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Mobility and Transportation

Based on the premises of “mobility studies” that explore the social and political implications of movement, and see the act of moving through time and space as a fundamental geographical fact of life, culture and society, much of my work examines the role played by 19th century communication (the post) and transportation (the railway) systems in the formation of public spatial imagination. 
I am particularly interested in the interrelations between mobility and demarcations.

Current projects and grants:

  1.  “Uniformity and Diversity in the US Press, 1841-1884: A Computational Analysis of Space, Time and Content” – Israel Science Foundation 1790/22 (2023-2026).
    Scope: A spatial and network analysis of the US press based on patterns of topic modeling and textual reuse.
  2. “Periodicals in Motion: The Hebrew Journalistic Networks in the second half of the 19th century” – The Open University Research Authority Grant 511669 (2020-2022).
    Scope: A spatial and network analysis of patterns of textual reuse in 19th century Hebrew Journals.
  3. “Maps on the Move: The Introduction of Motion into Modern Cartography” – Hiob-Ludolf-Fellowships from Erfurt University (2022) and The German Historical Institute in Washington DC (2016).
    Scope: The history of the depictions of movement in modern cartography, primarily in 19th and early 20th century atlases.

Selected Publications

Books


Books Edited

(in chronological order)

– Zef Segal and Bram Vannieuwenhuyze, Motion in Maps, Maps in motion: Mapping Stories and Movement through the Time (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020).


Open University Books

(in chronological order)

Zef Segal (ed.), Mobility, Communication, and Space in the 19th century: “Classic” and “Digital” Approaches to History (Raanana: The Open University of Israel, 2019) (Hebrew).


Chapters In Collections

(in chronological order)

Printed:

– Zef Segal, “Introduction to the Israeli edition,” in Dorinda Outram, The Enlightenment (Raanana: The Open University of Israel, 2021), 19-27 (Hebrew). 

– Zef Segal, Jörn Seemann, & Bram Vannieuwenhuyze, “Introduction,” in Zef Segal and Bram Vannieuwenhuyze (eds.), Motion in Maps/Maps in motion: Mapping Stories and Movement through the Time (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020).

– Zef Segal, “Flow Mapping through the Times: The Transition from Harness to Nazi Propoganda,” in Zef Segal and Bram Vannieuwenhuyze (eds.), Motion in Maps/Maps in motion: Mapping Stories and Movement through the Time (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020).

– Zef Segal & Menahem Blondheim, “Responsa Between Two Worlds: America, Eastern Europe, & the Connection Between Distance and Authority at the Turn of the 19th Century,” in Menahem Blondheim and Hananel Rosenberg (eds.), Communication in the Jewish Diaspora: Two Thousand Years of Saying Goodbye without Leaving (New York: Israel Academic Press, 2020), 330-348.

– Zef Segal, “Post and Railway ‘Right of Way’: Infrastructures as Delimitators of Voluntary Territorial Identities in Mid-Nineteenth Century Germany,” in Andreas Marklund and Mogens Rüdiger (eds.), Historicizing Infrastructure: History, Materiality and Human Agency in the Study of Infrastructure (Copenhagen: Aalborg University Press, 2017), 51-82.

– Zef Segal, “Infrastructure, cartographie et circulation : ouverture et fermeture des frontières du royaume de Bavière au 19 ème siècle”, in Sylvie Considère and Thomas Perrin (eds.), Frontières et représentations sociales : questions et perspectives méthodologiques (Louvain-la-Neuve: Harmattan-Academia, 2017), 297-320. (French)

– Zef Segal, “Real, Actual and Imagined Borders – State Construction in the »Third Germany«” in Jose Brunner and Iris Nachum (eds.), Die Deutschen als die Anderen: Deutschland in der imagination seiner Nachbarn (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2012), 21-43.


Accepted for Publication


Articles

(in chronological order)

-Zef Segal, “‘I Can Smell the German Linden Trees… Against my Door’: Natural Railways in German Landscape Pictures and Postcards,” Zemanim (forthcoming). (Hebrew)

– Zef Segal, “The ‘Naturalization’ of Railways: The Visual Representations of Nineteenth Century German Trains,” The Journal of Transport History 43.2 (2022), 232-255. https://doi.org/10.1177/00225266211031177.

