Transportation as a Lifeline of Development. Conference of International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility

Transportation as a Lifeline of Development. Conference of International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility

International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M)
National Rail Museum (NRM), New Delhi, India
New Delhi
Vom - Bis
02.12.2010 - 05.12.2010
Dr. Heike Wolter

The International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) invites proposals for papers to be presented at its Eighth International Conference to be held at the National Rail Museum, New Delhi, India from December 2nd to 5th 2010.
This year the Conference Theme is ‘Transportation as a Lifeline of Development’. The Call for Papers (CfP) invites papers in this Theme field but at the same time it is open to all subjects in the history, heritage and sustainable development of transport,traffic and mobility.

The 8 International Conference of T2M is devoted to analysis and consideration of the relationships between transport infrastructures between transport infrastructures and the development of societies, states, regions, cities or companies. Papers and sessions which are related to the Conference. Theme shall present the complexity of mutual influences between transport infrastructures and economic and societal development. It is, however, possible to propose papers and sessions in all topics related to the history of transport, traffic and mobility. The Conference Theme does not bind applicants.
Transport infrastructures played and play a crucial role for the economic and cultural development of societies. Governments of territorial states have understood improvement of transport infrastructures as a major tool for accelerating their economic development and strengthening their military power, and therefore tried to get control over transport facilities and use available resources for improving these systems. The foundation of an independent, state airline for instance, even with only one aircraft, was one of the first activities of some new states in Africa after the end of Colonialism. However, governmental or private investments in transport infrastructures did not always pay off as anticipated In many rural regions, new but underused railway, road and airport infrastructures could become a financial burden with high operating and maintenance costs. The same is true for transport infrastructures, which were built mainly for military reasons.
In many so called developing countries colonial railway infrastructures never emerged as a transport network to meet the demands of the country but remained a necessary infrastructure for export of natural resources from mines or farmlands to ports. These lines often have not been extended and modernized after
independence, so that only few former colonies have a modern and well maintained railway network. India is an exception from the rule with a dense, reliable, money making and growing railway network and thus a model for many countries worldwide. Strong links between transport and development are as interesting for the
Conference as the relative independence of the two. Not all industrial revolutions or economic booms requested new and better transport facilities.

We invite proposals for single papers or full sessions. Full session proposals with three or four papers are encouraged, but, of course, proposals of single papers are heartily invited too. Besides the sessions, we will have a poster exhibition for every paper. All proposals by Ph-D students will at least be accepted for the poster

Participants are encouraged, though not required, to organize panels on these themes. 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.

T2M 2010 wants to invest more energy into communication. Posters of all oral presentations will be exhibited in the public area of India’s most visited rail museum. This innovation will contribute to better promotion of the history of transport, traffic and mobility as a scientific discipline and as a public service. Submission of a fully completed poster form (1 page A4) is mandatory for all speakers. Posters will be judged. Poster forms will be made available later on the website of the Programme Committee.

Please send proposals to: The deadline for sending in the abstracts and a short CV (max one page each; Word or Rich Text Format only) is May 15th. Since it may be a problem for many scholars to get funding for transport, accommodation and the Conference, the Programme committee therefore will send out
acceptance letters for the selected papers as soon as possible, in order to facilitate applications for funding. Ph.D. students are encouraged to apply for travel grants from T2M. Please find application forms under

Session proposals should also include a one-page overview of the session. Submitters will be notified by the Programme committee during the first week of June 2010 on the success or status of their submission.

The full paper of all accepted submissions and of the posters must be delivered on or before September 15 , 2010. These papers will be copied onto a Conference CD-ROM for distribution in advance to all Conference participants. Individual presentations at the
Conference are therefore to be limited to a fifteen-minute summary to allow for debate and discussion within the session.

All participants are required to register. For details of T2M and of previous conferences, please visit: Further details of the Conference (including the poster form) will shortly be available on


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