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Mobility

Geographies, Histories, Sociologies

Peter Merriman, Rhys Jones, Tim Cresswell, Colin Divall, Gijs Mom, Mimi Sheller and John Urry

This article is an edited transcript of a panel discussion on “mobility studies“ which was held as part of a workshop on mobility and community at Aberystwyth University on September 3, 2012. In the article the five panelists reflect upon the recent resurgence of research on mobility in the social sciences and humanities, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary debates, and the ways in which established fields such as transport history, migration studies, and sociology are being reshaped by new research agendas. The panelists discuss the importance of engaging with issues of politics, justice, equality, global capital, secrecy, and representation, and they encourage researchers to focus on non-Western and non-hegemonic mobilities, as well as to produce “useable“ studies which engage policy-makers.

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Pamela H. Smith

A research group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science on “Itineraries of Materials, Recipes, Techniques, and Knowledge in the Early Modern World” held a series of workshops (2014–2015) on the movement of knowledge (materials, techniques, objects) across Eurasia, resulting in an edited volume. Participants articulated a framework of “entangled itineraries,” “material complexes,” and “nodes of convergence” by which historians might follow routes of knowledge-making extending over very long distances and/or great spans of time. The key concepts are (1) “material complex” denoting the constellation of substances, practices, techniques, beliefs, and values that accrete as knowledge around materials; (2) the “relational field,” the social, intellectual, economic, emotional domain formed by a “node of convergence”—often a hub of trade and exchange—within which a material complex crystalizes; and (3) “itineraries,” or the routes taken by materials through which they stabilize and/ or transform.

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Peter Merriman

rework the concept of kinaesthetics from dance theory and sensory studies, something that Lynne Pearce and I suggested in a recent edited collection on Mobility and the Humanities . 6 Whereas the concept of kinaesthesis refers to “the sense of muscular

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Georgine Clarsen and Gijs Mom

been the case historically, but as generative of modes of thought and practice that have theoretical value in their own right.” 4 The section is edited and introduced by Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Jeroen Cuvelier and Katrien Pype (“‘Containers

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Peter Merriman, Georgine Clarsen and Gijs Mom

editors. In an effort to enhance the interdisciplinary scope of our journal, we invited literary scholar Steven Spalding (who edited an earlier special section on “mobility and literature”) to write a concluding comment. The issue opens with two standard

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Gijs Mom

from across the globe. Although it took nearly twice as long as we had planned at the beginning, we now manage and edit a journal that meanwhile has clearly conquered its own position in a rapidly expanding field, of experimenting with reformulations

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Zootopia

Everything in Motion

Clio Andris and Juan Ruescas

inhabitants (and their idiosyncrasies) produce constant and reciprocal interruptions and disturbances that the city assimilates. The film communicates disharmonies of motion and speed with moving mammals and objects, sharp cuts, editing, and sound. Especially

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Somy Kim

, highlighting the absurdity of everyday life as a “black face in a white place.” Creatively edited with intertitles much like a silent film, Semien’s drama within a satire is reflexive in its quality, and ambitious in its reach. But the repeated references to

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James Longhurst, Sheila Dwyer, John Lennon, Zhenhua Chen, Rudi Volti, Gopalan Balachandran, Katarina Gephardt, Mathieu Flonneau, Kyle Shelton and Fiona Wilkie

plurality of disconnected cycling worlds, he asks, how is it possible to make unified policy choices on any governmental level? His answer is that the goal of this edited volume should not be “simply attempting to chronicle the variety of practices to which

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New Mobilities, Spaces, and Ideas to Market

European Travel Writers and the Making of a Genre—Comment

Steven D. Spalding

Hawkesworth’s editing of the experience for the purposes of winning over a readership. The special forms of knowledge produced by the mobility of the authors of the source material undergo a Hawkesworthian censorship and appropriation, and we are left to