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She has held recent Visiting Fellowships in the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University (2008-09); Media@McGill in Montreal (2009); the Center for Mobility and Urban Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark (2009); and the Penn Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-11).
Sheller is a founding theorist in the field of mobilities research. She is the author of 6 books, including Consuming the Caribbean: From Arawaks to Zombies (2003); Democracy After Slavery: Black Publics and Peasant Radicalism in Haiti and Jamaica (2000); and forthcoming Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom (Duke University Press, 2012). She is co-editor with John Urry of Mobile Technologies of the City (Routledge, 2006), Tourism Mobilities: Places to Play, Places in Play (Routledge, 2004), and a special issue of Environment and Planning A on 'Materialities and Mobilities'.
Her work in the field of mobilities research is concerned with the convergences of information technologies, mobile communications and physical spatiality, especially in relation to mobility justice and the ethics of mobility in both urban and trans-border spaces. Sheller is currently collaborating on a project in Denmark on "Analyses of activity-based travel chains and sustainable mobility (ACTUM)" with colleagues at the University of Aalborg and the Technical University of Denmark. In September 2011 she taught in the PhD Summer School of the Technical University of Berlin on the theme of "Passengering", and in May 2012 she will be teaching in the PhD Summer School on "Mobile Methods" at Aalborg University, Denmark.
Her current work in progress includes the forthcoming book Aluminum Dreams: Lightness, Speed and Modernity (MIT Press) on the history of aluminum as a material of speed and mobile modernity, and its relation to Caribbean bauxite mining and global environmental issues; the co-edited volume Handbook of Mobilities (Routledge, 2013), a definitive guide to this new field; and a co-edited special issue of Leonardo Electornic Almanac on Mobile Art: Network Culture and the Aesthetics of Placemaking, based on the mobile art exhibit LA Re.Play that she co-curated in Los Angeles in association with the College Arts Association Conference in February 2012 (see www.lareplay.net)
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