The Railway Journey from the 19th to the 21st Centuries.
A Cultural History of Railway Transport and Mobility
Travelling in general, and by railways in particular, is a cultural phenomenon. Newer and newer meanings were added to this kind of journey through time. Trains and the advent of the railway journey (as the 19-th century is, first and foremost, the century of railways) were instrumental to the modernisation of travelling: it became faster, cheaper, more comfortable, more democratic, carrying an increasing number of travelers. They have left an indelible mark on modern times, transformed society, and even environment.
The cultural perspective is only one among the many angles from which one can look at the railway journey. Besides the fact that railways, trains and travel have entertained, since the mid-19th century, a spectacular dialogue with literature, art and cinema, their evolution has simultaneously been informed by ideological and political arguments. Railway mobility, along with its social and technological universe, has also become a cultural artefact.
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
12-14 September 2019
Main venue
”Aula Ferdinand”, Faculty of History and Philosophy (11, Napoca st.)

Opening ceremony
”Aula Magna” Babeş – Bolyai University (1, Mihail Kogălniceanu st.)
Information and registration:
Call for papers
Conference schedule
Session abstracts
Conference map
Poster of the Conference
Handout for film screening
Babeş- Bolyai University. Faculty of History and Philosophy
Romanian Academy. Cluj Branch. ”George Bariţiu” History Institute
International Association for Railway History
Romanian Society for Historical Sciences