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Brown Bag: 'Elastic Situations' and 'extended bodies' - post-corona reflections

This presentation is based on a paper for the Special Issue of the Journal Mobilities on Corona. The paper treat corona as a window into the ‘politics of visibility’. By connecting diverse fields such a new materialism, phenomenology, post-phenomenology, skin studies, anthropology, pragmatism, volumetric geography, geography of atmospheres, gerontology, and Mobilities design the paper re-think the way we move, interact, and make sense of urban Mobilities in light of COVID-19. The paper present two key concepts as tools for enabling this reflection. One is the notion of the ‘extended body’ and the other the ‘elastic situation’. The paper explore three specific examples of how the COVID-19 event has enacted a re-reading of the cultural values and norms governing our mobile practices and behaviours in urban spaces. The first example is the ‘queuing tape’ as we see it in supermarkets, shops, and spaces of line-ups. The second example is the computer-based models of runners and cyclists, and how their breathing may create ‘slipstreams’ of contagious corona virus. The third example is the increasing utilization of the car for drive-in events.

Time

08.12.2020 kl. 12.00 - 13.00

Description

‘Elastic Situations’ and ‘extended bodies’ – post-corona reflections

Speaker:
Professor Ole B. Jensen, Dept. of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, obje@create.aau.dk

Abstract:
This presentation is based on a paper for the Special Issue of the Journal Mobilities on Corona. The paper treat corona as a window into the ‘politics of visibility’. By connecting diverse fields such a new materialism, phenomenology, post-phenomenology, skin studies, anthropology, pragmatism, volumetric geography, geography of atmospheres, gerontology, and Mobilities design the paper re-think the way we move, interact, and make sense of urban Mobilities in light of COVID-19. The paper present two key concepts as tools for enabling this reflection. One is the notion of the ‘extended body’ and the other the ‘elastic situation’. The paper explore three specific examples of how the COVID-19 event has enacted a re-reading of the cultural values and norms governing our mobile practices and behaviours in urban spaces. The first example is the ‘queuing tape’ as we see it in supermarkets, shops, and spaces of line-ups. The second example is the computer-based models of runners and cyclists, and how their breathing may create ‘slipstreams’ of contagious corona virus. The third example is the increasing utilization of the car for drive-in events.

Place and time:
Rendsburggade 14, room 5.355A, December 8, 12:00-13:00

The seminars are open to everyone with interest in Mobilities and Urban studies.
Pre-registration is not needed. Please bring you own lunch.

Looking forward to see you at the C-MUS Brown Bag Seminars!

Host

C-MUS

Address

AAU, Rendsburggade 14, room 5.355A, 9000 Aalborg

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