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• Publisher: University of Washington Press (25 Jul 2009)

Language English

• ISBN-10: 0295989114

• ISBN-13: 978-0295989112


25/2/2009

New book: Gendered Journeys, Mobile Emotions
Authors: Gayle Letherby and Gillilan Reynolds,

Ashgate


ISBN: 978-0-7546-7034-6

This title is also available as an eBook, ISBN 978-0-7546-9272-0


It is increasingly acknowledged that an analysis of emotions is necessary to fully understand the social world, and recent research on transport, travel and mobilities has begun to consider the gendered nature of public and personal life in relation to this sphere.
The focus of this multidisciplinary and auto/biographical volume is the emotional relationship that individuals and groups have with different means of travel. Attention is given to a variety of travel experiences, including travelling in trains, planes, cars, buses and ships, as well as biking, cycling, running and walking, from the perspective of travellers and those who earn their living in assisting these experiences of others. Imaginary travel and the relationships between art and travel are also considered.
Adopting innovative approaches to experiential material ranging from personal memories to empirical research, Gendered Journeys, Mobile Emotions opens up and illuminates an interdisciplinary debate about the gendered, emotive and emotional nature of travelling.

22/2/2009

Arts – photographic project website – So blue So blue
http://www.sobluesoblue.nl/advandenderen/soblue_release_1.1.0/MainView.html

12/02/2009

Call for papers: ABORNE Conference on 'How is Africa Transforming Border Studies?'
Hosted by the School of Social Sciences, University of the

Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 10-14 September 2009


The African Borderlands Research Network - ABORNE

(http://www.aborne.org/) - is an interdisciplinary network of over 70

academic researchers and institutions in Europe, Africa and North America.
Its members are from all disciplines of the social sciences, with an

emphasis on anthropology and history. They share a long-term interest in

all aspects of international borders and trans-boundary phenomena in

Africa. The emphasis is largely on borderlands as physical spaces and

social spheres, but the network is also concerned with regional flows of

people and goods as well as economic processes that may be located at

some distance from the geographical border. From April 2009, ABORNE will

be funded by the European Science Foundation as an ESF networking programme.


ABORNE will hold it's third annual meeting at the University of the

Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, from 10-14 September 2009.

Papers are invited from scholars of African borderlands and borders at

all levels. Financial support is available for participants.


Both 'border theory' and border studies as a field owe much of their

cross-disciplinary origins and development to scholars of the American

Southwest. By the late 1990s, spurred by the rapid development of the

European Union, Europeanist scholars had contributed not only a wealth

of empirical studies but also significant theoretical insights and

concepts to border studies. What then of Africa, the peripheral poor

relation of the area studies' family? African borders have often been

seen as incomplete or exceptional in relation to mainstream border

theory - due to their supposed porosity, negotiability, arbitrariness,

and lack of impact on popularly rooted social identities. Increasingly,

however, Africanist scholars are making two arguments concerning the

supposed exceptionalism of African borders. Firstly, many African

borders are not indeed as irrelevant, porous and arbitrary as widely

assumed. Secondly, many of the characteristics of African borders, in

their diversity, are also present elsewhere. With increasingly global

theorising, the US-Mexico and European borders may well turn out to be

the exceptions to the global norm. African borders will contribute to

helping us illuminate the functioning and meaning of borders in the

global context. It is this process of bringing theory into Africa and

Africa into theory which guides the present conference.


There are many characteristics of border management, border life, and

borderlanders that operate at borders everywhere, that inform the

comparative and analytical foundations of border theory, and to which

African borders are no exceptions. Indeed, African borders often

exemplify extreme border characteristics. While for example the

performance of sovereignty and control is a high-profile feature of any

border post, it is particularly salient at African borders where the

performance may exist in inverse relation to the substance of the state.

Similarly, as borderlanders everywhere produce their own border theory

rooted in social practice, thereby contesting the conventionally bounded

citizenship imaginary of the state, the distance between borderlander

and state claims to territory and identity in Africa are often

significant, with few avenues for closing the gap. Few African

countries, in contrast to Mexico and some others, have authorized dual

nationality for its citizens, despite the impossibility of preventing it

in practice.


Apart from furthering existing border theory, the empirical and

theoretical insights gained from studying African borderlands are

already transforming the wider field. ABORNE's 2009 annual meeting will

offer a unique platform for both established experts in the field and

younger scholars with empirical insights "fresh from the field" to

explore the most fruitful avenues of investigation. Together, we will

seek to contribute more to the field than an additional set of empirical

case studies. We aim to sharpen the cutting edge of the borderlands

research agenda for years to come, and thereby contribute to the

re-making of border theory in the 21st century.


Prospective areas of current and future enquiry include the meaning of

'national' borders in pre-, post-, multi- or trans-national societies.

While the Westphalian map remains in place, giving borders transnational

political identities of their own, to what extent do they have stability

as cultural markers? Should we start to consider national differences as

purely political and economic matters: are there customs stations for

customs? Using the idea of borders as conduits, how do borders

facilitate cultural exchange just as they equilibrate the disparities of

value of commercial exchange, disparities that are themselves reflected

in culture and in social contestation? In many senses, therefore, the

territorial border becomes less a boundary dividing identities into two

nations than a bridge linking them in mutual dependence. Are these new

forms of political and identity organisation only a reaction to

uncertainty caused by the weakness or even the absence of state

structures? Can these orders substitute the state in the long run? Might

the strength and persistence of local political models lead to the

transformation of the state as the only and unique model of organised

power? Or do they foreshadow a specific form of interlacement between

non-state actors and the state that will lead to heterarchical political

settings in Africa and elsewhere? If so, what kinds of new borders -

manifested physically, discursively, symbolically - are arising around

such political forms?