-Zef Segal, “From a Local Periodical to a Global Enterprise: Ha-Me’asef, 1896- 1914”, Journal of Historical Network Research 6.1 (2021), 192-219. https://doi.org/10.25517/jhnr.v6i1.89.

– Zef Segal, “The Two Edged Sword: German Capital Cities Empowerment and State Construction during the Nineteenth Century, 1815- 1866,” The Journal of Historical Geography 60 (2018), 52-63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2017.12.005.

– Zef Segal & Menahem Blondheim, “America on the Responsa Map: Hasidim, Mitnagdim and the Trans-Atlantic Social Network of Religious Authority,” American Jewish History 102 (2017), 133-153. doi:10.1353/ajh.2018.0007.

– Zef Segal & Menahem Blondheim, “The Evolution of an International Social Network: Ha-Me’asef Periodical in the years 1896-1904”, Kesher 50 (2017), 150-156. (Hebrew) https://www.jstor.org/stable/26936864.

– Zef Segal, “Comunicazioni eformazione dello Stato. Il servizio postalenegli Stati tedeschi, 1815-1866,” Archivio per la Storia Postale 9 (2017), 59-80. (Italian).

– Zef Segal, “Regionalism and Nationalism in German Railway Cartography during the mid-Nineteenth Century,” Imago Mundi 68.1 (2016), 46-61. https://doi.org/10.1080/03085694.2016.1107374.

– Zef Segal, “Communication and State Construction: The Postal Service in the Medium sized German States, 1815-1866,” The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 44.4 (2013), 453-473. https://doi.org/10.1162/JINH_a_00610.


Other Publications

(in chronological order)

– Zef Segal, “The Futile Attempt to Limit Movement: The Gendarmerie in the 19th-century mid-sized German States”, Security History Network, 14 September 2022, https://securityhistorynetwork.com/2022/09/14/segal-movement-gendarmerie-19century/. (Blog post) 


Conferences

(in chronological order)

– “Defining a place: Digitally reading space and time in Ikhtayyi by Emile Habibi”, Building Digital Humanities 2022, Sydney, November 2022 (lecture). 

– “Imagined motion in Haifa: Digitally reading space and time in Ikhtayyi by Emile Habibi”, Spatial Humanities 2022, Ghent, September 2022 (lecture).

– “Imagined motion in Haifa: Digitally reading space and time in Ikhtayyi by Emile Habibi”, in Fantastic Geographies: 13th Annual Conference of the Association for Research in the Fantastic, Dortmund, September 2022 (lecture).

– “Maps on The Move: The Introduction of Motion into Modern Cartography” in Mappings: Historische Wissensforschung-und neue Kartographiegeschichte, Erfurt University, Gotha, July 2022 (invited talk).

– “Racial Cartographies: The Dynamics of Spatial Racism” in ICHC 2021, Bucharest, July 2022 (lecture).

– “Mapping Communication Infrastructures: Colonizing Modern World Maps” in ICA Pre-Conference: Reconsidering Empires and Imperialisms in Media and Communication History, Paris, May 2022 (lecture).

– “The Foreigner and The Drifter: The Gendarmerie and The Attempt to Limit Movement in 19th Century Germany‏”, in Towards a brave world: rebuilding Europe after Napoleon, Utrecht, April 2022 (lecture).  https://youtu.be/WKscTuoXy1w

– “Racial Cartographies: Dynamics of Spatial Racism during the Long 19th Century”, in Race: Between Biology and Culture, Ramat Gan, March 2022 (invited talk).

– “Maps on The Move: The Introduction of Motion into Modern Cartography” in Mobilities in Transition: T2M Conference 2021, Lisbon, November 2021 (lecture).

– “’Imagined Motion in Haifa: A Digital Reading of the Concepts of Space and Time in Ekhtaye by Emile Habibi” in Distant Reading and Computational Research in Hebrew Literature, Beer Sheba, April 2021 (lecture). https://youtu.be/YW6hSMzlRfw

– “From a Local Periodical to a Global Enterprise: Ha-Me’asef, 1896-1914” in ESSHC 2021, Leiden, March 2021 (lecture).

