CALL FOR ARTWORKS: Art & Mobilities Exhibition @ Im|mobile lives in turbulent times: Methods and Practices of Mobilities Research conference.

CALL FOR ARTWORKS: Art & Mobilities Exhibition @ Im|mobile lives in turbulent times: Methods and Practices of Mobilities Research conference.

We are seeking submissions for an online exhibition on Jul 8th & 9th 2021

In turbulent geo-political, social and technological times attention to the role of im|mobilities is important. This is both true in relation to mobilities as a diverse area of academic enquiry, but also in terms of what it means to make art related to mobilities and movement.

The diversity of mobilities research, from the politics of migration control to corporeal acts of stillness and movement, provide insights that demonstrate crucial relations across multiples sites and scales of life, and across disciplines. The complex contextures of life and social order are made in and through the

interconnected im|mobilities of people, goods, resources, particles, viruses, ideas, information and more. Turbulent times demand creative agility in art works and creative research methods that explore, for instance: the micro-mobilities of CO2, soil, and microbes, intentional and forced migrations, more-than-human mobilities of both animals and technologies, to transport systems from walking to flight, and interplanetary imaginaries of escape.

We invite submissions of existing work from any artist or researcher working with the conference themes.

The exhibition will be in a virtual space online, with three options for submissions:

– Banner Image on the ‘wall’ of the virtual space = 1MB and 435x300px.
– Video as part of a showreel within the virtual space = 1920 x 1080px, no longer than 5 minutes. Link for YouTube, Vimeo or Twitch.
– A link to an external webpage or an online document.

Submit your artworks and a 300-500 word text for the catalogue by Friday May 14th 2021 to &  

We aim to collaboratively write a multi-authored journal article based on the short texts, and reflections on the virtual exhibition. If you would like to be part of this, please indicate in your submission.

For more information about the event

Im|mobile lives in turbulent times:
Methods and Practices of Mobilities Research conference,

click here, to visit the website of the Northumbria University.


Registration open for Cosmobilities Conference 2016 on Sharing Mobilities

Registration open for Cosmobilities Conference 2016 on Sharing Mobilities

The 2016 Cosmobilities Conference will be held at the Evangelische Akademie in Bad Boll, near Stuttgart, Germany. The Conference will take place between Wednesday, November 30th and Friday, December 2nd.

The conference location also includes accommodation (lodging and meals). When registering to attend the conference you can therefore also organize your lodging and meals during the conference. Travel must be organized individually. To register for the conference, click below to download an interactive PDF Registration From. Fill this out, save it and email it to All information concerning the conference fees, lodging and meals can be found in the document.


The Call for Papers is now closed and we are currently organizing the upcoming sessions as well as finalizing the conference events. A preliminary schedule of the conference is available below. We will finalize the schedule and information concerning the conference in the next month.

Preliminary Schedule of Conference

Wednesday, November 30th

In the late morning (from roughly 10:30)

Registration & coffee, and lunch

In the afternoon (from roughly 13:00)

Welcome from the Cosmobilities Network, keynote by Tim Cresswell, the first session of papers, and a Memorial Session for John Urry

In the evening

Dinner and a book launch session

Thursday, December 1st

In the morning

Keynote by Bridget Wessels, the second session of papers, and lunch

In the afternoon

Third session of papers, a Fishbowl Session (with panelists from diverse applied mobilities fields), and keynote by Phillip Rode

In the evening

The conference dinner and evening bar for socializing

Friday, December 2nd 

In the morning

Fourth and fifth sessions of papers and lunch

In the afternoon

Finishing Panel on Futures and Sharing (discussion among mobilities scholars, including Mimi Sheller and Sven Kesselring) and a short goodbye session from the Cosmobilities Network (until roughly 15:00)

On organizing transport

More information concerning transport will be provided soon. For those organizing flights you can best travel to the airport in Stuttgart (Flughafen Stuttgart) or the airport in Frankfurt (Flughafen Frankfurt am Main). The airport in Memmingen is also another option. The closest train station to the conference is in the town of Göppingen, which is about 1-hour from Stuttgart airport and 2-hours from Frankfurt and Memmingen airports. We will organize shuttle buses from the train station in Göppingen to the Evangelische Akademie in Bad Boll on both the first day of the conference (Wednesday) and the last day of the conference (Friday). If you arrive at a different time, there is a bus connection between Göppingen and Bad Boll.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you to Bad Boll in November!