We invite paper submissions on the following themes, but also welcome

other related topics:

1. Conceptual frameworks for borderland research in Africa and the world

2. Boundaries and borderlands in a comparative perspective:

methodologies and theoretical insights

3. The meaning of 'national' borders in pre-, post-, multi- or

trans-national societies

4. Borderlands and cross-border economies

5. Borderlands and cross-border politics

6. Mobility across fixed and mobile borders

7. Borders in African philosophies

8. Inserting the history into borders and borderlands into history

9. Representations of borders and border crossing in cultural production

10. Borders, identity and borderland identities


Within this wide range of themes, we are seeking papers with the

following characteristics:

* Papers that are conceptual in nature;

* Papers that seek to relate African fieldwork data to larger bodies of

(theoretical) work;

* Papers that are explicitly comparative in focus.


Titles and abstracts are due by 30 April, 2009. To apply, please send

the following information to both David Coplan (david.coplan@wits.ac.za)

and Tara Polzer (tara.polzer@wits.ac.za):

* Name


* Institutional affiliation

* Contact Details (email and phone)

* Abstract (150-200 words)

* Whether you are already a member of ABORNE

* Whether you wish to become a member of ABORNE
For more information please contact David Coplan

(David.Coplan@wits.ac.za), Tara Polzer (Tara.Polzer@wits.ac.za) or

Wolfgang Zeller (wolfgang.zeller@helsinki.fi) or see

http://www.aborne.org/ .


Tara Polzer

Senior Researcher

Forced Migration Studies Programme

University of the Witwatersrand


Email: tara.polzer@wits.ac.za
General Contact Details for Forced Migration Studies Programme

PO Box 76, 2050 WITS, South Africa

Email: info@migration.org.za
http://migration.org.za

11/02/2009

Appel à communication : Tourisme - Théorie - Géographie
Journées de la Commission de Géographie du tourisme et des loisirs
Comité National Français de Géographie
Sion, 15-17 juin 2009
L’approche géographique du tourisme permet une perspective d'une part sur les multiples phénomènes géographiques dont le tourisme est co-constitutif, et, d'autre part, sur les différentes dimensions géographiques du tourisme. Elle s'insère ainsi dans un contexte disciplinaire et interdisciplinaire où de multiples conceptualisations se développent plus ou moins rapidement. Si les investigations empiriques - partiellement enregistrées par les différentes journées précédentes de la commission - réussissent à mettre au jour des phénomènes nouveaux et à décrire avec précision les contenus du tourisme, l'apport de la théorie et la confrontation entre différentes perspectives, démarches, modèles et concepts - des "imaginations géographiques" - ont été moins élaborées. D'où l'importance du questionnement du lien entre théorie, tourisme et géographie.
1. Quels théories et modèles novateurs pour appréhender avec plus de pertinence le tourisme ?
Le tourisme se développe ; les manières des géographes de modéliser et conceptualiser le phénomène aussi. Dans un contexte où l'importation de nombreux modèles, théories et concepts, catégories - et donc l'amarrage de la géographie aux sciences humaines et sociales - est dorénavant monnaie courante, on peut se poser la question de savoir quelles descriptions, explications et interprétations nouvelles sont possibles à l'aide de nouveaux outils conceptuels. Peu importe l'origine de ceux-ci : la complexité du phénomène nécessite une créativité de la part des géographes. On peut lister, à titre indicatif, quelques-unes des élaborations théoriques qui pourraient s'avérer pertinentes pour l'analyse du phénomène :
1. Concernant la caractérisation du champ phénoménal, le tourisme est construit comme "scapes and flows" (Urry, 2000), prolongeant en cela Appadurai (1996) et ses "ethnoscapes" afin de désigner une réalité mouvante.

2. Afin de désigner ce que fait le touriste, la notion de "performance" vise l'expressivité du corps du touriste, mais aussi le caractère "programmé" des pratiques. Il est à noter que la notion d’"habitus touristique" (Vester, 1998) pour désigner les récurrences dans les pratiques touristiques et l’acquisition de compétences pour être touriste pose la question des conditions de possibilité de la transposition de ce concept du quotidien vers le hors-quotidien.

3. Le travail sur ce qui constitue l’espace proprement touristique, la catégorisation des lieux touristiques (ville-station, station à fonctions urbaines diversifiées, ville à fonction touristique, district touristique etc.) afin de désigner types de lieux (Equipe MIT, 2002) a gagné en diversité. Concernant l’époque contemporaine, les "environnements thématisés" – themed environments - (Williams & Shaw, 2004) qui forment l'espace touristique de la « société expérientelle » - Erlebnisgesellschaft – (Schulze, 1997) sont convoqués.

4. Cette réflexion sur le lien tourisme/société a conduit à la proposition du tourisme comme "genre commun" qui "infuse" la société-Monde (Lussault, 2007). Parallèlement, le terme "post-tourisme" comme notion désignant la "dé-différenciation" des pratiques touristiques (Urry, 1995) est proposé.

5. Afin de comprendre les effets des pratiques touristiques sur l’écosystème, la notion de "tourisme durable" a été mise en avant, notamment comme critique d’un tourisme de masse. Elle vise à maîtriser ces effets et proposer des pratiques qui minimisent l’action anthropique sur le milieu bio-physique. S’agit-il d’une scène politique et commerciale ou d’un concept scientifique ?

