The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes

The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes

Mobility Justice

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The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes
by Mimi Sheller


“In this wide-ranging book, Mimi Sheller provides a lucid map linking struggles on diverse spatial scales. Sheller shows how the fight for mobility justice can forge connections across scales and between social movements. Essential reading for anyone looking to build solidarities in our all too fragmented and crisis-ridden world.”
Ashley Dawson, author of Extreme Cities

“How people and materials move around our globalised planet is central to our intensifying environmental crises, pollution crises and increasingly murderous refugee crises. And yet mobilities are still often partitioned off as the technical and depoliticised stuff of engineers. This brilliant book should change this once and for all. A brilliant and searing exposé of the politics of movement and mobility, Mobility Justice forces questions of social and racial justice to the heart of debates about migration, transportation, smart cities, militarising borders, and planetary ecology. A unique and pivotal book.”
Stephen Graham, author of Vertical

“The essential field guide to the politics of mobility from the policing of racialized bodies to the impact of movement on climate change. Sheller articulates the urgency of both understanding, and acting on, the ways we move in order to imagine and articulate a better world.”
Tim Cresswell, author of On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World

Table of Contents
Introduction: The Triple Crisis
Chapter 1: What Is Mobility Justice?
Chapter 2: Bodily Moves and Racial Justice
Chapter 3: Beyond Automobility and Transport Justice
Chapter 4: Smart Cities and Infrastructural Justice
Chapter 5: Mobile Borders and Migrant Justice
Chapter 6: Planetary Ecologies and Climate Justice
Conclusion: The Mobile Commons
Principles of Mobility Justice


About the Author
Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University. She is the author of Democracy after Slavery, Consuming the Caribbean, Citizenship from Below, and Aluminum Dreams.


32 Researchers Honouring John Urry in a New Book

32 Researchers Honouring John Urry in a New Book

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For more than two years Mimi Sheller, Ole B. Jensen and Sven Kesselring have been working on the memorial book for the late John Urry. Now ‘Mobilities and Complexities’ is ready for pre-order and will be released in mid October. We are very happy and also proud of this project. It was only possible through a wonderful, unique and inspiring collaboration with almost 40 scholars, friends and academic companions who worked together with John throughout his long and lasting career. The book collects personal essays that document the enourmous impact of John and his work on the scientific community. It is available as hardcover and paperback.

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The new mobilities paradigm (Sheller, Urry 2006) has become a powerful perspective in social theory. In particular, John Urry’s oeuvre has been very influential in the emergence of this new field and has had lasting impacts on many scholars, their thinking and researching on mobilities and modernities. This collection presents originally commissioned essays from leading scholars in the field who reflect on how Urry’s writing influenced their thinking and the course of their research and theorizing. The contributors represent several national contexts, including England, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Taiwan, Brazil, Canada, Australia and the USA.

Check out this flyer for further information and list of content and contributors: Mobilities and Complexities_FLYER

Call for papers / International Conference of Mobilities, Health, Wellbeing and Tourism

Call for papers / International Conference of Mobilities, Health, Wellbeing and Tourism

Photographer: Dorte Fjalland (

Photographer: Dorte Fjalland (

In collaboration with the Cosmobilities Network, the School of Tourism Management at Sun Yat-sen University is hosting the International Conference on Mobilities, Health, Wellbeing and Tourism on November 30-December 2, 2018 in Guangzhou, China


The relations between mobilities and health have been considered to be a central feature of today’s global society (Gatrell, 2011). Too much movement has often been attributed to various illnesses including bodily disruptions such as seasickness and jet-lag as well as mental ill-health such as homesickness, phobias. However, travel is also seen as being ‘good for the soul’, part of quasi-spiritual quests to become more healthy in mind and body. Such human mobilities require healthy environments which are sustainable and resilient. Healthy mobilities need to be major goals for policies aiming at sustainable and liveable cities and environments.

In the context, the School of Tourism Management at Sun Yat-sen University will be hosting the International Conference of Mobilities, Health, Wellbeing and Tourism. The conference will invite scholars studying mobilities, health, wellbeing and tourism from universities in Asia, Europe and North America to share new ideas, new approaches and new trends in mobilities and health research. The issues on the relationship between different types of mobilities and health as well as its research status, development trends, opportunities and challenges will be discussed; and it is hoped that through this exchange platform, a good academic sharing and cooperation could be established, and a large number of young scholars will be trained and brought up to promote China’s tourism research to the world level.

Conference themes and issues

The conference covers, but is not limited to the following related issues:

1. Healthy environments, sustainability and resilience

2. Mental health and mobility disruptions

3. Wellness tourism and travel

4. Healthy/unhealthy food mobilities

5. Lifestyle mobilities and the care of the self

6. Health practices of walking, running, swimming

7. Mobile embodiment of sickness and phobias

8. Mobile social work practices

9. Health relations with non-human mobilities

10. Medicalisation and mobilities of health care

11. Smart health technologies and mobilities

12. Mobilities and care in later life

13. Disease and immobilities

14. Human trafficking and health

15. Human health machine assemblage

16. Waste mobilities

17. Positive aging and mobilities

18. Health, mobilities and urban planning

Process – Call for papers

Deadline of Abstract submission: 30 Sep. 2018. There will be no more 250 words in one abstract, and the abstract should be submitted to the e-mail address: Mail subject should be marked ‘Mobilities and health International Symposium + institution +name’

The Committee will review the abstract submissions and notify the acceptance to authors before 15 Oct. 2018 .

