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3rd Mobilities conference 2012
*Local and mobile: Linking mobilities, mobile communication and locative 

*Conference website and abstract submission:*

 From March 16-18 2012, the Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media 
(CRDM) Program and the Mobile Gaming Research Lab at NC State University 
will be hosting the 3rd joint international conference of the 
Pan-American Mobilities Network and the Cosmobilities Network.

*Invited keynote speakers:*
      Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine)
      Rich Ling (IT University of Copenhagen)
      Teri Rueb (University of Buffalo, SUNNY)

Mobilities has become an important framework to understand and 
analyze contemporary social, spatial, economic and political practices. 
Being interdisciplinary in its nature, Mobilities focuses on the 
systematic movement of people, goods and information that "travel" 
around the world in rates much higher (or much slower) than before. As 
such, mobility studies challenge traditional scholarship that often 
ignores the social dimensions of mobility, overlooking how 
travel, movement, and communication and transportation networks help to 
constitute modern societies and communities. Mobility has always been 
critical for the creation of social networks and to the development of 
connections to places. In addition, Mobilities contributes to study of 
the technological, social and cultural developments in transportation, 
border control, mobile communication, "intelligent" infrastructure, 

While mobility is an important framework to understand contemporary 
society, the pervasiveness of location-aware technology has made it 
possible to locate ourselves and be networked within patterns of 
mobility. As user generated maps and location-aware mobile 
devices become commonplace, we experience a shift in the way we connect 
to the internet and move through space. Networked interactions permeate 
our world. We no longer enter the internet--we carry it with us. We 
experience it while moving through physical spaces. Mobile 
phones, GPS receivers, and RFID tags are only a few examples of 
location-aware mobile technologies that mediate our interaction with 
networked spaces and influence how we move in these spaces. 
Increasingly, our physical location determines the types of information 
with which we interact, the way we move through physical spaces, and the 
people and things we find around us. These new kinds of networked 
interactions manifest in everyday social practices that are supported by 
the use of mobile and location-aware technologies, such as participation 
in location-based mobile games and social networks, use of 
location-based services, development of mobile annotation projects, and 
social mapping, just to name a few. The engagement with these practices 
has important implications for identity construction, our sense of 
privacy, our notions of place and space, civic and 
political participation, policy making, as well as cultural production 
and consumption in everyday life.

We invite papers that address themes at the intersection of mobility and 
location, or related topics, such as:
      Mobile communication and location awareness in everyday life 
      New urban spatialities developed with mobile gaming and locative 
social media;
      Privacy and surveillance issues as they relate to mobile and 
location-based social networks;
      Identity and spatial construction through locative media art / 
embodied performance;
      Civic engagement and political participation through mobile 
social media, new mapping practices and location-aware technologies;
      Borders, surveillance, and securitization with ubiquitous and 
mobile technologies;
      Aeromobilities, air travel, and aerial vision;
      Alternative mobilities and slow movements;
      Planning, policy and design for future mobilities and 
location-based services;
      Tourism, imaginary travel, and virtual travel;
      Transitions toward sustainable mobilities;
      New methodologies for mobilities research.

Disciplines represented at the conference may include (but are not 
exclusive to): Anthropology, Architecture and Design, Civil and 
Environmental Engineering, Communication, Criminology, Cultural Studies, 
Geography, Media and Visual Arts, Politics and International Relations, 
Public Policy, Sociology, Theater and Performance Studies, Tourism 
Research, Transport Research, and Urban Studies.

*Conference location:*
North Carolina State University, Raleigh (NC), USA

*Conference hotel:*
Brownstone Hotel (
Discounted rates will be available to registered participants.

*Important dates:*
Deadline for abstracts: 30 October 2011 (800 words, including references)
Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2011
Registration deadline: 30 January 2012
Conference Dates: 16-18 March 2012
Please submit your abstracts through the conference website: 

*Organizing Committee:*
Adriana de Souza e Silva (NC State University, USA)
Heather Horst (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia)
Lee Humphreys (Cornell University, USA)
Ole B. Jensen (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Mimi Sheller (Drexel University, USA)
Irina Shklovski (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Phillip Vannini (Royal Roads University, Canada)

*For further information, contact:*
Adriana de Souza e Silva, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Communication
Interim Associate Director, Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media 
Ph.D program
North Carolina State University
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Irina Shklovski
Assistant Professor
Design, Culture, Mobility&  Communication (DCMC)
IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaards Vej, 7
2300, Copenhagen S. Denmark

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