Over the past decade, a new approach to the study of mobilities has emerged involving research on the combined movement of peoples, animals, objects, ideas, and information. This can be viewed through the lens of complex networks, relational dynamics, and the redistribution or reification of power generated by movement.  But despite the emphasis on movement, this “mobility turn” must be viewed in the light of the relationships between mobilities and associated immobilities:  borders as well as border crossings, isolation as well as connectivity, disability as well as ability. It thus encompasses both the embodied practice of movement and the representations, ideologies, and meanings attached to the mobile and immobile. Should we embrace mobility as the constitutive condition of culture and not its disruption? How does mobility influence and even constitute our everyday life or the lives of past cultures? What exactly does it mean to be “socially mobile”? How might mobility affect our work? Do our “mobile” devices liberate us? What are the relations, if any, between the social mobility afforded by systems of connection such as the internet and the confined actual space in which it takes place?


All lectures begin at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted, and are held in the Daniel Family Commons, which is located in the Usdan University Center.


The Tourist, The Collector, and the Curator: On the Life and Afterlives of Ottoman Era Photography 

ALI BEHDAD• Professor of Literature, UCLA GO


Rush: Adrenaline, Stress, and Modernist Velocity 

ENDA DUFFY • Professor of English, UCSB GO


The Flight Out of Naturalism and into Live Cinema

JAY SCHEIB • Professor of Theatre Arts, MIT GO


Inventing a Musical Metropolis: Detroit, 1940s-60s 

MARK SLOBIN • Wesleyan University GO


The Mobile Margin: (Re)Constructing Barcelona During the Spanish Dictatorship (1939-1975)

OLGA SENDRA FERRER • Wesleyan University GO


Driving Metaphors: The Politics and Poetics of Automobiles in Colonial and Postcolonial France 

STEPHANIE PONSAVADY • Wesleyan University GO


Blank Spaces and Cartographic Sites 

MIN KYUNG LEE • Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts, College of the Holy Cross  GO


The Trouble with “Performance” or the Contemporary Anti-theatrical Prejudice



The Simple Click of Her Heel on the Ground: 
Gendered Phenomenologies of Walking 

GAYLE SALAMON • Assoicate Professor of English, Princeton University GO


Surface and Subjectivity: Navigating the Pan American Highway in Panama

ROSA FICEK • Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Wesleyan University GO