Do you have the same feeling as me: when I look into the web, I see more and more workshops, conferences, call for papers, new programs and even job opportunities in the history of tansport, traffic and mobility. It is obvious: We are a small but growing interdisciplinary discipline.
For T2M it is a vital question to integrate these activities and actors. We have to become more open for ethnology, political sciences, sociology, cultural geography and other mobility studies. Maybe this have to materialize in the name and title of our Association and Journal. Therefore, I think, it is a good sign that the new Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies “Transfers” will appear to integrate cultural mobility studies. It should have a close connection with T2M, though we cannot make subscription obligatory and expect from every T2M member to subscribe to the journal. However, we will have a substancial subscription discount for T2M members.
Our annual conference in Berlin is an attempt to deepen collaboration between academia and the world of museums, after all still the biggest job market in our field. I am very thankful for the great number of registered participants. It is clear that the conference is an important step to integrate more museums curatorial staff into T2M activities.
I am thankful for the large number of contributors to the conference and the first summerschool. It is fun, to organize T2M events whith so many active colleagues.
I am especially thankful to Alfred Gottwaldt, Jorgen Burchardt, Olaf Zerrenthin, Manuel Zirm, Joseph Hoppe, Martin Schiefelbusch, Sasha Disco, Gunter Heinickel and Heike Wolter.
Those of you, who have not registered yet; – please hurry (unter www.t2m.org). At least, the number of reverved hotel beds is almost gone.
I am looking forward to see you in Berlin,
yours Hans Dienel