Moving Together – Exploring the nexus between disparate approaches to movement
Wednesday, 4th of May 2016
Department of Geography, Durham University, UK
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR. DEBBIE LISLE, QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY, BELFAST (Title TBC)
Whilst considerable momentum has recently developed around the term ‘mobilities’, the incredible diversity in kinds of movements and the breadth of their effects has led to sizable bodies of relatively isolated work on motion developing throughout the arts, humanities and social sciences. Each of these approaches places emphases on different conceptual and empirical aspects of movement, employs individual vocabularies and methodologies, and makes particular analytical omissions. Movement has therefore been examined across an intellectual diaspora that could significantly benefit from a more connected conversation. This conference seeks to promote such a conversation, drawing into discussion a broad range of innovative postgraduate accounts that employ different empirical, theoretical and methodological approaches to movement. In so doing we hope to collectively dwell on and explore the nexus between different accounts of movement, and make sense of its interrelated political, socio-cultural, economic and environmental effects.
We especially encourage accounts that expand on three questions:
1. What is it that moves? Particularly, we would like to explore the variety of ‘things’ in motion, from human political figures, to political structures, landscapes, animals, materials, information, ideas, and other metaphysical entities. How do their unique qualities affect the ways in which we understand these movements and their effects?
2. How do such ‘things’ move? We invite papers in which attempts are made to understand the distinct features or qualities of movements along different dimensions. How, for example, do different entities flow, circulate, converge, break apart, swarm, pulse, slow, pause, or accelerate as they move across different dimensions? What forces come to act upon these movements? And at what different scales (molecular/global/fleeting/geological) can we understand these movements to occur?
3. What is the significance of movement? How do different movements touch upon and enter social, cultural, political, economic and environmental realms? How might movement be useful for thinking about the anthropocene? And if, as Adey (2006) and Merriman (2015) argue, everything in existence can be understood to be in motion, then how can we hold on to movement and retain its utility for examining political, economic, cultural, and social phenomena?