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In conjunction with the 4th annual conference of the Pan-American Mobilities Network, the MML (Mobile Media Lab) initiated a project to explore the range of interpretations and understandings of mobilities research.

The  WIM (“What is ‘Mobilities’?”) team interviewed fifty participants during the Differential Mobilities conference. We are now processing and posting the audio recordings and photographs. All content will be downloadable on this website with new posts added weekly.

The interviews are brief, intended to furnish an audiophonic “snapshot” of the field from the perspective of our participants. Our questions are simple. We want to know when our participants first became involved with mobilities research. We want to know what the term ‘mobilities’ suggests to participants coming from diverse fields, but also a range of locations. We are also asking a specific question of each researcher intended to highlight a central theme in their current work, whether they be artist, academic or activist.

Stay tuned.

Interviews (completed as of June 11, 2013)

 Interviews in process

Thirteen final interviews are being edited and will be uploaded over the next month.  Here are the interviewees on their way: Andra McCartney; Shirley Roburn; Giuliana Cucinelli; Brian Antolin; Giselle Beigeulman; Harrison Smith; Allison Schifani; Nick A. Scott; Joao A. de Freitas; Derek Christie and Emmanuel Ravalet; Catherine Morency; Gregory Taylor

Project Director

Kim Sawchuk, Co-director Mobile Media Lab; Differential Mobilities Conference Chair;
Concordia University Research Chair in Mobile Media Studies

Project Coordinator

David Madden, PhD Candidate, Communication Studies, Concordia

Art Direction & Photography

Magdalena Olszanowski, PhD, Communication Studies, Concordia

Web Development and Design

Antonia Hérnandez, PhD, Communication Studies, Concordia

Interview Team

Alex Arsenault, BA in Communications, Concordia
Kendra Besanger, MA in Media Studies, Communication Studies, Concordia
Arseli Dokumaci,Post-Doctoral Scholar,  Mobile Media Lab, Communication Studies, Concordia
Allison Ferry
, MA in Media Studies, Communication Studies, Concordia
Christina Haralanova, PhD, Communication Studies, Concordia
Constance Lafontaine, PhD Candidate, Communication Studies, Concordia
Simone Natale, Post-Doctoral Scholar, University of Cologne
Alison Naturale, MA in Media Studies, Communication Studies, Concordia
Laurence Parent, PhD in Humanities, Concordia University
Lindsay Tarnowetzki
, MA in Media Studies, Communication Studies, Concordia

WIM is supported by the Concordia University Chair in Mobile Media Studies and  SSHRC’s “Connections” program (2013)