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New book for the study of mobilities in Latin America

Dhan Zunino Singh, Guillermo Giucci y Paola Jirón (eds.), Términos clave para los estudios de la movilidad en América Latina [Keywords for the study of mobilities in Latin America] (Buenos Aires, Biblos, 2018) Prologue by Noel Salazar. If ‘all that is solid melts into air’, it is in large part because movement has become the […]

Roads and Travel in Tanzania: A Reflection on History & Current Trends

By Katie V. Streit Katie Valliere Streit is an independent scholar based in Dayton, Ohio.  Streit obtained a PhD in History from the University of Houston. Her research focuses on the history of automobility and state development in southern Tanzania during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.   Historians spend countless hours in libraries and archives with backs […]

T2M Montréal 2018 Conference – Call for Papers

Hubs are collective meeting points, but they also evoke a specific socio-material nexus of flows throughout history: from Neanderthals to medieval markets, from spice routes to Indigenous gatherings, hubs have provided a common place for people to meet, exchange and continue their journey. Hubs control and direct the flows of people, goods, currencies and so […]

The “Dolmus” And “Minibus” Of Istanbul: Two Different Shared Vehicles And Cultures Of Urban Transportation, Part 2

By Dr. Basak Tanulku Basak Tanulku is an independent researcher, based in Istanbul, Turkey.  Tanulku obtained a PhD degree in Sociology from Lancaster University in the UK for the research project: “An Exploration of Two Gated Communities in Istanbul, Turkey” (2010). Her main work focuses on socio-spatial fragmentation, gated communities; space and identity; urban vacant lands […]

The “Dolmus” and “Minibus” of Istanbul: Two Different Shared Vehicles and Cultures of Urban Transportation, part 1

By Dr. Basak Tanulku Basak Tanulku is an independent researcher, based in Istanbul, Turkey.  Tanulku obtained a PhD degree in Sociology from Lancaster University in the UK for the research project: “An Exploration of Two Gated Communities in Istanbul, Turkey” (2010). Her main work focuses on socio-spatial fragmentation, gated communities; space and identity; urban vacant lands […]

Exploring Public Road Passenger Transport in Kenya

By Gladys Moraa Marie Nyachieo, Kenyatta University, Kenya This work is based on a conference paper presented during the 15th Annual T2M Conference (Mobile Utopia Conference).  The original paper was entitled “Exploring ‘Public’ Road Passenger Transport In Kenya: A Futuristic Utopia Or Dystopia?”Presented at Lancaster University, November 2-5, 2017. United Kingdom. The author focuses on the dynamics and […]

“A Tale of Two Cities” in Renaissance Europe, part 2: Valletta and Palmanova’s Utopian Ideals

By C.R. van Tilburg, Universiteit Leiden (The Netherlands)  Dr. van Tilburg is the author of Traffic and Congestion in the Roman Empire (London/New York: Routledge, 2007, repr. 2012). For more information about his work, visit his faculty profile page. Not all drawings remained merely utopias. I will discuss two examples of cities which were designed as utopias, but […]

“A Tale of Two Cities” in Renaissance Europe, part 1: Antiquity’s Influence on Balancing Civic and Military Infrastructures

By C.R. van Tilburg, Universiteit Leiden (The Netherlands)  Dr. van Tilburg is the author of Traffic and Congestion in the Roman Empire (London/New York: Routledge, 2007, repr. 2012). For more information about his work, visit his faculty profile page. In our time, modern cities are planned and developed without paying any thought to the possibility of sieges. From […]

Trans-border Mobilities at the Uruguay River Border Space: a Geopolitical Approach to Regional Infrastructure under MERCOSUR and UNASUR

By Alejandro Rascovan, IMICIHU/CONICET – FSOC/UBA This post launches the new season of content at Mobility in History Blog! It is adapted from the conference paper and presentation that the author developed for the 2016 meeting of T2M in Mexico City. Alejandro is a Posdoc Fellow with Argentina’s CONICET and instructor at the University of Buenos […]

President’s Letter August 2017

Dear T2M Members, We are already half way through the summer and I hope those of you in the Northern hemisphere are enjoying some vacation time! Summer is often a time for going to new places and trying out less routine forms of transport – perhaps you have been on a ferry or a sailboat, […]

6-month Review and Summer Break

Mobility in History blog has entered its sixth month actively publishing new content from scholars of transport history and mobility studies. We’re excited about the the work we’ve been able to highlight as well as new features for you, our readers. After launching at the end of January, we began publishing bilingual articles in English and […]

Historicizing a Narrative of Congestion in Bangalore, India

By Govind Gopakumar, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada Govind Gopakumar is Associate Professor at the Centre for Engineering in Society at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. His research is quite interdisciplinary and has focussed on the politics of urban infrastructure, predominantly in Indian cities. He has increasingly become very interested in the “auto-mobility turn”. He is currently finishing a […]

Towards a Cultural History of Waiting

By Robin Kellermann, Technische Universität Berlin Robin Kellermann is a PhD student, research associate and lecturer at Technische Universität Berlin. His research focuses on the cultural history of mobility and transportation as well as digitalization effects in using and experiencing public transportation. The blog post outlines his on-going PhD project about the cultural history of waiting, […]