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The next workshop of the research network will take place in Erlangen. More information.

ENMMA Mission Statement

The European Network for Minor Mobilities and the Americas situates itself within the broader, interdisciplinary field of mobility studies but shifts the field's attention to minor forms of movement and mobility. Bringing together scholars in American and Canadian literary and cultural studies in order to re-examine our disciplines through the insights gained in mobility studies during the last three decades as well as in border studies and transnational American/Canadian studies, it aims at conceptualizing the multiple meanings of "minor" in the context of mobility and immobility research in literature and culture. As opposed to hegemonic geographical, social, and cultural mobilities, which re-affirm national mythologies (e.g. those of conquest and colonization, heroic adventure, or those implied in the American Dream), minor mobilities are marked by peripherality and marginality, unacknowledged agency (e.g. in domestic, carceral, or underage mobilities), limitation and failure (e.g. refugee mobilities). Minor mobilities in the Americas are often related to what the Potsdam Research Training Group has termed "minor cosmopolitanisms," namely

understanding the cosmopolitan project against and beyond its Eurocentric legacies.

Its cultural imaginaries have often gone unnoticed as they frequently qualify the success stories of hegemonic and canonical tales of mobility. Following theoretical work on "minor literature" (Deleuze/Guattari), we understand "minor" as fundamentally related to linguistic, generic, and formal difference; as deeply political—asking us to examine ideologies of mobility and immobility and inherent power asymmetries (e.g. the neoliberal projects of speed and flexibility) as they are en/countered and articulated in cultural and literary texts and as having a collective value by

forg[ing] the means for another consciousness and another sensibility

and bringing to the fore the material and environmental, medial, and socio-cultural conditions of movement as well as its multiple racializations and its genderedness. As such, our projects examine narratives of stalled and/or forced mobilities and add ecocritical and new materialist perspectives (in the wake of Mimi Sheller) to mobility discourses. They focus on in-between spaces created by dominant dispositives (Katharina Manderscheid) and regimes of mobility (organized via in/exclusion), on the aesthetics of minor mobilities in literature and culture, and on emergent and potential mobilities as well as their epistemological potential.

Footnotes

  1. Research Training Group Minor Cosmopolitanisms, Potsdam University. Website.
  2. Gilles Deleuze and FĂ©lix Guattari. "What is a Minor Literature?" Mississippi Review vol. 11, no. 3, 1983, pp. 13-33. JSTOR.

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