MobPed 2018 is a day and a half symposium showcasing presentations by 12 mobilities scholars on experiential, innovative and interdisciplinary scholarship and strategies for mobilities pedagogies; the symposium includes contributions from graduate students, discussion sessions open to the university community, a master’s class and a public lecture by Dr. Mimi Sheller, a highly accomplished scholar with an international reputation in mobilities studies.

Mobilities Pedagogies 2018

At Laurier

March 23-24, 2018


Why Mobilities Pedagogies?



March 23-24, 2018

About the Event

In our contemporary era when "all the world seems to be on the move",  sociologists Mimi Sheller and John Urry have declared that the social sciences and humanities harbour a "sedentarist" bias towards studying culture located in place. They declared a "mobilities turn" and encouraged researchers to examine how culture and mobilities intersect. Over the past decade, mobilities studies has burgeoned into an interdisciplinary field with research focused, for example, on

  • How movement becomes culturally meaningful;

  • How culture is created and made significant through the mobility of different bodies such as migrants,  tourists and aid workers;

  • How culture is contested, and the status quo is maintained,

  • The mobility of ideas such as freedom or practices such as texting;

  • How culture is/isn't enriched  with the mobility of technologies and objects such as smartphones, e-waste and digital currency across numerous geographic and virtual landscapes.


The symposium lays the groundwork for thinking about mobilities pedagogies beyond the classroom in wider culture, where we are regularly required to engage in lifelong learning by teaching ourselves, and others, about mobilities involving new technologies and practices.

The MobPed 2018 is a challenge to answer this long overdue question: How can mobilities studies be taught across the humanities, social sciences, fine arts and natural sciences without recreating discipline-specific sedentarist biases?



March 24, 2018
#MobPed2018 Workshop: Practices, Theories and Networks
9:00am – 5:00pm,
Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo
Closed event

Participation is by invitation only: 12 confirmed scholars, 12 graduate students to be selected, invited Laurier colleagues and representatives from the Waterloo Region.

March 24, 2018
Public Talk with Dr. Sheller: Mobility Justice and Urban Equity: Pedagogies, Activism and Sustainable Cities
6:00pm – 8:00pm,
CIGI Auditorium, Waterloo
Open to the public

Transitions toward more sustainable and equitable cities demand that we develop more dynamic transdisciplinary fields and relational practices that can question the very grounds we work from, make room for excluded voices, and open alternative pathways toward change. This lecture addresses intersections between academic research into mobility justice and more activist stances in the face of climate change and social injustice.

What is mobility studies? What is it for? Who does it? What does it do? This talk will specifically explore how we can mobilize pedagogies in ways that extend beyond the classroom to engage with wider publics in re-imagining and re-making extended urban systems including transport, energy, and communication infrastructures that span micro and macro scales, near and far, horizontal and vertical, slow and fast, North and South, onshore and offshore, urban and rural.

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What are mobilities Pedagogies?

Mobilities studies is a kind of frame for understanding my pedagogical practices and academic discipline/s. It’s fun to assemble this tumbleweed of a topic-slash-issue-slash-method that roles (& rolls) through my improvisational attempts at a pedagogical mode of address promoting the curious, defining the critical, and inviting wonder. To teach about mobilities and through (with, in) mobilities to engage students, promote awareness, and kept me (and my students) moving.

Dr. Mark Lipton.


Peter Adey

Dr. Adey is a Professor of Geography and a leading scholar in mobilities studies. Dr. Adey is the author of the widely-used book Mobility (newest edition, 2017). Other publications include: Aerial Life: Mobility, Space, Affects (2010), the Handbook of Mobility Studies (2014; editor), and From Above (2014;co-editor) and the Routledge book series, Changing Mobilities (co-edition with Monika Buscher). Dr. Adey is a member of the editorial board of the journal Mobilities.


Recommended Readings and Resources

Mobilities scholarship from our presenters, journals and more...




  • Coddington, K., & Mountz, A. (2014). Countering isolation with the use of technology: how asylum-seeking detainees on islands in the Indian Ocean use social media to transcend their confinement. Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 10(1), 97-112.

  • Kullman, K. (2016). Prototyping bodies: a post-phenomenology of wearable simulations. Design Studies, 47, 73-90.

Other Resources



Public Talk with Dr. Sheller ||

March 24th 2018 | 6 pm

From Guelph:

  • Take ON-6 N/ON-7 towards Kitchener.

  • Take Bridge St E and Bridgeport Rd E to Erb St W in Waterloo

  • Arrive at 67 Erb Street W.

From Toronto:

  • Take the 401 West to London

  • Take exit 278 for ON-8 toward Kitchener Waterloo.

  • Use two right lanes to to take the ON-85 N/ON-7 E exit toward Guelph/Waterloo

  • Continue onto Conestoga Pkwy/ON-85 N

  • Take the Bridgeport Road W exit

  • Continue on Bridgeport Rd E. Drive to Erb St W in Waterloo

  • Arrive at 67 Erb Street W.



This event is made possible with the support of:


  • Balsillie School of International Affairs

  • Centre for International Governance Innovation

  • International Migration Research Centre

  • Laurier Cultural Studies Program

  • Laurier Department of Communication Studies

  • Laurier Department of Religion and Culture

  • Laurier Faculty of Arts

  • Laurier Office of Research Services

  • Laurier Office of the Provost and Vice-President: Academic

  • Laurier Women and Gender Studies Program