CfP (UPDATED) Global Mobility Humanities Conference 2019 at Academy of Mobility Humanities, Konkuk University in Seoul

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Call for Papers
May 31, 2019
Korea South
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Geography, Humanities

Global Mobility Humanities Conference 2019 (GMHC 2019) at Academy of Mobility Humanities, Konkuk University

25th + 25th October 2019

Seoul, South Korea


Following the establishment of the Academy of Mobility Humanities in May 2018, the organizers invite proposals for whole panels or individual papers for 2019 Global Mobility Humanities Conference (GMHC). This conference is organized by the Academy of Mobility Humanities (Konkuk University), Kritika Kultura (Ateneo de Manila University), and UNITAS (University of Santo Tomas).

The “mobility paradigm” or the “mobility turn,” which was proposed more than a decade ago, has been used as a framework to understand transfers and moving bodies as opposed to monolithic structures. There have been many influences and events that shaped the thinking on mobility in social science disciplines including sociology, human/cultural geography, anthropology, media/communication studies, and transport studies. However, scholars such as Peter Merriman, Ian C. Davidson, Ruth Livesey, Lynne Pearce, and John Urry recently began to recognize the kinship between mobilities research and arts and humanities including art and design, archaeology, history, performance and dance, film studies, and literary studies.

This conference presents an opportunity for scholars to engage with research at the intersection of mobilities studies and humanities, transcending the conventional divide between the social sciences and humanities. The conference theme, “Life, Thinking, and Culture in the Era of High Mobility,” encourages scholars to engage with the concept of mobility humanities from a variety of academic disciplines.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

1. Humanistic Perspectives on Mobility Studies: Theoretical Considerations

2. Methodology for Researching Mobilities in the Asian Context

3. Philosophical and Theoretical Discussions on Mobility Technologies and Human Beings

4. Textual Representation and Embodiment of Mobility

5. Development of Mobile Technologies and Mobilization of Culture

6. Reconstruction of Human Ecology in the Era of High-Mobility: Migration, Urban Mobility, Tourism, and Human Rights

7. Other Mobility-related Studies 

We welcome submissions of individual papers and full panels for this globally-focused conference.


John Urry, Mobilities, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007.

Peter Merriman and Lynne Pearce (Edit.), Mobility and the Humanities, London and New York: Routledge, 2018.


How to submit your paper/panel proposal:

Please download the application form  and send it to us by 31st May 2019 to apply for this conference.

Please email your application to the GMHC 2019 Organizing Committee at 

​All panel and paper submissions must be in English. Submissions in languages other than English will not be considered

Key dates:

All application forms must be sent by email by 31st May 2019 and will receive an acknowledgement. Any submission received after the deadline will not normally be considered for presentation.

All panel and individual paper proposals will be reviewed by the GMHC Organizing Committee who will contact you by 15th June 2019 to inform you about the outcome of your application.

Full papers and  PPT files for presentations must be submitted by email by 31st August 2019.


Conference registration fees cover the costs of conference materials, beverage breaks, lunch and dinner receptions. The fee system is as follows:

​1st August 2019 - 31st August 2019: Early Bird Registration $150

​1st September 2019 - 30th September 2019: Regular Registration $200

​Student registration fees are set at $100 and can be paid online or cash on the day. A valid student ID will need to be provided.

​Fees can be paid online, in cash or in the case of Korean residents who cannot access the online system, by bank transfer. Please visit our website for full information and registration guidance. 


Please note that by submitting your full paper to this conference, it will be automatically considered for publication of GMHC’s conference proceedings in due course. Please email the Organizing Committee of 2019 GMHC ( and cc to Kritika Kultura ( with the subject heading “GMHC 2019 Inquiry” if you have questions and concerns. Please visit our website for the latest information about keynote speakers, registration and other programme updates. 

Contact Info: 

Dr Farrah Sheikh

GMHC 2019 Organising Committee


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