Fourth International Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility
Paris and Marne-la-Vallée, France
28 September -1 October 2006
The International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the Fourth International Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, to be held in Paris and Marne-la-Vallée, France on 28th September-1st October 2006.
Papers may address any aspect of the social, cultural, economic, technological, ecological and political history of transport, traffic and mobility. However, we encourage the submission of proposals relating to the conference theme: History, Safety and Sustainable Mobility.
The interplay between safety and sustainability opens up important lines of historical inquiry. In what ways do the values of safety and sustainability shape the expectations of mobility users, producers and regulators? For example, beginning in the 1970s, the resurgence of the tram, in opposition to the automobile, in urban centers initiated a series of intense debates. In France, for example, several social science research projects (RATP Réseau 2000, Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement, etc) were established to address the debate. It is hoped that this theme will generate new objects and methods of inquiry in the emerging field of mobility history.
Such a broad subject suggests the value of interdisciplinary approaches. Relevant contributions from cultural geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, and other scholars who do not define themselves as historians are therefore very welcome, as well as those from historians who are not specialists in T2M. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to organize panels on this or any other theme. A panel consists of a chair and normally up to three speakers; no commentator is required. We encourage transnational, comparative and transmodal approaches, and welcome proposals exploring theoretical or methodological issues as well as those of a more empirical nature. We especially invite recent entrants to the profession and doctoral students to submit proposals.
For enquiries about the programme, please contact Mathieu Flonneau, Université Paris I, ( Mathieu.Flonneau@univ-Paris1.fr ) and Vincent Guigueno, Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). For information about local arrangements please contact email@example.com.