Meet the newly-elected Executive Committee members
We welcome Irene Anastasiadou, Carlos Lopez Galviz, Julia Hildebrand, Robin Kellermann, Victor Marquez, Hiroki Shin, M. Luisa Sousa, and Dhan Zunino Singh to the Executive Committee and congratulate them on their election.
Irene Anastasiadou – Berlin University of Technology (Germany)
Irene (Eirini) Anastasiadou specializes in history of technology. She is working as an IPODI Marie Curie Fellow at the Technical University of Berlin researching Railways and Europe-Asian relations, from 1950s to present. She has worked on railway internationalization in Europe as the topic of her PhD, which she earned in 2009 from the Department of Engineering and Innovation Studies at the Eindhoven University of Technology.
Irene is dedicated to promoting collaboration between researchers around the world in establishing new innovative research programmes and increase the visibility of the history of transport, traffic and mobility within the broader field of history taught at University departments around the world. T2M can support researchers of transport, traffic and mobility to be at the frontline of new innovative research global challenges relating to transport e.g. volumes of migration, global governance, and environmental degradation.
Carlos Lopez Galviz – Institute of Historical Research, University of London (UK)
Carlos holds a DPhil in Comparative Metropolitan History from The Institute of Historical Research, University of London and is a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. His collaborative and interdisciplinary work engages the past and the future of cities. Carlos has been involved in several collaborations with artists, geographers, planners and architects, as well as the museum sector, exploring issues such as memory, social exclusion and the rights of minority groups and the elderly. Carlos’s publications explore the politics of transport, urban planning, street traffic, mapping and the history of time-keeping and pneumatic technologies.
Carlos encourages discussion among T2M colleagues around the notion of past futures, that is, the ways in which past societies have envisioned their futures, and the role that transport, traffic and mobility have played in the process. He furthermore encourages collaborations and feedback between T2M colleagues.
Julia Hildebrand is a PhD candidate in Communication, Culture, and Media at Drexel University in Philadelphia (USA). Since March 2015, Julia has been fulfilling an important function as T2M’s Secretary. She, furthermore, serves as Editorial Assistant for the Visual Anthropology Review and as Newsletter Editor for the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS). Julia earned her MA degree in Comparative Media Studies at the University of Regensburg. In 2014, Julia joined Mimi Sheller at Drexel University’s Center for Mobilities Research and Policy as a Research Assistant on the project “The Imaginary of Rail Transport and Mobility in the United States.”
Julia represents the interests of particularly graduate students and early-career scholars. She is expanding T2M’s thematic scope by including critical research on communication technologies with respect to mobility as well as future visions of transport and traffic.
Robin Kellermann – Berlin Technical University (Germany)
Robin Kellermann is a PhD student at Berlin Technical University researching the cultural history of transport-induced waiting. He has worked as junior researcher in several EU-funded research projects addressing the past and the future of the European transport industries. Additionally, he is an associate PhD fellow at the Berlin Technical University’s Centre for Metropolitan Studies’ Graduate Research Program “Berlin-New York-Toronto”, an active musician and last but not least, since 2014 he has also co-editing the T2M newsletter.
Robin is focused on bringing previously overlooked mobility phenomena (such as waiting and the immobile subject) on the discipline’s research agenda, which involve opportunities of historicizing as well as theorizing them. Robin argue for a programmatic proximity to the transport-relevant and growing field of urban studies and aim to promote the network’s endeavour for opening up to other disciplinary perspectives by strengthening ties with other transport and mobilities networks.
Victor Marquez – Universidad Iberoamerica (Mexico)
Victor Marquez is an independent author who writes on History and The Sociology of Technology. He is an architect and airport designer, and foremost, a global traveller. Under the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship he has produced research that has led him to give more than forty lectures and papers in five continents. He has been a TED Talk lecturer, a contributor for The Futurist, an advisor of Discovery Channel, and a keynote lecturer at Urban Islands in Sydney.
Victor is part of the Local Organizing Committee for the T2M Annual Conference in Mexico City for 2016. As an academic and practitioner from a developing country such as Mexico, Victor adds valuable ideas and new points of view to the executive committee in order to consolidate T2M a stronger, global scope association.
Hiroki Shin – Birkbeck College, University of London (UK)
Hiroki Shin received his BA and MA from the University of Tokyo, and his PhD from the University of Cambridge. After a brief spell at Yale University as a visiting fellow, he worked in the ‘Commercial Cultures of Britain’s Railways’ project at the University of York and the National Railway Museum. In 2013, he started a project on the history of energy consumption in the twentieth century at Manchester University before moving to Birkbeck College, University of London, in 2015.
Hiroki works to ensure the optimum use of T2M’s financial and intellectual resources to realise cultural and geographical diversity, to update and expand the syllabi page, and further enhance T2M’s presence in the area of mobility studies educations and to create (with other EC members) a strategy to solicit participation in the annual conferences more widely.
M. Luísa Sousa is a post-doc researcher at the Department of Applied Social Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon-NOVA. M. Luísa has worked on research projects in History of Technology in subjects such as the automobile assembly industry, and the urban infrastructures. Her on-going post-doc project is about the post-World War II development of highway engineering, both in Portugal and in two of its former colonies, Angola, and Mozambique, considering USA’s influence (the “Americanization” of Europe), development discourses, and center(s) and periphery(ies) relationships.
M. Luísa serves as the Treasurer of the Association and hopes to contribute to the strengthening and expansion of the network, and of its activities and outputs.
Dhan Zunino Singh has a degree in Sociology (University of Buenos Aires), a postgraduate degree as Specialist in the History and Criticism of Architecture and Urbanism (UBA), an M.A. in the Sociology of Culture (National University of San Martin, Argentina), and a Ph.D. in History (IHR, University of London). He has worked on different topics in urban studies, the sociology of culture, and health studies, but has since 2004, focused on the cultural history of urban mobility looking at the relationship between urban space, movement, technologies and culture.
One of his main concerns and aims as EC member candidate is to keep extending the T2M network in Latin America, Dhan Zunino is focused on promoting mobility studies (both contemporary and historical research) as a field in the region. Furthermore he wishes to promote more transdisciplinary and transnational debates where histories from plural perspectives, locations, and cultures can be heard.