CfP: Co-producing Mobilities

Co-producing Mobilities

Call for Participation: Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual Conference, London, 27-29 August 2014.

Session Convenors: Anna Davidson (University of Oxford) and Simon Cook (Royal Holloway, University of London)

This session aims to creatively engage with the conference theme head-on by exploring the co-production of mobilities – both the practices and the intellectual field. Such a focus allows for an engagement with key issues emerging in studies of mobility, transport and movement. Cresswell (2010) has called for a greater holistic discussion of mobility, echoed by others in encouraging dialogue between mobilities and fields as diverse as engineering, epidemiology, politics, art and transport studies (c.f. Shaw and Hesse, 2010; Bissell, Adey and Laurier, 2011; Merriman, forthcoming). Co-production invites a shift-away from the overly-animated and individualised subjects of mobility studies and towards understanding mobility practices as more-than-individual and more-than-human. We hope to open up also to the role that fixities, stillness and moorings play in producing mobilities (Bissell and Fuller, 2011; Merriman, forthcoming).

We seek to bring together geographers and practitioners focussing on a range of mobilities from a range of perspectives (transport geography, resource geography, urban planning, social and cultural geography, cartographers, art and performance, philosophy, economic geography, religion etc.) in a unique session that will collaboratively and holistically explore how mobilities are co-produced. In the activity-based first half (in the field), we will engage with and creatively record/’follow’ different modes of urban travel through a range methods, highlighting the means by which they can be understood as co-produced: how processes, ideas, inequalities, histories, things, people, policies, materials, spaces, representations, power, affects, and movements coalesce to co-produce mobile practices. It will challenge the study of mobilities to go beyond the journey/subject itself and ask what is entangled before, after and in-between the actual moments of movement. In the second part of the session, a roundtable discussion will be held to explore the connections and understandings gained and the implications of these co-productions – what difference might it make in scholarship and practice to see mobilities as produced by – and producing – complex webs, how may this lead to different ways of doing, reading, writing, collaborating and communicating mobilities?

The session is hoped to instigate a series of multi-media publications that are themselves creative bricolage/co-productions based on data gathered and discussion held during the session. The aspiration is that the sessions and the ensuing outputs might mobilise new pathways and potentialities for the understanding of mobility practices and studies of mobility.

We welcome a broad range of participants, whether undertaking mobility-related research or not, to partake in the sessions and ask that you send a short biographical piece about your research interests (c.150 words) and full contact / affiliation details to both Anna Davidson (anna.davidson@ouce.ox.ac.uk) and Simon Cook (Simon.Cook.2013@live.rhul.ac.uk) by 14 February 2014.

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