Mobile mobilities conference – call for contributors

Call for contributors/ participants: Performing the city: mobility, space and subjectivity

Cities are shaped by, and give shape to, the movement of people, technologies, things and ideas. They are composed of dynamic entanglements of humans and non-humans, (re)produced and contested on a daily basis. To make sense of mobile urban life demands an understanding of a myriad of actors who perform aspects of everyday life. Building upon the work of University of East London’s Sustainable Mobilities Research Group, this workshop seeks to examine and enliven some of these entanglements through a mobile symposium.

The event will take place in London on Wednesday 7th December, setting out from Look Mum No Hands in Old Street at 10.30am and returning there for lunch. The tentative format of the day is to have two excursions (one am, one pm) into different parts of London; of course the journeys will be just as important – if not more so – than the destinations. The day will be very informal, and whilst it will be ‘facilitated’ by us (Rachel Aldred, Katrina Jungnickel and Justin Spinney) we are looking for participants to talk/walk through themes central to their work, whether at a particular location or whilst on the move (for those less familiar with London we are happy to suggest locations). Speakers will be asked to talk for no more than 15 minutes and are encouraged to include objects/materials/places and of course movement.

We are keeping themes purposely broad at this stage but are particularly keen on talks/tours which engage with the following themes: the politics of (im)mobility; mobility and temporality; the sensory, affective and (im)material; (in)visible mobilities (particularly in relation to the ‘warping’ of the city); rhythm; citizenship and urban governance; the construction and displacement of subjectivities through mobility; place, infrastructure and the scripting of movement. Submissions are welcome from areas including (but not limited to) geography, sociology, architecture, history and anthropology. We are particularly keen to attract postgraduate and early career researchers but all are of course welcome! There will be no power point facilities, but there will be plenty of time for discussion and networking.

The event is free to attend, morning coffee/tea/pastries and lunch are provided, travel expenses around London will be reimbursed for all attending, and we can cover speaker travel costs up to £50. If you would like to contribute a talk/tour please submit a positioning statement (max 500 words) about your research/ proposed talk/ tour/ destination/ mode of movement by Friday 4th November to k.e.jungnickel[at]uel[dot]ac[dot]uk or j.spinney[at]uel[dot]ac[dot]uk. We will then put the final programme together and notify speakers by Friday 11th November. If you would like to come along without contributing a talk please contact Katrina or Justin with a brief statement of interests and biography. Please note that places are limited to 25. This workshop is supported by the ESRC Cycling Cultures Project.