I want to wish a good summer to those of you in the northern hemisphere, as many of us look forward to summer holidays – a classic time for travel and mobility! The early-bird deadline of July 15th for our annual conference is approaching, so I hope you have registered for ‘The Future of Mobilities’ in Caserta, Italy, which our local organizing committee have been hard at work preparing. Many thanks to Federico Paolino, Massimo Moraglio, Bruna Vendemmia, and Andrea Giuntini for all their fine work! Not to mention excellent assistance from Julia Hildebrand and Joergen Burchardt.
I just had the pleasure of giving a (remote) Keynote Address at the Sixth New Zealand Mobilities Symposium on “Dangerous Mobilities,” which reminds me of the extensive spread of our transport and mobilities research networks around the world. You can read a brief report on the event here:
The topic speaks in part to the many people who face dangerous journeys this year, especially refugees crossing the Mediterranean and the Caribbean Sea, which are so often thought of only as warm sunny holiday destinations. You may also be aware of a debate that is raging about the Dominican Republic’s denial of citizenship and expulsion of Haitian immigrants and Haitian-Dominicans who have lived their entire lives there, but if not you can find a statement about it and a list of resources here from the Caribbean Studies Association:
This week I will be heading to Lancaster University for the “Mobilities Intersections” Workshop, a special event that I have co-organized with Monika Büscher and David Tyfield to develop a 10th Anniversary Special Issue of the journal Mobilities (see http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/events/mobility-intersections/index.htm). Indeed in honor of the 10th Anniversary, the Editors are happy to invite you to access a free selection of our favorite articles for a short period of time:
And speaking of the journal, we are happy to announce that we have negotiated a special rate for T2M members, which will soon be posted on the website. So you will now have a choice of three wonderful journals: Mobilities, Transfers, or The Journal of Transport History, in addition to our Yearbook. The growing number of journals, as well as book series such as Berghahn’s Explorations in Mobilities series (http://www.berghahnbooks.com/series.php?pg=expl_mobi), and Routledge’s Changing Mobilities series (http://www.routledge.com/books/series/CHGMOB/), reflects the vibrancy of our dynamic field.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing those of you who will be joining us in Caserta!