Call for papers: ‘The Intricacy of Walking in the City (Methods and Experiments)’

Some of you might be interested in the following interdisciplinary conference  being organised by Labex Urban Futures ( at Université Paris-Est (January 2015).

A conference summary can be found below, but full details, including the call (deadline: 15 September) have just gone up online at:

‘The Intricacy of Walking in the City: Methods and Experiments’ explores the hypothesis that the complexity of walking in the city renders it paradoxically omnipresent and invisible at the same time. As an elementary mode of access to services and facilities, a link between vehicular modes of transport and scheduled tasks, a micro-scale within the macro-scale of personal and collective organisation, walking becomes all the more essential – albeit undervalued – by being ascribed a vague and trivial character in everyday life. Questioning the forms and consequences of this complexity provides the general framework of the present Call for Papers, inviting scholars from around the world to present their research. This includes, but is not limited to, examining and evaluating the context of walking in urban landscapes, not only in a variety of physical and biological conditions, but also inseparably in the context of social interaction, cultural representation and individual and collective motivation.

Registration is now open for Performing Mobile Identities, a one-day symposium at the University of Roehampton, Wednesday 10 September, 9.30am to 7pm.
Critical attention to mobilities makes the social sciences different, according to the sociologist John Urry (2007).
In what ways does it also affect the terms in which we discuss performance? This one-day symposium will explore the role of performance as a means of asserting, constructing, negotiating and making sense of a range of mobile identities, including those relating to migration, tourism, international labour markets, art-making and spectating. Through performance, installation, keynote presentations and a range of research papers from scholars and artists, the event will seek to generate conversation about how performance engages with a variety of experiences of being ‘on the move’.

Keynote presentations
· Deirdre Heddon (University of Glasgow): ‘“The steps got me”: the variable dis/pleasures of walking’
· Emma Cox (Royal Holloway): ‘Human remains, mobile possessions: performing repatriation in postcolonial Europe’

· Chris Dobrowolski, All Roads Lead to Rome
· Mick Douglas, walked works
· Amaara Raheem, Hestia
· Graeme Miller, Beheld Papers
· Cami Rowe (Goldsmiths), ‘Divided identities: the performativity of family migration in the United Kingdom’
· Kirstin Smith (Queen Mary), ‘Walking in the city: the ‘go-as-you-please’ race’
· Fiona Wilkie (Roehampton), ‘World in motion?: the Brazilian World Cup and alternative performances of football’
· Emily Orley (Roehampton), ‘Travelling the page: an experiment in place-writing’
· Ximena Alarcón (University of the Arts London), ‘Interfaces for listening, performing, and becoming: the quest of an émigré artist’
· Chikukuango Cuxima-Zwa (Brunel), ‘Diaspora, migration and identity: symbolic ritual and performance in Britain’
· Natasha Davis (Warwick), ‘Identity and migration explored through performance-as-research project Internal Terrains’

The symposium costs £35 (£20 unwaged), which includes lunch, other refreshments and all performances. To register, follow this link:
The event will take place in the Jubilee building, Digby Stuart college on Roehampton’s main campus (directions/maps can be found here: