What mobilizes people to take up reproductive options, directions, and trajectories in ways that generate the possibilities and practices of mobilities? People’s desires for procreation or to resolve fertility challenges or partake in sperm donation, egg freezing, or surrogacy; the need for abortion services; and forced evacuation for childbirth care all involve movement. Reproductive aspirations, norms, and regulations move people’s bodies, as well as related technologies and bioproducts. At the same time, these corporeal, material, in/tangible mobilities of bodies, things, and ideas are also generative of reproductive imaginaries and practices. Reproduction is mobile and movement affects reproduction. Building from an interdisciplinary workshop on reproductive mobilities in Kelowna, Canada, this article aims to push the mobilities framework toward the edges of feminist, affect, queer, decolonizing, materialist, and nonrepresentational theories in thinking through both reproduction and movement.
Sue Frohlick, Kristin Lozanski, Amy Speier, and Mimi Sheller
Itinerant “Criminal Tribes” and Their Containment by the Salvation Army in Colonial South India
In retelling the history of “criminal tribe” settlements managed by the Salvation Army in Madras Presidency (colonial India) from 1911, I argue that neither the mobility–immobility relationship nor the compositional heterogeneity of (im)mobility practices can be adequately captured by relational dialecticism espoused by leading mobilities scholars. Rather than emerging as an opposition through dialectics, the relationship between (relative) mobility and containment may be characterized by overlapping hybridity and difference. This differential hybridity becomes apparent in two ways if mobility and containment are viewed as immanent gatherings of humans and nonhumans. First, the same entities may participate in gatherings of mobility and of containment, while producing different effects in each gathering. Here, nonhumans enter a gathering, and constitute (im)mobility practices, as actors that make history irreducibly differently from other actors that they may be entangled with. Second, modern technologies and amodern “institutions” may be indiscriminately drawn together in all gatherings.
In this paper I reflect upon my own micro-mobilities and embodied mobile practices living and working under COVID-19 government restrictions in Wales in mid-2020. I use the opportunity to reflect upon the past ten years of Transfers and to think about future research in the field of mobility studies, arguing that an attention to seemingly ordinary embodied movements and mobilities provides one avenue by which mobility scholars could move beyond the mobility/immobility binary and approach mobility as being more than transport, migration, and communication. Mobility is, I suggest, ubiquitous—even during government lockdowns—and I explain how Deleuze and Guattari’s concepts of the “molar” and “molecular” can be useful for understanding how some movements become perceptible and others imperceptible, and why scholars frequently draw a clear distinction between mobility and immobility.
Georgine Clarsen and Gijs Mom
Case of the Baka of Southeast Cameroon—A Variation on the Habitual Mobility–Immobility Nexus”; and Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, “Organic Vehicles and Passengers: The Tsetse Fly as Transient Analytical Workspace,” as exemplary papers that will
Understanding Mobilities in a Dangerous World
Gail Adams-Hutcheson, Holly Thorpe, and Catharine Coleborne
, no. 3 (2011): 353–373, esp. 358–360. 2 William Walters, “Secure Borders, Safe Haven, Domopolitics,” Citizenship Studies 8, no. 3 (2004): 237–260. 3 Kevin Hannam, Mimi Sheller, and John Urry, “Editorial: Mobilities, Immobilities and Moorings
Moving a Container Ship through Darkness
Cargomobilities: Moving Materials in a Global Age , ed. Thomas Birtchnell, Satya Savitzky, and John Urry (New York: Routledge, 2015), 35–47. 21 Maria Borovnik, “The Mobilities, Immobilities and Moorings of Work-life on Cargo Ships,” Sites 9, no. 2 (2012): 59
The Case of the Baka of Southeast Cameroon—A Variation on the Habitual Mobility–Immobility Nexus
Harrison Esam Awuh
national laws. These observations lead us to reflect more deeply on the dialectics between mobility/immobility, transfer of knowledge, and the environment. Sedentarization, with its emphasis on permanence and stasis, kills or weakens certain knowledge and
Jelena Tošić and Annika Lems
Governmentality .” In Waiting , ed. Ghassan Hage , 97 – 106 . Melbourne : Melbourne University Press . Hannam , Kevin , Mimi Sheller , and John Urry . 2006 . “ Editorial: Mobilities, Immobilities and Moorings .” Mobilities 1 ( 1 ): 1 – 22
Disastrous Mobilities in Relocation from the Christchurch Earthquakes, Aotearoa New Zealand
Urry, “Editorial: Mobilities, Immobilities and Moorings,” Mobilities 1, no. 1 (2006): 1–22, here 8. 19 Gail Hutcheson, “Methodological Reflections on Transference and Countertransference in Geographical Research: Relocation Experiences from Post
Mobilizing Children’s Voices in UK Flood Risk Management
Alison Lloyd Williams, Amanda Bingley, Marion Walker, Maggie Mort, and Virginia Howells
. 9 Karolina Doughty and Lesley Murray, “Discourses of Mobility: Institutions, Everyday Lies and Embodiment,” Mobilities 11, no. 2 (2016): 303–322, here 306. 10 Kevin Hannam, Mimi Sheller, and John Urry, “Editorial: Mobilities, Immobilities and