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Generating New Perspectives on ‘Mobility’: Problems and Paradoxes of Interdisciplinary Practice




How do concepts and practices of mobility and mobilities ‘travel’ across the disciplines of humanities and social sciences? What language(s) do academics, students, practitioners use when discussing such wide-ranging ideas in their everyday work and social worlds? And to what extent are we discussing the same things when we use the term ‘mobility’?

These questions, and others, are the focus of the symposium, which aims to foster a critically-informed and vigorous cross-fertilization of the dynamic concept of ‘mobility’ as it works within and across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Through discussing what conceptual, practical, and theoretical work ‘mobility’ does within the academy, cultural sector, and policy we will address how the concept is put to work or stretched beyond its usefulness.


11:00 Registration

Tracks and trails of ‘mobility’: movement and mapping, place and space

Avtar Brah (Birkbeck), Liza Schuster (City), Constance Bantman (Surrey)

12:45 Lunch

Locating everyday forms of ‘mobility’: making, crafting, consuming

Anamik Saha (Goldsmiths), Isabella Streffen (Lincoln), Lucy Bell (Surrey), Gargi Bhattacharyya (UEL)

15:00 Break


Simon Susen (City): “Between the Language of Space and the Space of Language”

Respondents: Lucy Bell (Surrey) and Liza Schuster (City)

16:30 Break


The futures of ‘mobility’?

Jo Littler (City), Johnny Ilan (City), Isabella Streffen (Lincoln, Fine Art), Emmeline Taylor (City)

18:00 Wine reception


We are pleased to offer 3 bursaries worth £50, with registration fee waived for bursary holders.

To apply, please send a supporting statement to and/or by 1 May 2019 outlining, in not more than 300 words, the following:

  • (i) your current research project and how it will benefit from your attendance at the symposium
  • (ii) your budget for attendance at the symposium, including any other sources of funding to which you have applied (whether successfully or not) and/or institutional support available.

Payment will be made upon production of receipts for travel and/or other expenses directly incurred, plus completion of any documentation required by our supporters. It is expected that applicants will make reasonable attempts to keep costs down, for instance, by travelling by standard-class public transport.

Applicants should not register for the symposium until they have heard whether they have been awarded a bursary. We will advise you of the outcome of your application by 29th of May 2019.

Applications will be judged by the symposium organisers and their decision will be final. Preference will be given to low-waged/unwaged delegates, particularly those on fractional or hourly contracts.

Bursary holders will be expected to contribute to the promotion and dissemination of the conference via social media, for example, by tweeting during the event itself and/or reviewing the conference in a guest-blog written for our supporters’ websites.

Access information

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Lunch will be provided, and any dietary requirements specified on the registration form will be catered for; we expect that lunch will be a sandwich buffet with refreshments and will provide updated details ahead of the event.

Seating will be available at lunchtime, and there will also be a quiet room provided adjacent to the main room.

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When and where

11.00amWednesday 10th July 2019

ELG01 Drysdale Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

Contact Details

City Events Team

+44 (0)20 7040 8037

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