Call for Papers: Preserving the Historic Road 2018


Preserving the Historic Road 2018 | CALL FOR PAPERS



The planning committee for Preserving the Historic Road 2018 has issued a formal Call for Papers for presentations at the September 20-23, 2018 Preserving the Historic Road conference in Fort Collins, Colorado. Interested professionals, academics and advocates are encouraged to submit paper abstracts for review and consideration by the planning committee. International submissions are welcome and must be submitted in English, the official language of the conference.

The planning committee is seeking paper abstracts for individual presentations or panel discussions that offer practical and replicable examples regarding the identification, preservation and management of historic roads.

The planning committee is requesting a maximum two-page/750-word abstract (whether an individual paper abstract or a panel abstract) summarizing the topic and issues proposed for presentation at the conference. Up to two images may be attached.
No files over 5 MB, please.

The planning committee is seeking paper abstracts that showcase a number of issues related to the historic road and road systems such as:

  • Future directions and approaches for the identification, preservation and management of historic roads to identify priorities for the next twenty years of research, advocacy and action.
  • Historic and scenic roads as elements of sustainable design and environmental stewardship, or as resources to mitigate the effects of climate change,
  • Historic and scenic roads as mechanisms for community advocacy and economic development,
  • Practical and successful examples of historic road inventories, safety innovations, preservation policy, transportation policy, pavement and materials science, highway maintenance, technical conservation methods, and risk analysis for historic roads,
  • Historic road structures and systems, roadside architecture, cultural landscapes, viewshed management, rural roads conservation and suburban sprawl issues,
  • Recent past topics, such as the US Interstate System, and the impact of road development on culture, race, travel, land planning and the economy in the second half of the twentieth century,
  • Historic and scenic roads as instruments of tourism development, interpretation, and road history,
  • Thematic interpretations of the historic road or of road culture as seen from alternate disciplines (American Studies, Cultural Geography, Native American Studies, etc.),
  • Colorado specific examples of any of the topics presented above, and
  • International examples of any of the topics presented above.

Preference will be given to paper abstracts that identify success stories or lessons learned, and provide specific models/policies/programs/strategies that conference attendees may apply to their historic roads.

Abstracts should be submitted as electronic documents

  • Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF
  • Preferred 1 page: Maximum 2 pages/750 words (8.5 x 11” standard paper size for US and Canadian submissions, A4 standard paper size for all other International submissions)
  • Maximum two images (compressed) *images may be in addition to the two pages
  • Maximum of 5MB for abstract and images
  • Font: Arial or Times New Roman, 12pt. Margins: 1 inch/2.5 centimeters all sides
  • The title of your paper, your name, professional title, mailing address, telephone and email address must be included at the top of the first page. For panel proposals please provide this information for a primary contact along with the names and titles of the other panel members.

Please note that papers that do not meet or exceed (i.e., more than two pages) these guidelines will not be considered.


Please submit all paper abstracts electronically to:

Katie Hageman Administrative Assistant Mead & Hunt
2440 Deming Way Middleton, WI 53562 Phone: 608-273-6380

Paper abstract deadline: Midnight (11:59PM/23.59hr) Wednesday, February 28, 2018, US Mountain Time (US Mountain Time is -7 hours from GMT).

The planning committee for Preserving the Historic Road 2018 appreciates your interest in the Fort Collins conference.

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