This conference is organized by the Academy of Mobility Humanities (Konkuk University), Kritika Kultura (Ateneo de Manila University), and UNITAS (University of Santo Tomas).
The “mobility paradigm” or the “mobility turn,” which was proposed more than a decade ago, has been used as a framework to understand transfers and moving bodies as opposed to monolithic structures. There have been many influences and events that shaped the thinking on mobility in social science disciplines including sociology, human/cultural geography, anthropology, media/communication studies, and transport studies. However, scholars such as Peter Merriman, Ian C. Davidson, Ruth Livesey, Lynne Pearce, and John Urry recently began to recognize the kinship between mobilities research and arts and humanities including art and design, archaeology, history, performance and dance, film studies, and literary studies.
This conference presents an opportunity for scholars to engage with research at the intersection of mobilities studies and humanities, transcending the conventional divide between the social sciences and humanities. The conference theme, “Life, Thinking, and Culture in the Era of High Mobility,” encourages scholars to engage with the concept of mobility humanities from a variety of academic disciplines.
John Urry, Mobilities, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007.
Peter Merriman and Lynne Pearce (Edit.), Mobility and the Humanities, London and New York: Routledge, 2018.