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eSocSci Mobilities Network: Anita Perkins "Mobilities Travel Pioneers of the Sattelzeit (saddle period) of 1770 – 1830"
December 07, 2016 05:09 PM PST
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How does the experience of travel transform culture over time? This is the question at the heart of Dr. Perkins' book ‘Travel Texts and Moving Cultures: German Literature in the Context of the Mobilities Turn’, recently published by Peter Lang Oxford. This eSocSci presentation focuses on one aspect of this publication: the mobile experiences of travel writers in a period of a significant period of global social change: 1770 – 1830. Examples from the works of Friedrich Nicolai, Adelbert von Chamisso and Georg Forster reveal ways in which a culture founded on mobilities and a desire for travel emerged in this historical period.

Anita Perkins works at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and is presenting virtually from Wellington, NZ

eSocSci Mobilities Network: Christopher Howard "Being Where?"
December 01, 2016 06:46 PM PST
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This talk explores some of the meanings and implications of mobile technologies and 21st Century media. Drawing on research on ‘around the world travellers,’ it focuses on the role the internet and mobile technologies play in mediating embodied perceptions and performances of place. Based on a phenomenological understanding of place and the body, an analysis of how mobile technologies allow human beings to extend their corporeal presence across “planetary landscapes” is performed. Facilitated by contemporary media and mobility infrastructures, it suggests that digitally equipped travellers are relationally “inter-placed.” With this concept the talk aims to illustrate how virtual mobility overlaps with corporeal mobilities.

Christopher Howard lectures virtually in Chaminade University, USA, and is presenting virtually from Wellington, NZ.

eSocSci Social Movements Wendy Larner
November 30, 2016 06:37 PM PST
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Opening speech made by Wendy Larner at the Social Movements, Resistance, and Social Change held at Victoria University in September 2016

eSocSci Social Movements Sue Bradford
November 30, 2016 06:19 PM PST
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Opening speech made by Sue Bradford at the Social Movements, Resistance, and Social Change held at Victoria University in September 2016

eSocSci Social Movements Leonie Pihama
November 30, 2016 06:07 PM PST
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Opening speech made by Leonie Pihama at the Social Movements, Resistance, and Social Change held at Victoria University in September 2016

eSocSci Identities: Leon Salter Investing in objects of the holistic tradition: the political identifications of New Zealand education activists
September 26, 2016 03:47 PM PDT
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The writings of Ernesto Laclau represent a rich theory of political identification, with his central claim that our identities are always already dislocated, unfixed and unstable, because they must always refer to externalities. For Laclau there are no fixed, essential identities, but only processes of identification within discourse. This insight has radical implications for scholarly work interested in how social identities become political; or how and in what circumstances do people identifying primarily as teachers become involved in political activism?

The empirical material for this study is in-depth interviews with 21 education activists; all prominent critics of recent neoliberal reforms of the school sector (including bloggers, school principals and union employees). Analysis reveals that the activists draw on social democratic principles and New Zealand’s strong holistic teaching tradition as symbolic resources, in order to create an ethical gap between being (narrowing tendencies of instrumentalism) and the ought-to-be. The theory of Lacan and Foucault, both highly influential in Laclau’s work, is also drawn upon to offer added insights into the affective investments that create strong ethical stances, and the ethical importance for a researcher such as myself in bringing to light the perspectives of illegitimated knowledges.

eSocSci Identities - Esther Fitzpatrick Along a continuum of entanglement with the human and non-human – becoming Pakeha today
August 10, 2016 03:31 PM PDT
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This presentation explores Pākehā identity as a dynamic process of becoming along a continuum of entanglement with our diverse histories, touchstone stories, and relationship with Māori. Each Pākehā’s experience of becoming is therefore unique depending on their position on this imagined continuum of entanglement, at any one time. It is a future always entangled with our past, layered and enmeshed in a mutual becoming. Through exploration those silent stories become visible and the knots on the landscape of our becoming, those intra-actions between matter and meaning, between human and non-human, are threaded into place. A place where “every entwining is a knot, and the more that life-lines are entwined, the greater the density of the knot” (Ingold, 2009, p. 37).

eSocSci Mobilities Network - Tracey Skelton: Young Aucklanders’ and Singaporeans’ Narratives of Travel: Relationality and Identity Formation
February 01, 2016 06:07 PM PST
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This paper draws upon a comparative project conducted in the multi-cultural, cosmopolitan and highly mobile cities of Auckland and Singapore. All interviewees were aged 16 to 23 and had been born and brought up in either city. The paper considers the narratives of these young people about travel overseas and explores the role such mobilities play in relationality and identity formation.

eSocSci Mobilities Network: Debbie Hopkins -Changing Youth Mobility Practices: Transitioning Towards a Sustainable Transport System?
January 27, 2016 07:04 PM PST
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Changes to traditional youth mobility practices have been reported in many developed countries. These changes are characterised by declining rates of youth learning to drive and gaining licenses, decreasing youth car ownership, and declining vehicle kilometres travelled. This presentation will explore the potential opportunities which could arise from New Zealand’s youth transport/energy cultures in order to transition towards a more sustainable transport system.

eSocSci Mobilities Network: Alison Hulme - On the Trail of the £1 Commodity: The Thrift Ethic and the Spirit of Austerity Capitalism
January 27, 2016 05:52 PM PST
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Abstract: Low-end products journey from raw materials on municipal rubbish dumps in China, to showcase manufacturing cities, through superports, to bargain stores and finally to the homes of Western consumers. This seminar discusses the key characteristics of the low-end commodity chain and how these play out in both highly localised and highly globalised situations. It explores the lives of waste peddlers, international wholesale buyers, dock workers and consumers—their motivations and survival tactics. Bargain culture and ‘thrift’ will be examined in the context of the current ‘age of austerity’ and the role of bargain stores considered in light of this.

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