Welcome to Indeterminate Mobilities: Travelling with Uncertain Futures

Description: This PhD course is aimed at PhD students within areas such as urban studies, human and cultural geography, urban design, city planning, cultural studies, political science, sociology and anthropology. With theme “Indeterminate mobilities: travelling with uncertain futures” we want to consider the precarious and vulnerable futures of mobilities across scales from local neighbourhoods to global transport systems and mega regions. The uncertainties connected to the futures of mobilities requires an open mind set and agile theoretical concepts. In this PhD course we shall aim at bridging the sensitivity to ‘unknown futures’ with a theoretical anchoring within the ‘new mobilities turn’ in general and theories related to materialities, futures, and uncertainty in particular. The course will discuss the utopian visioning of future mobilities through scenarios, as well as through more ‘non-representational’ approaches such as literature and art. The course lecturers will present their own research and link this to the participant’s projects. A modest amount of reading prior to the course is to be expected, as well as each participant is asked to be able shortly to present their research project in the light of the course theme and the selected readings. 

Organizer: Professor Ole B. Jensen, email: obje@create.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Ole B. Jensen and Senior Lecturer David Bissell, The Australian National University


Time: 31. May - 3. June 2017

Place: Rendsburggade 14, Aalborg University

Zip code: 9000

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 10. May 2017

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.