CEMORE SEMINAR ON ‘CARS, COMFORTS AND CONTESTED FUTURES’
September 21st 2007
Welcome and Buffet lunch at 1PM in The Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University
SEMINAR to be held in A40 County South - cost £15.00
To register please email Pennie Drinkall (email@example.com) and send cheque or pay by card on the day.
1.30 Welcome/introduction to the main issues from John Urry, Director of CEMORE, Lancaster University
1.45 Greg Noble, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney: 'Moored in Mobility: The ontology of automotive comfort'
'The promise of comfort is a key feature of consumer discourses around cars, although it is rarely given the status of the conventional marketing themes of style, performance and taste'.
3.00 tea coffee
3.15 Kingsley Dennis, CeMoRe Lancaster: 'Cities, Cars, Futures'
“Today we don’t really live in a civilisation, but in a mobilisation – of natural resources, people and products". Where once cities were the cradle of civilisation they are now becoming close to producing disastrous social instabilities and contributing to environmental decline. Cities too are the nodes from which mobility emanates"
4.30 Tim Dant, Sociology Dept, Lancaster University to lead discussion on the 2 papers
Chaired by Monika Buscher, CEMORE/Imagination at Lancaster/Sociology, Lancaster University