Spaces & Flows: Ninth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

  • 2018 Special Focus: Mobilities in the Global North and South – Critical Urban and Global Visions
  • 25–26 October 2018
  • Marsilius Kolleg, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

At a Glance...

2

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

120 +

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Spaces & Flows: Ninth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies.

28

Countries represented.

2018 Special Focus - Mobilities in the Global North and South: Critical Urban and Global Visions

There has been rapid growth in attention to mobilities in the social sciences since the turn of the millennium, and with good reason. Mobile perspectives underline how the experience of globalization is in myriad ways defined through ever-increasing mobility: ranging from the concrete transportation systems and infrastructures enabling the flows of people negotiating everyday urban and global mobilities, to the movement of capital and socio-economic classes into or out of urban habitats; from the manufactured goods and hazardous wastes carried across extensive and intricate logistics networks, to the transfer and diffusion of urban governance policies, practices, and ideas; and from the dynamics of those migrating by choice, to those fleeing (or being left behind) in the face of war, crisis, or conflict. Far from simply being a “marker of an era” or a “neutral means to an end”, mobilities are deeply meaningful and embodied, gendered and racialized, and bound up in social, cultural, and political struggle from the local to the global. Particular challenges emerge from studying mobilities in various disciplines, affecting our epistemologies, methodologies, and theoretical concepts of the global and the urban.

With an eye on the extraordinary breadth of the theme, the conference organizers welcome contributions that critically explore mobilities in all their diversity.

Conference Chair

David Wilson is Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Cities and Race: the New American Black Ghetto (2007) and Inventing Black-On-Black Violence: Discourse, Space Representation (2005). He is a founding member of the Spaces & Flows Research Network.

Conference Co-Chairs

Ulrike Gerhard

Ulrike Gerhard

Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

Christiane Brosius

Christiane Brosius

Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

Gregg Culver

Gregg Culver

Economic Geography, University of Würzburg, Germany

Plenary Speakers

The Spaces & Flows: Ninth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies featured plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Melissa Butcher

Melissa Butcher

Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK

"‘Sir, It Was My Right of Way!': Examining Globalisation and Cultural Change through the Entitlements of Gendered and Classed Automobility in Delhi"

Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson

Professor of Geography & Environment, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, USA

"Street Fights in Copenhagen: Bicycle and Car Politics in a Green Mobility City"

Timothy Cresswell

Timothy Cresswell

Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

"Towards Low-Carbon Flows: The Politics of Mobility Transitions""

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2018 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Sayed Ahmed

Sayed Ahmed

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Anna Kovacs-Gyori

Anna Kovacs-Gyori

University of Salzberg, Austria

Le Na Tran

Le Na Tran

The University of Kitakyushu, Japan

Donna Carmichael

Donna Carmichael

London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Fujie Rao

Fujie Rao

University of Melbourne, Australia

Gemma Searle

Gemma Searle

University of California, Berkeley, United States

Synthia Angelina

Synthia Angelina

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Nastaran Peimani

Nastaran Peimani

Cardiff University, United Kingdom

William Westgard-Cruice

William Westgard-Cruice

Utrecht University, Netherlands

Lukas Peter

Lukas Peter

University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Kyla Searle

Kyla Searle

Brown University, United States

2018 Conference Partners

Virtual Presentations

Lightning Talks

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