On Monday 17 July, CeMoRe hosted a colloquium to celebrate the Centre’s twentieth anniversary. It was a memorable event – both celebratory and sad – as it also marked the retirement of two of CeMoRe’s longest-serving colleagues: Monika Buscher (who was director 2015-2020) and Pennie Drinkall who was the Centre’s administrator from its inception in 2003 and has been Editor-in-Chief of the Mobilities journal since 2006.
The day began with seven short talks from CeMoRe’s past and present Directors and Co-Directors [see below for link to recording] followed ,in the afternoon, by an Early Career Researcher Workshop. The participation of the ECRs was made possible by five travel bursaries funded by a generous personal gift by Centre Co-Directors, James Faulconbridge and the UKRI South Korea Connections Grant (‘Connecting Mobilities’) which several members of the Centre have been involved in as CIs.
The day ended with Mimi Sheller’s Twentieth Anniversary Lecture entitled “Mobility Justice and Climate Reparations: Reflection on 20 Years of Mobilities Research” [see below for link to recording] which was attracted a global online audience of over 100 people. Mimi was introduced by the new Dean of Faculty, Ed Simpson, who also has a long-standing research interest in mobilities (his book Highways to the End of the World was published in 2022).
The colloquium was organised by Prof Lynne Pearce, the Centre’s Acting Director, with support from our administrator, Harriet Phipps, who is also stepping down after three years in the role.