Call for Papers Reminder


Date: May 20-21, 2005.

Location: Department of History and Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto

Mass automobility was one of the most important developments of the twentieth century, affecting production, consumption, geography, and daily life. Powered by ideas of freedom, mobility, and triumph over nature, the car has been considered both the height and the decline of Western Civilization.

This interdisciplinary conference seeks a diverse group of scholars interested in the history of the car in North America from the perspective of technology, business, landscape and popular culture. The conference will explore both the history of the car as a particular commodity and the ways its development affected, and was affected by, larger changes in business, government, culture and other issues.

Topics might include, but are not limited to, mass production, work, advertising and symbols, highway building, auto commerce, suburbanization, and globalization. We encourage papers that examine the importance of factors such as class, race, gender, and age in shaping the meaning and experience of car culture. A key question will be whether the history of the car transcends borders, real and imagined, of nation, region and locality. Papers can explore aspects of car history in one of Canada, the United States, or Mexico, but we also seek scholars doing comparative research across national boundaries.

Proposals should be one page in length and accompanied by a c.v. Those interested in chairing a session are also invited to forward a c.v. Proposals for full panels are also welcome, and should include a description of the panel, proposals for the three papers, chair, and contact information for each presenter.

Submit proposals by 30 September 2004 to:

Dr. Steve Penfold, Department of History, University of Toronto <mailto:[email protected]>[email protected]


Steve Penfold Department of History University of Toronto Room 2074, Sidney Smith Hall 100 St. George Street Toronto, ON M5S 3G3 CANADA