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Mobile Communications Workshop
Date: 09/01/2004 Time: 09.00am - 1.30pm
Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Management and Social Sciences
9 January 2004, Lancaster House Hotel, 9:00am - 1:30pm
Organisers: Mimi Sheller (CeMoRe)Sue Peters (Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development)John Urry (CeMoRe)
Technological, social and cultural developments in public and private transportation, mobile communications, information storage and retrieval, surveillance systems and 'intelligent environments', are rapidly changing the nature of travel and of communications conducted at-a-distance. As mobile connectivity begins to occur in new ways across a wide range of cyber-devices and integrated places, so we need better theorization and research, especially to examine the interdependencies between changes in physical movement and in electronic communications, and especially in their increasing convergence. Such new intersecting mobilities are centre-stage within contemporary economic, social and technological developments and in generating profound policy issues, especially in how a mobile life is sustainable into the long-term. This workshop aims to bring together social theorists with academic and commercial applied researchers to address these issues.
9:00am-9:15 Welcome and Coffee
9:15--10:45am Emerging Mobile Technologies(Three fifteen-minute presentations followed by discussion)
Paul Coulton, Dept of Communication Systems, Lancaster University'Mobile Evolution: The Road to 3G and Beyond'
Andrew Scott, Dept of Computing, LandMARC team (Lancaster and Microsoft Active Research Collaboration) 'Mobile technologies'
Richard Harper, Director, Appliance Studio 'In the hand: inside the head' Social Shaping Research, Newbury
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Emerging Mobile Socialities(Three fifteen-minute presentations followed by discussion)
Michael Hulme, Chairman, Teleconomy, and Henley Management College 'Me, My Mobile and I'
Christian Licoppe, Director, France Telecom Social Science Laboratory 'Sociological studies of mobile phone use'
Nina Wakeford, Director INCITE, University of Surrey 'Communications on the Move'
12:30-1.30 concluding session and buffet lunch
Who can attend: Anyone
Keywords: communication, Mobilities
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