Mobilities in Geography Study Group

Focus

Contemporary mobilities research emerged from what was proposed a new ‘mobilities paradigm’ by an interdisciplinary group of social scientists, including John Urry, Mimi Sheller, and Kevin Hannam in 2006 (see Sheller and Urry, 2006; and Hannam, Sheller and Urry, 2006). Mobilities research acknowledges different scales of movement of people and material, of macro- and micro-geographical, social and economic scales, virtual and imaginative travels, and movement facilitating technology and economies.

By undertaking a mobile perspective, geographers and social scientists are moving beyond static, bounded place based notions and explore ways of dealing with geographies by focusing on mobile systems and understandings. Mobilities research is interested in the interconnectedness and complexities of socio-economic systems and power networks, and suggests that systems are interrelated in their social, historical and geographical dynamic complexities. Central to mobilities research is the understanding of transformations on people, materials and ideas, while on the move, and how places, regions and landscapes are transformed through mobilities. Researchers acknowledge the complex mobile performances that are facilitated through immobile static fixings or ‘moorings’ (such as roads, airports, stations, ports, shops, factories, cemeteries) and technology, and the dialectics that may be associated between static and mobile.

Social science based mobilities research in New Zealand has been strongly influenced by geography as a discipline (an account of this is the Special Issue Mobilities and Transformation in the New Zealand Geographer, 2017, Issue 2, pp.67-151).

 


 

History

The Mobilities in Geography Study Group was launched in May 2016, and is part of the Mobilities Network to Aotearoa New Zealand, which started in 2009.

 


 

Activities

Linking in with the Mobilities Network to Aotearoa New Zealand, the Mobilities in Geography Study Group has supported annual Mobilities symposia and network seminars, has had mobilities themed sessions at NZGS conferences, and has had geographers attend international events, such as the Annual Meeting of American Geographers, the Australian Mobilities (AusMob) symposia, and the Mobile Utopia: Pasts, Presents, Futures conference.

Geographers are also currently co-editors of the Working Paper Series of the Mobilities Network to Aoteroa New Zealand. 

 


 

Contacts

The current Mobilities in Geography Study Group convenors are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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