Reconjugating recreational and residential mobilities in the North: How COVID-19 is changing the ways we move (in) the landscape
Date de début : 7 Février 2022 09:00
Date de fin : 10 Février 2022 17:00
Lieu : Joensuu | Finlande
Organisé par :
Nordic Geographers Meeting
Source de l'information :
COVID-19 has layered itself onto the climate emergency and social polarisation, arguably changing everyday mobilities at various temporal scales. This session explores empirical and/or theoretical questions concerning resource-efficient, just, and sustainable mobilities in the Nordic countries and in the northerly Anglo-American world (the UK and Canada). How is the pandemic is reshaping everyday social practice (including changing attitudes to walking, cycling, and public transport as well as motoring) and longer-term housing careers (how individuals and households enact strategies of residential mobility, i.e., how they choose where to live vis-à-vis services, workplaces, and amenities)? Some mobilities have garnered more attention than others in both scholarship and public policy; home-to-work commuting and active transportation are high on many agendas, yet recreational mobilities seem to be 'poor cousins' receiving much less attention---notably in OECD countries, where discretionary travel accounts fora great many journeys. This is especially true for studies of (sub)urban landscapes, in which everyday recreational mobilities are encouraged (or not) by existing contextual affordances, both material and immaterial in nature. We wish to (re)conjugate these questions with renewed interest in residential mobilities, including so-called 'amenity migration'. Our session thus seeks to address three overlapping sets of concerns and questions:
On how instrumental (planning) ideas of 'walkability' for public health intersect with everyday behaviour in diverse contexts---including urban, suburban, and periurban settings---where decisions about how to move within and through the landscape are not primarily driven by routine patterns of commuting to and from places of work... How are expectations of local amenity and the 'milieu de vie' changing as more of our daily lives are centred on the dwelling and the very notion of a fixed 'workplace' is being challenged? On how changing patterns of use and satisfaction vis-à-vis residential mobility that seem to express the imperative of 'social distancing' in the built environment, including the widely-observed surge in demand for second homes and larger dwellings in dispersed suburban/periurban settings following decades of policy measures encouraging 'densification 'and 'compactness'... How are decisions about when and where to move house being transformed because of the pandemic? On how the State should respond to new recreational and residential mobilities, given current debates on public health and wellbeing as well as infrastructure provision, energy budgets, and social justice... How are 20th-century notions of the Welfare State being revisited and brought once more to bear on shaping everyday landscapes in terms of how people move around in space?
Central to our discussions will be matters of seasonality---the effects that long, severe winter conditions can have on how people situate themselves in space (often dwelling through multiple places)---and the need to get beyond utilitarianist functionalist policy perspectives to also focus on the ways in which people engage in movement for pleasure at various temporal and spatial scales, i.e., the importance of the experiential qualities of landscape and how these are changing because of concerns over vector-borne diseases such as COVID-19.
Organizers: Nik Luka, McGill University and Mattias Qviström (Mattias.email@example.com), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences