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Mobility and Civil Society: How Social Commitment Takes Place





For a long time, social proximity, neighbourhood, and long-term sharing of local space were considered a central prerequisite for community building and the articulation of collective interests. Throughout history, various social and political initiatives and associations have reflected this in their approaches to social reform, as well as in their specific forms of recruitment, organization and social mobilization. In recent times however, spatial mobilities increasingly govern the everyday lives of large sections of populations around the world. Mobile ways of life arise from demands of globalized job markets, specific arrangements in family and personal relationships, or sophisticated leisure activities. Beyond the effects on individual lifeworlds and life-courses, the novel trans- and multi-local patterns also have a strong impact on how people build solidarities and engage in the realm of civil society. The workshop will take a closer look at the question of how a sense of community and collectivity is formed under mobile circumstances, how networks of solidarity and modes of participation function beyond locally rooted forms of organizing.


Workshop, 5./6. December 2013


FRIAS (ground floor, large room), Albertstr. 19, D-79104 Freiburg i.Br.


The workshop is organized by the interdisciplinary research group Cultures of Mobility in Europe (COME) which explores politics, practices, experiences and conceptions of mobility in Europe.

Matthias Möller, Anna Lipphardt (conveners)


Workshop Schedule


The workshop schedule and list of panels can be downloaded here.




As the number of participants is limited, please register by November 24. Basic participation is free. You have the option to book Thursday evening supper and/or Friday lunch at € 15 each. Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be served. To register and book your meals please send an email to come@eu-ethno.uni-freiburg.de.


Call for Papers


The Call for papers for this event closed on Sunday July 7. See the original call here.


Travel and accommodation


Since Freiburg lies within the network of the European railway system and along the highly frequented ICE (Intercity Express) line between Frankfurt am Main, Basel and Zurich (Switzerland), it is readily accessible by rail from all directions – 40 minutes from Basel; 2,5 hours from Frankfurt am Main, 2 hours from Zurich.
For train connections, please check: www.bahn.de. Please make sure you have booked your ticket to "Freiburg im Breisgau - Germany" since there is another (very small) Freiburg in the north of Germany and one in Switzerland.

The Workshop Venue FRIAS Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies is located at Albertstraße 19 which is near by the city center. Walking there is possible from almost all directions. You can find an explanation how to get to FRIAS here.


The most affordable accommodations in Freiburg are:

Many different affordable places to stay, which are all offered by private persons, are collected by Air B and B.

Also the city of Freiburg gives further information about Freiburg Tourism and more accommodation here.



Research Group Cultures of Mobility in Europe (COME)
Institut für Volkskunde | Universität Freiburg
Maximilianstraße 15
D-79100 Freiburg
Phone: +49 (0) 761-203-9 76 98
Fax:     +49 (0) 761-203-6 73 64
Email: come@eu-ethno.uni-freiburg.de




















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