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Special Guest Lecture: Mimi Sheller (Drexel University)

2019/12/11 – Movements for Mobility Justice

Lecture Information

  • SpeakerMimi Sheller (Drexel University)

Date: 2019/12/11 (Wednesday) 14:00

Place: Konkuk University New Millennium Hall 1106

Dr. Mimi Seller is a professor of the department of sociology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA, and director of The Center for Mobilities Research and Policy. She is currently a co-editor of the international journal 《Mobilitie》s, and was chairman of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility. Her books include 《Aluminum Dreams》 (2014), 《Citizenship from Below》 (2012), 《Consuming the Caribbean》 (2003), and 《Democracy After Slavery》 (2000). She co-edited 《Tourism Mobilities》 (2004) with John Urry  and 《Mobile Technologies of the City》 (2006) and contributed to the establishment of multidisciplinary mobility by writing numerous research papers.

In this talk, Dr. Sheller traced how the regimes of power that govern movement produce inequlaity at all levels. on a local level in the circulation of people, resources, and informatin. on an urban scale, with questions of public transport and “the right to the city.” On the planetary level, where tourists and elites are able to roam freely, while migrants and those most in need are improsioned at the borders, sent back to the ground zeros of violence and climate disaster they tried to flee. The fight for mobility justice connects body, street, city, nation, and planet; and can, potentially, forge new connections among social movements. This talk offered an overview of the theory of mobility justice and of some of the movements that are currently working to advance the combined goals of sustainable transitions and mobility justice. 

The lecture also celebrated the publication of a Korean translation of Dr. Mimi Sheller's book, 《Mobility Justice》. The Institute for Mobility Humanities has the ninth Mobility Humanities Series with recently published 《Mobility Justice》.