March, 2012

Extended deadline – Call for Papers – Cosmobilities Conference 2012 ‘Governing Mobilities’, Lausanne

Call for papers – Cosmobilities Conference 2012


Lausanne, October 31st – November 1st, 2012

- New deadline for abstract submission – April 23rd –

Aspirations of seamless and universal mobilities are a hallmark of social and economic life at the beginning of the 21st century. As systems of governance relying upon particular forms of governmentality developed in western societies to more effectively and productively propagate and sustain the emerging capitalist system and manage its socioeconomic disjunctures, mobility has become a matter of special concern. A set of interlocking rationales, apparatus, institutions, roles and procedures of governance have come to sustain powerful `mobility regimes` justifying, stabilizing, naturalizing, controlling and disciplining particular forms of mobilities characterizing contemporary social, economic and political life in the north Atlantic rim.

Nowadays the modern society is more than ever a “society on the move”. The development of transnational mobility systems across the world involving huge networks of transport and communication infrastructures such as airports, roads, trains, shipping and mobile communication have enabled the flow of people, money, objects, and information at an unprecedented scale. In this process massive social, economic, political and environmental processes, connecting specific social groups, places and regions and disconnecting others, are activated. Thus motility, referring to entities’ capacity to be mobile in social and geographic spaces, is becoming increasingly important.

But the logic, form and versatility of these new, emerging mobility regimes still need to be thoroughly described and understood. Hegemonic mobility regimes such as global transport, urban and regional, corporate mobility regimes are being intensely contested and challenged by the realities of global risks, economic crises, demographic changes and alternative utopias pursued by various social actors. Controversies around climate change, for example, evidence that the cosmopolitization of societies, the potential for mobility afforded by multiple, interlocking and networked transport and communication infrastructures and the idea of a global market, critically rely upon unsustainable use of resources and increasingly fragile mobility systems.

This conference focuses on the question of which systems of governance are involved in these processes and how they are evolving as a result of these trends at a time when the future looks less and less like the past. In contrast to mainstream scientific literature and studies on transport and mobility dominated by works on travel and commuting, in this conference we propose to examine the governance of individual and collective actors’ mobility projects. In modern societies, where discourses lauding spatial  and social mobility seem prevalent, this conference aims to understand
critically how public policies consider the coexistence of different types of mobility projects, and inequalities linked to this diversity.

The conference is co-organised with the MSFS’ (Mobilités spatiales, fluidités sociales) francophone conference. Joint session(s) will take place October 31st. The call for papers for the MSFS conference will soon be available at

Abstracts of no more than 350 words should be submitted electronically to Dr Hanja Maksim ( and Dr Emmanuel Ravalet ( by April 23rd.

Call for Papers – Moving boundaries in mobilities research, July 2012, University of Cagliari

Call for papers

Moving boundaries in mobilities research

Organised by the University of Cagliari in collaboration with the Cosmobilities Network

Venue: University of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy)

Dates: 5-7 July 2012.


Keynote speakers

Malene Freudendal-Pedersen (Roskilde, Cosmobilities Network)

Sven Kesselring (MoRE, Munich, Cosmobilities Network)

Mimi Sheller (mCenter, Drexel, Philadelphia, Pan American Mobilities Network)



Mobilities is a distinct strand of theory and research in social science, an evolving approach that synthesises in an original way existing and new writings on the combined movements of people, objects and information. The mobilities turn addresses conceptual and methodological challenges posed by old and new transformations in transport and communication systems and their implications for contemporary lives and natures.

Over the last decade the mobilities turn has generated enthusiasm across different fields and informed studies in a wide range of topics and problematics, from tourism, migration, transport, urban planning and mobile communication to logistics, climate change, consumption and inequality. In the Anglophone world interest is particularly evident in sociology and human geography. One among many anecdotal examples is Tim Cresswell’s article ‘Towards a politics of mobility’ which currently figures as the most downloaded paper in the last twelve months in Environment and Planning D: Space and Society.

