Mobile Times: Nations, Communication and Social Change

Loughborough University London

Mobile Times Event

On Monday 20 May 2019 is a one-day interdisciplinary symposium focusing on migration, nation and social change over time.

This one-day symposium provides a space for the interdisciplinary exploration of complexities of nationhood and national identity. 

In recent years we have seen a rapid and deepening concern with the ways in which time and memory are implicated in processes of social and cultural change, particularly in relation to the role of media and communications technologies in personal, cultural and political domains. While research in this area has been dominated by narratives of acceleration the aim of this symposium is to take a more nuanced look at the various kinds of temporal experiences supported under the conditions of rapid change.

Viewed through the prism of the nation and national identity, concerns with temporality take on a specific character. For example, how do both internal and international migration produce particular forms of experience marked by dislocation from communities of cultural memory, challenging long-standing narratives of national memory? How do instantaneous modes of communication produce new ways of imagining or challenging the nation? What kinds of participation and participatory cultures are supported under the conditions of social, geographical and/or cultural transformation? How do we go about researching social change within and beyond nations over time?

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