6. Afin de penser avec plus de précision ce qui est à l’œuvre dans le déplacement touristique, la notion de « situation touristique » comme espace-temps spécifique d’un projet individuel est proposé. Elle conduit à l’interrogation de la signification de toutes les pratiques, y compris un nouveau rapport au sexuel et au corps, notamment dans l’optique de la « libération sexuelle » des années 1960.


Ce ne sont là que quelques exemples sans visée exhaustive et nous invitons volontiers à proposer d’autres manières de penser le tourisme.
Deux aspects complémentaires pourraient être évoqués. Primo, les apports des différentes disciplines (psychologie, économie, sociologie, anthropologie, politologie, psychanalyse, histoire, etc.) pourraient aussi être convoqués afin de féconder les recherches géographiques sur le tourisme dans une optique d’hybridation (Dogan & Pahre, 1991). Secundo, cette investigation des concepts novateurs peut également porter, dans une visée réflexive, sur l’épistémologie de la géographie du tourisme, sur les successions des paradigmes ainsi que sur les modèles de l'homme utilisés pour désigner le touriste ou les autres acteurs du tourisme etc.. Il convient en effet d'exercer la critique afin que la mesure de la pertinence de ces modèles continue. Cela permettrait également d'identifier des points aveugles des perspectives théoriques développées dans l’approche géographique du tourisme.
2. Quelles implications la prise en compte du tourisme a-t-elle pour les théories et modèles en géographie ?
La quasi-totalité des théories et modèles en géographie a été bâtie sans référence au tourisme. Ni les modèles structuraux classiques de l'urbain, de la localisation des entreprises, ni les modèles d'action n'ont été proposés en intégrant le tourisme. Les seuls où le tourisme apparaît sont les théories sur l'imaginaire et les représentations. Le raisonnement géographique construisant un monde sans tourisme n'est plus pertinent dans une « civilisation du loisir » (Dumazedier). D'où la tentative d'évaluer la façon dont la prise en compte du phénomène touristique peut avoir des impacts sur la théorie géographique.
Or, on peut avancer l’argument suivant : l'injection de phénomènes touristiques dans les modèles et théories de la géographie fait opérer un changement radical à ceux-ci. L'on peut supposer que la prise en compte du touristique rend inopérable ou au mieux nécessite d'amender les théories et modèles en géographie. La question se pose ainsi : "la géographie peut-elle s'agréger à un tel phénomène, l'ériger en objet propre et le traiter sans elle-même se remettre, un tant soit peu, en cause ?" (Lazzarotti, p. 262, in Stock, 2003). La réponse est à l'évidence un défi immense pour les chercheurs : il s'agit d'une part de cerner l'apport des phénomènes touristiques pour la modélisation en géographie et, d'autre part, proposer à terme de nouvelles "modélisations avec tourisme". Il s'agit là d'un défi, car il convient de mettre à l'épreuve l'ensemble des modèles géographiques et tester ainsi leur congruence avec les phénomènes touristiques. Les domaines que l'on peut d'ores et déjà évoquer sont :

1. La centralité comme concept clé des modèles d'urbanisation et d'organisation des systèmes urbains où les pratiques touristiques et les lieux touristiques n’ont pas encore trouvé leur place. On peut également revenir sur l’ensemble de la géographie urbaine qui se focalise sur les villes comme seul type de lieu urbain, mais évacue les stations touristiques et la part du tourisme dans les processus d'urbanisation, et ce à tous les niveaux d’échelle. Par exemple, les pratiques de la ville restent centrées sur les résidents et oublient les pratiques en situation touristique (« habiter touristiquement »).

2. Les systèmes de mobilité dont le traitement est concentré sur les déplacement « quotidiens », et les « circulations migratoires ». Or, quelle est la place des pratiques touristiques dans les systèmes individuels de mobilité ?

3. La géographie économique où la circulation des flux financiers entre les lieux de production et les lieux de consommation touristique seraient intéressants à connaître dans une optique de l’économie « présentielle » (Davezies). De même que le concept de district industriel pourrait servir à l’investigation des districts touristiques.

4. Le croisement du tourisme et du géopolitique manque encore de travaux approfondis ; pourquoi pas à travers une discussion de la « critical geopolitics » ?

5. Les référents géographiques de l’identité personnelle ou collective constituent aujourd’hui une interrogation banale ; cependant, la question de la place des lieux de vacances est évacuée. Ceci constitue une entrée spécifique de la question du rapport à l’espace et les « cultures d’espace », bouleversée par le tourisme. Cette interrogation pourrait aussi engendrer un questionnement des géographies culturelle, sociale, politique, etc..