While research has, up to date, tended to focus on the daily micromobilities of people and objects, attention is also being directed towards histories of mobility, the mobility of ideas, large scale circulation systems, building materials and resource consumption and circulation.  As an approach with moving boundaries, mobilities research is also developing methodologies and methods that respond to both conceptual innovations and the empirical realities of a world on the move. Innovations in ‘mobile methods’ are openning up promising prospects and still unfulfilled possibilities some of which are related to the way new ICTs routinely generate, collect and disseminate data. The mobilities turn, like most social science, still has to come to terms with these trends and create synergies with streams of research that are successfully exploiting these opportunities. At the moment, major advances in network theory, one of the backbones of complexity theory, are coming not so much from the physical sciences but from research on the social, drawing on vast amounts of data generated by intelligent networked infrastructures and mobile telephony.


This conference, funded by the University of Cagliari and organized in collaboration with the Cosmobilities Network, aims at discussing new directions in mobilities research, showcasing the state of the art in the field, and providing a unique opportunity to create lasting links among researchers, especially in the north and the south of Europe.

The language of this event will be English but the range of papers presented will be a reflection of the diversity of concerns, approaches and methodologies informing mobilities research in Europe and beyond.

Young and experienced researchers are invited to submit abstracts for paper presentations. High quality abstracts on any aspect of mobilities are welcomed although submissions addressing the following themes are particularly encouraged:
•histories of mobilities
•cultures of mobilities

• mobilities outside the north Atlantic rim
•the spaces and politics of mobility (and immobility) in the Mediterranean city
• forms of mobility other than car, train and aeroplane•research conducted in collaboration with artists and public and private actors outside academia illustrating the way  new knowledge collectives are formed around the use of new ICTs•transnational research involving different institutional settings


In order to maximise opportunities to present a wide range of research and learn about what is happening in the field of mobilities, this event is organised as a ‘festival of ideas’ consisting of short presentations followed by plenty of time for questions and collective discussion. The time for each presentation will depend on the number of submissions finally accepted and participants should be prepared to make brief interventions. The event will be scheduled in a way that maximises the time for discussion and socialising.

Introducing the Cosmobilities Network

This conference is part of a series of regular events jointly organised between European universities and Cosmobilities to promote mobilities research in southern and eastern Europe and strengthen links between researchers in and outside academia. On Thursday 5 July, following the inaugural presentation, Malene Freudendal-Pedersen and Sven Kesselring will introduce the Cosmobilities Network, and talk about its origins in 2004, its activities, future plans and how to become involved.


 Deadline for abstract submissions

Dealine: April  25, 2012


 Contact for abstract submissions:

Javier Caletrío

Ugo Rossi



Event organized and funded by the University of Cagliari (Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e delle Istituzioni) in collaboration with the Cosmobilities Network.

Professor Giuliana Mandich (University of Cagliari)

Dr Javier Caletrío (CeMoRe, Cosmobilities, Visiting Fellow University of Cagliari)

Dr Ugo Rossi (University of Cagliari)


Registration and accomodation

No registration fees are required. A modest contribution may be required for the partecipation to the conference dinner. Further information can be found For  accomodation options in Cagliari please have a look here: /2010/02/09/alloggiaccommodations/



Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, is the perfect location for a Cosmobilities event. A crossroad between cultures throughout the centuries – among which Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantins, Aragons, Catalans- it offers one of the most beautiful and longest beaches in the Mediterranean and a crystal-clear sea around, besides an unspoiled natural environment consisting of lagoons, bird sanctuaries and wildlife reserves, as well as museums and archaeological sites, which altogether make it a unique scene in Europe.


Preliminary schedule

Thursday 5 July

17.30 – Welcome and introduction

18 – Inaugural presentation

19.30 – Presentation of the Cosmobilities Network

20.30 – Dinner

Friday 6 July 2012

10 – Keynote speaker

11.30 – Session 1

14 – Lunch

15.30 – Session 2

Saturday 7 July 2012

10 – Keynote speaker

11.30 – Session 3

14 – End of the conference

Call for Papers – Travel Ideals: Engaging with Spaces of Mobility

Call for papers

Travel Ideals: Engaging with Spaces of Mobility
The University of Melbourne, 18-20 July 2012

Abstracts deadlines: 30 April 2012

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Mary Louise Pratt, Silver Professor, New York University
Professor Renato Rosaldo, Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, New York University
Professor Charles Forsdick, James Barrow Professor of French, University of Liverpool
Professor Tim Youngs, Professor of English&  Travel Studies, Nottingham Trent University

Travel is an ideal for many, with more and more members of affluent societies using travel to broaden their education while attempting to realize their true potential in a place and a culture where the burdens of class, gender, sexuality, history, politics, religion and language can be renegotiated. Many questions can be raised about ‘the ideal’ of travel, such the imperative to prioritize ‘setting out’ and movement, and possession of the traveling experience by means such as photography, or the blog entry.

