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Global Mobility Futures
Date: 14 October 2013
How does the circulation of secrets and lies relate to the class warfare of offshoring strategies? Can sustainable transitions be achieved without mobility justice? Which mobilities will one day disappear, as have the shipments of linoleum that once were a vital part of Lancaster?
These were among the questions discussed earlier this month at the Global Mobility Futures conference, hosted by the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe). Researchers, artists and practitioners from Europe, North America, and as far away as Brazil, Taiwan and Australia met for the three-day inter-disciplinary conference. The event looked toward the future and important questions about the transformations and consequences of global movements of people, technologies, information, objects, and ideas. Yet it also celebrated the past, marking the tenth anniversary of the Centre for Mobilities Research.
Since being established in 2003, the Centre for Mobilities Research has become an important global hub for scholars. By taking an inter-disciplinary perspective on a range of issues from transportation to everyday life, innovation to and new media, researchers have shown just how important moving around is to social life. These insights were apparent in both the conference presentations and in the structure of the event itself, which included artist workshops where participants moved through both physical and virtual spaces, as well as several 'no-fly' video presentations and a plenary via live video-link. A conference dinner sponsored by Taylor & Francis / Routledge also celebrated the success of the Mobilities journal, which is based in CeMoRe and has facilitated the circulation of this exciting stream of research to scholars around the world.
For those interested in finding out more about this event or CeMoRe's work, there are a range of online resources including CeMoRe's website and the conference website. Tweets from the conference used the hashtag #mobsfutures13 and photos from the event are on Flickr. Conference plenaries were given by Elizabeth Shove (@ElizabethShove), Leysia Palen (@palen), Mimi Sheller (@mCenterDrexel), and John Urry (including the world premiere screening of the video for his upcoming book Offshoring). The Mobile Lives Forum / Forum Vies Mobiles hosts many resources including short talks by conference participants, and the Cosmobilities Network will be holding a conference on Networked urban mobilities in Oct 2014 that will follow up on some of the conference themes.
Keywords: Globalisation & mobility, Mobilities
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