mobilities literature culture


Lancaster University, U.K. 21-22 April 2017.

This two-day conference provides a forum for scholars working at the intersection of literary and cultural studies and mobilities theories to explore the cultural representation of mobilities across geographical regions and historical periods. The conference offers a timely space in which to discuss the incisive new methodologies, frameworks, and theorizations that are shaping the dynamic and growing field of literary-mobility studies.

The conference brings together scholars who draw upon cultural geography and/or sociology to gain new insights into literary and cultural texts, and from researchers who make use of literary and cultural texts in their theorizing of space and movement. The conference will encompass a wide range of movements from the global and transnational to the local and the everyday, including journeys by foot, bicycle, motorcar, rail, air, and sea, at local, regional, national and transnational levels. Textual materials of all kinds – film, photography, digital media, and the visual arts, as well as fiction, poetry, and other literary forms – and projects engaging with non-western literatures and cultures are welcome. Uniting this diverse temporal, spatial and textual field, the conference retains a core focus on the fluid, reciprocal and often innovative relationship between mobility and culture.

The themes explore by the conference include: mobility and globalization; mobilities of (post)colonialism; transnationality; technologies of mobility; spaces and sites of mobility; embodied mobilities; mobile networks; gender and sexuality; race and mobility; the classed politics of mobility; modes of transport.

Conference registration

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