Successful collaboration begins with a shared language, hence the need for a glossary. This joint effort of contributors from several teams ensures, on the one hand, terminological and conceptual coherence across not only our theoretical approaches, but also the qualitative case studies and quantitative research conducted in OPPORTUNITIES. On the other hand, our glossary facilitates communication between the academic side of the project and the fieldwork conducted by NGOs, uniting our teams working from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Senegal.

For more information about the Structure and Objectives of the Glossary, click here...)

The recent “‘humanities turn’ in mobility studies” (Aguiar et al. 2019, 4; see also Merriman and Pearce 2018) has inspired many literary scholars and cultural theorists to engage with the “new mobilities paradigm” (Sheller and Urry 2006) in the social sciences. New mobilities studies put the notion of mobility at the center of their research agenda, as they set out to investigate different forms and practices of mobility, such as migration, travel, tourism, and transportation (Urry 2007, 6–8), different “figures of mobility” (Salazar 2017), such as the migrant, the refugee, the nomad, or the vagabond, as well as the nexus between mobilities and immobilities (Hannam et al. 2006) from an interdisciplinary perspective. Within this vibrant cross-disciplinary research field, “mobility humanities” seek to contribute to the “discussions on the phenomena, technologies, and infrastructures of mobility and its ramifications from a humanities perspective, specifically focusing on their cultural-political, ethical, and spiritual and emotional meanings” (Shin and Lee 2022, 3).

⇢ see also Mobility, Politics of mobility

References and further reading:

Aguiar, Marian, Charlotte Mathieson, and Lynne Pearce. 2019. “Introduction: Mobilities, Literature, Culture.” In Mobilities, Literature, Culture, edited by Marian Aguiar, Charlotte Mathieson, and Lynne Pearce, 1–31. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hannam, Kevin, Mimi Sheller, and John Urry. 2006. “Editorial: Mobilities, Immobilities and Moorings.” Mobilities 1.1: 1–22.

Merriman, Peter, and Lynne Pearce, eds. 2018. Mobility and the Humanities. London and New York, NY: Routledge.

Salazar, Noel. B. 2017. “Key Figures of Mobility: An Introduction.” Social Anthropology 25.1: 5–12.

Sheller, Mimi, and John Urry. 2006. “The New Mobilities Paradigm.” Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 38.2: 2017–226.

Shin, Inseop, and Jinhyoung Lee. 2022. “Introduction: The Humanities in the Age of High Mobility.” Mobility Humanities 1.1: 1–5.

Urry, John. 2007. Mobilities. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Category: A

Work Package: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8