In this panel, we want to extend the temporal interrogation of particular forms and experiences of mobility to consider more fully the dimensions involved in the 'pacing' of movement, including aspects such as timing, duration, frequency, intensity and scope.
The emergence of a contemporary interdisciplinary field of mobility studies has included shifts away from a linear conception of moving or a priori assumptions of sharp demarcations between different types of journeys. Journeys may be one-off, repeated, take circular arcs, and/or form part of a succession of moves. Moves can traverse short or long distances, involve exceptional or quotidian situations, and different types of moves may intersect while one type of voyage can prompt or shape another. Scholars in this field have also increasingly emphasized the importance of giving attention to the relationship between mobility and immobility. But integral to this dynamic understanding of mobility is a multi-dimensional appreciation of time as well as of space. For example, attention to age and the life course have long featured in the form of personal, institutional and/or cultural representations and conventions around different types of mobility. In this panel, we want to extend this temporal interrogation of mobility to consider more fully the dimensions involved in the 'pacing' of movement, including aspects such as timing, duration, frequency, rhythm, speed, intensity and scope. We want to consider the ways in which these dimensions intersect to shape particular forms and experiences of mobility. But we also want to consider shifts in the pace of mobility. These can include shifts over time as well as space since the pace of mobility may be greater (or lesser) in certain types of places or activities or it may intensify and attenuate over time.