The ASA’s 2012 annual meeting will be held November 15-18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We are seeking panelists to join in an exploration of the ways that race thinking manifests in the planning, execution, and representation of public transit in American urban centers. Thinking of the American Studies Association's 2012 theme, "Dimensions of Empire and Resistance," and the relevant associations between empire and movement, we aim to explore the tensions and contradictions inherent in understandings of public transit as both a tool for capital and the movement of low-wage workers, and an environmentally-friendly, communitarian, affordable alternative to the private automobile. How do these two paradigms relate to, or produce, one another? And how does race, such an ever-present element in the history of American transportation, affect who we see when we imagine who is riding public transit as an alternative to the car? As a means to get to work?
While we seek panelists who think through the lens of race, we are open papers that analyze past, present, or imagined modes of transit, and to innovative interpretations of what "public transit" may include. Please send a brief one-page CV and 250-word abstract by January 17 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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