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

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

October 27-28, 2022 

Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor 

Youngstown, Ohio 

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Youngstown State University invites proposals for the 2022 Reeder Symposium: “Transportation, Movement, and Mobility” to be held October 27-28, 2022.

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship and Outlaws of the Atlantic, will deliver the keynote address on October 27 at 5:30 pm.

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 advanced undergraduate students. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Transportation (modes, infrastructure, engineering, fuel, power) 
  • Canals, railroads, automobiles 
  • Maritime and water transportation 
  • Aviation and aerospace 
  • Exploration and navigation 
  • Trade 
  • Public transportation (segregation) 
  • 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. To submit an individual paper, send a .doc or .pdf attachment containing a title, 200 word abstract, contact information, and brief resume/CV. To submit a panel, send 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.

We would also be grateful for volunteers willing to serve as panel chairs/commentators.

Please email your abstracts with subject line “Reeder Symposium” to by April 30, 2022.

Please note that we are offering a number of travel grants for students and faculty.

Find out more here:

Thank you,


Amy Laurel Fluker, PhD
Robert W. Reeder I Asst Professor of History
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Youngstown State University
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555
(330) 941-1602

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