Cosmobilities Network conferences aim to foster inspiring, creative and thought-provoking environments. The majority of sessions will foster exchange and discussion, and therefore, have been organized in three different ways:

  • 7/7 sessions: This means seven slides and seven minutes for each presentation. The sessions will have 1.5 hour slots, leaving around thirty minutes for common discussion. Presenters shall focus on their main argument in order to avoid overly-complex presentations. They shall initiate discussion and they are not expected to be comprehensive.
  • Paper sessions: For paper sessions, each presenter will have 15 minutes to present their paper or topic at hand. Depending on the Chair, discussion will take place following each individual presentation, or at the end of all presentations. Paper sessions have a maximum of four people.
  • Panel sessions: One panel session will be held during this conference. Each member will provide a 5-10 minute focused imput to the panel topic, followed by a larger discussion guided by the Session Chair.

For the conference, the following 10 sessions are planned, which will allow space for a total of 48 contributions specific to the theme of ‘sharing mobilities’:

  • Paper Session 1-A: “Sharing Power in Mobility Governance?”
  • Paper Session 1-B: “Assemblages and Practices in Sharing Mobilities”,
  • Paper Session 2-A: “Institutional Dynamics in Sharing Mobilities”
  • Panel Session 2-B: “New Mobility Concepts for a Changing Society: Demography and Reurbanization”
  • Paper Session 3-A: “Critically Engaging with Sharing Mobilities”
  • 7/7 Session 3-B:Sharing Mobilities Beyond Cities”
  • Paper Session 4-A: “Moving ‘Electric Mobility’ Forward”
  • 7/7 Session 4-B: “Urban Mobilities Cultures”
  • Paper Session 5-A: “Making ‘Sharing Mobilities’ Work”
  • 7/7 Session 5-B: “New Systems and Infrastructure for Sharing Mobilities”

An overview of the individual contributions in these Sessions can be found on the Programme page, by downloading the detailed description of the schedule!

We will hold a Memorial Session for John Urry on Wednesday, November 30th. Our highly esteemed colleague, friend and mentor John Urry passed away 18th of March 2016. Without any exaggeration Cosmobilities wouldn’t exist without John Urry’s scientific work but also his incredible capacities of building networks, maintaining friendships, social relations in general and initiating collaboration, research, publications, conferences and so forth. His decent character, wonderful sense of humor and his brilliant mind turned work meetings, scientific discussions, writing and even organisational work into a joyful activity. The session will be moderated by Kevin Hannam (Edinburgh Napier University) and will include discussants such as Mimi Sheller (Drexel University), Anthony Elliott (University of South Australia) and Sven Kesselring (Nürtingen-Geislingen University).

On Thursday, December 1st, we are hosting an Applied Mobilities Fishbowl Session. It will be moderated by Sven Kesselring (Nürtingen-Geislingen University) and Malene Freudendal-Pedersen (Roskilde University). This session will focus sharing mobilities from a practitioners perspective, and we have invited speakers from mobility-related industry and city planning will engage with conference participants in a lively, moderated discussion. Discussants include the following:

  • Weert Canzler, Social Science Research Center, Berlin, Germany
  • Johannes Reifenrath, Daimler AG, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Pamela Mühlmann, TINA Vienna – Smart City Agentur & Energy Center, Austria (tbc)
  • Søren Riis, and Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Nina Moesby Bennetsen, Gladsaxe Municipality, Denmark

On Friday, December 2nd, we are conducting the final session, a Finishing Panel on Futures and Sharing, before heading home. It will be moderated by Sven Kesselring (Nürtingen-Geislingen University). For this session we have invited Mimi Sheller (Drexel University), Kevin Hannam (Edinburgh Napier University), Malene Freudendal-Pedersen (Roskilde University) to pick up on themes they have encountered throughout the conference and engage with conference participants in a discussion on the future of sharing mobilities.