[Iag-list] CfP: On the move? Emergency (im)mobilities in a changing climate

Carrie Wilkinson cw979 at uowmail.edu.au
Tue Feb 18 09:17:29 AEDT 2020

On the move? Emergency (im)mobilities in a changing climate

Call for Papers: Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, University of New England, Armidale, 6-9 July 2020

Carrie Wilkinson (University of Wollongong) and Joshua Whittaker (University of Wollongong) – This session is sponsored by the Nature, Risk and Resilience study group

Mobilities scholars have sought to deepen understanding of the relationships between bodies and place. The so called ‘new mobilities’ paradigm or ‘mobility turn’ has brought together a range of theories for a conceptualisation of movement that thinks not only about movement and space, but meaning, materials and affect. The intersection of mobility and disaster is reflected in an emerging literature on ‘emergency mobilities’. Emergencies are characterised by different forms of movement. Emergencies not only impact on existing mobility systems but also generate their own unique (im)mobilities. As evidenced by the ongoing bushfire crisis in Australia—in which thousands of people have been evacuated, stranded and displaced—disasters are unfolding over unprecedented temporal and spatial scales, complicating and confounding emergency management efforts. This session seeks to provide a forum in which to explore the diverse and complex (im)mobilities of emergencies. This may include no-notice, short-notice and slow-onset disasters, such as wildfire, floods, heatwaves, sea-level rise, earthquakes, cyclones, war and famine. Discussion points could include (but are not limited to): How are (im)mobilities governed in a crisis? How do different actors define and understand the emergency and (im)mobility? Whose bodies, both human and non-human, are (im)mobile in disasters? What experimental and improvisatory ways are individuals and communities living with and moving (or not) under threat of a disaster? We invite contributions that attend to the environmental, social and cultural specificities of (im)mobilities shaped through disasters. Theoretical, methodological and empirical research papers are welcome.

Please submit your abstract via the conference website<https://www.une.edu.au/about-une/faculty-of-humanities-arts-social-sciences-and-education/hass/news-and-events/the-institute-of-australian-geographers-annual-conference-2020/registration-institute-of-australian-geographers-conference-2020> and email a copy of your abstract to Carrie Wilkinson (cw979 at uowmail.edu.au<mailto:cw979 at uowmail.edu.au>)
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