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Presenter:  Professor Peter Adey, Professor of Human Geography Royal Holloway, University of London

Date: Jan 09, 2018

Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Contact person:  Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 7468
E: thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room)

Target audience:  Open To the Public - All Welcome – Please Share

The Way We Evacuate: the politics of mobility in emergency

Abstract
In 1965 the modernist writer BS Johnson compiled a collection of works from other poets, novelists and journalists reflecting on their experience of evacuation in Britain during World War Two. John Furse’s entry is one of the most compelling. He expresses evacuation’s multiple meanings in such a way that betray the simple but often unacknowledged assumption: that evacuation is for our protection. Instead, for Furse, evacuation is a kind of mobility that empties out, a movement that is done-to, rather than by someone. Evacuation leaves others, or a space - a vacuum – behind. It discharges the unwanted and abject from within the body or boundary. Evacuation is a withdrawal, a retreat.
The paper sets out a writing project that traces a genealogy of evacuation mobilities. It indicates the assemblages of mobilities, machines, architectures and networks which perform evacuation, as well as the bundles of ideas, discourses and practices which both justify and contest it. Potential case-studies from the Australian context will be explored.

About Professor Peter Adey
Professor Peter Adey is a political and cultural geographer based at Royal Holloway University of London and currently visiting honorary fellow at the Department of Geography, University of Melbourne. Working at the juncture of space, mobility and security, Peter is especially interested in the contexts of aeromobility, emergency and evacuation. He has authored or edited 8 books including Mobility (Routledge), Aerial Life (Wiley-Blackwell), From Above (eds, Hurst/OUP) several special issues (such as for Theory, Culture and Society), and other paper articles and book chapters. He is currently working on the book project The Way We Evacuate: care, expulsion and the aesthetics of mobility. Read his full profile HERE.

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