9th Biennial Automotive History Conference (Apr 2012, Philadelphia USA)

Dates: 12-14 April 2012
Location: Philadelphia, USA
Website: http://blogdelaamhe.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/cfp-automotive-history-conference-april-2012/
Deadline for submissions: 31 October 2011

The Society of Automotive Historians is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at its Ninth Biennial Automotive History Conference to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, from April 12 through 14, 2012. The conference theme is “A World of Cars: Manufacturers, Drivers and the Impact of Globalization” and will focus on the international growth of the industry initially by North American, later by European and more recently by Asian manufacturers leading to the dominance of integrated multinational corporations. Papers may address the impact of the automobile on worldwide economic and social development, the roles of producer and non-producer nations, and the influence of international requirements on business policies and vehicle design. Papers may explore the transformation of popular consciousness of the automobile from an iconic to a utilitarian artifact as a consequence of its worldwide ubiquity. Proposals for papers on automotive subjects unrelated to the conference theme will also be considered. The conference will conclude with a final dinner and address by Dr. Mira Wilkins, the distinguished economic and business historian.

Following the conference, a certain number of the conference papers will be selected for publication in Automotive History Review, the journal of the Society.

The Society of Automotive Historians is a unique interdisciplinary organization devoted to all aspects of automotive history – engineering, design, economics, the lives of automotive pioneers and innovators, the history of motorsport competition, the integration of motor vehicles into modern life and the culture of cars. In its publications and conferences, historians of technology, business historians and social historians interact to share their knowledge and perspectives.

Proposals should include the title of the submission, names and affiliations of presenters, chairs, participants, etc., together with addresses, phone/fax numbers, email addresses of contact personnel, proposed format (paper, panel, workshop, etc.) and a one-page abstract describing the content of the presentation. Proposals must be received by October 31, 2011; notification of preliminary acceptance is anticipated by November 30.

Proposals should be submitted by email to Arthur W. Jones, Conference Chair, nomecos @ verizon.net.

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About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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