– “’Imagined Motion in Haifa: A Digital Reading of the Concepts of Space and Time in Ekhtaye by Emile Habibi” in Mapping Space Mapping Time Mapping Texts, London, September 2020 (poster).

– “’Imagined Motion in Haifa: A Digital Reading of the Concepts of Space and Time in Ekhtaye by Emile Habibi” in Mapping Space Mapping Time Mapping Texts, London, September 2020 (lecture).

 

– “Imagined Movement in Haifa: Digitally Reading the Space and Time of Achtia by Emile Habibi” in the Annual Israeli Conference of Hebrew Literature, Ra’anana, December 2019 (lecture).

 

– ““I Can Smell the German Linden Trees… Rolling Against my Doors”: Visual Depictions of German Railways in the 19th Century” in the 42nd German Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, September 2018 (lecture).

– “Arrows and movement: Introducing Movement into Modern Cartography” in the 2018 Research Day of Tel Aviv Jaffa College, Tel Aviv, June 2018 (lecture).

– “From a local periodical to a global enterprise: Ha-Me’asef, 1896-1914” in the 3rd Transnational Journalism History Conference, Montreal, June 2018 (lecture).

– “Iconography of Movement in European and American Atlases (1837-1940)” in Colloquium of the Department of History, Philosophy and Jewish Studies, The Israeli Open University, Ra’anana, December 2017 (Colloquium talk).

– “The Evolution of a Transnational Rabinnical Network: The Periodical “Ha-Me`asef”, 1896-1914” in The 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 2017 (lecture).

– “From Sea Voyages to Global Wars: Iconography of Movement in European and American Atlases (1837-1914)” in The 27th International Conference on the History of Cartography, Belo Horizonte, July 2017 (lecture).

– “The Evolution of an international Network: Ha-Me’asef 1896-1904”, in Info 2017, The 32nd Annual Conference, Tel Aviv, May 2017 (invited talk).

– “Was ist der Bayern Vaterland: Forming a Spatial Identity in 19th century Germany” in Lived Space, Perceived Space, and Conceived Space: Social Power Relations after the Spatial Turn, Zichron Ya’akob, May 2017 (lecture).

– “The ‘Naturalization’ of Technology: Visual Representations of 19th Century Trains and Railways as Natural Phenomenon in the German World” in The Annual Conference of History and Philosophy of Science, Ra’anana, April 2017 (lecture).

– “The ‘Naturalization’ of Technology: Visual Representations of 19th Century Trains, Railways, and Train Station as Natural Phenomenon in the German World” in The Israeli Forum of Environmental History, Tel Aviv, January 2017 (Colloquium talk).

– “The Evolution of an International Social Network: Ha-Me’asef Periodical, 1896-1904” in EVA/MINERVA Conference on advanced Technologies of Culture, Jerusalem, November 2016 (lecture).

– “The ‘Naturalization’ of Technology: Visual Representations of 19th Century Trains and Railways as Natural Phenomenon in the German World” in The 3rd Environmental History Conference, Jerusalem, October 2016 (lecture).

– “The ‘Naturalization’ of Technology: Visual Representations of 19th Century Trains and Railways as Natural Phenomenon in the German World” in Beyond the Written Words, Jerusalem, June 2016 (lecture).

– “Inter-German Migration Patterns and National Identities: The “Third Germany” in Mid-Nineteenth Century” in ASEN Conference on Nationalism, Migration, and Population Change, London, April 2016 (lecture).

– “Non-Euclidean Geometry at the Service of the Understanding of the Jewish Space” in Colloquium of the Department of General History, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, March 2016 (Colloquium talk).

– “The Foreigner and the Drifter: The Gendarmerie and the Attempt to limit Movement in 19th Century Germany” in Conference Police Science at the End of the Old Regime, From Theory to Practice, Evora, Jan. 2016 (lecture).

– “International Networks of Halachic Communication: The Jerusalem published Ha-Me’asef 1896-1914” in The Annual Israeli Geographical Association Conference, Jerusalem, Dec. 2015 (lecture).