Sharing Mobilities – New Perspectives for societies on the move?

Sharing Mobilities – New Perspectives for societies on the move?




Bridgette Wessels (University of Sheffield), Tim Cresswell (Northeastern University, Boston), Philipp Rode (London School of Economics) John Urry memorial session: Roundtable conversation on the legacy of John’s work on the mobilities turn in social science.

Fishbowl session

Sharing mobilities from a practitioners perspective: Invited speakers from mobility-related industry and city planning will engage with conference participants in a lively, moderated discussion.

Moving on – Closing Panel

Mimi Sheller (Drexel University), Kevin Hannam (Edinburgh Napier University), Sven Kesselring (Nürtingen-Geislingen University). The panelist will pick up on themes they have encountered throughout the conference and engage with conference participants in a discussion on the future of sharing mobilities.

Conference scope

The mobility world is massively changing. New policies, new modes of transport and new socio-spatial practices of mobilities are on the rise. Jeremy Rifkin saw this clearly in 2000. In his bestseller ‘The Age of Access’ he says the future of modern societies will no longer be solely organized through individual property and ownership. Rather, new collaborative forms of consumption and sharing would play a key role in the organization of everyday life and business. In fact, new cultures of sharing and participation are emerging: people share cars, bikes, houses, expertise and mastery in science and craftsmen’s work etc. Once radical visions have become part of the lingering but steady transformation of norms, procedures, routines and capitalist principles. A burgeoning political awareness can be witnessed in cities, regions, in mobilities research, planning, politics, business and civil society. Even global car producers are becoming part of the new sharing culture and seriously considering themselves as selling mobility instead of cars.

Where does this social change come from? Why is ‘sharing’ an appealing idea? Can we expect a new mobility regime and growing markets for ‘sharing mobilities’? Or is this just a new fashion, a new trend, or furthermore, greenwashing? Does it provide the access that Rifkin was foreseeing, in terms of more equality, or even sustainable mobilities?

For the Cosmobilities Network, the biggest European mobility research network, it is about time for a critical scientific investigation of this topic. Therefore, the 12th Cosmobilities Conference invites contributions on the following questions:

• What are the social, ecological, cultural and aesthetic dimensions that generate this resonance of ‘sharing mobilities’?

• Are we observing the birth of a culture of multimobility, of changing (auto-) motive emotions and of sustainable mobilities?

• What are the socio-political implications of a new mobility culture?

• Is the hype on sharing mobilities just an expression of the pursuit of big business and the next phase of capitalist development?

• Are new mobilities arising as a ‘common good’? Or rather as a social and cultural resource in a cosmopolitan world full of social, ecological, economic and cultural risks?

• What does ‘sharing mobilities’ mean against the background of global migration and tourism flows and what is its impact on networked urban mobilities?

The 12th Conference of the Cosmobilities Network invites contributions which focus on the social, cultural, spatial, ecological and socio-economic consequences of new sharing concepts. Papers and contributions elaborating aspects of their related risks, chances, utopias and dystopias are in particular welcome.

The Cosmobilities Network encourages scholars and practitioners to present and discuss theoretical, conceptual, empirical and applied work as well as perspectives on the past, present and future of sharing mobilities. Cosmobilities conferences aim to foster inspiring, creative and thought-provoking environments. The majority of sessions will foster exchange and discussion. Therefore, we especially encourage participants to submit abstracts for the 7/7 and the panel sessions.

Update: Programme for Future of Mobilities conference

Update: Programme for Future of Mobilities conference

The joint T²M and Cosmobilities ‘The Future of Mobilities‘ conference in Caserta this September is closing in. The organizing committee have released a preliminary programme and a list of practical information for the participants travelling to Italy . Both documents can be found below.

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Preliminary Programme

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Practical Information












For further overview and registration, please visit the T²M conference-page. We look forward to seeing you in September!

Between dark scenarios and bright futures

Between dark scenarios and bright futures


Between dark scenarios and a bright future

Conference for a sustainable and competitive European transport industry by 2050

When: 29th January 2015 – 10:00-17:00

Where: The European Economic and Social Committee – EESC, Brussels

For registration and information: