IGU the centennial congressWithin the framework of the International Geographical Union (IGU) Centennial Congress which will take place in Paris from July 18 to 22, 2022, we are pleased to invite you to contribute to the session: “Islands at the crossroads of new mobilities”.

Nathalie Bernardie-Tahir, Professor of Geography at the University of Limoges – Géolab UMR 6042, nathalie.bernardie-tahir@unilim.fr and Camille Schmoll, Director of Studies at EHESS, camilleschmoll@yahoo.fr, member of Géographie-cités.

This session is supported by the “Geography of the sea, coasts and islands” commission of the French National Committee of Geography (CNFG).

There are only a few days left to submit your abstracts (in English or in French): DEADLINE January 11, 2022 https://www.ugiparis2022.org/en/communications-submission/29

Description of the session

Insular spaces have long been traversed by migratory oscillations alternating cycles of intense emigration in contexts of resource scarcity or economic crises, and cycles of immigration fueled by the return of former emigrants and new immigrants, attracted by new employment opportunities. If these pendulum movements have not entirely disappeared and still punctuate the dynamics of certain island territories, they are now combined with new forms of mobility that are contributing to the emergence of a new mobility paradigm (mobility turn).

Some islands today welcome, in a more or less lasting way, migrants fleeing wars or aspiring to better life perspectives. At the same time, they are the receptacle of major tourist flows driven by a desire for exoticism as much as by the multiple seaside and recreational potentialities that they offer. From tourism to post-tourism, there is only one step, taken by an increasing number of individuals who settle in the islands after leaving disappointing urban and professional environments, and who aspire to alternative life projects related to lifestyle migration. The migrants of pleasure (or amenity) are thus added to the secondary residents, retirees on their way back, tourists, workers, migrants of all kinds who circulate in the islands and contribute to modify in depth the old societal and identity balances.

By conveying new practices, representations and perceptions, and with a wide range of economic, social and cultural capital, these new “nomads” are leading to significant territorial recompositions. But if their various investments make them full-fledged actors in local life, they also introduce new relationships of social and political domination and thus reexamine the foundations of island living together.