Upcoming Conference 2015:

Caserta, Italy,
September 14-17, 2015.

T2M - International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic, and Mobility
T2M - International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility

150 years of trams in Berlin

On 22th June 1865, the first horse-drawn railway began operating in Germany. Read its history written by Stefan Kohl
To the article about trams in Berlin


Logistics in Finland

Helsinki View from the Street – by Ilkka Tapio Seppinen
To the article about logistics in Finland


In the spotlight – Oksana Zaporozhets

Our interviewee this time is Oksana Zaporozhets, a sociologist based in Moscow, Associate Professor at National Research University Higher School of Economic

Read the interview by Andrey Vozyanov

Registration is now open


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The Future of Mobilities:

Flows, Transport and Communication

Joint conference of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) and the Cosmobilities Network

Santa Maria C.V. (Caserta), Italy – September 14-17, 2015


(Auto)Mobility, Accidents, and Danger

This special issue of Technology and Culture explores the ways in which road use and road safety have changed since the 1880s, including how different road users interacted with each other, technology, regulation, engineering, design, and the built environment. Together the articles provide a look at a variety of approaches across North America, Europe, and Africa and at different road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. While most of the papers individually consider a single national example, the picture that is built up across the issue allows comparisons between countries to demonstrate how road safety and automobility technologies are historically and culturally contingent. The issue concludes with a commentary from a prominent policymaker in the hope that better understanding of how accidents, safety, and risks are co-constructed and co-produced can offer insights into how we might reduce deaths and injuries in the future.
Read about the content of Technology and Culture
6 PhD positions – on “Spatial Dynamics of Marshrutkas in Central Asia and the Caucasus” and “The Motor Industry in Manchester, England, 1896 to 1939″ read more

New secretary

As you may know, our Secretary Nathalie Wachotsch is moving on to new projects, and we want to thank her for her years of service to T2M. She has done a wonderful job assisting the organization in many capacities. I want to personally thank her for all the assistance she provided to the organizing of the conference at Drexel last year, and in helping in this transition period. We all send very best wishes in her new endeavours!

JuliaAt the same time, we are very pleased to announce the appointment of a new Secretary for T2M, Julia M. Hildebrand. Julia is a doctoral student in Communication, Culture, and Media at Drexel University and has joined the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy as a Research Assistant on the project “The Imaginary of Rail Transport and Mobility in the United States.” She earned her BA in American Studies with a double minor in Media Studies and Intercultural Communication at the University of Regensburg, Germany. During her MA degree in Comparative Media at the same institution, she drew on experiences from two study abroad semesters to explore research and education in Communication and Media at the Hawai’i Pacific University and Ateneo de Manila University. For her Master’s thesis, she analyzed the shift in the perception of space and mobility in paradigmatic film and video projects about everyday life on Earth.

Julia is not only interested in mobility, communication, and international flows, but I can attest to the fact that she is extremely well organized, competent, and friendly! You may have met her already because she assisted at our last conference at Drexel. As of March 2015, all future communications to the Secretary of T2M will now be directed to Julia, and she will be joining us at our next meetings in Italy where I hope we will all welcome her to the organization. _______________________________________________________________________


Report from the T2M Conference “Spinoffs of Mobility: Technology, Risk & Innovation”

by Kathleen Oswald, Villanova University, PA, Silke Zimmer-Merkle, and Markus Edelmann, both ITAS

In TATuP – Journal by ITAS on Technology Assessment

The interdisciplinary nature of the conference as well as the wide range of topics and approaches at times led to a feeling of being at many conferences at once. At the same time, conference attendees from around the world and in many disciplines took the opportunity to hear research outside of their usual areas of focus and emplace their work in a wider context that includes the development of rail networks before World War I, routine space flight in the 1980s, and the end of streetcar service in Detroit: all important moments in traffic, transport, and mobility. Working at the horizon of culturally impactful new mobilities, it is useful to reflect on a time when old technologies were new: how they were implemented, what they meant during historical times of technological change.

