MOBILITIES SYMPOSIUM: John Urry’s Living Legacy

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CRITICAL MOBILITIES THEORY SERIES

SYMPOSIUM: John Urry’s Living Legacy (15 October 2021, 12:00-16:00)

One of the most recognised contemporary sociologists and prolific academics, John Urry (1946-2016) influenced new generations of interdisciplinary thinkers across the world. His introduction of the ‘new mobilities’ paradigm at the turn of the century incorporated advanced critical thought regarding complex systems of social, cultural, economic and political movement, with particular reference to more than one processes and phenomena. His work on tourism, climate change, capitalism, digital technologies, futures and more has generated productive critical dialogues with international colleagues and close collaborators.

This event brings centre-stage key dialogues between Urry and three accomplished academics and former collaborators with their own contribution to the new mobilities paradigm: Professor Mimi Sheller (Inaugural Dean of The Global School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, USA), Professor Michael Haldrup (Professor, Department of Communication and Arts, Visual Culture and Performance Design, Centre for Tourism Research, University of Roskilde, Denmark) and Professor Jennie Germann Molz (Professor of Sociology, Sociology & Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts, USA). The symposium also features as discussants Ole Jensen (Professor of Urban Theory, Aalborg University, Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Denmark), known for his work on mobilities design and his collaboration with Urry, and James Faulconbridge (Professor, Management School, Lancaster University, (LUMS), United Kingdom), currently acting as Associate Director of CEMORE, John Urry’s institutional legacy on mobilities theory.

The series is organised in collaboration with the Centre for Mobilities Research (CEMORE), University of Lancaster.

Their Annual John Urry Lecture, takes place in October each year at Lancaster. The Event celebrates John Urry’s life and work, through forward-looking intellectual debate. This year’s event, following two weeks after the symposium at Leeds, will take place on 28th October 4-6pm, ‘Taking Ideas Seriously: What does it mean to have a knowledge economy?’ a talk and discussion with Prof. Diane Coyle, Co-Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge.  Further details available from the CEMORE website.

Photo credit: Photograph of John Urry by Chia-Ling Lai.

 

PROGRAMME

Welcome

Adrian Favell, Director, Bauman Institute

Introduction

Rodanthi Tzanelli, Bauman Institute

 

List of Speakers 

Mimi Sheller, Professor of Sociology, Inaugural Dean of The Global School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Email: mimi.sheller@drexel.edu.

Michael Haldrup, Professor, Department of Communication and Arts, Visual Culture and Performance Design, Centre for Tourism Research, University of Roskilde, Denmark. Email: mhp@ruc.dk.

Jennie Germann Molz, Professor of Sociology, Sociology & Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Email: jmolz@holycross.edu.

 

Discussants 

Ole B. Jensen, Professor of Urban Theory, Aalborg University, Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Denmark. Email: obje@create.aau.dk.

James Faulconbridge, Professor, Management School (LUMS), Associate Director Centre for Mobilities Research (CE.MO.RE.), United Kingdom. Email: j.faulconbridge@lancaster.ac.uk