PhD Course Mobillity & Mobile Methods , May 8-10, 2012, Aalborg

PhD Course Mobillity & Mobile Methods      

Organizer:     Associate Professor Claus Lassen, Institute of Planning & Development, Aalborg University , email:
Lecturers:     Professor, Mimi Sheller, mCenter, Drexel University
Associate Professor Claus Lassen and Professor Ole B. Jensen
ECTS:     3
Time:     May 8-10, 2012
Place:     Institute of Architecture, Design & Media Technology, Østerågade 6, Aalborg
Deadline:     16-04-2012


Description: The aim of the first part of the course is for the doctoral student to reach understanding of theories surrounding the new mobilities paradigm formulated by Hannam, Urry and Sheller. In the book Mobilities (by Urry 2007) it is argued that social science is undergoing a mobility turn and that mobility research should not confined to social science but be multidisciplinary reaching into other fields of research such as transport planning, geography, architecture, urban design and planning, ethnography and anthropology etc. This course seeks to unfold the multitude of ways (im)mobility is enabling and disabling us. Mobility is intertwined into our lives and the network society we inhabit. From the flows of people, goods and information across the globe to the local everyday mobility that holds our daily life together to the non-representational theories of the embodied mobility, feelings and kinaesthetic notion of being on the move. The course wishes to engage in understanding the powerful capacity of mobilities to carry and mediate meaning, ideas, prestige, value, culture, stigma, objects etc. The second part of the course presents the PhD students to various methodologies in ethnographic mobilities research studies touching upon mainly qualitative, but also quantitative, research methods. There is a need to compose research practices and mobile methods that are specially tuned to observe, capture and represent the complexity of (im)mobility. Advancements in technology such as the use of GPS, mobile phones and the Internet can potentially add more depth, triangulation and new theoretical perspectives into the methodological development but also needs to be challenged and applied with care. The course will be based on lectures and student’s project presentations in a mixed setting aiming at creating an open and creative research dialogue. The course participants are expected to actively participate in the course activities presented during the course and through a 20 minutes slideshow present their PhD project´s methodology. Because of the multidisciplinary scope of the course PhD students from other fields of research are encouraged to join.

Max. no. of participants: 20

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