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.

Editor: Mike Bess   Book review Editor: Aparajita Mukhopadhyay


Preface Mobility and Blogging

By Mike Bess, Editor

The new year welcomes a new transition for Mobility in History(MiH). In 2017, following the publication of its eighth issue, MiH moves to a blog format with new content to be published monthly. Mobility in History Blog(MHB)will continue as a space for scholars to debate and reflect upon the characteristics of historical mobility studies. As the out-going editor-in-chief, 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 will be able to reach out to 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 hope toforge a dynamic online community, connecting the latest scholarship with wider audiences.

MHB will be 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 also intend to publish in multiple languages when possible. While English will remain the primary language of Mobility in History, we hope to make parallel versions of content available in authors’ own language.

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, MHBwill encourage an informal, on-going conversation about our scholarship with the goal of supporting the development of new research perspectives. Moreover, blogging can be 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 will publish 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 intend to 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. In the coming days, we will be publishing our first essayson MHB. We look forward to having you join us!



November 2 - 5 2017

2017 Conference, UK - Mobile Utopia

T2M together with the Cosmobilities Network will hold the XV International Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility at Lancaster University, United Kingdom, on 2-5 November 2017. The deadline for the submission of abstracts and sessions is 31 Mar 2017.