Mobilities Network for Aotearoa New Zealand

10th Mobilities Research Symposium

Mobile Properties: Migration, Travel, Performance, Work and New Technologies

1-3 December 2019, Queenstown Resort College, Queenstown

Conference convenors: Martha Bell, PhD, Independent Sociologist, Dunedin Aotearoa New Zealand; Mitra Etemaddar, PhD, School of Applied Business, Unitec, Auckland Aotearoa New Zealand

Confirmed Keynote Presentations
Professor Anthony Elliott, University of South Australia, Australia (Flying)
Professor Noel B. Salazar, University of Leuven, Belgium (Non-Flying)


The programme for a sociology of mobility ‘for the 21st century’ set out to understand social change in an era of greater population movements through travel and migration for work, leisure and responses to political, economic and climate ‘catastrophes’ (Urry, 2000a; 2000b; 2007; 2011). Almost twenty years since this programme was advanced, we invite a closer look at the interrelated properties and performances connecting migration, travel, work and technologies for a better understanding of social change in societies.
Properties comprise essences, components, capitals, assets, territories, investments or rights. By definition, properties carry and generate value. They provide a material base to structures built by continuous encounters and exchanges activating the production and distribution of further properties. A sociology of mobility must constantly re-analyse structures and properties being built, performed and anticipated with mobile practices and mobile lives (Elliott & Urry, 2010). In light of the web 4.0 platforms, we must examine where mobile properties are ‘working’ (Elliott, 2019) and how to recognise them in 2019

Property values, for example, are dominated by ownership and exchange: of land, landscapes or landings as gateways to new mobile sites of appropriation. We would ask what are the logistics and infrastructures giving access to such properties and their materialities? What are the intellectual properties at work in mobile economies? Questions such as these begin to frame sets of interests producing and distributing mobile property values to which to apply renewed sociological analysis.
We would also like to explore the brokerage work of ‘new mobilities’ themselves as properties of capital investment, accumulation and distribution (Kalantzis-Cope & Gherab-Martin, 2010). Mobile software, for example, entails digital exchange in the sharing economy, photographic apps publicising scenic locations, GoPro and drone-based ‘aerial imagery services,’ tracking technologies and telework robotics. Automated e-vehicles enter into new spaces to become systems properties. Who (or what) are the mobility brokers utilising these properties? Whose mobile ‘imaginaries’ are mobility brokers contributing to (Salazar, 2014a; 2014b)? Whose mobile property is brokered through ‘the work and play of the mind’ (Kalantzis-Cope, 2018)? What are the ‘brokerage assemblages’ that can be identified and described (Robertson & Rogers, 2017)? Through this 2-and-a-half-day symposium, we will look more closely at the intersections of property with identity, citizenship, space, time, territories, borders, bodies and power. Topics to consider

  • physical property rights, colonisation and social justice

  • intellectual property rights, indigenous knowledges, social justice

  • migration, entrepreneurship and global business

  • refugee migrations, humanitarian migrations, ‘sustainable’ migrations

  • climate change, land claims and mobility justice

  • elites, tourism destinations and property investment

  • piracy, property, ownership and theft

  • logistics, supply chains and freight mobilities

  • urban streets and properties of urban design

  • cosmopolitanism and properties of neighbourhood

  • infrastructures of work, commuting and housing in excessive property markets

  • outsourcing beds, cars and VR tour guides in lifestyle locations

  • social class, seasonal labour and the adventure industry

  • adventure capital/adventure technologies: gateways to ‘new mobilities’ experiences

  • dot watchers: digital adventure sport, YouTube sport promotion and the ‘new mobilities’ media

  • the broker as a ‘key figure’ of mobility: labour brokers, property brokers, debt brokers, infrastructure brokers, education brokers, data brokers

  • how mobilities are performed

  • affective qualities and mobilities

Paper abstracts (150-200 words), 3-5 Keywords, Bio (50 words) and personal contact information are due by 5pm, 30 August 2019 via email with "10th Mobilities Symposium abstract" in the subject line to the convenors at


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Kalantzis-Cope, Phillip (2018). The Work and Play of the Mind in the Information Age: Whose Property? Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
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