Welcome to the Coronavirus and Mobility forum facilitated by Professor Biao Xiang.
How can a mobility perspective shed light on the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and what can we learn about mobilities throughout the pandemic and for the future ?
Mobilities are not only basic human practices, they frame how global society is organized and disrupted. They are mananged by national and international policies and regulations.
This forum facilitates brainstorming among researchers from multiple disciplines across the world to deepen our understandings of the crisis, and to explore new tools in migration research that will help us to make sense of the fast-moving world. The forum is a platform for ongoing reflections and discussions, and is not currently a defined research project. The views expressed in the forum are of individual authors, rather than those of COMPAS.
We conceive mobility broadly, including; cross-border migration as well as within a country; daily commutes and family mobility; mobile work (e.g. taxi drivers and delivery workers); and mobile lifestyles (e.g. travelling communities and tourists). Apart from the movement of people, we also consider the movement of goods such as equipment and medical samples. Immobility is equally important as we witness the erection of borders and boundaries of all kinds during the pandemic.
Biao Xiang, Professor of Social Anthropology
The new power of the technologies of immobility
Blog | Sharifah Muhammad Talib Alhinai
‘Unprecedented’ pandemic and the crisis of mobility in India
Blog | Vyoma Dhar Sharma
When home does not exist, what does self-quarantine mean: street children in Tehran
Blog | Shahram Khosravi
How and why the mobility of a virus has led to abolishing key civil liberties
Blog | Franck Düvell
Emptiness (Part II): An uncertain spring
Blog | Mathilde Morin
In Heterotopic Times; (Im)mobility, Social-Distancing, and Surveillance
Blog | Georgios Glouftsios
Human mobility spreads COVID-19, but whose mobility?
Blog | Qiujie Shi and Tao Liu
Down or Out? Mobility and the management of epidemics
Blog | Jennifer Holdaway
The Corona-pandemic: from parasitic mobility to convenient crisis
Blog | Stephan Scheel
‘Take me home’: The coronavirus virus and panic mobility
Blog | Robin Cohen
Borders in the Time of Coronavirus: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Upended the Global Mobility Paradigm
Blog | Gilda Borriello and Asli Salihoglu
Coronavirus: A (missed) chance to rethink racism?
Blog | Domiziana Turcatti