Friday, January 31, 2014

CFP: “Spinoffs of Mobility” T2M Conference

The International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T²M) invites proposals for papers to be presented at its 12th International Conference, to be held at Drexel University in Philadelphia on September 18-21, 2014, co-sponsored in association with Drexel's Center for Mobilities Research and Policy and Center for Science, Technology and Society, and the Pan-American Mobilities Network. Papers may address any social, cultural, economic, technological, ecological, and political perspectives on the history, present, and future of transport, traffic and mobility. However, preference will be given to those pertinent to the conference theme: "Spinoffs of Mobility: Technology, Risk & Innovation." The call for papers states:
Societal transformations and especially times of crisis have often led to pivotal changes and spinoffs in regard to mobility systems, technologies, regulations, and practices. We are interested in the history and the present of these “spinoffs” of transportation, energy and mobility technologies that may be transferred from one context of practice, industrial sector, or region to another, with far-reaching social and environmental consequences. How do transportation systems and mobile technologies move? In what ways do new technologies, infrastructures, and governance approaches disrupt existing systems or create opportunities for new spinoffs, both positive and negative? Which new risks, consequences, or ethical dilemmas do such systemic, technological, and cultural mobilizations create? How do people appropriate, challenge, interrupt or avoid them?
     For a much fuller discussion of the conference theme, possible paper topics, and submission requirements, please see the full call for papers. Proposals, due by March 31, 2014, should be sent to submissions@t2m.org.