International Conference: "Regimes of Mobility Control"

May 25 – 26, 2023

Collaborative Research Center 1482 "Studies in Human Categorization"
Research Project "Urban Regimes of Control", Media and Culture Studies
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz



Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM)
Staudingerweg 18, 55128 Mainz
Room 00.131



_Thursday, May 25, 2023

13:00 – 13:30 Introduction
Gabriele Schabacher (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) &
Asher Boersma (Konstanz University).


13:30 – 14:30 Late Modern Surveillance in Europe: Self-censorship in a Digital Asylum
Veronika Nagy (Utrecht University)
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:00 Accounting for Migration
Willem Schinkel & Rogier van Reekum (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
16:00 – 17:00 Public discourses on mobility control? Newspapers and the making of public opinion about migration to and through the port cities of Antwerp and Rotterdam in the early twentieth century
Christina Reimann (Södertörn University Stockholm)
17:00 – 17:30 Coffee Break


17:30 – 18:30 Boundaries, Boundary Work and Repair: Resilience and Institutional Persistence in Challenging Times. The Case of Air Traffic Control
Diane Vaughan (Columbia University New York)
18:30 – 19:30 Tracking Santa and Sinterklaas: Operators, Folklore, and the Pedagogy of the All-knowing Center
Asher Boersma (Konstanz University)

_Friday, May 26, 2023


9:30 – 10:30 "Regulation Mania": Rail Traffic and Station Control around 1850
Tom Ullrich (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
10:30 – 11:30 Control on the ground and from afar: plantation written records across the Atlantic
Marta Macedo (University of Lisbon)
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch Break


12:30 – 13:30 Virtual Ship-Bridges and Digital Dockyards: Digital Twins as Maritime Training and Construction Environments
Sebastian Vehlken (University of Oldenburg / German Maritime Museum Bremerhaven)
13:30 – 14:30 The Moving of the World on Fire. A New Sensitiveness for the Circulation of Climate Objects and their "Control Rooms"
Claudio Coletta (University of Bologna)
14:30 – 15:00 Closing Discussion




Organizers: Gabriele Schabacher, Asher Boersma, Tom Ullrich, and Sophie Spallinger