Mobilities has increasingly become central to the analysis of social relations in contemporary society where it often appears that ‘all the world is on the move,’ from the movement of diasporas, tourists, migrants and refugees. While the emergence of this new ‘mobility paradigm’ (Sheller and Urry, 2006; Urry 2002, 2007) originated within the social sciences, this conference focuses on how such a ‘mobility turn’ has been narrated, represented and performed within the arts and humanities. The two-day international conference aims to explore creative responses to these diverse mobilities in literature, art, film, and theatre for example. How have these complex mobilities been negotiated and critiqued through creative practice? Is creativity dependent upon mobility?
The conference aims to explore themes such as:
Narratives of movement (How are mobilities narrated? Do different mobilities demand different forms of narrative?)
Moving narratives (How are narratives moved from one medium to another?
What is the role of translation for mobilities? Is adaptation a form of mobility?
How do texts move us/fail to move us as readers?)
Experiences of movement and dislocation (How have writers, artists, photographers, film-makers, etc. responded to such experience of mobility? How does their creative practice relate to the work of the academy?)
Keynote Speakers include: Reina Lewis (London College of Fashion), John Urry (University of Lancaster) and Ginette Verstraete (Amsterdam University)
Location: University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
Dates: 3rd-4th July 2009
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