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Everyday mobilities and circulation of people, things and ideas: Expanding the concept of technology from what makes us mobile [ANTHROMOB]
Guilherme Fians (University of Manchester)
Jérémie Voirol (Graduate Institute)
Diego Valdivieso (University of Manchester)
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Time zone:
Tuesday 21 July, 11:00-12:45, 14:00-15:45

Short abstract:

This panel proposes to expand our understanding of technology on the basis of practices of everyday mobilities and circulation. We aim to discuss how technologies such as transport services, IDs, mobile phones, languages and currencies, among others, play a role in making us mobile.

Long abstract:

Opening up for diverse (sometimes clashing) uses of the concept of technology, this panel aims to stimulate debates on how technologies are used to encourage, hinder, facilitate and influence everyday instances of mobilities and circulation that do not relate to migration. Our purpose is to expand our analytical conceptions of what technology is and can be in order to fully encompass ethnography-informed practices and definitions of mobility and motility (Kaufmann 2004; Salazar and Smart 2012; Urry and Sheller 2006). We are particularly looking for contributions that address the circulation of people, things, and ideas, as well as the possibility of movement that is not materialised. In looking at what makes us mobile, we analyse technologies that may relate to infrastructure such as transport systems (Dalakoglou and Harvey 2016), documents like passports and IDs (Amoore 2006; Jansen 2009), mobile phones, apps and media technologies (Miller et alii 2016; Marres 2017), languages, currencies, and any tool used to enable flows. These can include, but are not limited to, commuting, travelling, exchanging and transacting; crossing streets, city limits or national borders; circulating or making things, ideas, information, knowledge, resources, public policies or other people circulate. Along these lines, this panel seeks to answer: How does the way we think about technology affect our perceptions of mobility, spatiality and presence? To what extent would certain technologies (e.g. traffic lights, slow internet connection, language misunderstandings) fail to enable mobility or purposefully slow down flows? How would mobility be possible without technologies?