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Cosmobilities Conference 2014

November 24, 2014


Mobilities Center Director and Professor of Sociology Mimi Sheller gave the Keynote Address “Mobilizing Hybrid Cities: Urban Mobilities and Mobile Media Locative Media” at the Cosmobilities Network 10th Anniversary Conference. The conference, entitled Networked Urban Mobilities was held in Copenhagen from 5-7 November 2014. The full conference program is available here:


Networked interactions permeate our world, our social lives, our work practices, and our political practices.Through everyday practices of moving around cities, people are creating new ways of interacting with others, with places, and with screens while moving, or pausing in movement. Widespread access to WiFi, mobile 3G, or GIS location data in all kinds of buildings and public spaces, in cars and in transit stations, via phones and other portable devices, has the potential to radically reconfigure urban mobility practices and spatialities.Studying mobilities today therefore means engaging with mobile communication technologies and locative media. And at the same time, mobile communication studies require an understanding of mobility practices and urban spatiality.Based on the new book Mobility and Locative Media, (eds. de Souza e Silva & Sheller) this talk begins an examination of the many transformations taking place in mobile sociality and in urban spatial processes through peoples’ everyday appropriation of these new technologies of mobile and locational communication.It asks: How are the day-to-day uses of mobile media and geo-locational data producing new relations of people to space, community, interaction and communication?

A book launch was also held for Sheller's new co-edited book with Adriana de Souza e Silva, Mobility and Loctive Media: Mobile Communcation in Hybrid Spaces, published in the new Changing Mobilities Series. The talk and the book concern the relation between mobile communication and mobilities:

For this and other Taylor & Francis publications by Sheller see