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?