RGS - IBG 2021 : Dismantling the borders between mobility and immobility in rural space
Start date : 31 August 2021 09:00
End date : 3 September 2021 17:00
Where : London & online |
Hosted by :
Royal Geographical Society & Institute British Geographers
Information sources :
Session conveners: Aileen Stockdale (Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland), Tialda Haartsen (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) and Annett Steinführer (von Thunen Research Institute, Germany)
Mobility and immobility have traditionally been studied as separate geographical processes. Mobility, consisting of distinctive action(s) has received most academic and policy attention while immobility has been viewed as a residual category of non-actions and is rarely studied. This artificial mobility/ immobility border is increasingly blurred, especially in rural areas. Mobility and immobility, or leaving and staying, are no longer static or rigid dichotomies but blurred and relational practices: “mutually generative and intricately entangled” (Halfacree and Rivera 2012: 109). This session invites papers which dismantle the mobility/ immobility border to develop nuanced understandings of leaving and staying in rural places.
This work might include, but is not limited to, the following research themes: • New geographies of leaving and staying, for example, leavers from a village may remain in the rural region; movers from one rural area to another have stayed in the rural; and newcomers may be returnees to, or stayers in, the rural • New typologies of rural leavers and stayers which reflect the intersection of mobility and immobility • Different motives of staying and leaving, and how these may feed into rural policies • An increasingly mobile and connected world in which aspects of mobility in daily life may permit staying, for example, increased commuting or homeworking; and virtual mobilities enable the rural stayer to connect to other people and other places
Practical informations :
The session will be held online.
Please send your abstract (up to 250 words), title, affiliations and contact details to email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com by 8 March 2021.
Notification of selected papers will be given during April 2021.
The session is organised as part of the STAYin(g)Rural project, an Open Research Area project which is financially supported by NWO,DFG and ESRC. See http://stayingrural.eu for more information.
all the best, Tialda, Aileen & Annett