Roundup of New Publications in Mobilities Research
August 19, 2014 — Mobilities Center Director Mimi Sheller has a far-reaching range of new publications. From mobile media to globalization and border studies, this work gives a good idea of some of the key areas that are central to the vibrant interdisciplinary field of mobilities research.
Mobile media and communication
In the field of mobile media and communication, Adriana de Souza e Silva and Mimi Sheller have co-edited Mobility and Locative Media: Mobile communication in hybrid spaces, for the new Routledge Changing Mobilities book series. This edited collection explores the intersection of mobility, mobile communication, and locative media, as well as the implications of this for adjacent fields such as mobile art, mobile gaming, architecture, design, and urban planning.
Sheller’s article “News Now: Interface, Flow, and the Temporalities of Mobile Media”, appears in a Special Issue of Journalism Studies on the Places and Spaces of News, edited by Chris Peters. This article explores how mobile news consumption practices afforded by new mobile media have transformed the spatialities and temporalities of news media through processes such as proliferation, participation, personalization, cross-platform flow, geolocation, and mapping. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1461670X.2014.890324#.U-T82GSwIb0
Also related to this topic, her chapter “Mobile Art: Out of Your Pocket” appears in The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media, edited by Gerald Goggin & Larissa Hjorth (Routledge, 2014). This crucial reference text is an excellent resource on the latest research, theory, and methodological approaches in the study of mobile media.
Mobilities and globalization
In relation to studies of mobilities and globalization, Sheller has contributed a quirky chapter called “Globalizing of Bananas: Of Rhizomes, Fungi, and Mobility Systems” to the edited volume Globalization in Practice, edited by Nigel Thrift, Adam Tickell, Stephen Woolgar, and William H. Rupp (Oxford University Press, 2014). This “don’t miss” volume contains other chapters by mobilities scholars on topics like airports, backpacking, walking, mobile phones, mobility, passports, barcodes, and containers.
Also using an approach of “following things”, Sheller has published “Global Energy Cultures of Speed and Lightness: Materials, Mobilities and Transnational Power” in a special issue of Theory, Culture and Society: Energizing Society edited by David Tyfield and John Urry.
A slightly different take on globalization and circulation appears in her chapter “Cruising Cultures: Post-War Tourism and the Circulation of Caribbean Musical Performances, Recordings and Representations”, in Sun, Sea and Sound: Music and Tourism in the Circum-Caribbean edited by Timothy Rommen and Daniel Neely (Oxford University Press, 2014), a wonderful collection of new work in the emerging field of musical tourism.
Border studies and mobilities theory
Finally, for an unusual take on border studies see Sheller’s new article “Mobility, Debordering and Territoriality on a Haitian-Dominican Border”, in a special issue of Sociologica on Moving boundaries of mobilities research, 1/2014, edited by Javier Caletrio and Giulia Mandich. This issue of the Italian Journal of Sociology online contains many excellent articles by mobilities theorists Monika Büscher, Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Vincent Kaufmann, Sven Kesselring.
And for a wide overview and introduction to the field of mobilities research as a whole, see Sheller’s article on the vitality of mobilities research: “The New Mobilities Paradigm for a Live Sociology” published online first in Current Sociology.