We are proud to welcome you to the conference On the Move. It is arranged by the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS) which is a national center for interdisciplinary and international networking in cultural research. This is the fifth biannual ACSIS conference. All the conferences have had different themes connected to various aspects of cultural research. On the Move explores the “mobility turn,” starting within the social sciences, and it explores the evolution in media studies, cultural studies, sociology, ethnology, anthropology, tourism studies, literature studies and several other areas of cultural research.
Papers explore movement and/or immobilization across a broad spectrum and within many contexts, from the micro-movements of streptococci to the mobile, or not so mobile, lives of artists and artistic productions, cosmopolitans, refugees and tourists. They address social, cultural and political movements as well as practices embodied in sports, dance and everyday life.
In addition to the exploration of the spatial mobility of humans, organisms and objects, the circulation across time and space of representations and the vehicles for movement – topics at the heart of the mobility turn – this conference also presents plenary panels and sessions dealing with the transformation of cultural and social norms. The speakers will discuss and debate the changing values with regard to gender and normativity; motion and emotion; the prerequisites and practices of critical research and teaching; the historiography of Europe; and cultural production and consumption.
In the spirit of internationalization we have decided to alternate between two English, whereas all session slots have English as well as Swedish alternatives. This mixture of languages is a reality for many non-English natives and an inevitable aspect of doing cultural research – on the move – today.
The conference is supported by Linköping University’s Faculty of Arts and Science, the Swedish universities which co-fund ACSIS, the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation and the city of Norrköping. We are also enormously grateful for and impressed by the non-salaried efforts from all invited speakers, panelists, moderators, session organizers and paper presenters.
We invite you to discover the conference’s rich and varied content. Finally, we wish to stress that conferences are not only work; they are also a great opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. In addition to the discussions at the sessions, there will be plenty of time to socialize at the reception hosted by the city of Norrköping on Tuesday evening and the conference dinner on Wednesday night.
Bodil Axelsson, Director of ACSIS
Orvar Löfgren, Chair of the ACSIS board
Johanna Dahlin, ACSIS coordinator and conference organizer
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. , 101 p.