Konferenzen – Call for Papers

Moving from, moving to, moving in the countryside: Ethnographic perspective on rural mobilities

The organisers of the Panel "Moving from, moving to, moving in the countryside: Ethnographic perspective on rural mobilities" at the 15th EASA Biennial Conference: Staying, Moving, Settling invite paper proposals. The conference will take place from 14-17 August 2018 at the Stockholm University in Sweden. Please send abstract submissions until 09 April 2018.

  • Zeitraum: 14.08.2018 – 17.08.2018
  • Institution: EASA
  • Ort: Stockholm / Schweden
  • Einzureichen bis: 09. April 2018 Einreichtermin beachten


    Lauri Turpeinen (University of Helsinki)
    Elisabeth Wollin Elhouar
    Pilvi Hämeenaho (University of Jyväskylä)
    Michaela Fenske (Universität Würzburg)
    Sophie Elpers (Meertens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Chair: Lauri Turpeinen
Discussant: Michaela Fenske

Short abstract

Rural spaces are and always have been shaped by and connected to many forms of mobility. These encompass in-migration and out-migration, but also internal movement. The panel invites researchers engaged in the cultural analysis of and ethnographies dealing with topics of mobility and rural spaces.

Long abstract

Michael M. Bell and Giorgo Osti have recently pointed out that contrary to a public perception of rural spaces as stagnant and unchanging, they always have been the sites of various forms of movement and mobility (2010: 199). These comprise not only mundane everyday mobilities like commuting, but also grander mobility projects of in- and out-migration that are all shaping the experience of rural life. Their variety and different scales and directions are also reflected by the diversity of concepts and categories that are applied in trying to understand them and their effects on rural communities.

In this panel, the convenors are gathering researchers doing ethnographic work on the role of mobility in rural communities and regions around the world. Hereby, they are interested in rural depopulation as well as in-migration and their various reasons (for instance, lifestyle migration) and impacts on everyday life in rural areas. They welcome contributions dealing with experiences of both in-migration into and out-migration from rural spaces, the impact of gentrification and counter-urbanization on rural communities, feelings of abandonment and absence in rural regions with strong out-migration, affect in the context of rural mobilities, the experiences of refugees settled in rural spaces, multi-local living practices and second homes, political efforts towards mobilities and their effects on rural everyday life, images of the rural connected with mobilities, and other research projects operating at the intersection of rurality and mobility, like for instance also, on a smaller scale, work on everyday mobilities in rural spaces.

The convenors look forward to read your abstract, to be submitted through the EASA webpage (https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6450) before April 9th.

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