Les communications attendues pourraient viser à enrichir la théorie géographique par la prise en compte du tourisme dans les conceptualisations et l'on invite des communications faisant le point sur l'enrichissement possible des modèles et concepts géographiques en prenant en compte le phénomène touristique. Ceci pourrait être le lieu de confrontations avec les géographes qui ne sont pas spécialistes de tourisme. C’est pourquoi cet appel à communication s’adresse non seulement aux géographes « du tourisme », mais aussi aux représentants de la géographie culturelle, sociale, urbaine etc. dans les recherches desquels le tourisme fait irruption sans qu’ils sachent quoi en faire et/ou où le tourisme reste un phénomène étrange, invisible ou impensé.
Nous invitons les personnes intéressées à envoyer les propositions de communications au plus tard le 2 mars 2009. Le comité scientifique rendra sa réponse avant le 1er avril 2009. Elles doivent être envoyées au secrétariat du colloque (christine.eden@iukb.ch) en une page comprenant l’exposé du sujet, le questionnement et d’une problématique. Le comité d’organisation est disponible pour répondre, le cas échéant, aux différentes questions.
Références :

Appadurai A., 1996, Modernity at Large. Cultural Dimensions of Globalisation, Minnesota Press

Davezies L., La République et ses territoires. La circulation invisible des richesses, Paris, Seuil, 2008

Dogan & Pahre, 1991, L’Innovation dans les sciences sociales. La marginalité créatrice. Paris, PUF

Dumazedier J., 1962, Vers une civilisation du loisir ? Paris

Lussault M., 2007, « Tourisme, un genre commun », in : Duhamel Ph. & Knafou R. (dir.), Les mondes urbains du tourisme. Paris, Belin

Schulze G.,1997, Erlebnisgesellschaft. Munich, Campe

Shaw G. & Williams A., 2004, Tourism and Tourism Spaces, Londres, Sage

Stock M. (coord.), 2003, Le tourisme. Lieux, acteurs, enjeux. Paris, Belin

Urry J., 1995, Consuming places. Londres, Routledge

Urry J., 2000, Sociology Beyond Society. Mobilities for the 21st century. Londres, Routledge

Vester H.-G., 1997, "Tourismus im Licht soziologischer Theorie. Ansätze bei Erving Goffman, Pierre Bourdieu und der World-SystemTheory". Voyage, pp. 67-85


Comité d’organisation : Unité d’Enseignement et de Recherche en Etudes touristiques, Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch, Sion

Mathis Stock (responsable) : mathis.stock@iukb.ch

Christophe Clivaz : christophe.clivaz@iukb.ch

Christine Eden (secrétariat) : christine.eden@iukb.ch

Léopold Lucas : leopold.lucas@iukb.ch

Stéphane Nahrath : stephane.nahrath@iukb.ch


Comité scientifique :

Jean-Christophe Gay (président, Université de Nice & IRD, Nouméa), Antoine Beyer (Université Paris-IV Sorbonne), Christine Chivallon (CNRS, CEAN, Bordeaux), Christophe Clivaz (IUKB, Sion), Vincent Coëffé (ESC, La Rochelle), Bernard Debarbieux (Université de Genève), Jean-Michel Décroly (Université libre de Bruxelles), Isabelle Géneau de la Marlière (Université Paris-I, Panthéon-Sorbonne), Olivier Graefe (Université de Fribourg), André-Frédéric Hoyaux (Université de Bordeaux III), Stéphane Nahrath (IUKB, Sion), Emmanuel Reynard (Université de Neuchâtel), Ola Söderström (Université de Neuchâtel), Mathis Stock (IUKB, Sion), Philippe Violier (Université d’Angers).


10/02/2009

Conference: The Nakba: Sixty Years of Dispossession, Sixty Years of Resistance
The Brunei Gallery - SOAS - University of London | 21st-22nd February 2009
Purchase your ticket here: www.soaspalsoc.org

Ticket includes lunch and refreshments


Day One: Saturday 21st February
Registration and refreshments: 9.00am-9.30am
Keynote: Walid Khalidi (Co-founder of the Institute of Palestine Studies)

From 1947 to 1897: From Partition to Basle

9.30am-10.30am
Session One: Memory, Erasure, and the Search for Palestinian History

10.30am-12.30pm


Chair: John Chalcraft (London School of Economics)
Karma Nabulsi (University of Oxford)

Resistance History from Below and the Collective Retrieval of Memory:

Towards a New Historiography
Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter)

The Struggle Over Memory: the Future Agenda


Randa Farah (University of Western Ontario)

Palestinian Refugees and their Oral Histories: History's silence,

Memory's Burden
Lunch: 12.30pm-1.30pm
Session Two: The Challenge of Sources and the Persistence of Myth

1.30pm-3.00pm


Chair: Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter)
Saleh Abdel-Jawad (Birzeit University)

The Credibility and Limits of Refugee Oral Testimonies


Isabelle Humphries (University of Surrey)
Reading from a Different Archive: Alternative History and Palestinian

Internally Displaced of the Galilee


Norman Finkelstein (independent researcher)

The June 1967 War: What Bestsellers Proclaim, What Scholarship and

the Documentary Record Show
Refreshments: 3.00pm-3.15pm
Session Three: Cultural Resistance

3.15pm-4.45pm


Chair: Bashir Abu-Manneh (Barnard College, New York)
Salwa Mikdadi (Curator and Publisher)

Creative Uprising - Palestinian Artists Alternative Strategies of Resistance


Suleiman Mansour (Artist)

Artists in the Time of Revolution: Demands, Tensions, Contradictions


Sinan Antoon (New York University)

Darwish and the Poetics of Resistance


Refreshments: 4.45pm-5.00pm
Session Four: History of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement

5.00pm-6.45pm


Chair: Gilbert Achcar (School of Oriental and African Studies)
Bashir Abu Manneh (Barnard College, New York)

Problems of Palestinian Liberation


Fadle Naqib (University of Waterloo)

The Economic Orientation of the Palestinian National Movement


Roger Heacock (Birzeit University)

Stones, Bullets, Ballots: Intifada, An Unfinished Drama in Several Acts


Khaled Hroub (University of Cambridge)

