Joint Workshop with the Zukunftskolleg Konstanz: “Mobility 2.0: Aspirations, Challenges, Obstacles.”

Joint Workshop with the Zukunftskolleg Konstanz : “Mobility 2.0: Aspirations, Challenges, Obstacles.”
Activity Date: 
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 to Monday, Dec 12, 2016

From December 10 to 12, 2016, the Zukunftskolleg Konstanz and the Martin Buber Society of Fellows gathered in Jerusalem for the second installment of our joint workshop on “Mobility 2.0: Aspirations, Challenges, Obstacles.” Representing a broad range of academic disciplines from the natural sciences to the humanities, the workshop focused on various expressions and perceptions of movement in the past and present. In seven thematically distinct panels, we discussed mobility in relation to the body, religion, nature, knowledge, media, language, and constraint. Several crucial linkages thereby provided cohesion to this academically ambitious endeavor. On the one hand, we continuously debated the conceptual and methodological challenges that result from a focus on mobile ideas, things, and people. On the other hand, the very interdisciplinarity of the workshop revealed that the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences seem to operate with very distinct definitions of mobility. Insights from the natural sciences that interpret mobility in the context of time, velocity, and motion revealed some of the blind spots inherent in mobility research in the humanities and social sciences. At the same time, critical reflections provided by historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and religious scholars challenged an apparent tendency in the natural sciences to conceive of mobility as a primordial feature of life. The Mobilities workshops continued the fruitful cooperation of the two-sister Societies of Fellows (both established with the great help of the late Prof. G. von Graevenitz), that started in 2012 in the two-part symposium on "Forgetting," which also yielded a shared publication. (http://www.magnes-press.com/Search.aspx) Further activities are planned for the near future.