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Summer 2015 News

August 25, 2015

Here is a round up of news from the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy:

Mimi Sheller, Professor of Sociology in CoAS and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, will be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor Honoris Causa, from Roskilde University, Denmark, on 18 September 2015. This ceremony will follow directly on the heels of the joint conference of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (of which Sheller is President) and the Cosmobilities Network, to be held 14-17 September in Caserta, Italy.

Sheller was invited in June 2015 to provide an expert review for the World Bank's Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) for their project on "Institutional Frameworks for Addressing Migratory Movements in Context of Environmental Change." In April Sheller also provided an expert review for the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a "Mobility" report within the project "A Sustainable Future for Exuma," a collaboration among the Government of The Bahamas, the Bahamas National Trust, and the GSD.

Mobilities Graduate Research Assistant Julia M. Hildebrand has presented work at several international conferences, including at the GeoMedia Conference [link] in Karlstad, Sweden, in May 2015, for which she received an International Travel Award to give the paper "Mobilized and Mediatized: Filmic Depictions of Travel and Transfer at the Beginning of the 20th and 21st Century." Professor Sheller also gave a keynote address at this conference on "Uneven Topologies of Geomedia in Post-Disaster Worlds." Watch a video of the lecture below.


A three-part book discussion of Sheller's book Citizenship From Below (Duke UP, 2012) was published in the journal Small Axe, Issue 46. A review of Sheller's book Aluminum Dreams (MIT Press, 2014) was published in the American Historical Review, June 2015, pp. 1064-65 and a review of Citizenship from Below was also published in the open access journal E-misférica: Performance and Politics in the Americas, Vol. 12, No. 1 (May 2015).

Sheller has also co-edited two special journal issues on mobile media and public art published in Summer, 2015: "LA Re.Play: Mobile Network Culture in Placemaking", with Hana Iverson for Leonardo Electronic Almanac, and "Digital Art and the Public Sphere", with John Craig Freeman for Public Art Dialogue. Other recent articles either forthcoming or published appear in the journals Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geoforum, City & Society, E-misphérica: Performance and Politics in the Americas. See the full listing below.

Sheller, M. 'Connected Mobility in a Disconnected World: Contested Infrastructure in Post-Disaster Contexts', Annals of the Association of American Geographers, SI on Geographies of Mobility, ed. Mei-Po Kwan (in press).

Sheller, M. and León, Y. 'Uneven Socio-Ecologies of Hispaniola: Asymmetric Climate Adaptation in Haiti and the Dominican Republic,' Geoforum, Special Issue on Climate Justice & the Caribbean, eds. A. Baptiste and K. Rhiney (in press).

Iverson, H. and M. Sheller, 'L.A Re.Play: Mobile Network Culture in Placemaking', Leonardo Electronic Almanac, 2015 (in press)

Freeman, JC & M. Sheller, 'Introduction: Hybrid Space and Digital Public Art', Public Art Dialogue (July 2015).

Sheller, M. 'Racialized Mobility Transitions in Philadelphia: Urban Sustainability and the Problem of Transport Inequality', City and Society, SI on Cities and Mobilities, ed. M. Freudendal-Pederson, Vo. 27, Issue 1, 70-91 (April 2015).

Sheller, M. 'How to be seen while being unseen: Finding the un-visible Bahamas in the (dis)assembled works of Tavares Strachan', E-misphérica: Performance and Politics in the Americas, Special Issue on Rasamblaj, ed. Gina Ulysse, Vol. 12, No. 1 (May 2015).

Jensen, O.B., Sheller, M., and Wind, S. 'Together and Apart: Affective Ambiences and Negotiation in Families' Everyday Life and Mobility', Mobilities, Vol. 10, No. 3 (2015): pp. 363-382.

Sheller, M. 'Globalizing Caribbean Mobilities, Caribbeanizing Global Mobilities' in E. Sansavoir and R. Scholar (eds) Caribbean Globalizations: Histories, Cultures and Genres from 1492 to the Present Day (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Sheller, M. 'Mobilizing Transportation, Transporting Mobilities', Preface to Transport, Mobility & the Production of Urban Space, eds. J. Cidell and D. Prytherch(Routledge, 2015).

Sheller, M. 'Vital Methodologies: Live Methods, Mobile Art, and Research-Creation' in Non-Representational Methodologies: Re-envisioning Research, ed. P. Vannini (Routledge, 2015), pp. 130-45.

Sheller, M. 'Historical Temporality and Generational Identity: Of Standoffs and Stalled Time' in Small Axe 46: Book Discussion of M. Sheller, Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom (Spring 2015), pp. 169-77.