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Robert Seyfert: Flaneurs, Cruisers, Scooters

Flaneurs, Cruisers, Scooters: Localized Velocities of Affect

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Locality is not just defined by a specific social space and social networks, but also by a specific combination of velocities. Local spaces affect us through specific movements, rhythms, temporalities, and speeds. This talk will explore the affective dimensions of velocity with three cases: the strolling of flaneurs in nineteenth century European cities, the cruising of automobiles in twentieth century strip malls of the United States, and the flow of motor scooters in twenty-first century urban cities of Indonesia.