Also within the scope of technology assessment the conference had to offer interdisciplinary and global perspectives of multiple forms of mobility through time. These quite often were fascinating, even if the many goals of the individual papers and presentations were not always congruent. While the mission of interdisciplinarity was mainly fulfilled by juxtaposing papers from different disciplines on a panel rather than in the active connection of those approaches, T2M is working to strengthen these connections.

Read the entire review




Gijs Mom

768 pages – Berghahn Books


Our continued use of the combustion engine car in the 21st century, despite many rational arguments against it, makes it more and more difficult to imagine that transport has a sustainable future. Offering a sweeping transatlantic perspective, this book explains the current obsession with automobiles by delving deep into the motives of early car users. It provides a synthesis of our knowledge about the emergence and persistence of the car, using a broad range of material including novels, poems, films, and songs to unearth the desires that shaped our present “car society.” Combining social, psychological, and structural explanations, the author concludes that the ability of cars to convey transcendental experience, especially for men, explains our attachment to the vehicle.


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Cultural Histories of Sociabilities, Spaces and Mobilities


Studies for the International Society for Cultural History: 7

Editor: Colin Divall

c.272pp: 234x156mm: January 2015

Spatial mobility is a topic of growing scholarly interest. For the majority of us the opportunity to travel has never been greater, yet differences in mobility highlight inequalities that have far wider social implications. Exploring how and why attitudes towards movement have evolved across generations, the case studies in this essay collection range from medieval to modern times and cover several continents. The book will be of interest to social and cultural historians, historical geographers and sociologists.

Preface – Colin Divall
Introduction: Cultural Histories of Sociabilities, Spaces and Mobilities – Colin Divall
Part I: Structuring Mobilities, Spaces, Sociabilities
1 Home Lands: How Women On the Move Made the West – Virginia Scharff
2 Gender and American Mobility: Cars, Women and the Issue of Equality – Margaret Walsh
3 Colours, Compartments and Corridors: Racialized Spaces, Mobility and Sociability in South Africa – Gordon Pirie
Part II: The Urban and Peri-urban
4 Urbanizing the Countryside: Rails, Workers and Commuting in South-West Flanders, Belgium, 1830–1930 – Greet De Block
5 City of Tomorrow: the Representations of Buenos Aires in the Future through Imagined Mobility, c.1880–1914 – Dhan Zunino Singh
6 How to Make a Map for the Hades of Names: The New York City Subway Map Wars of the 1970s – Stefan Höhne
7 ‘This River Used to Be so Full of Life’: Histories of Mobility on the Thames and Their Role in the Negotiation of Place, Community and Sociability – Heidi Seetzen
Part III: Pilgrims, Travellers and Tourists
8 Otherness and Englishness in Late-Mediaeval Pilgrimage Guides – Emily Price
9 Constructing the Tokugawa Spatial Imaginary: Kaibara Ekiken and His Revival of Fudoki – Nobuko Toyosawa
10 Languages of Popular Hospitality in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century France – Ulrike Krampl
11 ‘Doing the Gap’: Sociability and Tourism Networks at Killarney, 1850–1914 – Kevin J James
12 Eating Across the Ocean: The Role of Food in the Construction of the Tourists’ North Atlantic, 1947–76 – Birgit Braasch
13 Automobility and the Building of Tourism in Communist Romania, c.1960–89 – Adelina Stefan
14 Moving towards Santiago: Reverie on the Road and Rails – Jennifer Sime

New archive in preparation:road_archive
Archive for Highway and Road History.
The T2M conference in Philadelphia is over.
Our new T2M president: Mimi Sheller

More photos from the conference 2014 19th of September.


New issue

T2M Yearbook 2015


Kyle Shelton, Gijs Mom, Dhan Zunino Singh, Christiane Katz (eds.):

Mobility in History.
Volume 6

With this volume a new editorial team has taken over with plans to carry on the strong tradition created by the preceding teams led by Gijs Mom and Peter Norton. Yearbook Six once again offers a collection of articles reviewing the cutting edge of mobility scholarship across several disciplines and highlighting exciting new directions toward which this vibrant field can move. In addition, this yearbook features two articles that represent the first iterations of what are intended to become annual features in future volumes.

