Dear Colleagues,

 

Apologies for cross-posting, but we hope that some members of the IAG email list might be interested in the following symposium:

 

AusMob: The Australian Mobilities Network

Launch Symposium

The Future of Mobilities Research in Australia and Beyond

 

Thursday 7 – Friday 8 December 2017

School of Geography, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria

 

Keynote Speakers: Professor Mimi Sheller and Professor Peter Adey

 

We are excited to announce the launch symposium of AusMob – the Australian Mobilities Network which is taking place on 7-8 December in Melbourne. We hope that you will be interested in joining us!

 

Mobilities research is a multi-disciplinary field of study. It is an innovative way of exploring some of the most pressing urban, consumption, humanitarian, technological, environmental, and health challenges of our time. Mobilities researchers investigate the interrelated movements and stoppages of many different entities, including people, animals, elements, capital, knowledges, and policies. They explore not only the changing meanings of those mobilities and immobilities, but also their political and ethical implications. 

 

Mobilities research being undertaken in Australia across the social sciences and humanities has grown rapidly in recent years. The AusMob launch symposium will showcase the diversity of mobilities research going on in this part of the world and connect researchers working on topics related to mobility. The symposium presents an exciting opportunity to explore how mobilities research in Australia is contributing to and interfacing with mobilities research being undertaken in other parts of the world.

 

We are delighted to announce that keynotes will be presented by Professor Mimi Sheller, Director New Mobilities Research and Policy Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA;  and Professor Peter Adey, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway University of London, UK. 

 

We invite submissions of abstracts for paper presentations on all dimensions of mobilities research. Please submit abstracts through the form at http://www.ausmob.com.au/launch-symposium/ by the close of business on Friday 15 September. Acceptance of papers will be confirmed in late September along with further details including timing and format of presentations. Enquiries can be addressed to david.bissell@unimelb.edu.au.

 

This event is kindly sponsored by the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. There will be no registration fee to attend the symposium.

 

On behalf of the AusMob committee,

David Bissell, Thomas Birtchnell, Michelle Duffy, Farida Fozdar, Benjamin Iaquinto, David Radford, Lauren Rickards