(Internal) Being a Driver: seminar with Andrew Dawson, University of Melbourne
This seminar is only open for staff at Lund University.
The Sociology and Social Anthropology Seminar Series welcomes Andrew Dawson, Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Professor Dawson will present parts of a book he is writing on car driving (see abstract below).
This is a seminar in the Sociology and Social Anthropology Seminar Series this autumn (Allmänna seminariet).
Being a Driver
"In this presentation I offer a critique of conceptualisations of being in automobilities research. Then, through a passenger-seat ethnography in Bosnia & Herzegovina and reference to literary works from the dawn of private motoring in the early Twentieth Century, I describe the relationships between segments of car journeys and different states of driver consciousness. I illuminate how the cumulative effects of these states of consciousness may entail a transformation of being, in this case from Yugoslavist into multi-culturalist. More broadly, I highlight therapeutic qualities of driving, in this case in dealing with the ontological crises entailed in living through post-socialist and post-war transition.
The presentation concludes with an alternative conceptualisation of being in driving, both to the commonplace Latourian depiction of the driver’s dis-and re-assembled being within an emergent hybrid ontology, and the earlier Marxian depiction of a super ideologically interpallated being that was a foundational assumption within automobilities research. In this alternative conceptualisation the roads and the land- and day-scapes that the driver of the car traverses become objectifications of her-‘self’. In short, I offer an approach that takes seriously the existential power of the individual."