CFP – NZGS-IAG Conference, Auckland 11-14 July 2018

Session Title: “Materials, mobilities and in/securities”

Organisers: Kaya Barry (Griffith University) & Michele Lobo (Deakin University)

(sponsored by the IAG Cultural Geography Study Group and the NZGS Mobilities in Geography research group)


Across scholarly and public debates there is increasing emphasis on the potency of materials, objects, artefacts, and a range of nonhumans that are integral to everyday mobilities and global flows. Materials are entangled within policy, debates, and practices that govern how and where human action is secured, conformed, and moulded into the pretence of a safe and secure global society. Materials large or small - from personal belongings, waste, bacteria, coal, or A380s - can disrupt or unsettle security practices and future trajectories of global mobilities. We question how in/securities are produced through materials and mobilities. How are non- or more-than-human assemblages held to account for the challenges, changes, and conflicts facing the world? Are contemporary mobilities systems contingent on diminishing materials and risky assemblages? How might attending to the intersections of materiality and mobility allow new creative conversations and connections to develop?

We invite papers that speculate on the agencies, potencies, and in/securities that are produced through intersections of materiality and mobility. Theoretical, empirical, or innovative methodological approaches on topics such as, but not limited to:

- Risky, disruptive, or un/in/secure material assemblages
- Mobilities and security design;
- Futures of transport, tourism, and material resources
- Narratives of migration and personal experiences of materiality

Please send abstracts of 200 words to Kaya Barry (k.barry@griffith.edu.au) and Michele Lobo (michele.lobo@deakin.edu.au) by Monday 26th March.