“Mobility”

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 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 Mobility Working Group 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 Working Group 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?