Tourism and the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility

Tourism and the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility

International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M)
United Kingdom
From - Until
06.10.2005 - 09.10.2005
Heike Wolter


The International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the Third International Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, to be held at the National Railway Museum, York, United Kingdom on 6-9 October 2005.

Papers may address any aspect of the social, cultural, economic, technological, ecological and political history of transport, traffic and mobility. However, preference will generally be given to those focussing on the historical relationship between tourism and transport, traffic and mobility.

Tourism embraces not only the familiar phenomenon of modern mass travel for leisure purposes but also the movement of individuals and groups for analagous reasons in the pre-modern period. Our concern is to delineate, both theoretically and empirically, the historical relationships between certain patterns of mobility and kinds of leisure and associated activities. In this way we hope to analyse the genesis, development and interaction of different cultures of travel in order to illuminate the various historical meanings of tourism. Such a broadly based definition suggests the value of interdisciplinary approaches. Relevant contributions from cultural geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, and other scholars who do not define themselves as historians are therefore very welcome, as well as those from historians who are not specialists in either tourism or T2M.

Participants are encouraged, though not required, to organize panels on this or any other theme. A panel consists of a chair and normally up to three speakers; no commentator is required.We especially encourage transnational, comparative and transmodal approaches, and welcome proposals exploring theoretical or methodological issues as well as those of a more empirical nature. We especially invite recent entrants to the profession and doctoral students to submit proposals.

This conference will be hosted by the Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History, a joint endeavour of the University of York and the National Railway Museum. To mark the 10th anniversary of the Institute’s founding, a strand of the conference will be dedicated to ‘Mobilizing railway history: railways and the construction of the history of transport, traffic and mobility’. More details will be posted at

The conference language is English (only).The deadline for abstracts and a short cv (max. 1 page each; Word or rich text format only) is Friday 1 April 2005. Send proposals to: Notification of acceptance will be sent by Friday 29 April 2005. The full text of papers accepted must be submitted by Monday 1 August 2005 if they are to be included on the conference CD-ROM sent in advance to all participants and if they are to be eligible for T2M Awards. All participants are required to register.

For enquiries about the programme, please contact Colin Divall

For information about local arrangements please contact Martyn Halman

For details of T2M and of previous conferences, please visit: Further details of the 2005 conference will be posted there in due course.

Programme Committee:
Colin Divall (National Railway Museum/University of York) (Chair)
Corinne Mulley (University of Newcastle)
Bruce Pietrykowski (University of Michigan-Dearborn)
Heike Wolter ( Dresden Technical University)
Maggie Walsh (University of Nottingham)
John Walton (University of Central Lancashire).


Contact (announcement)

Heike Wolter
TU Dresden

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