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HUMAN MOBILITY IN TIMES OF PANDEMIC IS GOING LOCAL?

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Chair:Armando Montanari
Co-chair:Josefina Domínguez-Mujica

Description
The concept of human mobility has been very successful in Geography and Social Sciences in recent times. There are many geographers who have adopted this perspective of analysis, named as mobility turn, as it reflects the links between social and spatial mobility and their interdependencies with respect to goods, images and information, as well as their consequences. However, in a world where mobility flows have become increasingly important, the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 has rendered millions of people immobile. The liquid society has become solid. For this reason, it is worth discussing whether, when contagion will be reduced, we will return to a situation of mobility prior to the pandemic or, on the contrary, the feeling of vulnerability associated with it will generate important changes, not only in population displacements for work reasons, study or tourism, but also in human relations and citizenship regulations. What will also happen with the mobility of those for whom mobility represents their survival (refugees and other displaced persons)? Will relationships be strengthened through information and communication technologies against interpersonal contacts? The pandemic forces us to rethink the world we live in and the role that mobility plays in it. Therefore, this session will welcome all those theoretical approaches to mobility in times of pandemic, as well as all those case studies on specific experiences of mobility/immobility in times of pandemic.