Deadline for the submission of abstracts extended to 15 June 2010.
A two-day conference at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 25-26 Novermber 2010, exploring the ways in which congestion has been, and continues to be, a problem as well as an inherent characteristic of the historical development of cities and regions worldwide, particularly in their relation to commercial, financial, industrial, tourist and other networks. Our purpose is also to promote an exchange across disciplines and engage with current policy debates.
We welcome proposals relating to any historical period and geographical area examining congestion in its broadest sense and/or focusing on one of its multiple dimensions. Themes that might be explored include: the importance of structure and agency in the conception, planning and execution of transport infrastructures such as roads, waterways, canals, railways and airways; the use of mechanical, medical and anthropomorphic metaphors describing the circulation of information, capital, goods, waste and people and its relationship with cities and regions; the cultural, political and social reception of new transport technologies and policies; the responses to and interpretations of environmental issues; the ways in which traffic and congestion have been depicted in films and literary and other works. Papers adopting a comparative perspective are especially encouraged. Abstracts of 300 words and a brief statement outlining the institutional affiliation of the participants should be sent by 15 June 2010 to the conference organisers. Their contact details and further information can be found at:
Dr Carlos López Galviz
Victoria County History
Institute of Historical Research
University of London
Senate House, Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
+44 (0)207 862 8776
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