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Call for papers for 18th Annual T²M Conference

Belts and Roads: Governmental Visions for Transport and Mobility. Strategic Transport Infrastructures and the State The International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T²M) calls for papers to be presented at its 18th annual conference, which will take place in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, on 21 – 24 October 2020. The […]

T2M Conference 2019, Paris

International Conference of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T²M) Paris 2019 Mobilities and Materialities: Building Bridges Between Past and Future Paris, 16th-19th October, 2019 T2M Conference 2019 website Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris Sorbonne, Mondial.Tech Mobility clearly has a strong material dimension. In these times of demand for “fluid” mobility, “autonomous” and electric vehicles, shared transport, […]

People-Works: The Labor of Transport, An Online Exhibit

We are excited to publish our first online exhibit, a peer-reviewed digital edited volume of cutting-edge historical research that incorporates visual and multimedia components. Our guest editor Kate McDonald has spent the past year working with the authors of this collection and developing its structure. Think of it as a hybrid of what you would […]

People-Works: The Labor of Transport, An Introduction

Editor’s Introduction What would the history of transportation look like if the stories were about people rather than machines? About the constant presence of human power instead of the rise, expansion, and decline of transportation networks? The exhibits that follow tell the histories of the people without whom transportation systems would not function. From brick […]

Call for paper T2M Conference 2019 Mobilities and Materialities: Building Bridges Between Past and Future

Call for Paper International Conference of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T²M) Paris 2019 Mobilities and Materialities: Building Bridges Between Past and Future Paris, 16th-19th October, 2019 Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris Sorbonne, Mondial.Tech Deadline for proposals for papers and sessions: March 2019, 1st   Mobility clearly has a strong material dimension. In these times of […]

Hand-Made Streets: The Role of Labor in Making, Installing and Maintaining Street Pavement Prior to the Dominance of Asphalt

Robin B. Williams, Savannah College of Art and Design Table of Contents Street Pavements before Asphalt The Labor of Street Paving Cleaning Streets Heritage Work Notes Introduction The paving of streets with macadam, blocks or bricks represented a vital development in the modernization of cities beginning in the nineteenth century. It also represented the product […]

The Labor of Transport of the “Messengers of the Nations” of the University of Paris in the Fifteenth Century

Martina Hacke, University of Düsseldorf Table of Contents Introduction The labor of transport of the messengers of the nations in the sources The messengers and their labor of transport The hazards of the labor of transport Compensation for transport services through privileges Attempts to reduce the number of messengers The founding of the fraternity of […]

Maintaining Safety Through Regulatory Enforcement

Lee Vinsel, Virginia Tech Table of Contents Introduction How Can Danger Go Unnoticed? Crash Tests as Necessary Work Instrumenting a Car for Crashing How to Standardize a Wall Fiat’s Non-Conforming Testing Grounds Keeping Dangerous Technologies Off the Road Notes Introduction Figure 1. A Parking Lot Full of Cars That Were Traded in Because They Contained Defective […]

African Automobility: Mammy Trucks In Twentieth-Century Ghana

Jennifer Hart, Wayne State University Table of Contents Body work Mammy trucks Training drivers Testing officers Local transport cultures “Modern men” Trotro – a “proper” car Urbanization and technological change New models, old business Economic crisis and creativity Conclusion References Introduction This exhibit uses a technological object – the “mammy truck” – as a framework […]