This session is for papers that explore issues of transportation and mobility from a critical perspective. By “critical,” we mean studies that take into account the power relations that produce space, place, mobility, and/or identity. Any mode is of interest, including public transit, aviation, logistics, cycling, automobiles, rail, pedestrians, and micromobilities, and any world region is of interest as well.
Over the last decade, there has been increasing interest in geography and related fields in a critical perspective on studies of transportation and mobility. Supplementing long-standing research on the social and political aspects of the movement of people and goods, this recent work has incorporated the power relations involved in mobility/immobility; explored the ways that racial, ethnic, and gender identities are co-constructed with the modes we take; discussed how regional imaginaries are intertwined with the production of transportation infrastructure; and analyzed how places and spaces are constructed by flows as much as by stable features of the built environment. Critical logistics and mobility justice are some of the bodies of work that have developed in this vein, with a “mobility turn” apparent in related fields such as design, tourism studies, and ethnic studies. Papers in this session focus on various aspects of governance and institutions within mobility and transport.
|Presenter||Andrew Goetz*, University of Denver, The Central Interstate 70 Reconstruction Project in Denver, Colorado: Repeating a 1960s Planning Failure?||15||9:35 AM|
|Presenter||Piotr Niewiadomski*, University of Aberdeen, The airport industry and regional development in Scotland||15||9:50 AM|
|Presenter||Julie Cidell*, University of Illinois, Not regional enough? The Illiana Expressway and the limits of Chicagoland.||15||10:05 AM|
|Presenter||James Lindberg*, Syracuse University, The Road that Made Mountains: Highway Design and the Production of Landscape in Vail, Colorado||15||10:20 AM|
|Presenter||Caitlin Jones*, Florida State University, The tortoise and the expressway: road governance and the conflict between residential and conservation properties||15||10:35 AM|
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