CALL FOR PAPERS
Nordic Geographers Meeting, Stockholm, 18-21 June 2017
Conveners: Kathryn Cassidy (Geography, Northumbria University) & Tatiana Fogelman (Geography, Roskilde University)
Starting from Beverley Skeggs’s (2004, 49) argument that, ‘Mobility is a resource to which not everyone has an equal relationship’, this session aims to bring together scholars working within migration, border and mobility studies to focus on the processes and agency by which (im)mobilities are ‘disciplined’. The issue of who can move, or, conversely, can stay, and under what conditions, has been central to research on transnational mobility. In addition to earlier work on cultural expectations of cross-border migration as a rite of passage in some communities, in recent decades attention has been paid to the diversification of legal statuses and technological tools disciplining such mobility. In exploring such increasing complexity of border regimes, border researchers have for their part stressed especially the encroachment of bordering processes into everyday life within the territorial borders of nation-states. Geographers have thus juxtaposed the proliferation of obstacles to everyday movement for many migrant subjects with increased easing of other subjects’ passages through global space. One the other hand, mobilities literature was marked for a long time by the absence of questions of power, as e.g. Moran et al (2012) point out in their paper on prisoner transport in Russia. Recent years have, however, witnessed the emergence of critical mobility studies. Despite privileging urban scale motility, this line of work now grapples more explicitly with questions of difference, inequality and inequity - often conceived through the framework of social justice. This session then - seconding Mimi Sheller’s call for multi-scalar conceptualizations of issues of motility and justice - offers further space for migration, border and mobility researchers to discuss and think more explicitly about lines of existing convergences as well as potential future research agendas that center on unevenness of processes and multiplicity of actors shaping or ‘disciplining’ different bodies’ access to territory.
Some of the possible topics include:
- affect and disciplined mobilities
- migrants’/enforcers’ experiences of everyday bordering
- migrants and “host” society mobility cultures (vacationing, commuting etc)
- displacement and privilege of ability to stay put
- contestations of unjust mobility regimes
- academia and expectations of mobility
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