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Challenging mobilities

Start date : 7 September 2023 18:25
Date de fin : 30 November 2023 09:00
Where : Melbourne
Hosted by : AusMob

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This year, in the wake of the pandemic, life is gradually returning to something that feels more normal. Notwithstanding our collective return to mass mobility, we are facing a series of challenges related to intensified movement, among them: economic challenges related to huge increases in cost of living, employment, and housing pressures; environmental challenges associated with intensifying climate change and biodiversity loss; and wellbeing challenges associated with compounding sources of pressure. In the context of these challenges and many others, this year’s AusMob symposium seeks to showcase a diverse range of mobilities research that is exploring how people, households, communities, organisations and other critters and entities are adjusting (or trying to adjust) to the big challenges of our time—and in the process, finding more socially and environmentally progressive ways of living and thriving in the wake of the pandemic.

We invite papers from postgraduate researchers, early career researchers and more established scholars on who are drawing on all aspects of mobilities research from across the social sciences and humanities.

Please submit abstracts of 150 words using the form below by 29 September 2023.


For the Mobile Lives Forum, mobility is understood as the process of how individuals travel across distances in order to deploy through time and space the activities that make up their lifestyles. These travel practices are embedded in socio-technical systems, produced by transport and communication industries and techniques, and by normative discourses on these practices, with considerable social, environmental and spatial impacts.

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Movement is the crossing of space by people, objects, capital, ideas and other information. It is either oriented, and therefore occurs between an origin and one or more destinations, or it is more akin to the idea of simply wandering, with no real origin or destination.

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