Brown Bag: Aeromobilities and Academic Work

This presentation is based on my contribution to the recently published book: Academic Flying and the Means of Communication. Increasingly academic air travel in recent decades is part of a larger transformation and globalisation of modern work life away from the industrial and hierarchical work towards much more flexible, networked and mobile work where air travel often is a critical component. However, the climate crisis and COVID-19 have put such work practices under pressure. Therefore, the chapter first examines the importance of aeromobilities for late modern work, which sets the context of contemporary academic work practices. Next, the chapter particularly examines academic work, where especially physical meetings and face-to-face interaction play a central role in academic work and aeromobilities. The chapter argues here for a more diverse understanding of the meaning and role of such meetings if a lower climate footprint should be achieved. Following, it present a tool that provides a better understanding of which types of meetings particularly require co-presence and face-to-face communication, and which types of meetings that just as well—or perhaps even better and more efficiently—can be carried out as virtual meetings. However, as stressed in the conclusion, such an approach seems to require a much greater focus on ‘aeromobility management’ at academic institutions in the future. Read more: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-16-4911-0

Time

15.06.2022 kl. 12.00 - 13.00

Description

Aeromobilities and Academic Work

Speaker:
Associate Professor, Claus Lassen (ccla@create.aau.dk), Department of Architecture & Media Technology, AAU.

Abstract:
This presentation is based on my contribution to the recently published book: Academic Flying and the Means of Communication. Increasingly academic air travel in recent decades is part of a larger transformation and globalisation of modern work life away from the industrial and hierarchical work towards much more flexible, networked and mobile work where air travel often is a critical component. However, the climate crisis and COVID-19 have put such work practices under pressure. Therefore, the chapter first examines the importance of aeromobilities for late modern work, which sets the context of contemporary academic work practices. Next, the chapter particularly examines academic work, where especially physical meetings and face-to-face interaction play a central role in academic work and aeromobilities. The chapter argues here for a more diverse understanding of the meaning and role of such meetings if a lower climate footprint should be achieved. Following, it present a tool that provides a better understanding of which types of meetings particularly require co-presence and face-to-face communication, and which types of meetings that just as well—or perhaps even better and more efficiently—can be carried out as virtual meetings. However, as stressed in the conclusion, such an approach seems to require a much greater focus on ‘aeromobility management’ at academic institutions in the future.
Read more: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-16-4911-0

Place and time:
Rendsburggade 14, C-MUS Lab (room 5.355A), June 15, 12:00-13:00

All Brown Bag seminars are also organized online in MS Teams.

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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