Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing

Call for Papers:
The IV Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History upholds the mission of the International Motor Racing Research Center, the International Motor Sports History Section of the Society of Automotive Historians, and the Vehicular Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association to provide an opportunity for researchers to present their work on automotive competition history. We encourage submissions from faculty, graduate students, independent researchers, and all historians of motor sports.

This unique scholarly symposium will be held beginning Thursday evening and continuing Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9
-10, 2018, at the International Motor Racing Research Center and Watkins Glen International race track located in Watkins Glen, New York.

The history of international automotive competition falls within several realms, all of which are welcomed as topics for presentations: sports history, cultural studies, public history, political history, the history of technology, the evolution and development of motor sport engineering, institutional studies, sports geography, oral history, historiography, biographical studies and gender studies, as well as archival studies.

This year’s Symposium continues our enduring theme of The Cultural Turn Meets the First Turn by examining “History on the Eights,” keying off several significant anniversaries in 2018, such as the 70th anniversaries of the incorporation of NASCAR, the running of the inaugural Watkins Glen Grand Prix, and the year Formula 1 became official.

In addition to the papers and discussions offered by our presenters, Buz McKim, the recently retired historian of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum, is the scheduled keynote speaker. Mr. McKim will also be part of a roundtable that will discuss issues in stock car racing history.

Information regarding lodging, transportation, and symposium activities will be offered to participants.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract of the presentation/paper not later than Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, to Thomas Weidemann at tom@racingarchives.org. All presentations will be reviewed and decisions rendered by Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. The abstract should be sent in Word format and may be submitted as either a Word document or a pdf. Presentations should be limited to not more than 20 minutes, excluding time allocated for questions and answers.

For additional information regarding the Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium and the submission of presentations, contact
H. Donald Capps at     cappshd@gmail.com.