International Conference of Transport Traffic and Mobility (T²M) Paris 2019

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The organisation of the Congress brings together a wide array of public and private institutions. The Congress will be held at the Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University and at EQUIP AUTO show in Paris.

Mobilities and Materialities: Building Bridges Between Past and Future

Mobility clearly has a strong material dimension. In these times of demand for "fluid" mobility, "autonomous" and electric vehicles, shared transport, the physical infrastructure that underpins and makes mobility possible is subject to profound changes (borders of energy supply, route 2.0, etc.). Infrastructure networks and transport services have also undergone significant material transformations throughout the history of the long term (macadam coating, steam engines, electrification…).

Generally, vehicles, equipments and infrastructures are considered separately in studies dealing with transport and mobility. However these infrastructures (roads, waterways, harbors, airport, bike paths…) are essential to the physical conditions of traffic in all modes of transport (coaches, cars, buses, boats, planes…). Looking at mobility from the perspective of material culture is a way of articulating these two dimensions and of approaching infrastructure and means of transport based on the most concrete and visible aspects.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the concept of material culture was an important heuristic tool, mobilized in particular by historians and archaeologists. Nowadays, this attention to material issues is being significantly renewed in different disciplines to understand the relationships that societies and individuals have with things and their social life. From manufacture to consumption, the function, appropriation and status of objects evolve over time and according to whoever handles them. This question of materialities is just as essential to the understanding of mobility and its technical, economic and social transformations.

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to deepen our understanding of these infrastructures and mobility ecosystems: their functions, the concerned actors, the spatial stakes, the logistical issues, the consequences of new supply chains, and what controversies and challenges they bring, with particular attention to their materiality.

Proposals for papers and sessions on one or more of the following topics will be strongly encouraged, although all contributions are welcome:

  • Archeological evidence of mobility
  • Museum collections, displays and transportation heritage
  • Connexions between academic field and technical or economic stakeholders
  • Innovation dynamics
  • Mobility practices, social uses and consumption patterns
  • Places for mobilities (infrastructures, gas station, fuel pump, refinery, terminal, drives in, signaling…)
  • Worlds of objects (toys, advertising, tickets, tenues…)
  • Duration and obsolescence
  • Speed and slow mobilities
  • Materiality and dematerialization…
  • Tourism issues (travel guides, apps…)

This mobility history conference aims to bridge research approaches, welcoming proposals from different disciplines dealing with mobility studies (history, sociology, anthropology, geography, economy, planning studies, business history, architecture, design, communication, archeology, etc.) We particularly encourage the submission of interdisciplinary panels or sessions.

T2M conference Schedule overview

Wednesday October 16th - Sorbonne

  • 10h-12h: T²M Executive Committee meeting (by invitation)
  • 14h-16h: Welcome and registration of participants
    • Conference Opening (Mathieu Flonneau et Anne Conchon)
    • Mot d’accueil par un représentant du Ministère des transports
    • Présidents SER ; URF ; FIEV
  • 16h30-18h: Keynote : Pascal Griset (amphithéâtre Louis Liard)
  • 18h-20h: Cocktail (Appartement décanal, Sorbonne Panthéon)

Thursday October 17th - Campus Condorcet

  • 8h00-9h00: Welcome and registration of participants - Campus Condorcet Salle 1, 2 & 3
  • 9h00-10h30: Session 1
  • 10h30-10h45: Break
  • 10h45-12h15: Session 2
  • 12h15-13h15: Lunch
  • 13h15-14h45: Going to EQUIP AUTO show at Paris Porte de Versailles (Hall 1,2 & 3)
  • 15h00-16h00: Introduction
  • 16h00-17h00: Roundtable 1 - Between past and present: Governing new mobility
  • 17h00-18h00: Roundtable 2 - Between past and present: Marking and signage
  • 18h00-19h00: Keytnote: Patrick Pelata
  • 19h00: Cocktail

 Friday October 18th – Campus Condorcet

  • 8h30-9h00: Welcome of participants
  • 9h00-10h30: Session 1  - Campus Condorcet Salle 1, 2 & 3
  • 10h30-10h45: Break
  • 10h45-12h15: Session 2
  • 12h15-13h15: Lunch
  • 13h15-14h45: Session 3 
  • 15h00-15h15: Departures
  • 15h00-18h00: Visits (per group of 25 people)
  • 19h30-22h00: Banquet (Train Bleu)

Saturday October 19th – Campus Condorcet

  • 8h30-9h00: Welcome of participants
  • 9h00-10h30: Session 1 - Campus Condorcet Salle 1, 2 & 3
  • 10h30-10h45: Break
  • 10h45-12h15: Session 2 - Campus Condorcet Salle 1, 2 & 3
  • 12h20-12h55: Keynote: Andreas Marklund
  • 13h-14h: Lunch
  • 14h15-14h45: Roundtable Carbon assessment
  • 14h45-15h30: T²M Meeting Participant + Closing


The scientific committee is made up of:

  • Anne Conchon (Chair of the Committee, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University),
  • Mathieu Flonneau (vice-chair of the Committee, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University),
  • Etienne Faugier (Associate researcher, LARHRA),
  • Alice Milor (Sorbonne University),
  • Laurence Nye (Sorbonne University),
  • Dhan Zunino Singh (Universidad de Quilmes),
  • Martin Emanuel (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg),
  • Victor Marquez (Independent Scholar, Mexico),
  • Pierre Barrieau (UQAM).

The Local Organisational Committee is made up of :

  • Anne Conchon (President of the Committee, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University),
  • Mathieu Flonneau (vice-chair of the Committee, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University),
  • Etienne Faugier (Associate researcher, LARHRA),
  • Anne-Marie Checcozzo (FIEV),
  • Stéphane Levesque (URF),
  • Stève Bernardin (Marne-la-Vallée University),
  • Yves Bouvier (Sorbonne University),
  • Aurélien Delpirou (Ecole d’urbanisme de Paris / Lab'Urba),
  • Jean-François Doulet (Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne University),
  • Caroline Gallez (IFSTTAR),
  • Vincent Guigueno (Quai Branly Museum),
  • Maxime Huré (Perpignan University),
  • Laurence Nye (Sorbonne University),
  • Arnaud Passalacqua (Paris Diderot University),
  • Sébastien Richez (Postal History committee),
  • Nathalie Roseau (Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech),
  • Florence Brachet Champsaur (Railways and History),
  • Louis Baldasseroni (Marne-la-Vallée University),
  • Alice Milor (Sorbonne University),
  • Guillaume Kozubski (FFC),
  • Nicolas Hautière (IFSTTAR),
  • Marc Desportes (History Committee of MTES),
  • Marie-Noelle Polino (Politic responsible of patrimonial groups and Association),
  • Julien Vick (Road Equipment Association),
  • Pierre-Louis Debar (CCFA),
  • Michele Muhlmann-Weill (Automobile Club Association).

More information on T2M's website