Call for Papers

Robert W. Reeder I Symposium: Transportation, Movement, and Mobility

October 27-28, 2022
Youngstown State University & The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor
Youngstown, Ohio

The Youngstown State University History Program and the Center for Working Class Studies invites proposals for the 2022 Robert W. Reeder I Symposium: Transportation, Movement, and Mobility.

This symposium seeks to bring together a variety of emerging and established scholars whose work investigates the themes of transportation, movement, and mobility in U.S. history. Proposals from all eras and fields relative to U.S. history are welcome. We will give due consideration to all proposals submitted, whether from faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, or undergraduate students. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Transportation (modes, infrastructure, engineering, fuel, power)
  • Railroads, automobiles
  • Maritime and water transportation, canals
  • Aviation and aerospace
  • Exploration and navigation
  • Trade
  • Transportation equity
  • Public transportation (segregation)
  • Social mobility
  • Migrations, forced migrations, diasporas
  • Slave trade (international/domestic)
  • Trafficking
  • Pioneers, frontiers, borderlands
  • Expansion, colonialism
  • Depopulation, suburbanization, urban decay
  • Travel narratives and literature
  • Tourism and leisure
  • Communication and news
  • Covert networks
  • Military strategies and maneuvers
  • Contagion and contamination

We invite proposals for individual papers and for panels.

  • Individual papers: send a proposal as a .doc or .pdf attachment containing a title, 200 word abstract, contact information, and brief resume/CV.
  • Panels: send a proposal as a .doc or .pdf attachment containing a panel title, 200 word abstract for each paper including titles, contact information for each presenter, brief resumes/CVS, and a suggested commentator.
  • Please email your proposals with the subject line “Reeder Symposium” to by May 31, 2022.

Presentations should be no more than 15 min in length.

Through the Robert W. Reeder I and Charles Darling Memorial Endowments, we are pleased to offer a number of travel grants in conjunction with the symposium. Find out more here. Funds will be awarded by mail after the conclusion of the conference.