The city is “not simply a place where one lives, it’s above all a crossroads”, according to the French philosopher Paul Virilio. Cities are made possible and are continuously shaped by mobilities, every moment of the day – from walking and cycling to migration and tourism. Mobility is much more than transport flows, migration or tourist numbers. It is our way of being together as society. It is a sort of a commons. But does the way we talk about mobility, study it and plan for it reflect its complexity and its social meaning? Responding to the question, this evening scholars, city officials, artists and the public together draft a common dialogue agenda on city and mobility in Amsterdam.
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This event is both a closure and an opening. It brings together the results of the seminar series Cities & Mobilities organized by Anna Nikolaeva (University of Amsterdam) at the Centre for Urban studies and it opens a Cities & Mobilities dialogue forum.
What are we going to do?
- Anna Nikolaeva opens the evening by introducing Cities & Mobilities network – a dialogue forum on mobility that builds on Cities & Mobilities seminar series at the Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam.
- Together with Marco te Brömmelstroet, Thalia Verkade and Jan Duffhues we explore the problematic and powerful relationship between language and mobility. How do we (implicitly) frame issues around mobility in policy and popular media? How does that limit our thinking? And how does this reflect fundamental ideas about cities and mobilities that shape policies and urban living?
- Bart Stuart invites us to explore issues around mobility, diversity and belonging in present day Amsterdam. What is changing in the way we share the city?
- Zeeger Ernsting, Ananda Groag and Anna Nikolaeva continue to question the framing of mobility issues in the city. How do ideas of scarcity and sufficiency, sharing and commoning help us to rethink mobility in the city? What city do we want to live in?
- Throughout the evening, the audience and speakers jointly construct a common agenda for a dialogue on the city and mobility in Amsterdam. The evening closes with drafting this agenda and an invitation to join the ongoing Cities & Mobilities dialogue forum.
Actie: De Correspondent (Dutch-speakers only)
Op De Correspondent werken Thalia Verkade en Marco te Brömmelstroet samen aan een dialoog over hoe taal ons denken over mobiliteit beïnvloedt. Momenteel ligt de focus op de vraag hoe we in Nederland over verkeersongevallen praten en hoe we er mee (willen) omgaan.
Wil je de verhalen lezen en eronder meepraten? Ga naar: corr.es/talkmobility en voer de code in: pakhuis14nov18. Hiermee word je een maand lang proeflid van De Correspondent. Dit loopt vanzelf weer af. Hier vind je alle verhalen binnen het project over verkeersongevallen.