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Turbulent Trade Routes hosted by Mediterranean Mobilities & CeMoRe

Date: 26 November 2010 Time: 10.30 - 5.30pm

Venue: Institute for Advanced Studies MR2/3

Turbulent Trade Routes
Turbulent Trade Routes

Turbulent Trade Routes

Organized by the Mediterranean Mobilities Research Network - Centre for Mobilities Research in collaboration with LEC.

Online Registration- until 23 November. If you wish to attend and online registration has closed please contact Javier Caletrio direct.

Confirmed speakers include:

Tim Cresswell, Department of Geographpy, Royal Holloway University of London - Turbulence

Tim Hall, Department of Natural and Social Sciences, University of Gloucestershire - Invisible Trade Routes: Mobilities, Materialities and Geographies of Organised Crime

Craig Martin, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway University of London - Piracy and Parasites: On the Competing Forces of Oceanic Trade Routes

Peter North, Department of Geography, University of Liverpool - Trade Routes and Eco-localisation - a Progressive Response to Peak Oil and Climate Change

Kathy Pain, Globalization and World Cities Network, Loughborough University / University of Reading - Gateways and Corridors in Globalization: Changing European Global City Roles and Functions

The growing availability of commodities from all over the world is one of the most banal and pervasive expressions of the increasing if uneven connectivity between places at the turn of the 21st century. Economic geography has made substantial progress in mapping the shifting geographies of transnational production networks but much less is known, however, about the circulation networks of the commodity. Much less is known about how this circulation is made materially possible through transport routes and the resilience of transport infrastructures in the face of shifting economic, technological and environmental conditions.

Thus far interest on the heightened connectivity that has become a hallmark of globalization has largely focused on geographies of the internet (e.g. Castells 1996), aeromobilities and world city networks (e.g. Cwerner et al. 2008, Taylor 2004), circuits of money circulation (e.g. Thrift et al. 1994), and human mobility (e.g. Castles and Miller 1998). Despite being vital for the daily subsistence of an increasingly urban population and involving some of most extensive transport infrastructures and the biggest mobile machines, the quiet circulation of goods has not yet captured social scientists imagination.

After decades of globalization a renewed interest in trade routes is being triggered at the policy level by a shifting geopolitical landscape that is seeing global economic, political and military influence tilting towards the East. In what is being called an age of new empires, the growing demand of natural resources -especially oil-, the environmental transformations ushered by global warming, the growth of piracy associated with 'failed states' and the expanding and contested spheres of influence of new regional powers seem to herald a turbulent future for trade routes.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss trade routes from a critical social science perspective, especially in relation with global warming, technological and geopolitical change.


The workshop will be held at Lancaster University on Friday 26 November 2010 (11.00am - 5 pm). The event is open to anyone. There is a registration fee of £20.00 for staff/waged and £5.00 for students/unwaged. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. If required, a range of overnight accommodation is available at own cost on campus and in Lancaster.

Online Registrationuntil 23 November. If you wish to attend and online registration has closed please contact Javier Caletrio direct.


Where To Stay in Lancaster- or our campus guestrooms. Most of our guestrooms are en-suite. As well as private WC/bathing facilities, each has access to a fully equipped kitchen, shared with up to three other residents. Please email or phone 01524 592899


Cancellations received before12 November 2010 will be issued a full refund minus an administration charge of £5. Cancellation requests received on and after 12 November will be at the discretion of the organisers and will be subject to a minimum administration charge of £5.

Contact Pennie Drinkall for registration enquiries -

Please contact Javier Caletrío for any otherqueries -

For further information please visit:

Event sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 'Research and Enterprise Fund 2010'


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Javier Caletrío, John Urry

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Geography, Lancaster Environment Centre, Mobilities.Lab, Politics and International Relations, Sociology

Keywords: Globalisation, Globalisation & mobility, Migration, Mobilities, Sociology, Trade, Transportation


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