The Decline of Secular Nationalism and the Rise of Political Islam


Day Two: Sunday 22nd February
Session Five: Social and Economic History of Palestinian Resistance

10:45am-12:45pm


Chair: Roger Heacock (Birzeit University)
Musa Budeiri (Birzeit University)

What Would a Class Analysis of Palestinian history Conclude about

Possibilities of Palestinian Resistance? (tbc)
Penny Johnson (Birzeit University)

"The Big Ones Can Do Nothing": Reflections on the Histories of Women's

Struggles for Family, Community and Nation in the Lens of the

Palestinian present


Ahmad Sa'di (Ben Gurion University)

Resisting to Survive: The Palestinians in Israel During the First Two

Decades
Lori Allen (University of Cambridge)

Fatah and Hamas: Corruption and Political Ethics in Palestine


Lunch: 12.45pm-2.00pm
Session Six: Forces of Counter-Resistance: The (Still) Unvanquished

Enemies of Palestine

2:00pm-4:00pm
Chair: Fadle Naqib (University of Waterloo)
Moshe Machover (Kings College, London)

The long-term strategy of Zionist Colonisation


Seumas Milne (The Guardian)

The Role of Imperialism in the Palestine Tragedy


Gilbert Achcar (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Collusions and Illusions: Arab States and Palestinian Liberation


Laleh Khalili (School of Oriental and African Studies)

The Location of Palestine in Global Counterinsurgencies


Refreshments: 4.00pm-4.15pm
Session Seven - Roundtable discussion: The Meaning of Gaza: History

Reconsidered in Times of Catastrophe

4:15pm-6:00pm
Chair tbc
Karma Nabulsi, Saleh Abdel-Jawad, Gilbert Achcar, Norman Finkelstein,

Ilan Pappe


Please note SEATS ARE LIMITED - book in advance
Price: £25 (£15 concessions, and £40 organisations)

All tickets include lunch and refreshments


To buy your tickets:
Online - www.soaspalsoc.org
By cheque. Send cheque payable to SOAS Palestine Society with attached note of

email address to: SOAS Palestine Society | Thornhaugh Street | Russell Square | London, WC1H 0XG


Location: SOAS Brunei Gallery | Thornhaugh Street | Russell Square | London, WC1H 0XG
Contact: palestineconference@gmail.com | www.soaspalsoc.org

9/02/2009

European Sociological Association Conference, Research Stream 14: Chronic Regional Conflicts: Focus on the Israeli-Palestinian Case
Lisbon, Portugal, 2-5 September 2009.
Following the recent escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the spontaneous interventions of colleagues and social scientists in the ESA discussion list, which caused the managers of the list to change the discussion list into a moderated discussion list, a number of us thought it might be more productive if there were a structure within ESA for a more professional (sociological), systematic and in-depth discussion of the factors that are responsible for the “chronicity” of this regional conflict as well of the possible strategies for resolving it. After consultation with the Lisbon Conference Programme Chair and the Local Organizing Committee, we decided that this can best be achieved at this time, through the constitution of a Research Stream. So we proposed the formation of a Research Stream on “Chronic Regional Conflicts” whose priority focus for the 9th ESA Lisbon Conference would be the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Concurrently, we sent a summary Call for Papers to the Conference Organizers, that was approved and has already been loaded on the ESA conference webpage, as Research Stream 14 (http://www.esa9thconference.com).
As a Research Stream, we have the right to organize 8 sessions, two of which will be 2-hour sessions and 6 1.5-hour sessions. The convenors welcome contributions, especially by Israeli and Palestinian sociologists/social scientists, on (1) the factors behind the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and (2) on strategies for a permanent and genuine resolution. Although the focus of RS 14 in the Lisbon conference is on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the convenors welcome comparative studies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with other “chronic” regional conflicts – resolved or not and especially from young scholars- that would shed light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and point to the road for a permanent and genuine resolution.
We remind prospective contributors to RS 14 that they should submit the abstracts of their papers by February 26, 2009, using the official Online Abstract Submission Form and following the Instructions and Guidelines for Online Abstract Submissions published in the conference website (http://www.esa9thconference.com).
Convenors:
1. Nicholas Petropoulos, Sociologist, former director of the “Emergencies Research Center”, Athens, Greece (erc@otenet.gr)

2. David Seddon, School of Development Studies, University of East Aglia, UK, (J.D.Seddon@uea.ac.uk)


9/02/2009

Séminaire : La promenade au tournant des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles (Belgique-Europe).
Jeudi 19 février 2009 | Bruxelles (1050)
Se déplacer d’un lieu à un autre pour le plaisir est un comportement qui, en Europe, se développe surtout à partir du siècle des Lumières. Plusieurs chercheurs, en France et en Angleterre, ont récemment montré l’intérêt d’étudier la pratique de la promenade dans une perspective historique en la replaçant dans le contexte du développement des loisirs, de l’essor de nouveaux modes de sociabilité, de la réalisation d’importants aménagements urbains ou de l’évolution du rapport à la nature. Le présent colloque a pour objectif d’explorer l’histoire de la pratique de la promenade en Belgique au tournant des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles en la comparant avec la situation dans d’autres pays européens (Angleterre, France, Italie).

http://calenda.revues.org/nouvelle11933.html


Mot clés : promenade, promeneur, Paris, Bruxelles, boulevards, remparts, Londres, Belgique, Bath, Spa, Prince de Ligne, cheval, jardin botanique, archéologie, siècle des Lumières

