Im|mobile lives in turbulent times: Methods and Practices of Mobilities Research
Start date : 8 July 2021 09:00
End date : 9 July 2021 18:00
Hosted by :
Newcastle Business School / Northumbria University / Lancaster University
Information sources :
In turbulent geo-political, social and technological times attention to the role of im|mobilities is important. This is both true in relation to mobilities as a diverse area of academic enquiry, but also in terms of what it means to do mobilities research. This international inter-disciplinary mobilities symposium provides a meeting ground for the ongoing development of the methods and practices of mobilities research, and is a collaboration between the MOS Department (Tourism), the Social and Cultural Geographies Research Group at Northumbria University and CeMoRe at Lancaster University. Around the publication of the Handbook on Methods and Applications for Mobilities Research, the symposium will explore how the breadth of mobilities enquiry across multiple disciplines offers new methods and practices for developing analytical purchase, applications, creative momentum and impact.
The diversity of mobilities research, from the politics of migration control to corporeal acts of stillness and movement, provide insights that cover sometimes seemingly disparate interests, but also demonstrate crucial relations across multiples sites and scales of life, and across disciplines. The complex contextures of life and social order are made in and through the interconnected im|mobilities of people, goods, resources, particles, viruses, ideas, information and more. Turbulent times demand epistemological agility that connects studies of, for example, the minute mobilities of CO2, soil, and microbes, to research on decarbonising transport to investigations of the effects of interplanetary imaginaries of escape. Making connections through ‘inter-mobilities conversations’ can facilitate opportunities for learning and can knit support for creative resilience.
This symposium is particularly concerned with methods for approaching and researching im|mobile lives across distributed, fleeting, multi-scalar sites. We will explore the (dis)connections between different ways of thinking about and researching im|mobilities and the potentialities of crossover, borrowings and hybridization in methodological approaches. The symposium will provide an opportunity for participants to share perspectives and experiences by those employing a range of methodologies and practices, allowing participants to think through the value of forms of creativity in such practice. We will explore how mobilities research can be applied and the impact it has, but also recognise the challenges of conducting such research. We invite further development of rich methodologies and applications that look to comprehend the trans-local frictions and flows of everyday life.
Practical informations :
Registration is now open, fee details below:
Full, non-concession fee: £30
Committee and Symposium Development Delegates: Free