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The “Dolmus” And “Minibus” Of Istanbul: Two Different Shared Vehicles And Cultures Of Urban Transportation, Part 2

By Dr. Basak Tanulku Basak Tanulku is an independent researcher, based in Istanbul, Turkey.  Tanulku obtained a PhD degree in Sociology from Lancaster University in the UK for the research project: “An Exploration of Two Gated Communities in Istanbul, Turkey” (2010). Her main work focuses on socio-spatial fragmentation, gated communities; space and identity; urban vacant lands […]

The “Dolmus” and “Minibus” of Istanbul: Two Different Shared Vehicles and Cultures of Urban Transportation, part 1

By Dr. Basak Tanulku Basak Tanulku is an independent researcher, based in Istanbul, Turkey.  Tanulku obtained a PhD degree in Sociology from Lancaster University in the UK for the research project: “An Exploration of Two Gated Communities in Istanbul, Turkey” (2010). Her main work focuses on socio-spatial fragmentation, gated communities; space and identity; urban vacant lands […]

Exploring Public Road Passenger Transport in Kenya

By Gladys Moraa Marie Nyachieo, Kenyatta University, Kenya This work is based on a conference paper presented during the 15th Annual T2M Conference (Mobile Utopia Conference).  The original paper was entitled “Exploring ‘Public’ Road Passenger Transport In Kenya: A Futuristic Utopia Or Dystopia?”Presented at Lancaster University, November 2-5, 2017. United Kingdom. The author focuses on the dynamics and […]

“A Tale of Two Cities” in Renaissance Europe, part 2: Valletta and Palmanova’s Utopian Ideals

By C.R. van Tilburg, Universiteit Leiden (The Netherlands)  Dr. van Tilburg is the author of Traffic and Congestion in the Roman Empire (London/New York: Routledge, 2007, repr. 2012). For more information about his work, visit his faculty profile page. Not all drawings remained merely utopias. I will discuss two examples of cities which were designed as utopias, but […]

“A Tale of Two Cities” in Renaissance Europe, part 1: Antiquity’s Influence on Balancing Civic and Military Infrastructures

By C.R. van Tilburg, Universiteit Leiden (The Netherlands)  Dr. van Tilburg is the author of Traffic and Congestion in the Roman Empire (London/New York: Routledge, 2007, repr. 2012). For more information about his work, visit his faculty profile page. In our time, modern cities are planned and developed without paying any thought to the possibility of sieges. From […]

Trans-border Mobilities at the Uruguay River Border Space: a Geopolitical Approach to Regional Infrastructure under MERCOSUR and UNASUR

By Alejandro Rascovan, IMICIHU/CONICET – FSOC/UBA This post launches the new season of content at Mobility in History Blog! It is adapted from the conference paper and presentation that the author developed for the 2016 meeting of T2M in Mexico City. Alejandro is a Posdoc Fellow with Argentina’s CONICET and instructor at the University of Buenos […]

President’s Letter August 2017

Dear T2M Members, We are already half way through the summer and I hope those of you in the Northern hemisphere are enjoying some vacation time! Summer is often a time for going to new places and trying out less routine forms of transport – perhaps you have been on a ferry or a sailboat, […]

6-month Review and Summer Break

Mobility in History blog has entered its sixth month actively publishing new content from scholars of transport history and mobility studies. We’re excited about the the work we’ve been able to highlight as well as new features for you, our readers. After launching at the end of January, we began publishing bilingual articles in English and […]

Historicizing a Narrative of Congestion in Bangalore, India

By Govind Gopakumar, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada Govind Gopakumar is Associate Professor at the Centre for Engineering in Society at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. His research is quite interdisciplinary and has focussed on the politics of urban infrastructure, predominantly in Indian cities. He has increasingly become very interested in the “auto-mobility turn”. He is currently finishing a […]

Towards a Cultural History of Waiting

By Robin Kellermann, Technische Universität Berlin Robin Kellermann is a PhD student, research associate and lecturer at Technische Universität Berlin. His research focuses on the cultural history of mobility and transportation as well as digitalization effects in using and experiencing public transportation. The blog post outlines his on-going PhD project about the cultural history of waiting, […]

Entrenching Transformations: Remittances in Vietnam’s Tiger Economy

By Ivan Small, Central Connecticut State University (USA) Dr. Small is a sociocultural anthropologist and assistant professor at Central Connecticut State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University, and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia. Research for this post comes from his book manuscript: Currencies of Imagination: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in […]

John Scholes Transport History Research Essay Competition, 2017

The John Scholes Prize, of up to €275 (275 Euros), is awarded annually to the writer of a publishable paper based on original research into any aspect of the history of transport and mobility. The prize is intended to recognise budding transport historians. It may be awarded to the writer of one outstanding article, or […]

Workshop Review – The ‘Car-Oriented City’ since 1945 in International Comparison

Workshop Review The ‘Car-Oriented City’ since 1945 in International Comparison: An Area of Conflict about Urban (Open) Space Workshop of the Department for Historical Research at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS), December 9th 2016, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin University of Technology “The ‘Car-Oriented City‘ as an Area of Conflict. […]

President’s Letter March 2017

T2M President’s Letter, March 2017 Mimi Sheller Our 2017 joint CeMoRe, T2M , Cosmobilities conference Mobile Utopia: Pasts, Presents, and Futures (Lancaster University, 2-5 November 2017) has had an excellent launch with an exciting Call for Participation for both papers and artists presentations, and a beautiful website and poster design [http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/t2mc2c/call-for-papers/]. Many thanks to our […]