What’s Happening

19/1/21 Happy New Year 2021

New from ART AND MOBILITIES (Artsmob) Lancaster University.

Jen and Kaya have been planning ways to facilitate discussion on this mailing list, helping people to connect, find similarities in their research and practice, and develop the art and mobilities network into a burgeoning site of virtual exchange.

They are….

Planning to have a monthly rotation of thematic discussions and guest posts on this list – each month we will have a ‘guest’ who will lead a themed discussion for the list – starting with a series of questions and provocations that people can reply to (via email, so the mailing list instigates discussions between us all), and sharing links, articles, media, etc. or even writing informal blog-style posts about their work, exhibitions they’ve seen, things they’ve read, etc. We’d like to leave it a little open and not too prescriptive, but with the aim to engage in dialogue across people in email threads. 

Thematic ideas might include: art and… air travel, materiality, borders, cycling, drones, etc… 

So, we’d like to put an open call out for people to contribute ideas for themes, provocations, suggestions, or, if you’d like to nominate a particular theme you would like to curate for a month this year. Just email us your ideas: k.barry@griffith.edu.au / j.a.southern@lancaster.ac.uk.

This should be seen as an informal yet informed scholarly space to share ideas and conversations. Jen and Kaya will provide a basic guidelines document for how to email/respond/engage with the list during your monthly guest curation, but aside from that, you can approach it in your own way.

We also have some exciting plans underway for next year – the rescheduled ‘Im/mobilities in turbulent times’ symposium and exhibition – which will likely be a blended physical-virtual event in July 2021; some collaborative writing ideas, and publications underway that everyone in the network can be involved in. 

Best wishes,

Kaya and Jen

ArtMobs list convenors

Opportunity (Simon Peth)

I would like to share the link to our new research blog with you. The Transient Spaces Blog focuses on topics at the intersection of urbanization, mobilities, and digitization. It is run by a research group based at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) – where I am currently working – and we see this blog as an open platform of knowledge exchange. This means the blog is open for everyone around the world to contribute. The good thing: our Blog is DOI-registered and publishes under Common Creative Licenses.

We would be very happy if you take a look at our blog and we are very much looking forward for blogpost submissions.

Here is the link: https://www.transient-spaces.org/blog/

Simon Alexander Peth

Department of Geography – University of Innsbruck

Tel. +4351250754058

Mail: simon.peth@uibk.ac.at



Sven is calling for papers;

Do check the link.


The system of automobility is in a global process of transformation and upheaval. Is there a future “After the Car” (Dennis & Urry 2009)? Are we heading towards sustainable (auto)mobilities – against all odds? What are the risks, dangers, obstacles and opportunities if these transformations?

These questions and more are in the center of a special issue in SUSTAINABILITY, co-edited by Weert Canzler,  Vincent Kaufmann and Sven Kesselring.

We are inviting papers contributing to the topic “Sustainable Automobilities in the Mobile Risk Society”.

For further details, please follow the link to the Special Issue website at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/sustainable_automobilities#

The submission deadline is 31st of July 2020. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (stacey.zhai@mdpi.com) or get directly in touch with one of the editors of the special issue (i.e. sven.kesselring@cosmobilities.net).


My Colleague and myself are running at panel session at the AAG 2020. Check it out and do put in an abstract.

Call for papers

American Association of Geographers annual meeting, 2020, Denver, CO

April 6-10

Paper session:

The Geopolitics of Objects/Heritage/Memory/Aesthetics

Organizers and co-chairs: Jacob C Miller (Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University, UK) and Sharon Wilson (Northumbria Business School, Northumbria University, UK)

Everyday objects are not innocent. They often contain within them secret powers to invoke, remind, affect, act, impress and otherwise disturb in ways that are often linked to their broader contexts. The geopolitics of objects are often richly networked in spaces of heritage, ruins, memorial or other explicitly curated aesthetic spaces of life in the city. In other words, objects can be conceptualized as part of broader material and embodied geographies that are shaped by geopolitical processes. How are geopolitical subjectivities emergent with these material and embodied worlds? Where do they overlap, and where do they come apart?

We are hoping to attract work from diverse theoretical perspectives, as long as they relate to these themes somehow. Some topical areas might include:

Everyday militarization

Popular and feminist geopolitics

Geopolitics of tourism and leisure

Post-conflict studies

Aesthetics of power and resistance

Artistic and creative geographies

Public space

Consumption, trash and waste

Infrastructure, architecture and design



Historical geographies and ruins

Hauntology and spectral geographies

We welcome submissions that engage with theories of emotion and affect, (post-) phenomenology, new materialism, assemblage theories, psychoanalysis, and we want to especially encourage contributions that engage with queer, feminist and black geographies, and other critical approaches to race, ethnicity, nation, sex, gender, sexuality, class, capitalism and imperialism.

We also encourage graduate students and early career academics especially. We will chair the session to ensure it is a safe space for all; aggressive and belligerent behaviour will not be tolerated and offenders will be asked to leave and their behaviour will be reported to the AAG.

