Mobility in History Blog

About Us

Mobility in History Blog is an online publication of the T2M association. It showcases the work of mobilities scholars and supports the academic debate around the study of mobility and transport topics. The blog also seeks to promote our field of study to a broader audience online, democratizing access to scholarly content, and increasing the diversity of voices on the topic of mobility. We invite submissions from members of T2M as well as other scholars and individuals interested in historical mobility studies and what it means for understanding our world, today. The blog is updated every second and fourth Monday of the month with new content. Search for #MobilityMonday on Twitter and Facebook to find out about new posts. To submit, or for other inquiries, write the editors.

Editor-in-Chief: Michael K. Bess, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

Book Reviews Editor: Aparajita Mukhopadhyay, Goldsmiths, University of London

Associate Editor: Angélica Agredo Monealegre, King's College London

Online Exhibit Guest Editor: Kate McDonald, University of California, Santa Barbara

Preface: Mobility and Blogging

By Michael K. Bess, Editor-in-Chief

In 2017, Mobility in History (MiH) welcomed a new transition. Following the publication of its eighth issue, MiH moved to a blog format with new content to be published monthly. Mobility in History Blog (MHB) continues as a space for scholars to debate and reflect upon the characteristics of historical mobility studies. As former editor Kyle Shelton has noted, it is a journey that began alongside the founding of T2M as an organization. The MiHYearbook became an important extension of the annual conference, it showcased new scholarship, expanded the field, and helped to define it.  Members of T2M can still access the archive of past issues, listed here.

First published by Editions Alphil, and later Berghahn, MiH also became an important means of reaching out to new scholars. In part, that is how I became more involved in this field, writing an historiographical essay about mobility and transport in Mexico in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As a young graduate student, it opened my eyes to another understanding of my work, beyond a focus on road building as state formation and towards an appreciation of it within the context of mobilities studies.

As an academic blog, Mobility in History can become a persistent part of the scholarly discussion about our field. We want it to be a place for members of T2M to regularly connect with one another, showcasing new and developing scholarship. Moreover, without a pay wall, MHB can reach the broader academic community and the public, online. We join a larger trend in academic publishing towards more democratic access to content. The goal is not to replace traditional publication outlets, but rather to complement them. We are working to forge a dynamic online community, connecting the latest scholarship with wider audiences.

MHB is a new place to experiment with different ways to write and think about mobilities studies from an historical perspective. Contributions will range from traditional written pieces to eventually include visual essays, video tours of mobile spaces, podcasts, and other content. We invite you, our readers, to also become contributors and grow MHB with your ideas that can be expressed online, off the printed page, and featured in ways that make our scholarship more accessible to different kinds of people. To that end, we publish in multiple languages when possible. While English remains the primary language of Mobility in History, we have also published work in Spanish, and hope to expand to other languages in the future when possible.

We’re looking to be part of the community of scholars interested in mobilities studies, serving to showcase research and collaborate with print publications, including Transfers and the Journal of Transport History. In conversations with colleagues, I’ve said that in developing as a blog, MHB encourages an informal, on-going conversation about our scholarship with the goal of supporting the development of new research perspectives. Moreover, blogging is a useful exercise to communicate one’s work to a broader audience and we hope MHB can serve that purpose in our field of study.

Going forward MHB publishes content each month, soliciting contributions from our T2M community as well as welcoming proposals for new essays and other features. Our core mission is to provide a platform for scholars of mobilities studies and transport history to write and discuss their work online. We also remain stay connected with our publication legacy, producing capsule essays that link back to content in the MiH digital archives. As MiH accomplished for the better part of a decade, we want Mobility in History Blog to be a part of the conversation that helps to define and expand our field. For those of you on social media, be sure to like T2M on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to be informed of new posts as they become available on our website. You can also find our work on social media with the #MobilityMonday tag.

In 2018, we will be continuing regular publication of new content and also launch new series, including a yearly exhibit. We invite you to join us on this journey and look forward to hearing from you!

October 24 - 27 2018

2018 Conference, Montreal

T2M will hold the XVI International Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility in Montréal, Canda on 24-27 October 2018. The theme is: "Boom, Bust and What After? The Lives of Hub Cities and Their Networks". Deadline for submission of abstracts and sessions is May 28, 2018.