The IMRRC’s Sixth Annual Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History has been canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. Normally held in November each year at Watkins Glen, the Argetsinger Symposium has proven to be popular with motor racing scholars and enthusiasts alike, providing an opportunity for scholars, researchers, and historical writers to present their work related to the history of automotive competition. As a means of maintaining this important forum for the motor racing community in 2020, the IMRRC is collaborating with The Journal of Motorsport Culture & History to produce a special Argetsinger Symposium Issue of the Journal which will publish papers that would otherwise have been presented in person at the Symposium. The theme for the issue is “The Evolution of Racing: Historical and Cultural Events Shaping Tomorrow.” A Call for Papers has been issued and the IMRRC encourages scholars, journalists, and serious motor racing writers of all descriptions to participate in this endeavor.
This unique scholarly symposium focuses on the history of international motorsport. It is a joint endeavor of the International Motor Racing Research Center located in Watkins Glen, New York, the Society of Automotive Historians’ International Motor Sports History Section, and the Vehicular Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association. The Argetsinger Symposium provides an opportunity for scholars, researchers, and historical writers to present their work related to the history of automotive competition. We encourage submissions from faculty, graduate students, independent researchers, and all historians of motor sport.
The history of international automotive competition falls within several realms, all of which are welcomed as topics for presentations, including, but not limited to: sports history, cultural studies, public history, political history, the history of technology, sports geography and gender studies, as well as archival studies.
Photos from the 2019 Symposium, “Writing Motor Sport History”