CfP ‘Mobile Utopia » Cemore/T2M/Cosmobilities – Joint Conference _ DATE LIMITE 31 March 2017

Call for Participation

Mobile Utopia: Pasts, Presents Futures

Cemore | T2M | Cosmobilities Conference
2-5 November 2017, Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University

Recognising the global uncertainties of the Anthropocene, we invite reflections on utopia (and dystopia) that explore how societies shape, and have been shaped by, complex im|mobilities, from microbial to big data mobilities, from horse-drawn carriages to driverless cars, from migration to planetary jet streams.

This joint Cemore | T2M | Cosmobilities conference will bring together historians, researchers, artists, policy-makers, designers, and innovators to explore Mobile Utopia: Pasts, Presents, Futures. The Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster University, the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) and the Cosmobilities Network have joined together to invite contributions across the spectrum of mobile utopian themes.

We invite proposals deploying utopia as a heuristic and creative methodology – rather than as a narrative closed system – which challenges our assumptions about what has been possible in the past and what will be possible and preferable in the future. We welcome reflections from any city, country or place, in relation to any theme, scale, or period in history. In addition, proposals may address any aspect of the history, and social, cultural, economic, technological, ecological and political aspects of the diverse dimensions of im|mobility. Proposals are encouraged to use a range of formats, academic, creative and otherwise, as outlined in the call for papers

We welcome contributions from any academic perspective or discipline, as well as contributions by artists, professionals, policy makers and practitioners. Recent entrants to the research field and doctoral students are especially welcome, with reduced rates and travel bursaries available in some cases.

We look forward to welcoming you in Lancaster.

The Programme Committee
Chairs: Monika Büscher, Carlos López Galviz

Malene Freudendal-Pedersen
Pennie Drinkall
Julia Hildebrand
Sven Kesselring
Mimi Sheller
Jen Southern

Call for Artists

Exhibition opportunity at International Mobilities conference: Mobile Utopia: Pasts, Presents, Futures.

The Mobile Utopia conference at Lancaster University (November 2017) will include an exhibition of artworks and a catalogue, offering the opportunity to explore and promote artists contribution to the field. Further details of the conference themes are in the call below. A limited number of bursaries are available for exhibiting artists to attend the conference if not in full time acacemic posts.

Mobilities research takes place across multiple disciplines and uses movement as a methodological, critical and theoretical lens to ask how people, things, materials, data, media and communications are mobile and immobile. In parallel a ‘mobilities turn’ can be identified in art practices that include (but are not exclusive to): walking, cycling, driving, shipping, flight, human and animal migrations, global networks, flows of information, social media, biological contagion, tracking, mail art, virtual worlds, locative media, travel, kinetics, robotics and mobile devices.

We welcome abstracts from artists working with mobility or movement in any media.

We look forward to hearing from you,

The Exhibition Organisers
Jen Southern, Emma Rose, Linda O’Keeffe
Please contact at Cemore with questions related to the exhibition.


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