Urban Mobilities and Digitisation of Urban Life

Dr Catherine Earl1, Dr Robbie Peters2, Mr Henry Chim2, Ms Victoria Fanggidae3

1RMIT Vietnam,  2University of Sydney, 3University of Melbourne

Chair: Dr Catherine Earl


With a greater range of options for modes of travel in Southeast Asia, bicycles and motor scooters remain popular but arguably diurnal forms of transport. Conceptually driven by the interdisciplinary ‘new mobilities’ paradigm, this panel aims to explore the future of two wheel mobilities in Southeast Asia. More precisely, the panel seeks empirically-rich papers that investigate intersections of urban mobilities and forms of digitisation in urban life in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Indonesia and Vietnam. We invite authors to focus on new phenomena of digitisation that enable, enhance or constrain mobilities. To what extent does the future of two wheel mobilites connect with the past, memory and previous experiences? How does digitisation shape emotions of traveling by two wheels, for example in terms of personal security? How do forms of digitisation shape how the body experiences the natural world and built environment when going on two wheels? What relations exist between infrastructural developments and digitisation of two wheel mobilities? How does digitisation influence stranger-interactions and ways strangers are encountered, for example on a motor scooter taxi or ride share? How disruptive are forms of digitisation on existing and emergent urban mobilities?



The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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