Rural spaces are and always have been shaped by and connected to many forms of mobility. These encompass in-migration and out-migration, but also internal movement. We invite researchers engaged in the cultural analysis of and ethnographies dealing with topics of mobility and rural spaces.
Michael M. Bell and Giorgo Osti have recently pointed out that contrary to a public perception of rural spaces as stagnant and unchanging, they always have been the sites of various forms of movement and mobility (2010: 199). These comprise not only mundane everyday mobilities like commuting, but also grander mobility projects of in- and out-migration that are all shaping the experience of rural life. Their variety and different scales and directions are also reflected by the diversity of concepts and categories that are applied in trying to understand them and their effects on rural communities.
In this panel, we are gathering researchers doing ethnographic work on the role of mobility in rural communities and regions around the world. Hereby, we are interested in rural depopulation as well as in-migration and their various reasons (for instance, lifestyle migration) and impacts on everyday life in rural areas. We welcome contributions dealing with experiences of both in-migration into and out-migration from rural spaces, the impact of gentrification and counter-urbanization on rural communities, feelings of abandonment and absence in rural regions with strong out-migration, affect in the context of rural mobilities, the experiences of refugees settled in rural spaces, multi-local living practices and second homes, political efforts towards mobilities and their effects on rural everyday life, images of the rural connected with mobilities, and other research projects operating at the intersection of rurality and mobility, like for instance also, on a smaller scale, work on everyday mobilities in rural spaces.