Please send us your abstracts by this date: November 14





August 2019 Update (EXCITING NEWS)

Conference logos

Call for Papers

We invite you to be part of the conference

Im|mobile lives in turbulent times: Methods and Practices of Mobilities Research.

Thursday July 9th and Friday July 10th 2020

At Northumbria University, Newcastle Business School, City Campus East, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8S  

This is an interdisciplinary, creative and experimental collaboration between Newcastle Business School, Northumbria NBS Tourism (MOS)

with MFRN (Mobilities Research Network), the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University

and the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) Lancaster University.

Our aim is to offer a platform through which developments and insights of multi-modal methodologies can be applied to a range of interests,

geographical contexts and experiences. We invite contributors from any discipline, including social sciences and the arts,

digital design and technology, medicine, psychology, urban planning and business innovation.

Information about themes and registration please check out the link below.


Please, submit your abstract of maximum 300 words for consideration either via the website or send to Sharon3.wilson@northumbria.ac.uk by December 18th 2019. Acceptance confirmation January 14th 2020.

We are really looking forward to seeing you all!

Sharon Wilson

May 2019 Update

So we are at the beginning of a journey to take forward the unique qualities of our mobilities symposium forward. Jen Southern (Lancaster University)  visited Newcastle to our Business School at Northumbria on  Friday, this was an excellent opportunity for us to  think about Art and Mobility and how creativity from contemporary arts theory and practice can potentially shape mobile methodological practices more widely.  We wish to continue conversations towards this  as some delightful conversations were had and lots of  potential ideas discussed for the Mobilities  Symposium next year.

We also visited Newbridge Gallery and Studios in Gateshead to scope use of their venue  as part of the symposium workshop activities. Co-creation and collaboration at Newbridge would be great…watch this space.

Thanks also to all who have contributed to the social and academic development of the project so far. (NU David Brown, John Clayton, Tom Mordue) including lovely artist Dominic Smith.

About Us


We would just like mention Jen’s network at Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts on a Mobilities and Art research focus.


Previous POSTS

So there are lots of things happening behind the scenes (See pic of me  deskbound in the early stages of planning for our Mobilities Symposium 2020 here in the Business School at Northumbria University. We are just drawing together the organising committee to include our very own Northumbria Human Geographers (Thanks to Mark Clayton for joining up in the mission) and one other very cool and influential collaboration…..not telling yet…..so do watch this space as some updates and announcements will be soon.


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This week a big push for the new Mobilities and Complexities book.

Check out this leaflet and it you like, buy the book for your University library and personal pleasure and intellectual joy!

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This Book is out now!

Mobilities and Complexities: Ole B. Jensen, Sven Kesselring, Mimi Sheller (2018)

The new ‘mobilities turn’ (Sheller, Urry 2006) has become a powerful perspective in social theory. John Urry’s oeuvre has been very influential in the emergence of this new field and has had lasting impacts on many scholars. This collection presents originally commissioned essays from leading scholars in the field who reflect on how Urry’s writing influenced the course of their research and theorizing.

This volume gathers contributions in relation to John Urry’s path-breaking work. The new ‘mobilities turn’ made a strong imprint in European social theory and is beginning to make an impact in the Americas as well. It challenges mainstream theoretical and empirical approaches that were grounded in a sedentary and bounded view of states. It propels innovative thinking about social and media ecologies, complex systems, and social change. It bridges many disciplines and methodologies, leading to new approaches to existing problems while also resonating with questions about both history and the future. Mobilities research marks the rise of academic and intellectual cooperation and collaboration “beyond societies,” as nations around the world face the ecological limits of contemporary mobility and energy systems.

POST-CONFERENCE – SHARING (Sharon Wilson/ Northumbria University)

Having just arrived back from the C-MUS (Em)Powering mobilities conference at Aalborg University, Denmark a number of excellent connections were made and possible mobilities projects afoot. Some excellent research projects ongoing including Steve Graham (Newcastle University) his work on Vertical Mobilities and Martin Trandberg Jenson (Aalborg University) on public interventions and engagements with counter-terrorism and urban planning. Lots of thinking around new mobile methods and how technology (including VR and augmented realities fit in to this.

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Sharon Wilson ( Presentation – destination Branding through the Narratives of  Taxi Drivers in Istanbul) Working Paper. (With contributors James Johnson & Serkan Uzunogullari)

There was also a ‘walk -along’ session and set of workshops that explored the social, political and place-making qualities of a driver-less bus project about to be tested in the local area. Some interesting debates about the practical uses of the bus as well as how this could shape different social-mobilities and border crossings. To find out more get in touch with C-MUS Director Claus Lassen as no doubt more work will be done in this area.


Workshop (1) Understanding Space and place (Driverless Bus)

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Building Roads (2) Driver-less public transport bus in the highway discussion session.

We invite other insights and contributions from the conference from other mobilities researchers.