2023 International Mobility Humanities Conference

Connecting Mobilities Research between the UK and South Korea: Narrationg, Mobilizing, Experimenting and Engaging Mobilities for Just Futures

Conference Detail

  • DateMay 3-4, 2023
  • Location#1106 New Millenium, Konkuk Uni.

-International conference co-hosted with Lancaster University Mobility Research Institute, home of mobility research.

The Academy of Mobility Humanities, Konkuk University (Director, Inseop Shin) held the “2023 International Mobility Conference” at the New-Millennium Hall of Konkuk University between May 3-4.

The conference was co-hosted by the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University in the UK and sponsored by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The Centre for Mobility Research of Lancaster University visited the Academy of Mobility Humanities of Konkuk University to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Founded in 2003 by Professor John Urry, a pioneer in mobility theory, the Centre for Mobility Research is known as the “home” of mobility research, publishing a series of mobility-related books with the international journal Mobilities.

Under the theme of “Connecting Mobilitites Research between the UK and South Korea,” the international conference consisted of “Education and Public Engagnement Workshop” and “Arts, Humanities, and Social Science approaches to Mobilities research at a time of Culture and Climate Change.”

On the first day, Simon Cook, a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University, presented his experience of objected-based learning using social media and GPS devices. Myungsim Yang, a HK+ research professor of Academy of Mobility Humanities at Konkuk University, introduced the mobility public lectures. On the second day, Nicola Spurling, the director of the Centre for Mobility Research at Lancaster University, discussed autobiographical (im)mobilities, exploring the narratives of life without children in a context of climate change and ecological crisis. David Tyfield, the director of CeMoRe, explored the ecological civilization of China in Anthropocene.

Inseop Shin, the director of the Academy of Mobility Humanities, said: “This interational confernence will elevate discussions with overseas scholars about family, transportation, and food mobility in the age of climate change and ecological crisis raside by the Anthropocene. Furthermore, it will countribute to the joint study with the Centre for Mobility Research of Lancaster University.

The Director Dr Inseop Shin and Associate Director Dr Jooyoung Kim of the Academy of Mobility Humanities with CeMoRe Director Dr Nicola Spurling holding gifts exchanged between centres.