Please note that the Transport Diversions workshop has been cancelled. Watch this space for future events. 

Call for Papers – Transport diversions: Diversity in Transport and Mobility History

(7 December 2017, National Railway Museum)

Transport and mobility history has experienced a broadening of approaches across a wide range of disciplines.  Exciting new avenues of research have been opened in cultural, social and practical aspects of transport history, but there is scope for much more. Held at the National Railway Museum on 7 December, the “Transport Diversions” Workshop, the second annual gathering of the York Transport Historians Group, hopes to bring together scholars in various fields working on transport and mobility history in an open and inclusive environment. The workshop will celebrate the richness and diversity of the field, but also promote a multidisciplinary approach to research, where the sharing of ideas, information, methodologies and collaborative working is the norm.

The opportunities for multidisciplinary work are many, their outputs are valuable. For instance, how can the experiences of the leisure traveller be illuminated by historical geographers and literary scholars coming together to understand how fictional representations of journeys reflected the geography through which travellers passed? Can recent scholarship on business decisions be combined with advances in cultural studies to provide a more rounded picture of the passenger experience? Is understanding the life, experiences and perhaps plight of the lowly transport worker benefitted by social historians and economic historians collaborating to providing new insights? What benefits are to be had by museum professionals and those working on the material culture sharing ideas on the historical importance of objects in museum collections? What can scholars working on, or practitioners working in transport and mobility today learn from history, and how can this inform their thinking in terms of policy and practice? Through papers, break-out sessions and round-tables, the ‘Transport Diversions’ Workshop will create a dynamic, collegial and sometimes challenging environment that demonstrates that there are many opportunities from such interactions and collaborations, and that their outputs can be informative and enlightening.

Please submit abstracts for 20 minute papers of no longer than 300-500 words to by 15 October. Proposals for papers on transport and mobility in history, especially papers taking a multidisciplinary approach or from outside the field, are accepted on the following subjects, although any relevant papers will be considered:

•                     Changing cultural perceptions of transport provision
•                     Marketing transport then and now
•                     Mobility of goods, people or ideas
•                     Accessibility and disability
•                     Sensing and understanding mobility
•                     Transport and the military, politics or ceremony
•                     Speed, time, and travel.
•                     Building, destroying, and rebuilding networks
•                     Growing up with the railways
•                     Women and transport.
•                     International transport and mobility
•                     The managing and organisation of transport systems
•                     The policy and politics of transport and mobility
•                     Describing or depicting transport
•                     Transport and mobility and the environment
•                     Mobility, transport and museums
•                     Working on transport

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“Making the Connections” – Transport and its Place in History
16 November 2016 – King’s Manor, York

Run by York Transport Historians
Sponsored by the National Railway Museum

Registration is now closed


09.15-9.45 – Registration

09.45-09.55 –Dr David Turner, University of York – Welcome

09.55-11.10 – Session 1 – Changing Tracks
Chair  – Prof. Terry Gourvish, London School of Economics and Political Science

Unintended consequences? Organisational change and management capability – Nicola Forsdike (PhD), University of York

Supersonic/gin & tonic: Concorde and the slow death of supersonic travel, 1950-2000 – Dr Peter Lyth, Nottingham University

The vulnerability paradox: the illusion of permanence in the UK public transport industry – Dr Kevin Tennent, University of York

11.10-11. 25 – Break

11.25-12.40 – Session 2 – Work and Society
Chair – Prof. Richard Dennis, University College London

Maintaining the Connections: A Social and Cultural History of the Permanent Way – Dr Oliver Betts, National Railway Museum

Digital disasters: Crowdsourcing the railway accident – Dr Mike Esbester, University of Portsmouth

Observing ‘Saint Monday’: a geographical comparison of railway tripping opportunities for mid-19th century workers – Dr. Susan Major, Independent Scholar  – please note this is a change from the originally advertised programme (07/11/2016)

12.40-13.30 – Lunch

13.30-15.20 – ‘Signposts’ – New research in Transport History (15 min papers)
Chair – Andrew McLean, Head Curator, National Railway Museum

A satisfactory coupling: railways and the culture of crime, 1840s-1890s – Karen Baker, National Railway Museum

The Trajectories of Railway Kinship Families in Victorian York – Phil Batman (PhD), Leicester University

Urban horse-drawn transport and the built environment: 1820-1920 – Megan Doole, Independent Scholar

A new historical approach to women and the railway industry – Hannah Reeves (PhD), National Railway Museum/Keele University

15.20-15.35 – Break

15.35-16.50 – Session 4 – Culture and Media
Chair – TBC

Buses and Popular Culture – Dr Martin Higginson and Richard Storey, Independent Scholars

Re-inserting transport into the history of the Great Exhibition – Dr Charlotte Mathieson, University of Surrey

Canals in Nineteenth-century Literary History – Dr Jodie Matthews, University of Huddersfield

16.50-16.55 – Dr Mike EsbesterJournal of Transport History

16.55-17.10 – Dr David Turner, University of York – Closing Comments

17.10 – Close

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