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[ecrea] Open call - Mobile work-life arrangements: exploring conceptual and methodological challenges. An Interdisciplinary Late-Summer School
Tue Jul 21 21:56:47 GMT 2015
MOBILE WORK-LIFE ARRANGEMENTS: EXPLORING CONCEPTUAL AND METHODOLOGICAL
CHALLENGES. An Interdisciplinary Late-Summer School
9-18 October, 2015
University of Freiburg, Germany
Convened by: COME (Research Group Cultures of Mobility in Europe) and
ANTHROMOB (EASA Anthropology and Mobility Network)
Anna Lipphardt (Freiburg); Jamie Coates (Waseda/Sheffield) and Roger
Funded by Volkswagen Foundation
The interdisciplinary field of mobility studies has produced a broad
spectrum of theoretical works and structural analyses, driven by
research focusing on recent innovation in transport and communication.
Within that field, economic and work-related aspects of mobility, are
often treated as distinct from other life practices. This late-summer
school aims to contribute to the field of mobility studies with respect
to two key issues: First, it will turn attention to the interplay
between work and non-work (e.g. leisure, family life, well-being)
spheres of life linked to mobility. Second, it focuses on the
complexities of mobile work-life arrangements as they play out in the
everyday lives of an ever-growing number of people worldwide, across the
economic spectrum and across diverse professional and socio-cultural fields.
The late-summer school explicitly aims to bring together people studying
a range of empirical cases including (but not limited to) research
across the following subjects:
- peripatetic and pastoralist groups
- transport-sector professionals
- artists, creatives and travelling entertainers
- seasonal and project-based labourers
- lifestyle migrants.
OBJECTIVES AND KEY QUESTIONS
The late-summer school has two core objectives:
1. Providing a forum for discussing qualitative methodological
approaches to mobility, including multi-sited, mobile or trajectory
ethnography; life-course and life-world analyses; and newly-emerging
2. Exploring the differing forms of knowledge production concomitant
with mobile work-life arrangements, it will encourage a critical
reflection of the theoretical frameworks, empirical operationalisations
and political discourses that implicitly or explicitly inform much
research on mobile groups. Our intention is to bring together different
epistemic communities, thus fostering a comparative perspective.
Key questions which the late-summer school will address are:
- How do we develop a critical analytical position in light of the
complex entanglements between the political and economic discourses on
certain mobile groups, the conceptual approaches of our respective
research disciplines, and the emic perspectives of the people we study?
- What are the advantages, challenges, and limitations of differing
analytical models such as multi-sited ethnography, qualitative case
study, life-course analysis, or phenomenology in exploring mobile
- How can we compare or generalise insights gained from qualitative
studies on specific mobile fields? And how can we employ empirical
research to advance theoretical stances on mobility, both within a given
research area and across disciplinary divides?
PROGRAMME AND WORKING FORMATS
The programme includes keynote lectures and advanced seminars by Noel
Salazar (University of Leuven), Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths University)
and Huub van Baar (University of Amsterdam/Giessen University). It also
comprises presentations by doctoral students, workshops on mobile
methods and representational strategies, informal discussions on
practical issues of mobile/multi-sited fieldwork, career and
professional development sessions, a film screening, and recreational
activities. The working language is English.
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
The programme is aimed at doctoral students working on projects situated
in qualitative social research focusing on issues related to mobile
work-life arrangements. The common ground for all participants will be
their interest in the labour/economic aspects of the mobile empirical
fields they study, their footing in qualitative social research, and a
shared interest in the epistemology of Mobility Studies. We welcome
applications from doctoral students based in disciplines such as
cultural and social anthropology, sociology, political science, social
work, education, geography, and relevant interdisciplinary research
fields including mobility, communication, environmental, transport and
labour studies. Doctoral students at any stage of their research -
including beginners - are invited to present work in progress and to
discuss central research issues with which they are currently concerned.
To ensure an open and collaborative learning environment, the number of
will be limited to a maximum of 25.
Interested applicants are asked to submit the following materials to the
convenors by email up until August 10, 2015:
1. Curriculum Vitae (1 page);
2. Short description of your dissertation project (1-2 pages);
3. Personal statement (1-2 pages) that answers the following:
- Why do you wish to attend the Mobile Work-Life Arrangements
- What specific aspects of your dissertation and fieldwork are you most
interested in discussing?
Successful applicants will be notified by email by the 3rd week of August.
ACCOMODATION AND TRAVEL GRANTS
It is expected that participants take part in the full duration of the
late-summer school. All meals and accommodation will be covered, as will
reimbursement for the following travel expenses: up to 150 Euro for
participants from Germany; up to 300 Euro for those from other European
countries; and up to 800 Euro for students who come from overseas.
Participants from developing countries and from countries affected by
current economic crises are eligible to apply for full travel funding.
For more information, please see www.mobworklife.net
<http://www.mobworklife.net/>. Please feel free to contact us for
specific questions about the programme or application.
Research Group Cultures of Mobility in Europe (COME)
Institute for Cultural Anthropology/Folkloristics
University of Freiburg
Phone: +49 (0) 761-203-9 76 98
Email: (info /at/ mobworklife.net) <mailto:(info /at/ mobworklife.net)>
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