When you read this newsletter, you hopefully will have received the first of the delayed copies of the Journal of Transport History in your mailbox. As you can imagine, I received a couple of complaints because of the delays. Before the end of year, you should get a second one and by spring 2011 we should be on track again concerning the schedule. During the last months, Prof. Gordon Pirie (Universty of the Western Cape, Cape Town) became part of the editorial team of JTH and already did a wonderful job to speed up the pace of JTH publications. A good sign of trust of the community in the journal is the again growing number of submissions to the journal.
At the same time, I am happy to see TRANSFERS as an Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies on it’s way to realization. (www.journals.berghahnbooks.com/trans). This new journal will supplement both the Journal of Transport History and the journal mobilities. I wish TRANSFERS every possible success. Our second Yearbook of T2M will appear during the T2M conference in Delhi; another good argument to be in Delhi from Decemter 2-5.
I am most pleased to see the attractive program of our next (8th) International Conference in Delhi, which focusses on the economic and social effects of transport infrastructures, but, of course, is not limited to this focuss but covers all aspects of historical and contemporary mobility studies (http://www.t2m2010.com/scientific_program.html) . At the same time, the Indian Association of Urban Transport will have its annual meeting in Delhi too, and you can have a look on their conference during you sojourn in India. The local organizers are planning to have at least one joint event.
While the organisation of the “Commenwealth Games” obviously caused some problems in Delhi, the organisation of the Annual Conference of T2M turns out to be an organisational masterpiece. Registration for the conference is more easy than in the years before. The local organizers have taken pride to prove that India is a software powerhouse. On the conference website, you can register both for the conference and hotels, you can pay and order excursions. For railway enthusiasts, the excursion to Simla should be the most attractive one, for it uses one of the “World Heritage Railways” from Kalka to Simla (2.200 m) in the Himalayas.
My 14-year old son Amos visited a high school in Hyderabad/India during the last five month, living in an Indian family as exchange student. Incredible India is an experience, which I which all of you. Air Fares are cheap at the moment, so hurry to register.
See you in Delhi,
yours, Hans Dienel