Brown Bag: How do train passengers travel together appropriately?

In collective transport, passengers share a limited physical space which leads to increased risk of contagion. While this risk has been emphasised during the pandemic, it is ubiquitously relevant in collective, public transport (e.g. the risk of catching the common cold). Our presentation reports on a study of a fundamental, yet under-researched, aspect of collective transport practices, namely the governing of appropriate train passenger conduct in relation to the risk of contagion. We understand the governing of such ‘conduct of conduct’ as the ways in which proper passenger conduct is constituted through policies, guidelines and nudging from ‘above’, and through passengers’ own train travelling practices and legitimation strategies from ‘below’. Accordingly, we approach the phenomenon through a mixed video ethnography including 360-degree video recordings to gain a better understanding of the various complex settings and mediated practices in which such governing is unfolded.

Time

18.05.2021 kl. 12.00 - 13.00

Description

How do train passengers travel together appropriately?

Speakers:
Tobias Boelt Back and Laura Bang Lindegaard (laura@hum.aau.dk), Department of Culture and Learning, AAU

Abstract:
In collective transport, passengers share a limited physical space which leads to increased risk of contagion. While this risk has been emphasised during the pandemic, it is ubiquitously relevant in collective, public transport (e.g. the risk of catching the common cold). Our presentation reports on a study of a fundamental, yet under-researched, aspect of collective transport practices, namely the governing of appropriate train passenger conduct in relation to the risk of contagion. We understand the governing of such ‘conduct of conduct’ as the ways in which proper passenger conduct is constituted through policies, guidelines and nudging from ‘above’, and through passengers’ own train travelling practices and legitimation strategies from ‘below’. Accordingly, we approach the phenomenon through a mixed video ethnography including 360-degree video recordings to gain a better understanding of the various complex settings and mediated practices in which such governing is unfolded.

Place and time:
Rendsburggade 14, room 4.325, May 18, 12:00-1300

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 4.325, 9000 Aalborg

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