P09
A new anthropology of automobility

Convenors:
Sarah Pink (Monash University )
Andrew Dawson (University of Melbourne)
Location:
Chancellery Building, A1-017
Start time:
5 December, 2018 at 11:15
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel will bring theory and ethnography to bear on how how the past, present and future of driving are implicated in human life, experience, action and imaginaries. It will carve out a new anthropology of automobility.

Long abstract:

Driving is deeply embedded in the ways lives and worlds are sustained globally, yet it also maintains an ongoing possibility of death, injury, accidents and serendipitous encounters that change the course of lives. In this panel we are interested in papers that bring theory and ethnography to bear on how how the past, present and future of driving are implicated in human life, experience, action and imaginaries. The ethnographic sites we are interested in are broad as our core interest is to develop new modes of anthropological thought about and engagement with questions about driving. This includes for instance areas such as everyday commuting, road trips, driving as fieldwork, drink driving, self driving vehicles, driving in unusual places. We are also interested in interdisciplinary papers that bring anthropological insights together with fields such as human geography, design, human-computer interaction and other fields, as well as anthropological responses to the wider landscape of driving research and scholarship. Ultimately the panel will carve out a new anthropology of automobility. We invite participants to join us on this journey.