Bruxelles (1050) (Université Libre de Bruxelles - NB2VIS - 50, avenue F.D. Roosevelt )


Séminaire : Adieu l’automobile ? Entre faillite de l'automobile américaine et mode de vie écolo.
Mardi 28 avril 2009 | Un débat d’actualité avec Gabriel Dupuy (auteur des Territoires de l'automobile) et Mathieu Flodeau (auteur des Cultures du volant XX°-XXI° siècles).
Paris (75006) (Café de Flore (1e étage). 172, Boulevard St Germain. Métro Saint-Germain. )

mardi 28 avril 2009


Association Les Cafés géographiques

Gilles Fumey

8 Rue des Anglais

75005 Paris


8/02/2009

EuroMeSCo papers on instability in Western Mediterranean
A EuroMeSCo Paper is now available online. Paper 75, available only in French, studies the risks characterising the Western Mediterranean and how the instability in this area is managed, with its focus being the towns of Ceuta and Melilla on the Gibraltar Strait.
To read more visit: http://www.euromedinfo.eu/site.169.news.en.5230.html

7/02/2009

Forthcoming Mobilities issue
Mobilities, Volume 4 Issue 1 2009
Publication Frequency: 3 issues per year

Subjects: Demography; Economic and Political Geography; Human Geography; ICT; Migration; Planning, Housing & Land Economy; Sociology; Tourism; Tourism & Leisure; Transport; Urban Communications & Technology; Urban Sociology - Urban Studies; Urban Studies;


Publisher: Routledge
Papers:

The Road Less Travelled - New Directions in Children's and Young People's Mobility

1 – 10

Authors: John Barker; Peter Kraftl; John Horton; Faith Tucker


Student Im/mobility in Birzeit, Palestine

11 – 35


Author: Christopher Harker
Is Children's Independent Mobility Really Independent? A Study of Children's Mobility Combining Ethnography and GPS/Mobile Phone Technologies

37 – 58


Authors: Miguel Romero Mikkelsen; Pia Christensen
'Driven to Distraction?': Children's Experiences of Car Travel

59 – 76


Author: John Barker
Challenging Minority World Privilege: Children's Outdoor Mobilities in Post-apartheid South Africa

77 – 101

Author: Matthew C. Benwell
Moving Into and Through the Public World: Children's Perspectives on their Encounters with Adults

103 – 118

Author: Sue Milne
Urban Beaches, Virtual Worlds and 'The End of Tourism'

119 – 138

Author: Tim Gale
Flows of Meaning, Cultures of Movements - Urban Mobility as Meaningful Everyday Life Practice

139 – 158

Author: Ole B. Jensen
Reverse Diaspora and the Evolution of a Cultural Tradition: The Case of the New Zealand 'Overseas Experience'

159 – 175

Authors: Jude Wilson; David Fisher; Kevin Moore

6/02/2009

New Book: Gordon, A. (2008) Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Revolutionary Structure
University of Chicago Press
New Book: Stein, R. (2008) Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians and the Political Lives of Tourism
Duke University Press
New Book: - Sessions Rugh, S. (2008) Are We There Yet? The Golden Age of American Family Vacations
University Press of Kansas - Not especiafically on the Med but of interest to those looking at family and vacations
New Book: Chin, C. (2008) Cruising in the Global Economy: Profits, Pleasure and Work at Sea
Aldershot: Ashgate

5/02/2009

Workshop: "Contemporary challenges for the Mediterranean basin"
THE MEDITERRANEAN RENAISSANCE PROGRAM (MRP)

LA RENAISSANCE DE LA MÉDITERRANÉE PROGRAMME (MRP)

An IGU programme for the Mediterranean Human Development initiated by Late President Adalberto Vallega

Un programme de l’UGI pour le développement humain de la Méditerranée fondé par President Adalberto Vallega


2009 Workshop
"Contemporary challenges for the Mediterranean basin"
24 February 2009

Home of Geography and the Italian Geographical Society, Rome

via della Navicella 12, Villa Celimontana
Organized by Maria Paradiso, MRP Executive Secretary

(paradiso@unisannio.it )

The Mediterranean Renaissance Programme-MRP of the IGU-International Geographical Union organizes a one-day workshop which includes invited presentations on crucial topics for the Euro-Mediterranean area. The general topic "Contemporary challenges for the Mediterranean basin", will be devoted to: environmental changes; migration; information society and tourism; and structured in 4 sessions:

1. Climatic changes and impacts (Chair and organiser: Annick Douguedroit, France)

2. Migration in the Mediterranean Region: between human development and security (Chair and organiser: Ali Toumi, Tunisia)

