RGS-IBG 2017 CFP: Mobile lives in the digital age: implications, challenges and opportunities.

RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2017, London, 30th August – 1st Sept 2017

Call for Papers

Joint session Transport Geography Research Group and Digital Geographies Working Group

Session co-convenors: Juliet Jain & Billy Clayton (UWE), Adele Ladkin (Bournemouth), and David Kirk (Northumbria).

Mobile lives in the digital age: implications, challenges and opportunities. 

Technology has reshaped the experiences of corporeal mobility for those people who are digitally connected on the move.  Academics have been grappling with understanding the intersection of corporeal and virtual mobility across disciplines since the 1990s and the broader social impacts of being continuously connected.  With smaller mobile devices, and an exponential growth in different communication platforms, the boundaries between domains such as home, work, and leisure have blurred for good and bad.  This growth in mobile device ownership and desire for continuous connection has implications for digital service providers, travel providers and the broader tourism and hospitality industry (e.g. hotels, cafes and destination locations).  At the same time others are considering ways of digitally disconnecting, raising the question whether travel should be such an opportunity.  Issues of gender and age are also implicit in these debates, especially who travels and who uses digital media, and how travel is validated in the digital world.

This session will aim to bring together three areas of corporeal mobility to discuss the implications, challenges, and opportunities of being simultaneously physically and digitally mobile for individuals, society, and/or infrastructure/service providers.  These three are:

  • mundane and routine travel (e.g. commuting and shopping)
  • travel in the context of work whether travel for work (e.g. business trips) or travel as work (e.g. drivers, sailors, and pilots)
  • leisure travel.

We welcome submissions of abstracts of no more than 200 words to be sent to Dr Juliet Jain Juliet.Jain@uwe.ac.uk by Friday 3rd February

We particularly welcome presentations using participant’s narratives, co-created knowledge, visual and other media that has engaged research participants, and/or effective public engagement.  Presentations can be in the form of a video.  However, standard presentations are also very welcome!

 The TGRG has a small prize for the best postgraduate presentation in any TGRG session at the RGS-IBG 2017 Conference. If you wish to enter for the Postgraduate Prize a full paper should be submitted to the Chair and Secretary of TGRG prior to the conference date for judging. For more information and to find out about entry criteria please contact TGRG postgraduate rep Clare Woroniuk (clare.woroniuk@newcastle.ac.uk).

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