2019 Symposium: November 8-9
The 2019 Symposium will continue the enduring theme of “The Cultural Turn Meets the First Turn,” examining “Writing Motor Sport History.” Our Symposium keynote speaker will be Dr. John Heitmann (University of Dayton, The Automobile and American Life). Dr. Heitmann and other presenters will then participate in a panel discussion on this topic.
The Call for Papers is now open, you can read it here.
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.
The theme for 2018 was “History on the Eights,” keying off of several motorsports anniversaries taking place in 2018. The keynote speaker was Buz McKim, the recently retired historian of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum.