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MacAlister 2020 Board Room


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Research Talk, Crossroads in STS-based Mobilities: The Costa Concordia Case as Exemplary Story

Thursday, April 4, 2013

6:30 PM-7:30 PM

The lecture will describe and identify potential crossroads between STS and Mobilities as two contiguous fields. As they share an interdisciplinary and even transdisciplinary status, their hybridization can provide fertile materials of reflection from both a theoretical and an empirical viewpoint. In order to depict similarities and differences between STS and Mobility Studies, the case of the cruise ship ‘Costa Concordia’ partial sinking in January 2012 off the Giglio island in Italy will be proposed as ‘exemplary story’ to summarize the key-concepts and criticalities of STS-based Mobilities. Cruise tourism is an ideal concentration of the relationships between mobilities and immobilities on the one hand; on the other, the cruise ship is a summary of ecological infrastructures, standards and classifications, as well as of heterogeneous chains of humans and non humans at work in a micro-environment which is highly and densely technological. Therefore, the case (reconstructed through media based and second hand accounts) provides an opportunity to use Boundary Objects-Infrastructure and ANT approaches and combine them with mobility issues linked to physical transport and information sharing.

Location:  MacAlister 2020 Board Room