The panel seeks to contribute to an empirically founded multi-dimensional understanding of highly mobile ways of life. It focuses on relevant conceptual and theoretical aspects, historical and contemporary experiences and methodological challenges that arise from studying highly mobile milieus.
Perceived as new phenomena of the late modern period, 'hyper-mobility' and 'highly-mobile people' have attracted much media attention and become popular topics for globalization and mobility studies. However, throughout history, social groups and professional milieus, such as artists, circus families, or traveller minorities, have practiced highly mobile ways of life. Analyzing privileged and non-privileged mobilities allows for a critical discussion of social differentiation and power relations while drawing attention to (im)mobility patterns, mobility regimes and mechanisms of control. The panel seeks to contribute to an empirically founded multi-dimensional understanding of translocal ways of life. It will focus on network and community formation, work and labor issues, life course and everyday life-world, family and conceptions of "home" under mobile circumstances. It emphasizes interdisciplinary and comparative approaches and aims at an analytical differentiation, addressing the following questions: How can we empirically explore mobile life-worlds in Europe? In which ways can we unravel dynamics in the entangled history of highly-mobile groups and shed light on the central areas of close encounter with majority populations and nation states? Can highly mobile groups serve as an epistemic tool to counter/read the theoretical figure of the post-modern nomad and go beyond mobile/sedentary binarisms? PANEL SLOTS CONCEPTUAL APPROACHES discusses central theoretical aspects, conceptual frameworks and terminological issues relating to movement, mobility, and circulation. HISTORICAL INSIGHTS addresses long-term perspectives on and contemporary experiences of highly mobile groups. METHOLOGICAL CHALLENGES gathers new insights and queries arising from empirical research on transient phenomena.