Call for Papers: East-West Cooperation in the Automotive Industry: Mobility, Production and Flows
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East-West Cooperation in the Automotive Industry: Mobility, Production and Flows
Journal of Transport History, Special Issue
Socialist countries relied heavily on foreign knowledge and technology to build up their automotive industry and to re-design mobility in and among socialist states. The construction of the automobile industry and mass motorization in the European Eastern Bloc and socialist Yugoslavia led to the mobilization of an enormous amount of physical and knowledge assets. Western European businesses were prominent in this process.
Recent literature has focused on the contradictions in the promotion of mass motorization and the use of the automobile in the socialist countries, the material frustration inherent to specific socialist consumption regimes, and attempts to reinvent and manufacture the car as socialist artefact (Zatlin, 2007; Siegelbaum, 2008; 2011; Fava, 2014; Gatejel, 2014; Fava 2016 forthcoming).
And yet, despite the role of Western automotive companies in promoting the circulation of knowledge and technology across a divided Europe, we treat the unorthodox cooperation between socialist Governments and their Western partners as a black box. On the one side, we tend to ignore the motives leading Western companies to embark on partnerships requiring complex business and political negotiations; on the other, we risk underestimating the difficulties of using foreign technology and knowledge in the context of planned economies. Another rather unexplored topic is how the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance assessed cooperation with Western firms and how this impacted the overall development of the automotive industry in the Eastern Bloc.
Research –into the companies, experts, institutions and machines, and into the intended and unintended flows and consequences of the circulation of automotive technology and knowledge in Cold War Europe is still in its infancy. To this end, we invite scholarly contributions that examine the involvement of Western European companies in developing the automotive industry in the former Eastern Bloc and socialist Yugoslavia for a proposed Special Issue of the Journal of Transport History scheduled for February 2017.
Contributions may be archive-based research essays of 8,000 words (including endnotes and Abstract), or shorter pieces (1,500 words) for the Journal’s ‘Surveys & Speculations’ and its ‘Exhibitions & Museum Reviews’ sections.
In existence for over 50 years, The Journal of Transport History publishes scholarly research and commentary on the history of transport, travel, tourism and mobility, including their relationship with planning and policy.
The Special Issue will be guest edited by Valentina Fava and Luminita Gatejel. Together with JTH editors Gordon Pirie and Massimo Moraglio, they will select papers based on their thematic fit, originality and scholarly rigor.
Abstracts are welcome until June 8th, 2016. Papers will be subject to a double-blind review process. Original archival based research is especially encouraged.
Prospective authors should contact Valentina Fava (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Luminita Gatejel (email@example.com).
Final submissions for the JTH Special East-West Cooperation in the Automotive Industry Issue should be lodged by 31 August 2016.
Dr. Valentina Fava (IPODI Marie Curie Fellow, Technical University of Berlin)
Purkyne Fellow (Institute for Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences)
Dr. Luminita Gatejel (Research Associate, Department of History, Institute for East and South East European Studies, Regensburg)