“Mobilities and spatialities”


Nadine CATTANGéographie-cités (UMR 8504)
Laurent FARETCESSMA : Centre d’Etudes en Sciences Sociales sur les Mondes Africains, Américains et Asiatiques (UMR 245)
Camille SCHMOLLGéographie-cités (UMR 8504)


Mobility is one of the major challenges of contemporary societies. The “Mobilities and spatialities” Work-Package (WP) is part of the Mobility Turn paradigm: mobility cannot be reduced to travel alone but incorporates what precedes and flows from it, i.e. all the potential linked to intentionality, strategies and trade-offs, as well as the accompanying norms and values. The interdisciplinary work of the members of the WP is structured around three objectives:

1. When mobility configures new spatialities. To think of relational space by approaching mobility as the founding category of space.

2. Mobility as a vector for the recomposition of socio-spatial inequalities. Between injunctions and norms, what value is assigned to mobility in contemporary societies?

3. At the crossroads of the human and the non-human. Understand human mobility in its interactions with the mobility of objects, information and emotions.

Several thematic axes articulating a reflection on the scales, temporalities and historicality of practices provide the key focus:

  • Mobility from a gender perspective. Questioning hybridity as a metaphor for a reading of spaces and societies;
  • “Transit” migrations in the urban fabric. Towards an analytical framework on the conditions of being in the city and on the forms of urbanity production by transit populations;
  • Tourist mobility and heritage development. How does heritage, far from being based in rooted of territories, as a bastion against traffic, become the very product of mobility?
  • Places of mobility and immobility: what right do we have to mobility? What governance of mobility exists in the articulation of individual and collective approaches?


Mobilities, territory, space, immobility, standards, gender, injunction, affect, emotions, links, transit, circulation, borders, networks, places.


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