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[ecrea] Call for Panel Participants - Mobility and Media Studies as Entangled Fields

Sat Feb 25 12:44:47 GMT 2017

Mobility and Media Studies as Entangled Fields
Call for Panel Participants

for the Cemore/T2M/Cosmobilities Joint Conference
Lancaster University, UK, 2-5 November 2017

Mobilities research and media studies have a great deal in common,
though their interconnections have only begun to be explored. We
invite papers that address them from a range of disciplinary
perspectives. Empirical, theoretical, historical, methodological and
speculative investigations are welcome, as are those that present
policy recommendations. Particularly welcome are papers whose purpose
is to develop a continued research agenda.

The common ground of transport and communication includes a number of
features. Both operate as networks and possess physical and immaterial
qualities. Together, they are central to the socio-technical assembly
of many kinds of flows and frictions. In many respects, media of
communication enable, enhance, and function as modes of
transportation, just as much as forms of mobility enable, enhance, and
function as moments of communication. Means for virtual connectivity
enter modes and spaces of transport and transit, just as much as
mobility becomes a key quality of communicative tools. The combination
of the two is so complex today that they are often indistinguishable.
Emerging forms of mobility and the continuing digitization of media
are only increasing their intertwined nature, as for example in
autonomous vehicles. In these ways and others, they are common
elements of everyday life for most people.

The many intriguing intersections and correlations of past, present,
and emerging media of communication and modes of transport lack the
scholarly attention they deserve. We invite imaginative papers that
address them.

Please send your 300 word abstract and 100 word biographical note to
Julia Hildebrand at (jmh484 /at/ by March 20, 2017.

For more details about the Mobile Utopia Conference and the general
Call for Papers, please visit

We look forward to hearing from you!

Massimo Moraglio, Technische Universitaet Berlin
James Miller, Hampshire College
Julia Hildebrand, Drexel University
Gabriele Balbi, Università della Svizzera italiana

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