SYMPOSIUM: John Urry’s Living Legacy (15 October 2021, 12:00-16:00)
One of the most recognised contemporary sociologists and prolific academics, John Urry (1946-2016) influenced new generations of interdisciplinary thinkers across the world. His introduction of the ‘new mobilities’ paradigm at the turn of the century incorporated advanced critical thought regarding complex systems of social, cultural, economic and political movement, with particular reference to more than one processes and phenomena. His work on tourism, climate change, capitalism, digital technologies, futures and more has generated productive critical dialogues with international colleagues and close collaborators.
This event brings centre-stage key dialogues between Urry and three accomplished academics and former collaborators with their own contribution to the new mobilities paradigm: Professor Mimi Sheller (Inaugural Dean of The Global School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, USA), Professor Michael Haldrup (Professor, Department of Communication and Arts, Visual Culture and Performance Design, Centre for Tourism Research, University of Roskilde, Denmark) and Professor Jennie Germann Molz (Professor of Sociology, Sociology & Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts, USA). The symposium also features as discussants: two of John Urry’s collaborators and friends: Ole Jensen (Professor of Urban Theory, Aalborg University, Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Denmark), known for his work on mobilities design, Jonas Larsen (Professor in Mobility and Urban Studies, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University), known for his work on photography and tourism; and James Faulconbridge (Professor, Management School, Lancaster University, (LUMS), United Kingdom), currently acting as Associate Director of CEMORE, John Urry’s institutional legacy on mobilities theory.