Volume 6, 2015


Kyle Shelton


The Crisis of Transport History: A Critique, and a Vista
Gijs Mom

Mobilities, Crises, and Turns: Some Comments on Dissensus, Comparative Studies, and Spatial Histories
Peter Merriman

Mao or Merriman? On Pitjantjatjara and Other Mobilities — A Response
Gijs Mom


New Perspectives in Aviation History: Flight Experiences of German Military Pilots
Christian Kehrt

Where Are We Going? A Discussion of Mobility History in Latin America
Dhan Zunino Singh

Feeling Motion: Revisiting Mobility History through Affect and Emotion
Mikkel Thelle

Indelible Lines: Revisiting Borders and Partitions in Modern South Asia
Malini Sur


Mobile Phones, Mobility Practices, and Transport Organization in Sub-Saharan Africa
Gina Porter

ICT Mobility Research in Finland: From Immaterial Consumption to Material Sustainability?
Sakari Taipale

Brazil: Modernity and Mobility
Martin Cooper

Portuguese Railway History: Still a Field of Opportunities?
Hugo Silveira Pereira

Technology, Modernity, and the State: Approaches to the History of Transit in Istanbul
James Ryan

Railways in Colonial South Asia
Ritika Prasad

Writing Bicycles: The Historiography of Cycling in the United States
Evan Friss

Making Mass Transit Serve the Public: Social Dimensions of Urban Mobility in Historical Perspective
Sarah Frohardt-Lane


Mobility History and Caribbean Tourism
Mimi Sheller

Boundaries and Crossings: Mobility, Travel, and Society in China, 1500–1954 — A Survey of the Field
Yajun Mo

Tourism and Mobility in Uruguay: A Historical Approach
Rossana Campodónico

Transport and Tourism in Brazil: An Ongoing Movement
Joana Carolina Schossler


Further information.



New issue
Journal of Transport History, Vol 36 No 1, June 2015

Editorial: Transport Horizons

Richard Vahrenkamp

The dream of large-scale truck transport enterprises – early outsourcing experiments in the German Democratic Republic

Susan Major

Railway excursion agents in Britain, 1840-1860

Michael John Law

Charabancs and social class in 1930s Britain

Juha Sahi

The Trans-Siberian railway as a corridor of trade between Finland and Japan in the midst of world crises   

André Brett

Dreaming on a railway track: public works and the demise of New Zealand’s provinces

Ioannis Limnios-Sekeris

Stakeholders and competition in the transportation of migrants: moving Greeks to Australia in the post-War era


François Caron, 1931-2014

Transfers 2015 No 1


VOLUME 5(1), SPRING 2015

Heike Weber and Gijs Mom

A World Event (On Circumnavigation, 1519–1522): Excerpt from Guillermo Giucci’s Tierra del Fuego: La creación del fin del mundo
Guillermo Giucci

The Politics of Fear, Mobility, and Media Discourses: A Case Study of Malmö
Vanessa Stjernborg, Mekonnen Tesfahuney, and Anders Wretstrand

Rethinking Children’s Independent Mobility: Revealing Cultures of Children’s Agentic and Imaginative Mobilities through Emil and the Detectives
Lesley Murray


Displaying Roads: Engineers as Cultural Actors—Introduction
Massimo Moraglio and Bruce Seely

Making Place for the Modern Road: The Road Exhibitions in Brussels (1910) and Liège (1930)
David Peleman

The Map and the Territory: The Seventh International Road Congress, Germany 1934
Kristina Skåden

Radical Mobilities on Display: The Motorway Aesthetics of Postwar Oslo
Even Smith Wergeland

Road Works: Some Observations on Representing Roads
Peter Merriman


Frontiers of Mobilities Studies
Georgine Clarsen


The Exterritory Project
Ruti Stela and Maayan Amir

Read more about this issue

All new conferences


First issue of the T2M Bibliography


The first issue of the T2M Bibliography is published – research from 2011. Look here.
If you miss some books please write to the editors.
More about the bibliography here.



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