MemberHelen Lawson

Helen Lawson’s doctoral thesis, ‘Navigating Northumbria: Mobility, Allegory and Writing Travel in Early Medieval Northumbria’, considers the narrational and theological role of travel and mobility in Northumbrian histories and hagiographies. This work originally stemmed from the idea that scholarship on early medieval northern Britain tends to underestimate, or reject outright, the role of land transport in early medieval mobility. Whilst the original starting point was focussed on the practice and practicalities of travel, the thesis has shifted to interrogate the conceptual role of travel in the milieu of Bede and his contemporaries.  

MemberNoel B. Salazar

Noel B. Salazar obtained his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and is currently Research Professor in Anthropology, Coordinator of the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Centre (IMMRC), and Founder of the Cultural Mobilities Research (CuMoRe) cluster at KU Leuven. His research interests include anthropologies of mobility and travel, the local-to-global nexus, discourses and imaginaries of Otherness, heritage and interpretation, cultural brokering, cosmopolitanism, and endurance locomotion. He has won numerous grants for his research projects, including from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). Salazar is editor of the Worlds in Motion (Berghahn) book series and of Methodologies of Mobility (2017, Berghahn), Mega-event Mobilities (2016, Routledge), Regimes of Mobility (2014, Routledge) and Tourism Imaginaries (2014, Berghahn), and author of Momentous Mobilities (2018, Berghahn), Envisioning Eden (2010, Berghahn) and numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He is a frequently asked keynote speaker and also regularly appears in the national and international media. Salazar is Secretary-General of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), Member of the Executive Committee of the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH), Past President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and Founder of AnthroMob, the EASA Anthropology and Mobility Network. In 2013, he was elected as member of the Young Academy of Belgium. Salazar sits on the editorial boards of, among others, American AnthropologistJournal of Sustainable TourismAIBR – Revista de Antropología IberoamericanaTransfersApplied Mobilities, and Pasos. In addition, he is an official consultant for UNESCO, UNWTO and the EU, and serves as an expert member for the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), the ICOMOS Cultural Tourism Committee (ICTC) and the UNITWIN-UNESCO Network ‘Culture, Tourism and Development’. Salazar’s academic engagements span all continents and involve the use of multiple languages.

MemberThomas F. McDow

I am a historian of the western Indian Ocean with an interest in mobility and social history between Africa, Arabia, and India. My book Buying Time: Debt and Mobility in the Western Indian Ocean captures the dynamism of this far-reaching Indian Ocean world in the nineteenth century.  I was trained as an Africanist with a focus on the Swahiliphone world, and I continued to be drawn to the intersections of African histories and global histories, from ancient trade routes to the human immunodeficiency virus.

MemberMichiel de Lange

Michiel de Lange (1976) is an Assistant Professor in New Media Studies, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands; co-founder of The Mobile City (, a platform for the study of new media and urbanism; and works as a researcher in the field of (mobile) media, urban culture, identity and play. See and