Mary Louise Pratt’s seminal work on travel narratives Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (1992, 2007) provides a framework for analyzing the “appropriating gaze” of colonial territoriality, but is also relevant to contemporary travel in developing regions, as well as various other contexts.

We invite papers (and panels) that focus on either the trajectory or the destination or encompass both, and which will contribute to an overall program that demonstrates the pluralism of ideals in travel writing, cultural tourism and mobility studies. We welcome proposals from various disciplines including anthropology, area studies, cinema studies, creative writing, cultural studies, geography, historical studies, language and literature studies, media and communications, migration and mobility studies, philosophy, postcolonial studies, sociology, tourism, and travel writing and other relevant areas, as well as interdisciplinary approaches.

Postgraduate students are most welcome to submit proposals for papers and panels in the program and there will be activities and sessions designed to address specific research issues for postgraduate students during the conference.

Please visit the conference website for more details:

This conference is organized by the Travel Research Network for Travel Writing, Cultural Tourism and Mobility Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words including Paper/Panel title, Institutional Affiliation and Contact Details before 30 April 2012 to Josiane Smith (Research Associate):<>

Call for Papers – Tourism Mobilities and Urban Transformations

Call for Papers: World Leisure Congress, Rimini, Italy, September 30th – October 3rd 2012
Session on Tourism Mobilities and Urban Transformations
Dr Gareth Butler (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) &
Professor Kevin Hannam (University of Sunderland, UK).
This call for papers takes as its starting point Anthony Elliott and John Urry’s (2010, p.ix) discussion of ‘mobile lives’ where they argue that “mobile lives raises many new questions about the intersections of institutional mobility systems and transformed, everyday, ordinary lives.”  Recent research has begun to examine how these mobility systems also intersect with ever more complex travel and tourism systems, as well as the connections between mobile lives in terms of work and leisure practices. In particular, this has also had significant consequences for the transformation of urban environments across the world. For this call, we thus wish to elicit papers that examine:
·         Aspects of mobile lives in terms of the tourism and leisure practices of migrants, expatriates and diasporas.
·         Aspects of urban transformation as places, landscapes and scenes for contemporary leisure and tourism.
·         Aspects of technological transformation for the re-imagining of places for contemporary leisure and tourism.
If interested, please send an abstract of approximately 500 words to Dr Gareth Butler by the 15th April 2012.
For further conference details please see:

Call for papers – Mobile Tartu 2012

Mobile Tartu 2012 Mobile Phones, Geography, LBS

22-25 August 2012 in Tartu, Estonia

The aim of the conference is to discuss theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of mobile positioning based research and applications in geography and planning.

Mobile Tartu 2012 proposes special sessions on network analysis, emergency management and LBS business models.

The conference is accompanied by an international PhD seminar “Mobile Methods in Mobility Studies” on 22-25 August. We welcome the support of COST Action IC0903 MOVE „Knowledge Discovery from Moving Objects“ in co-organizing the PhD seminar.

Target groups: On one hand the conference and the PhD seminar targets researchers and doctoral students working on or interested in theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of mobile positioning and mobile phones. On the other hand architects, planners, mobile operators, emergency management analysts and ICT firms related to the topic are welcome to contribute.

Call for Research Papers
–  15 March – deadline for submitting extended abstracts up to 500 words (send to
–  30 April – acceptance notifications
–  15 August – deadline for submitting a full paper

A special issue(s) in a scientific journal cited in ISI Web of Science is planned to publish. The journal will be selected after receiving papers. The papers from Mobile Tartu 2008 were published in the special issues of the Journal of Urban Technology and the Journal of Location Based Services. The papers from Mobile Tartu 2010 will be published in the Environment and Planning B (under review).

For more information see