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Cars and Post-Car Performances - a CeMoRe event

Date: 21 September 2007 Time: 1.00pm

Cars and Post-Car Performances - a CeMoRe event

21 September 2007- Institute for Advanced Studies Room A40 (through ICR)

CEMORE SEMINAR ON 'CARS, COMFORTS AND CONTESTED FUTURES'1.00pm Welcome and Buffet lunch in The Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster UniversitySEMINAR to be held in A40 County South - cost £15.00 (online registration- 1 30 welcome/introduction to the main issues from John Urry, Director of CEMORE, Lancaster University1 45 Greg Noble, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney: 'Moored in Mobility: The ontology of automotive comfort'

The promise of comfort is a key feature of consumer discourses around cars, although it is rarely given the status of the conventionalmarketing themes of style, performance and taste. Drawing on an analysisof car advertisements and on research into the relationships between young people and driving, this paper will explore the ontology of automotive comfort. Cars are not simply about power, freedom or status, but their condition of possibility in an increasingly risky world. In so far as comfort signifies familiarity and security, it points to something more than physical ease; indeed, it bundles together a range of existential and social possibilities. Consumer discourses aroundautomotive comfort offer a kind of mooring in mobility: a constancy ofenvironment, agency and sociality. These promises are not about awithdrawal from risky existence: being comfortable is also the basis ofan engagement with the world, or the safety to take risks. Young peopleecho these possibilities as they fashion an ability to move acrosssocial and geographical spaces, forming mobility capital and adisposition to movement necessary in contemporary societies.3 00 tea coffee3 15 Kingsley Dennis, CeMoRe Lancaster: 'Cities, Cars, Futures'"Today we don't really live in a civilisation, but in a mobilisation - of natural resources, people and products" -Where once cities were the cradleof civilisation they are now becoming close to producing disastrous social instabilities and contributing to environmental decline. Cities too are the nodes from which mobility emanates. The cities that are built and the urban lifestyles that these cities will foster will have enormous impact upon succeeding generations, which will go some way to deciding the long-term outlook of the global environment. Cities, as habitats, determine the mobility of lifestyles; and the modes of mobility most favourable to users will largely determine how urban areas are constructed. In this paper I examine some of the transitions around the 'modern city', from concepts of the city in modernity to alternative ideas relating to sustainability and eco-design, with a focus on how mobility in the city has been framed, organised, and experienced. The paper then examines a specific eco-city urban design project in China to analyse how this articulates 'sustainable' city transport mobilities for the future, and the implications this will have for re-configuring urban auto-mobilities. The paper concludes by addressing the scenario of possible 'future mobilicities'; that is, the requirements for future mobility within a dense urbanised city environment.

4 30 Tim Dant, Sociology Dept, Lancaster University to lead discussion on the 2 papers Chaired by Monika Buscher, CEMORE/Imagination at Lancaster/Sociology, Lancaster University5 30 drink in bar

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