Deadline for proposal submisssions is November 1, 2016.
"Motor Culture and the Road" welcomes papers that engage with a variety of topics that cover motor culture and/or representations of “the road.” There are wide sweeping possibilities for this focus of study, and therefore multiple disciplines can be represented through this area. Motor Culture and the Road can simply be about automobiles, travel and/or mobility; but it also is much more expansive to include topics about community building, roadside myths, and/or nostalgia about the past. However one chooses to interpret the terms motor and road, there is little doubt that both have been influential in shaping popular culture. Writers, musicians, photographers and screenwriters have long used the image of the car and the open road as sources of inspiration.
This call for papers seeks intriguing and unique approaches to the topic of Motor Culture and the Road. Studies of the past, present or future of motor culture and the road are all of interest for this conference. Please join us for the 38th annual conference just steps away from Route 66 for an engaging, interdisciplinary investigation of the increasingly popular and diverse representations of mobility and our culture(s). Our goal is to leave the conference with a broader understanding of the potentialities of motor culture and the road, the emerging pedagogy in this area, new methodologies for studying motor culture and the road, and our roles as citizens in this culture.
Dr. Stacy Rusnak, Associate Professor of Film, Georgia Gwinnett College