From a fringe approach within anthropology, geography and sociology to a core field of inquiry in both research and policy, mobilities are now a central part of how we conceive of the contemporary world. Yet, the challenges and changes that the world have faced also necessitate rethinking the role of mobilities, and mobility studies, in the 2020s. Celebrating the 10th anniversary since ‘Fielding Challenges, Challenging the Field: the methodologies of mobility’ ANTHROMOB workshop held at COMPAS Oxford in 2013, this international workshop seeks to develop new collaborative approaches for studying mobilities from an anthropological perspective. The widening transdisciplinarity of mobility studies has called for the development of research methods that can approach new digital and non-digital forms of mobile life, as well as new interdependencies, materialities and ecologies. Taking inspiration from these changes and working with colleagues from across EASA networks, this workshop will examine the connectivities and ecologies an (im)mobility approach affords. Watch this space – call for papers will be out soon.
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.En savoir plus x