3. Information Society (Chair and organiser: Maria Paradiso, Italy)

4. Tourism and sustainability (Chair and organiser: Giuliano Bellezza, Italy).
MRP board track leaders provided initial rationales which are summarised as follows and these will constitute the basis for papers.
1. Climatic changes and impacts (Track leader: Annick Douguédroit, France)
Current climate change which has a very high probability to continue beyond the end of that century, presents in the Mediterranean peculiar features rather more threatening than in many other areas in the world. In summer temperature is supposed to undergo one of the most important increase in the world when it is still high and rainfall is supposed to decrease while the area is not yet rainy. Such climate change features will cause impacts of great importance on human beings and many activities. For example, summer tourism will encounter difficulties when intermediate seasons favourable to tourism will grow longer. Generally all the water resources, even from the near mountains, will decrease when population will increase. Yields of rain culture like wheat will diminish, when irrigation will be limited by the water resources decrease. On the whole adaptation to climate change will be an urgent necessity in all the Mediterranean Basin.
2. Migration in the Mediterranean Region: between human development and security (Track leader: Ali Toumi, Tunisia)
The Mediterranean has always been the seat of intense trade flows of goods and men. It becomes a very dynamic interface economically and culturally between the three continents that border it. The role played by one of the seas, without doubt, the most vibrant in the world, remains quite real and increasingly confirmed. This does not obviously lack poses many problems in the political, economic and human resources that each of the Mediterranean nations is called upon to manage as much as possible, i.e. safeguarding its own interests but without any damages for neighbors. Whatever the precautions taken by both sides, these policies are not without generating, now as in the past, many conflicts. Before combining the efforts of developing security requirements, these policies must also deal with social attitudes that are often unpredictable and difficult to control. Four principal themes can guide the reflection of geography in this folder:

-Structure of migration flows in the Mediterranean Region

-Socio-economic constraints and socio-cultural models in migration flows

-Human development in the Mediterranean Region: heterogeneity or homogenization?

- Socio-political attitudes towards migration flows in the Mediterranean Region
3. Information Society (Track leaders: Aharon Kellerman, Israel, Maria Paradiso, Italy)
The emergence of the information society has become a global trend. It implies a mass adoption of communication technologies, mainly mobile phones and the Internet. Mediterranean countries at large and peripheral regions in them in particular present an important arena for understanding of the role of traditional communications practices as potential obstacles or promoting agents for the adoption of information societies and their impacts.
4. Tourism and sustainability (Track leader: Giuliano Bellezza, Italy).
The main stream of tourism movements in the Mediterranean Region still follows the original one way southbound direction. Today minor stream (northbound) has similar features: wealthy people on their vacation, looking for some days of happy life, divided between leisure and culture. We find major differences when considering the sustainability. The problem of environmental quality disruption is more or less the same, though the limitations are stronger in the European sector. Things are substantially different when looking to the human impact. In the European shores the danger doesn’t come from southern tourists. But there is a growing number of irregular immigrants, selling a lot of merchandise (sun glasses, blankets, beverages, and even gems and “ethnic” jewellery). Mixed among them, there undeniably are drug sellers and other no recommendable people. On the southern coast, the sight of the wealthy European tourists sometimes drive local people to the consciousness of their too much poorer conditions, while some behaviours normal on an European beach will be considered offensive in the non European ones. Therefore, problems of cultural relations and sustainability must also be considered.
Program

9.15 Welcome address: Mahmoud Ashour, Coordinator, MRP

9.30-11.00 Session n.1 "Environmental climate impacts". Chair and organiser: Annick Douguédroit

- Maria Sala Sanjaume: "Traditional and present day human impacts in the Mediterranean landscapes",

- Annick Douguédroit: "Environmental changes: the Mediterranean "Hotspot",

- Mahmoud Ashour: "Sea level rise: the Nile Delta".

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30-12.30 Session n.2 “Migration in the Mediterranean Region: between human development and security”. Chair and organiser: Alì Toumi

Armando Montanari, Human mobility for the Euromediterranean region"

Alì Toumi, Nouvelles donnes euro-africaines et migrations clandestines transméditerranéennes.

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Session n.3 "Information Society in the Mediterranean" Chair and organiser: Maria Paradiso

Aharon Kellerman, Perspectives on international communications in the Mediterranean basin.

Emmanuel Eveno, Les collectivités locales et le développement de la Société de l'Information dans les pays méditerranéens

Maria Paradiso, Information society policies: the Italian case

15.00-15.30 Break

15.30-17.00 Session n.4 "Tourism and sustainability" Chair and organiser: Giuliano Bellezza

Anton Gosar, Towards sustainable tourism development in the upper Adriatic?

Theano S. Terkenli, Networks of dependency and partnerships: problems and prospects for tourism sustainability in the Aegean.

Igor Jelen, Norbert Weixlbaumer, Globalised tourism and local development: an apparent contradiction.


17.00-18.00 MRP steering committee business meeting
Accomodation: Special rates for the presenters and audience are agreed with Hotel Lancelot (Home page: www.lancelothotel.com E-mail: info@lancelothotel.com ) please mention MRP for discounted reservation.
MRP Steering Committee
Mahmoud Ashour, MRP Coordinator, Chair IGU Commission on Arid Lands Humankind and Environment, University Ain Shams, Cairo, Egypt (mmashour_99@yahoo.com);

Maria Paradiso, MRP Executive Secretary, Vice Chair, IGU Commission on Geography of Information Society, University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy (paradiso@unisannio.it).


? Ronald F. Abler, IGU President

? Antoine Bailly, Chair of IGU Commission on Applied Geography, University of Geneva (antoine.bailly@geo.unige.ch)

? Giuliano Bellezza, IGU Vice President, Università della Tuscia Viterbo (g.bellezza@homeofgeography.org)

? Anne Buttimer, IGU Past President, University of Dublin, (anne.buttimer@ucd.ie)

? Annick Douguédroit, Former Chair of IGU Commission on Climate Change, University of Provence, Aix en Provence (Annick.Douguedroit@univ-provence.fr)

? Anton Gosar, Chair of IGU Commission on Political Geography University of Primorska, Koper/Capodistria (anton.gosar@guest.arnes.si)

? Aharon Kellerman, IGU Vice President, former Chair of IGU Commission on Geography of the Information Society (akeller@univ.haifa.ac.il)

? Mohamad Riad, Ain Shams University, Cairo (osprey@Link.net)

? Maria Sala, University of Barcelona (sala@trivium.gh.ub.es)

? Theano S. Terkenli, University of the Aegean, (t.terkenli@aegean.gr)

? Alì Toumi, General Secretary of Association des Géographes Tunisiens, University of Tunis (alitoumi2003@yahoo.fr).

