First International Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T^sup 2^M)

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Thursday 6-Sunday 9 November Eindhoven Technical University, The Netherlands

Call for papers

The Tensions of Europe - Mobility History Group, the Cost 340 Network 'Towards a European Intermodal Transport Network - Lessons from History' and the Transport History Group of the German Association of Business History invite proposals for papers to be presented at the First International Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T^sup 2^M), to be held on 6-9 November 2003 at the campus of Eindhoven Technical University, The Netherlands.

The conference aims to bring together the many scattered initiatives, research programmes, research institutions and individuals in these closely related fields and take the first steps towards creating a new set of institutional structures to further their intellectual development. A major step in this direction will be the founding of an International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T^sup 2^M). The conference coincides with the official opening of the European Centre for Mobility Documentation (ECMD) at the campus of Eindhoven Technical University. ECMD will act as host for the conference.

We expect 100-150 conference attendees, with a maximum of 160. The conference language (written and oral) is English. The deadline for abstracts and a short cv (both max. 1 page) is 15 April 2003 (see addresses below). Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 May 2003. The full text of papers accepted must be submitted before 15 August 2003, if they are to be included in the proceedings on CD-ROM which will be distributed to all participants before 15 October 2003. 15 August 2003 is also the deadline for payment of the conference fee of 65 Euro. In due course, an application form for the conference with information about the venue and hotels will be sent to all colleagues who have expressed their intention of attending.

As the preliminary programme (see below) shows, the conference (the first in an intended series of biennial conferences) combines three parallel strands each organised by one of the co-operating organisations. There will be some plenary sessions as well as time for the presentation of papers from outside the immediate concerns of the organisers. The intention is to revitalise the historical study of transport, traffic and mobility, partly by creating new opportunities for the exchange and development of ideas and concepts, both in person and through the usual scholarly media such as journals. The founding of the International Association as well as the presentation of a commemorative issue marking the 50th year of publication of the Journal of Transport History are meant to further these aims.

We especially invite young scholars and PhD students to submit proposals. If enough proposals are received we intend to have a special session on Work in Progress.

The Tensions of Europe - History Mobility Group will use the conference to finalise its three year pilot phase, by presenting, in four different parallel sessions and one plenary session, its five research plans for its subsequent research phase after 2003. These plans cover the following areas:

* Intermodal Competition and Diffusion of Mobility

* Mobility Culture

* Engineering European Mobility

* Automobile Production and Technology

* Virtual Mobility Museum.

For the first three sessions we invite submissions which will expand our focus outside the realm of the automobile and the motorcycle and outside the western countries covered by our research so far. …