance, and questions
of connection and disconnection, public and private, home and away.
In this seminar, I would like to present the questions - both theoretical
and methodological - that I am grappling with in designing this project
and to invite comments, suggestions and feedback for developing a coherent