|The 20th Annual Conference of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) was held from 21 to 24 September 2022 at the Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World (DiSSGeA) jointly organized with the Centre for Advanced Studies in Mobility & Humanities (MoHu) of the University of Padua, Italy. Thanks to its hybrid format, the Conference brought together both in presence and online approximately 140 scholars from different generations, regions, and disciplinary backgrounds.
Under the theme of Mobilities: Disruptions and Reconnections, the conference included 29 sessions on various topics that addressed mobility issues together with epistemological, humanistic, environmental, digital, economic, intellectual, visual, tourism, material, and heritage issues both in a comparative and long-term perspective. Two keynote lectures by Lynne Pierce and Luca Scholz addressed new topics and emerging issues to combine mobility studies with humanities. Conference attendees enjoyed various social events organized during and at the end of the Conference, including several exhibitions and guided tours at the Museum of Geography, a boat tour through Padua and its waterways, a cycle tour through the Euganean Hills, and a visit to the Scrovegni Chapel and Botanical Gardens.
The conference provided the opportunity not only to share theories, methods and experiences to advance knowledge and raise public attention on mobilities in all their multifaceted aspects, but also to bring together scholars and relaunch networking activities after two years of Covid-19 pandemic.
Some notable conference statistics:
- The conference was attended by 136 (117 + 19 steering + local organizing committee members);
- Of these, there were 105 participants on-site and 33 on-line participants;
- Conference finances with total collection of 30,145 € comprising fees 22,520 € (gross) and sponsorship: 7,625 € from the MoHu Center;
- Total Expenses of 30,135 € comprising travel grants/reimbursement 3,825 €; conference material 4,594 €; lunch/dinner 12,200 €; rooms (equipment) 1,830 €; social events 4,186 €; subscription to T2M 3,500 €.