– “Spatial Analysis of Jewish Responsa- Research Insights and Innovative Digital Methodologies” in The Twelfth Annual Jerusalem Conference on the Digitization of Cultural Heritage, Jerusalem, November 2015 (lecture).

– “Mobility as a symbol: 19th Century German Railway Cartography” in Movement, Fixation and what lies in between, Ben Gurion University, Be’er Sheva, November 2015 (Colloquium talk).

The mid-19th Century Annihilation of Space: The Railway Infrastructure Delimitation of Territorial Identities in 19th Century Germany” in Icohtec- Histelcon: History of High-Technologies and Their Socio-Cultural Contexts, Tel Aviv, August 2015 (lecture).

– “America on the Responsa Map- Hasidim, Mitnagdim and the Connection between Distance and Authority” in International Conference of Historical Geographers, London, July 2015 (lecture).

– “Non-Euclidean Geometry at the Service of the Understanding of the Jewish Space” in Da’at Hamakom Annual Conference, Ma’ale Ha-hamisha, July 2015 (Colloquium talk).

– “Non-Euclidean Mapping: Escaping the Shackles of Euclidean Geometry in the Representation of Geopolitical Arguments in the Past and in the Present” in Maps and Political Imagination, Ben Gurion University, Be’er Sheva, April 2015 (Colloquium talk).

– “Representations of 19th Century Trains and Railways as Natural Phenomenon in the German world” in Mobilität und Umwelt, Munich, February 2015 (lecture).

– “German Capital Cities: Empowerment and State Construction 1815-1866” in American Historical Association 129, New York, January 2015 (lecture).

– “Infrastructure, Cartography and Movement: Debordering and Rebordering 19th Century Germany” in Brit XIV: The Border, a Source of Innovation, Arres, Lille and Mons, November 2014 (lecture).

– “Post and Railway as Creators of Voluntary Territorial Identity in Mid-19th Century Germany” in New Directions in the History of Infrastructure, Interdisciplinary Conference at the Danish Post & Tele Museum, Copenhagen, September 2014 (lecture).

– “America on the Responsa Map: Hasidim, Mitnagdim and the Connection between Distance and Authority” in Da’at Hamakom Annual Conference, Ma’ale Ha-hamisha, September 2014 (Colloquium talk).

– “Communication Patterns and Social Regrouping,” in the Harry S. Truman Research Institute Colloquium, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, January 2014 (Colloquium talk).

– “Inter German Migration Patterns and Transnational Identity: ‘Third Germany’ in Mid-19th Century” in Migration, Refugees, Nomadic, the Annual Israeli Historical Society Conference, Haifa, June 2013 (lecture).

– “Infrastructure, Cartography and Movement: Spatial Perception in 19th Century Germany” in Geography without Boundaries, the Annual Israeli Geographical Association Conference, Be’er Sheva, Dec. 2012 (lecture).

– “The Extensions of Man”: The State and the Postal System: German medium Sized States 1815-1866, International Conference of Historical Geographers, Prague, Aug. 2012 (lecture).

– “Was ist des Bayern Vaterland?”: Bavaria‟s Spatial Formation, 1815-1866,” in Colloquium on Social, Cultural & Political History (TAU, UCLA, University of Zurich), Peqi‟in, Feb. 2012 (lecture).

– “Real, Actual and Imagined Borders: The Creation of German States,” in Germany and its Neighbors: Borders, Identities, Relations, Tel Aviv, Feb. 2011 (lecture).

– “Bavaria in the 19th Century: an Integrating or Disintegrating State?,” in In the Enchanted Circle: Jews, Germans and Others in German History, In Honor of Professor Shulamit Volkov, Tel Aviv, Oct. 2010 (lecture).

– “Representation and Practices of State Space: The Medium Sized States in Germany in the Years 1815-1866,” in Workshop for Young Researchers in German History, Yad Hashmona, Jan. 2010 (lecture).

– „Between region and state: the spatial identity of the medium German states in the years 1815-1866,” in a Doctorate workshop of Hans Ulrich Wehler, Jerusalem, March 2008 (lecture).