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  • Alan A. Lew
    ... From: Phillip Vannini Date: Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 12:59 PM Subject: CFP: Cultures of movement conference With apologies for
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      From: Phillip Vannini <Phillip.Vannini@...>
      Date: Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 12:59 PM
      Subject: CFP: Cultures of movement conference

      With apologies for any cross-posting:

      Cultures of Movement: Mobile Subjects, Communities, and Technologies in =
      the Americas

      Panel, paper, and alternative-format presentation submissions are =
      invited for the "Cultures of Movement: Mobile Subjects, Communities, and =
      Technologies in the Americas" conference, to be held in Victoria, =
      British Columbia, Canada, on April 8-10, 2010.

      Open to students, scholars, and professionals, the conference is meant =
      to build new ties amongst all those interested in the theoretical or =
      applied study of mobilities. The study of mobilities is a young and =
      constantly evolving interdisciplinary field. The concept of "mobility" =
      refers to the social, political, historical, cultural, economic, =
      geographic, communicative, and material dimensions of movement. Students =
      and scholars of mobilities focus their attention on the intersecting =
      movements of bodies, objects, capital, and signs across time-space, =
      paying attention as well as to the way relations between mobility and =
      immobility constitute new networks and patterns of social life. The =
      multiple forms of mobility, or mobilities, are often taken to =
      include-amongst others-subjects such as: transportation; travel and =
      tourism; migration; transnational flows of people, objects, information, =
      and capital; mobile communications; and social networks and meetings. =
      While the conference is open to all themes pertinent to the study of =
      mobilities from a social and cultural perspective-irrespective of the =
      geographical site of empirical or theoretical attention-the main focus =
      of the conference will be on the experience, practice, social =
      organization, and cultural significance of forms of mobility in North, =
      Central, and South America.=20

      Whereas in Europe the new mobilities paradigm has taken a strong hold in =
      academic units, professional research networks, and recognized =
      publication outlets, the study of mobilities is still in its infancy in =
      the Americas. In contrast, mobility is very much part of the core of the =
      social imaginary, geo-politics, and cultural life of the Americas. =
      Indeed, to be "on the move" is amongst the most quintessential =
      characteristics of what it means to be a citizen of the Americas. =
      Furthermore, the Americas are home to many, distinct mobile cultures and =
      practices: from indigenous cultures rooted in traditional meanings of =
      home to the historical institutionalization of colonial and postcolonial =
      trade routes and forced relocations, from controversial experiments in =
      free transnational trade, to the politics and experience of migration =
      and Diaspora, from the widespread diffusion of portable communication =
      technologies, to the mobilization of surveillance systems, and from the =
      leisure mobilities of tourism, to the social and cultural significance =
      of transportation and movement in daily life.

      For more information see here: http://tinyurl.com/l6k97s =
      Phillip Vannini, PhD
      Associate Professor
      School of Communication and Culture
      2005 Sooke Road
      Royal Roads University
      Victoria BC V9B 5Y2
      Phone: (250) 391-2600 ext. 4477=20
      Fax: (250) 391-2694

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