Annual John Urry Lecture : Covid-19, Mobilities and Futures
Start date : 29 October 2020 17:00
End date : 29 October 2020 18:30
Where : Virtual |
Hosted by :
Centre for Mobilities Research
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2020 will be long remembered as the year the world stopped moving, trying to contain the movement of coronavirus Covid-19 as it spread across world. As we enter the autumn, the challenges of governing societies that have become increasingly dependent on free and accelerating circulation, movement and mobility while containing the disease have returned with a vengeance. Headlines and newsfeeds are utterly dominated by the challenges and paradoxes of ongoing attempts to square mobilities and immobilities. In short, the global pandemic has thrust im/mobilities into the epicentre of contemporary politics and society.
John Urry (1946-2016), world-leading sociologist and social thinker, co-founded the Mobilities paradigm at the turn of the century, noting that social phenomena in a world on the move could no longer be adequately and faithfully analysed on the basis of static ‘container states’ and ‘social structures’. Since then, Mobilities studies has flourished into a hugely diverse and dynamic worldwide research community. This series of annual lectures is held in his memory.
In this year’s event, we pick up the key issue of the moment – for the world and Mobilities studies alike. What does a Mobilities lens have to offer to illuminate our current Covid-19 predicament? What issues, usually overlooked or neglected, does it bring to the fore, whether explanatory or normative? And what futures does it enable us to see or envision, for better or worse?
Stranded into social distancing, the event this year also takes an unusual format, as an online panel amongst three of the most significant Mobilities thinkers. Hosted by Lancaster University’s Institute for Social Futures, Centre for Mobilities Research and Sociology Department (in all three of which John was instrumental), we invite you to join us for a look beyond and below the headlines to a new perspective on the issue of the moment.