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This is the website for the Cosmobilities Network 12th annual conference titled “Shared Mobilities: New perspectives for societies on the move”. It will take place from Wednesday, November 30th to Friday, December 2nd at the Evangelische Akademie in Bad Boll, near Stuttgart in Germany.

Registration is now open! Click here for more information on how to register.

Central themes of the 2016 Cosmobilities Conference on “Sharing Mobilities”:

The mobility world is massively changing. New policies, new modes of transport and new socio-spatial practices of mobilities are on the rise. Jeremy Rifkin saw this clearly in 2000. In his bestseller ‘The Age of Access’ he says the future of modern societies will no longer be solely organized through individual property and ownership. Rather, new collaborative forms of consumption and sharing will play a key role in the organization of everyday life and business. In fact, new cultures of sharing and participation are emerging: people share cars, bikes, houses, expertise and mastery in science as well as craftsmen’s work. Once radical visions have become part of the lingering but steady transformation of norms, procedures, routines and capitalist principles. A burgeoning political awareness can be witnessed in cities, regions, in mobilities research, planning, politics, business and civil society. Even global car producers are becoming part of the new sharing culture and seriously considering themselves as selling mobility instead of cars.

Where does this social change come from? Why is ‘sharing’ an appealing idea? Can we expect a new mobility regime and growing markets for ‘sharing mobilities’? Or is this just a new fashion, a new trend, or furthermore, greenwashing? Does it provide the access that Rifkin was foreseeing, in terms of more equality, or even sustainable mobilities? For the Cosmobilities Network, the biggest European mobility research network, it is about time for a critical scientific investigation of this topic.

The 12th Conference of the Cosmobilities Network presents contributions which focus on the social, cultural, spatial, ecological and socio-economic consequences of new sharing concepts. At the conference, papers, contributions, discussions and keynotes will elaborate aspects of their related risks, chances, utopias and dystopias. Cosmobilities Conferences encourage scholars and practitioners to present and discuss theoretical, conceptual, empirical and applied work as well as perspectives on the past, present and future of sharing mobilities. They further conferences aim to foster inspiring, creative and thought-provoking environments. Therefore, we engage not only with more traditional ‘paper sessions’, but also hold more creative 7/7 sessions (seven minutes with seven slides and a guest discussant) as well as ‘fishbowl’ style discussion rounds on key issues affecting sharing mobilities.

Scientific Committee: Weert Canzler (Berlin), Helen Carter (Aalborg), Malene Freudendal-Pedersen (Roskilde), Kevin Hannam (Edinburgh), Sven Kesselring (Geislingen), Katharina Manderscheid (Lucerne), Robert Nadler (Leipzig), Justin Spinney (Cardiff), Chelsea Tschoerner (Geislingen)

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