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Bicycle Politics Symposium and Workshop

Date: 16 September 2010 Time: 09.30 to 5.00pm

Venue: Institute for Advanced Studies Meeting Room 2/3

Bikes on the scrap heap!
Bikes on the scrap heap!

Bicycle Politics Symposium and workshop

Thursday 16th & Friday 17th September 2010

Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

The report on the workshop can be found here

http://thinkingaboutcycling.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/bicycle-politics-workshop-report/

The major role and relevance of bicycles and cycling to future life seems increasingly unquestionable. On the ground, projects across the world are committed to promoting cycling and/or cycling-oriented subcultures. In both theory and practice, there's a real energy and vitality to think about cycling differently, to carve out alternative possibilities around the bicycle.

But if cycling is enjoying a renaissance, it is also under fire. Whilst almost everywhere people are pushing for cycling, it also seems that almost everywhere cycling is deeply problematic - contentious, oppressed, discriminated against.

Bicycles, cycling and cyclists seem to invoke love and hate in equal measure .

Bicycle Politics, a two day event hosted by the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster University, UK, aims to explore bicycles and cycling politically. By thinking creatively and critically, its political project is to help push bicycles and cycling further into the hearts of our cities and societies, to improve the possibilities for cycling to re-make our world, to assist cycling's obvious potential to contribute to alternative, sustainable mobility futures.

To this end, we are calling for critical explorations of the political, social, cultural and economic barriers to current and future cycling, as well as for critical investigations of the ways in which bicycles, cycling and cyclists are currently framed.

We welcome all proposals for papers which fit under the broad heading of Bicycle Politics. Such contributions might examine:

. Cycling and political economies and ideologies

. The politics of cycling 'promotion'

. Critiques of cycling

. Cycling and discriminations

. Cycling and inequalities

. Cycling, social control, freedom and deviance

. Cycling, space and the politics of space

. Cycling, social movements and social change

. Cycling and identity

. Cycling and the politics of representation

. Feminist perspectives on cycling

. Cycling and the law

Our intention is to produce an edited collection, Bicycle Politics, from the event.

REGISTRATION

To register online

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations received before 2 September 2010 will be issued a full refund minus an administration charge of £5. Cancellation requests received on and after 2 September will be at the discretion of the organisers and will be subject to a minimum administration charge of £5.

ACCOMMODATION

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. The nightly rate is £26.40 (single) excl. VAT. Please email conferenceoffice@lancaster.ac.uk or phone 01524 592444 to book.

ORGANISERS

Dave Horton - d.r.horton@lancaster.ac.uk and Aurora Trujillo - a.trujilloperaire@reading.ac.uk

We aim for the symposium and workshop to be open to all, however, spacesare limited.

Contact:

Who can attend: Anyone

 

Further information

Associated staff: Dave Horton

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Geography, Lancaster Environment Centre, Sociology

Keywords: Bicycling, Cycling, Mobilities, Politics, Transportation, Travel

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