[Air-L] Reminder! CFP Local and Mobile conference 2012

Irina Shklovski irsh at itu.dk
Fri Oct 14 11:00:53 PDT 2011

***This is a reminder that the call for paper for the Local and Mobile 
conference ends on October 30th, 2011. Please submit your abstract 
before the deadline via our website below.***

Local and mobile: Linking mobilities, mobile communication and locative 
a joint international conference of the Pan-American Mobilities Network 
and the Cosmobilities Network, and the 3rd annual research symposium of 
the Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media (CRDM) program at NCSU.

*Conference website and abstract submission: 

*Invited keynote speakers:*
·      Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine)
·      Rich Ling (IT University of Copenhagen)
·      Teri Rueb (University of Buffalo, SUNNY)

Mobilities has become an important framework to understand and analyze 
contemporary social, spatial, economic and political practices. Being 
interdisciplinary in its nature, Mobilities focuses on the systematic 
movement of people, goods and information that “travel” around the world 
in rates much higher (or much slower) than before. As such, mobility 
studies challenge traditional scholarship that often ignores the social 
dimensions of mobility, overlooking how travel, movement, and 
communication and transportation networks help to constitute modern 
societies and communities. Mobility has always been critical for the 
creation of social networks and to the development of connections to 
places. In addition, Mobilities contributes to study of the 
technological, social and cultural developments in transportation, 
border control, mobile communication, “intelligent” infrastructure, 

While mobility is an important framework to understand contemporary 
society, the pervasiveness of location-aware technology has made it 
possible to locate ourselves and be networked within patterns of 
mobility. As user generated maps and location-aware mobile devices 
become commonplace, we experience a shift in the way we connect to the 
internet and move through space. Networked interactions permeate our 
world. We no longer enter the internet--we carry it with us. We 
experience it while moving through physical spaces. Mobile phones, GPS 
receivers, and RFID tags are only a few examples of location-aware 
mobile technologies that mediate our interaction with networked spaces 
and influence how we move in these spaces. Increasingly, our physical 
location determines the types of information with which we interact, the 
way we move through physical spaces, and the people and things we find 
around us. These new kinds of networked interactions manifest in 
everyday social practices that are supported by the use of mobile and 
location-aware technologies, such as participation in location-based 
mobile games and social networks, use of location-based services, 
development of mobile annotation projects, and social mapping, just to 
name a few. The engagement with these practices has important 
implications for identity construction, our sense of privacy, our 
notions of place and space, civic and political participation, policy 
making, as well as cultural production and consumption in everyday life.

We invite papers that address themes at the intersection of mobility and 
location, or related topics, such as:
·      Mobile communication and location awareness in everyday life 
·      New urban spatialities developed with mobile gaming and locative 
social media;
·      Privacy and surveillance issues as they relate to mobile and 
location-based social networks;
·      Identity and spatial construction through locative media art / 
embodied performance;
·      Civic engagement and political participation through mobile 
social media, new mapping practices and location-aware technologies;
·      Borders, surveillance, and securitization with ubiquitous and 
mobile technologies;
·      Aeromobilities, air travel, and aerial vision;
·      Alternative mobilities and slow movements;
·      Planning, policy and design for future mobilities and 
location-based services;
·      Tourism, imaginary travel, and virtual travel;
·      Transitions toward sustainable mobilities;
·      New methodologies for mobilities research.

Disciplines represented at the conference may include (but are not 
exclusive to): Anthropology, Architecture and Design, Civil and 
Environmental Engineering, Communication, Criminology, Cultural Studies, 
Geography, Media and Visual Arts, Politics and International Relations, 
Public Policy, Sociology, Theater and Performance Studies, Tourism 
Research, Transport Research, and Urban Studies.

*Conference location:*
North Carolina State University, Raleigh (NC), USA

*Conference hotel:*
Brownstone Hotel (http://www.brownstonehotel.com/)
Discounted rates will be available to registered participants.

*Important dates:*
Deadline for abstracts: 30 October 2011 (800 words, including references)
Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2011
Registration deadline: 30 January 2012
Conference Dates: 16-18 March 2012

Please submit your abstracts through the conference website: 

*Organizing Committee:*
Adriana de Souza e Silva (NC State University, USA)
Heather Horst (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia)
Lee Humphreys (Cornell University, USA)
Ole B. Jensen (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Mimi Sheller (Drexel University, USA)
Irina Shklovski (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Phillip Vannini (Royal Roads University, Canada)

*For further information, contact:*
Adriana de Souza e Silva, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Communication
Interim Associate Director, Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media 
Ph.D program
North Carolina State University
adriana at souzaesilva.com <mailto:adriana at souzaesilva.com>

Adriana de Souza e Silva, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Communication
Interim Associate Director, Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media 
Ph.D program
North Carolina State University

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