Public sociology

6-7 July 2021

FFJ/Fondation Michelin Workshop

Urban Mobilities in the 21st Century

In an increasingly fluid world, where everything from tangible and intangible goods to services, ideologies, money, assets and people are “on the move”, despite the current halt due to the ongoing pandemic, urban mobility has become a major issue of consideration for all societies from different stages of development. Among various groups that contemplate on the matter of mobility, there are scholars, policy-makers, public and private organizations that operate at international, national and local scales as well as citizens themselves. Mobility is also a very comprehensive topic, which is not limited solely to the realm of transport, although multimodal transport occupies an important space in it. In addition to the changing modes of city transport under various influences in the 21st century, the topic of urban mobility also looks at the actual physical move between/within geographies of formal and informal social groups, such as immigrants, translocal traders and the urban proletariat (aka the mobility poor) on the one hand, and investors, researchers, expatriates and the celebrity (aka kinetic elites) on the other. The urban (im)mobility of different social groups within a particular city in terms of their access to the basic needs, including housing, transport, and other social services creates still another significant dimension. Furthermore, how the city with all its spaces is shaped by these different practices of mobility and it affects them in turn is a major study subject too. Hence, this workshop aims to bring together examples of urban mobilities in the 21st century from different geographical contexts in order to question the underlying factors behind this contemporary urban phenomenon and its outcomes by studying it from different angles.

  • 6-7 July 2021 | 10.00-12.35 (France) | 17.00-19.35 (Japan) | 11.00-13.35 (Turkey)
  • Online – In English
  • Speakers: Sebastien LECHEVALIER (FFJ-EHESS), Pierre-Édouard SOREL (Fondation Michelin), Meriç KIRMIZI (FFJ, Ondokuz Mayıs University), Toshio MIZUUCHI (Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University, Japan), Lijun LU (Fukuoka Prefectural University, Japan), Zechuan ZHU (Osaka City University, Japan), Frederico CUGURULLO (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland), Alp ARISOY (Urban.koop, Turkey), Lidia MANZO (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy), Geerhardt KORNATOWSKI (Kyushu University, Japan), Johannes KIENER (Saitama University, Japan), Melis OĞUZ (Beykent University, Turkey), Magda BOLZONI (University of Turin, Italy), Paola PISCITELLI (University of Hamburg, Germany)
  • Discussants: Alexandre FAURE (FFJ-EHESS), Marion LAGADIC (FFJ, The University of Oxford)


23 Eylül 2020 – Türk Tabipleri Birliği’nin “Covid-19 Pandemisi
Altıncı Ay Değerlendirme Raporu” (17 Eylül 2020) için bkz.:


22 June 2020 – For an interesting commentary on working mothers during the pandemic, entitled “Mothers, childcare duties, and remote working under COVID-19 lockdown in Italy: Cultivating communities of care” by Lidia Katia C. Manzo and Alessandra Minello please see here:


Eight senior students under my supervision are doing field work on child-friendly city in Samsun, Turkey. / Sekiz dördüncü sınıf öğrencisi benim gözetmenliğimde Samsun’da çocuk dostu kent üzerine saha araştırması yapıyorlar. 


OMU Sociology sophomore students will present a Ken Loach movie at Samsun Cinema Circle on March 25, 2020. *  Postponed to April. /25 Mart’ta OMÜ Sosyoloji 2. sınıf öğrencilerimiz Samsun Sinema Topluluğu ev sahipliğinde bir Kent Loach filmini sunup, izleyicilerle tartışacaklar. * Nisan’a ertelenmiştir.