Annual Meetings of the American Association of Geographers
3-7 April 2019, Washington DC
Call for papers : Multi-locality as a living and working practice
Kimmo Lapintie, Department of Architecture, Aalto University Finland
Cédric Duchene-Lacroix, Department of Science of Society, University of Basel
Johanna Lilius, Department of Architecture, Aalto University Finland
The growing number of multi-locals, who share their everyday life across several places, increasingly challenges the assumption of monocentric living and working. Multi-locality is driven by a number of factors, including economic differences between regions and countries, political instability, availability of professional jobs, technological advancement and the growing importance of leisure activities. Although practically no statistical data exist to verify who the multi-locals are, they are often identified to include at least second-home owners/users, children of divorced parents, those Living apart together (LAT´s), transnational migrants, seasonal workers, and professionals who either work and reside in different places on a regular basis, or divide their working hours between different workplaces. There are a number of interpretations on how multi-locality is perceived at the individual level and what impacts multi-locality has on the identity, social encounters and family-life of the multi-locals. It is clear that the life of these individuals is not contained in only one neighbourhood or even city or city-region, which, however, often is the framework that policy-makers and planners are dealing with. The organization of services, for example, is difficult at the local, regional and national level, as citizens can formally have only one home address even if they use several. Therefore more integrated studies are needed to understand the relationship between multiply-situated everyday lives, mobility and territorial boundaries.
To this session, we invite abstracts broadly on multi-locality and welcome both conceptual and empirical investigations. The topics can be related to the list below, but they may also include other directions:
– multi-locality as a life-course/lifestyle strategy
– multi-local working practices
– the impact of multi-local living arrangements on family life and social relations
– service provision for multi-locals
– gender and multi-locality
– urban planning and multi-locality
– different types of multi-locality
Please submit abstracts (250 words maximum) to Kimmo Lapintie (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Johanna Lilius (email@example.com) by Monday October 8, 2018. We will notify all abstract authors by Monday October 15, 2018. Those accepted must complete their abstract submission and conference registration process with the AAG before October 25, 2018.