Five days ago, the Berlin Government had to go public and to confess that the new Berlin Airport will not be opened in June 2nd, but (maybe much) later. Till today, it does not dare to offer a new opening date.
This headline “catastrophe” underlines again that we choose the right topic for our research. Transport and mobility studies experience growing interest and importance, not at least to understand and to explain the public the catastrophes of and in transport infrastructures. Consequently, the German transport history network declared airports to the topic of their next annual meeting (January 17-18, 2013 at Airport Frankfurt, suggestions for papers have to go to Christopher Kopper).
More general, the number and quality of mobility conferences is growing at a rapid pace. Just have a look at the following workshop and conferences. Both, the
Models of Mobility (York University, Canada), March 2012.
Local and mobile: Linking mobilities, mobile communication and locative media. 3rd Mobilities conference 2012. of the Pan-American Mobilities Network and the Cosmobilities Network (March 16-18 2012) at NC State University.
took place in the same month.
In the coming month, we are waiting for a couple of new conferences (see https://t2m.org/news-from-the-field/forthcoming-conferences/), including the
Travel Ideals: Engaging with spaces and mobility. An inaugural conference of the Travel Research Network (University of Melbourne, 18-20 July 2012)
Revisiting the Transportation Revolution. Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association in Vancouser/British Columbia (September 21-23, 2012) http://eh.net/eha/meetings/2012-meeting
Most important and in the core of any transport and mobility study event is the deadline of the call for papers for our annual conference in Madrid (November 15-18, 2012). The deadline is May 20th. Your still have a chance to send in you proposal under firstname.lastname@example.org, if you haven’t done so.
I wish you a good summer and the selection of your proposed paper in Madrid,
yours Hans Dienel