5/02/2009



Conference: Cultural Histories of Sociability, Spaces and Mobility
University of York, Department of History Cultural History.
9-11 July 2009
Spatial mobility has moved to the centre of lively debates in a number of key areas of social inquiry. Terms such as 'travel', 'mobility', 'displacement', 'diaspora', 'frontier', 'transience', 'dislocation', 'fluidity' and 'permeability' are central to thinking about the nature of subjectivity and hence the formation of identity on any number of geographical scales and social dimensions. In particular, some scholars argue that the contemporary meaning and practice of what it is to belong is changing as new technologies of transport, along with communications, help to reduce the power of traditional places to define personal and communal identities. Some commentators even suggest that unparalleled levels of mobility are shaping a 'post-societal' world of extreme individualization in which nation-states and civil societies are being replaced by global 'citizens' moving endlessly through worldwide 'networks and flows'. Critics argue that this assumption of unbounded movement and geographically fluid identities is unwarranted, and that what matters is understanding how inequalities of mobility arise and with what consequences for social equity and ecological sustainability. But without a sure grasp of the historical precedents to these scenarios, it is all too easy to misconstrue the significance of the changes that are taking place.
This conference therefore aims to explore how, from the mediaeval period and earlier through to (post)modern times, what it means to be fully social has evolved in relation to spatial movement, whether of an everyday or an exceptional character. What role did mobility - and immobility - play in defining the meaning of participation in social, economic or political life and the spatial scale at which such participation took place? how were such meanings formed, sustained and dissolved by particular social structures, mechanisms or processes? and with what consequences for the lived practice of collective and individual life? The conference will address the complex and heterogeneous ways in which historical (im)mobilities were both produced and consumed in relation to human sociability in any sphere and at any geographical scale. It will explore how the modes of governance and organization, infrastructures, vehicles and other artefacts which together constituted transport or mobility systems as material cultures acted as intermediaries engaging, ordering and distributing the spaces, conceptions and practices of communal participation from micro to macro levels. Understood in this way, the highway, for instance, implicated in the making of mobility networks from mediaeval times to the computer age, emerges as a key notion. It has played an important role in conceptions of a civic sphere of free movement and speech since mediaeval law enshrined the right of passage along certain designated routes. Important for the movement of political correspondents in the 18th century and the formation of a nascent working-class politics in the 19th, a space of contestation between automobilists and those seeking to maintain it as a locale for the conduct of neighbourhood life in the 20th, the highway (as the 'information superhighway') is frequently invoked as a triumph of western liberal-capitalist democracy in the 21st.
The conference will include papers from any perspective in relation to the historical connections between human sociability and mobility, including:
* different kinds; from the transport of people to the mobility of goods, merchandise and ideas, from enforced movements to the discretionary consumption of mobility
* different periods; from mediaeval or earlier to the contemporary
* different scales; from large transport regimes to individual mobilities, from neighbourhood to global flows
* different actors; from mechanical technologies to human- and animal-powered mobilities
* different spaces; from developed to developing countries and transnational zones.
The Keynote Address - 'Home Lands: How Women's Movements Made the West'
The conference will open on the Thursday evening with a keynote address by Virginia Scharff, Professor of History and Director, Center for the Southwest, University of New Mexico. Currently Beinecke Senior Research Fellow, Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders, Yale University, Professor Scharff is author or editor of five academic books, including Twenty Thousand Roads: Women, Movement, and the West (University of California Press, 2003) and Taking the Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age (Free Press, 1991). She also works as a consultant with museums and documentary film makers, as well publishing best-selling mystery novels under the pseudonym Virginia Swift.
Virginia Scharff's keynote address is based on her work over the past five years with the Autry National Center in Los Angeles on a museum exhibition and book titled Home Lands: How Women Made the West. The exhibition looks at three places in the American West, examining the ways in which women used a particular resource to claim that place as 'home' over hundreds, and in one case, thousands of years. One of those places is the region articulated around the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, ultimately including the city of Denver, Colorado, and the resource examined is transportation. The project looks at the relation between women's history and the horse, the railroad and the motorcar, to discuss changes in cultural landscapes and social patterns. In each case, the mode of transportation shaped (and was shaped by) locals' and transients' notions about who belonged to the place, who had authority to determine what happened there, who had the right to claim the place as 'home' and on what terms.
The Department of History at the University of York enjoys a high reputation for its Cultural History Conferences with their emphasis on allowing ample time for presentations and discussion coupled with a lively social programme. This conference is organized in conjunction with the Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History, the Department's partnership since 1995 with the National Railway Museum. The Museum, one of the UK's leading tourist attractions, will be the main location for the conference, including an evening social event in one of the spectacular exhibition halls.
Please note that all participants will be expected to register for the conference. Registration fees are expected to be around £125, including all lunches and evening events, with a limited number of bursaries for students and others without institutional support. We intend to publish a selection of the papers as a edited book or as a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal. Further details will be posted at www.york.ac.uk/inst/irs/

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