After the review of the abstract, at least one author must register and attend the meeting.

Scientific committee

Prof. Bao Jigang, the School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University

Prof. Justin Spinney, Cardiff University

Prof. Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Roskilde University

Prof. Sven Kesselring, Nurtingen-Geislingen University

Prof. Zhang Jun E, the School of Nursing, Sun Yat-sen University

Prof. Zhou Suhong, the School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University

Conference Chair

Prof. Xu Honggang, the School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University

Prof. Kevin Hannam

See conference details here 



Ke Wang

Tel: +86 13750012259


Address: The School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University. No.135, Xin Gang Xi Road, 510275, Guangzhou, P. R. China

The John Urry Memorial Lecture

The John Urry Memorial Lecture

John Urry

Lancaster University is celebrating the life of the eminent Sociologist, Distinguished Professor John Urry with a inaugural John Urry Memorial Lecture. Professor of Sociology Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, will be the special speaker.

Date: Thursday 26th April 2018

Time: Tea and coffee served from 5.30pm, with the lecture beginning at 6pm

Venue: Lancaster University Management School Hub

Cost: This event is free and tickets can be booked here. You can also email us at or call 01524 592994 to book.

To join click here

Background for the memorial lecture “At the paradigm’s edge: Constructing the object of study in the social sciences”

The accumulation of knowledge, data and scholarship across past decades has been a substantial enabler for social scientists, whether working on immigration, the family, inequality, political power, or many other social science fields.

Yet every now and then, social scientists are confronted with emergent conditions which are not well captured by existing models and measures.

In this inaugural John Urry Memorial Lecture, Professor Saskia Sassen explores the search for a mix of categories which have enabled her to capture and conceptualise conditions that cut across established categories, finding configurations that lack a recognised formal ‘home’ – an established specialised sub-discipline.

Professor Sassen will also cite how leading international and Lancaster University sociologist, the late Professor John Urry, stimulated a major contribution to the range of sub-disciplines through his wide-ranging work and opened up the field for new generations of researchers to ask new types of questions.

About the speaker

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and a Member of The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University ( Her latest book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press 2014), now out in 18 languages. She is the recipient of diverse awards, including multiple doctor honoris causa and the Principe de Asturias 2013 Prize in the Social Sciences, and was made a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of the Sciences of Netherland.

About Distinguished Professor John Urry

John Urry was an influential scholar who has shaped several fields of sociology. He died suddenly on 18 March 2016. The John Urry memorial lecture is held in his memory to generate and debate the big ideas in society.

Professor Urry was a former Head of the Scoiology Department at Lancaster University, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and University Dean of Research. From 2003 to 2015 he was Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research and helped to develop the ‘new mobilities paradigm’ in social science research.

John guided the development of the Sociology Department at Lancaster University as well as the direction of research in the wider community of Sociology, and made a significant contribution to the establishment of the Academy of Social Sciences. With a global intellectual presence and international recognition as a public intellectual, he pursued ideas and engagement for social justice through collegiality and collaboration.


Publication: Networked Urban Mobilities

Publication: Networked Urban Mobilities

We are happy and proud to announce the NETWORKED URBAN MOBILITIES trilogy published by Routledge International.

The covers of the three books have been originally developed and designed by Michael Hieslmair and Michael Zinganel.

In 2014, we celebrated the 10th birthday of the Cosmobilities Network with a conference and exhibition in Copenhagen. This 3-part book series is based on that event. During the past three years, more than 50 authors and contributors have helped us develop their work presented in Copenhagen into this unique and exciting publication. 

NETWORKED URBAN MOBILITIES includes the following three volumes:

Part 1: Exploring Networked Urban Mobilities. Theories, Concepts, Ideas; edited by Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Sven Kesselring

Part 2: Experiencing Networked Urban Mobilities. Practices, Flows, Methods; edited by Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Katrine Hartmann-Petersen, Emmy Laura Perez Fjalland

Part 3: Envisioning Networked Urban Mobilities. Art, Performances, Impacts; edited by Aslak Aamot Kjaerulff, Sven Kesselring, Peter Peters, Kevin Hannam

Amongst the contributors are the late John Urry and the late Ulrich Beck, Monika Büscher, Mimi Sheller, Vincent Kaufmann, Steve Graham, Christian Licoppe, and many others.

The first volume contains grounding theoretical and conceptual texts from some of the key figures in the mobilities research field. As a starting point for the series, the concept of ‘networked urban mobilities’ as globally expanding infrastructural spaces is presented, along with future research agendas arising from this.

The second volume gives an overview to the broad fields of research mobilities scholars cover, today. With more than 30 chapters the volume includes both interdisciplinary methodological discussions, as well as reflections over the many types of empirical sites and flows, that mobilities researchers engage with.

The third volume is based on the art exhibition during the conference in Copenhagen, curated by Aslak Aaamot Kjaerulff. The book brings together artistic and conceptual work from artists, historians and social scientist and deepens the work of the Cosmobilities Network on the analytical power of arts and social science in mobilities research.

To purchase the books with discount follow this link. Paperback version of the books will be published within the next 18 months.