We are very excited to welcome Mimi Sheller to our October 10th panel on the travel industry in America and the publishing of Frommers’ ‘Europe On $5 A Day’ in 1957. Mimi is a Sociology Professor at Drexel University, and has spent most of her career studying the movement of people (us!), our goods, our ideas, and the systems we create to promote (and inhibit) mobility. She founded the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel, the mCenter. She is also the founding editor of Drexel’s Mobilities, an international journal which examines both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world, as well as more local, everyday movement through public spaces. Mimi has been involved in a range of research studies to better understand these changes and connections between diverse mobilities, as well as immobilities in today’s society. Her forthcoming book “Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity” (MIT Press, 2014) will showcase this research in connection with trade and the Caribbean.
The development of transportation and communication has greatly changed the movements of society in a vast number of ways. This allows Mimi’s research to be incredibly flexible, focusing on a wide range of topics including international art trade, public transportation, banking infrastructures, health care, climate change, and much more. Check out this 2012 interview at Drexel to learn more about the mCenter and Mimi’s in-depth mobility research.