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Shaping futures: doing and undoing mobility through an anthropological lens on immobility [Anthropology and Mobility (AnthroMob)] 
Diana Mata Codesal (University of Barcelona)
Flavia Cangià (University of Lausanne)
Ieva Puzo (Riga Stradins University)
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Fabiola Mancinelli (Universitat de Barcelona)
Maarja Kaaristo (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Noel B. Salazar (KU Leuven)
Tuesday 23 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel delves into complexities of immobility. We explore structural, personal, social, and political factors shaping it, from feeling "stuck" to stances of waiting. We will discuss the counter-narratives of immobility such as slowing down and the right to stay put.

Long Abstract:

In the current era, often portrayed as one of accelerated mobility, who is perceived as being immobile, and what does it mean? How do people make sense of immobility? How can we account for the experience of immobility in a time that appears to value (hyper)mobility? This panel aims to offer a nuanced perspective on immobility that transcends the mere absence of movement. We will discuss the complex interplay of structural, personal, social, and political factors that shape the experience of immobility.

We invite contributions that focus on immobility and its implications and offer insights into the complexities of human and non-human im/mobilities. We are particularly interested in emic understandings of immobility as practice, experience, discourse, and/or ideology. This may include experiences of being or feeling "stuck", structures enabling immobility, stances of waiting, and mobilities perceived as “slow”. We also aim to question the “mobilitarian ideology” (Mincke, 2016) that prescribes mobility as an almost universal value. We welcome proposals that identify counter-hegemonic narratives of immobility, such as calls and demands for slowing down and the right to remain/stay put. This will allow us to track normative contestations and discursive challenges to mobility biases and mobilitarian ideologies.

By examining im/mobile subjectivities, emic understandings of immobility, experiences, and practices of immobility, we aim to foster a polylogue to explore how the anthropological study of immobility can lead to practical interventions regarding mobility justice and invigorate anthropology as a discipline with direct impact on people's lives.

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Session 1 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -