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Call for papers for the 2021 Global Mobility Humanities Conference (GMHC)


29th – 30th October 2021 – Online – Konkuk University Academy of Mobility Humanities Seul (Korea)


The mobilities studies which was initiated by John Urry and his colleagues more than a decade ago, has expanded the problematique of mobility from the social to the geographical, focusing on the issues of the movement of things and information, its technologies and infrastructures, and the network and its complexities of heterogeneous cultures. Recognizing that the phenomena of mobility today are not restricted to the physical, the mobility humanities tries to understand mobility as an essential part of human beings. From the humanities perspective, mobility is practiced physically beyond all the boundaries and we are also defined by how we move. In this sense, we would consider Imagination, Ethics and Ontology in Mobilities.

This conference presents an opportunity for scholars to share their ideas and inquiries at the intersection of mobilities studies and humanities, transcending the conventional divide between the social sciences and humanities. The conference theme, Moveo, Ergo Sum: Imagination, Ethics, and Ontology of Mobilities,” enables scholars to engage with the mobility humanities from a variety of academic disciplines.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

1. Humanistic Perspectives on Mobility Studies: Moveo, Ergo Sum

2. Imagination of Mobilities: Text, Narrative, and Embodiment

3. Ethics of Mobilities: Ethos of High-Mobility Society

4. Ontology of Mobilities: Concepts, Values, and Rights

5. Inquiry into Materiality of Mobilities: Technologies and Infrastructures

6. Human Ecology in the Era of High-Mobility: Migration and Urban Mobility

7. Other Related Issues


Deadline: 14 June 2021

For panels supposed to be composed of more than four presenters, a completed 2021 GMHC Application Form (Panel), including a 200-word outline of the theme of the whole panel, together with 200-word abstracts of each paper and the details of each presenter and (if any) the co-authors, should be submitted via email to the Organizing Committee of 2021 GMHC:

For individual papers, a completed 2021 GMHC Application Form (Individual), including a 200-word abstract of the paper, together with the details of the presenter and (if any) the co-authors, should be submitted to the Organizing Committee of 2021 GMHC:

All panel and individual paper proposals will be reviewed by two members of the Organizing Committee of 2021 GMHC. We will contact you at the end of June 2021 to inform you as to whether your panel/paper has been accepted.


Please note that, by being accepted to this conference, your abstract will be automatically considered to be included in the GMHC’s conference proceedings in due course. Please email the Organizing Committee of 2021 GMHC ( with the subject heading “2021 GMHC Inquiry” if you have any questions and concerns.


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