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Ergebnisanzeige "Maritime Mobilities: Critical Perspectives from the Humanities"
RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelMaritime Mobilities: Critical Perspectives from the Humanities
BeschreibungMaritime Mobilities: Critical Perspectives from the Humanities

Since the first wave of globalization in the early modern period and at least up until the advent of mass aviation, maritime mobilities have been pivotal in the development of colonialism, slavery, and global capitalism. Today, with thousands of migrants and refugees dying in the Mediterranean during attempts to reach Europe in search of peace and living perspectives and oceanic pollution by often reckless industrial maritime endeavors (from overfishing and devastating oil spills to masstourist cruisers), maritime mobilities have again gained a criticality for the development of viable social, economic, environmental, and political futures. In addition, ships have remained temporary, mobile homes for maritime laborers and have become such for many other groups of people as well. As refugees and human smugglers, environmental activists, 'pirates' in Somalia and elsewhere, and maritime laborers cross paths with tourist and industrial mass mobilities in physically, legally, politically, and culturally fluid oceanic spaces, an arena of conflicting (im)mobilities emerges, coconstructed by the media and other cultural discourses that either defend or question oceanic power asymmetries. For this reason, the social sciences and the humanities, informed by cultural studies methodologies, are important sites from which to explore both practices of and discourses on maritime (im)mobilities.

Mobility studies, a fledgling interdisciplinary field of inquiry, has addressed mobility (defined by John Urry as "socially produced motion" in his proclamation of a "new mobilities paradigm" in Mobilities, 2007) as a physical-geographical, material, socio-economic, and cultural practice. Inviting various approaches to mobility studies, this conference sets out to critically explore the multi-faceted world of oceanic mobilities and the work of their cultural representations from various disciplinary angles across the humanities and social sciences. It seeks to address representations and discourses of seafaring in literary and cultural expression, from comics to journalism, from film to material culture, and from critical to political theory, asking in what ways maritime mobilities are articulated and negotiated, affirmed and/or contested, and to what effect. With this in mind, we invite papers that take up postcolonial, gender- and race-critical, and aesthetic perspectives in addressing oceanic mobilities. Taking place within the context of the University of Vienna’s interdisciplinary research platform "Mobile Cultures and Societies" and an Elise-Richter project on "Crisis and Discourses of (Il)Legitimacy in American Narratives of Piracy, 1678-1865" (Austrian Science Fund/FWF), the conference specifically asks for contributions that enable and enhance cross-disciplinary dialogue.

Conference languages: English and German
Conference Organizer: Dr. Alexandra Ganser

Please send a one-page abstract in English and a short biographical statement by November 1,
2015, to both: and
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortUniversity of Vienna, Austria
PersonName: Alexandra Ganser 
Funktion: Organizer 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Universität Wien, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 
Strasse/Postfach: Spitalgasse 2-4/Hof 8.3 
Postleitzahl: 1090 
Stadt: Wien 
Telefon: +43 1 4277 42414  
SchlüsselbegriffeSprache und Gesellschaft (Diskursanalyse, Ethnographie, Sprachkritik, Sprachplanung, Sprachpolitik); Literaturwissenschaft; Historische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Medien- u. Kommunikationsgeschichte (Hand-, Druckschrift, Film, Rundfunk, Computerspiel usw.); Medien- u. Kommunikationstheorie; Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
Zusätzliches SuchwortMobilität, mobility studies, Soziologie, maritime studies, interdisciplinary studies, Interdisziplinarität, cultural theory, Kulturtheorie, Diskurs
Klassifikation00.00.00 ohne thematische Zuordnung
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