CORRECTION "Free to Move About the Country": Transportation and National Security, March 18, 2011

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Center for Analysis of Defense, Intelligence, and National Security (CADINS), at Cal State Northridge
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This is a correction of an earlier posting that had the wrong year indicated.

"Free to Move About the Country": an Interdisciplinary Conference about Transportation and National Security (March 18, 2011)
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Center for Analysis of Defense, Intelligence, National Security (CADINS), Cal State Northridge
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On Friday, March 18, 2011, The Center for the Analysis of Defense, Intelligence, and National Security (CADINS) will host a one-day symposium on National Security and Transportation to be held at a local conference facility in the San Fernando Valley. The organizers seek proposals for a student panel.

Abstract Submission

Each abstract is limited to 300 words; therefore, authors are urged to prepare a well written, clear and informative abstract describing the work with emphasis on objectives and factual results. An abstract should include key words related to conference topics.

A committee will review the submissions. Approved abstracts will then undergo a final selection process. Students selected for the panel will be notified via e-mail no later than Tuesday, January 18, 2011. Presenters are expected to have a 6- to 8-page paper to be presented at the symposium. The presentation time should be approximately 15 minutes with five minutes for questions. Selected presenters will be formally recognized with a certificate of participation and publication in the 2010-2011 conference proceedings.

Interested parties should submit a 300-word abstract to Dr. Robert Lopez at as a Word document or a PDF by Monday, January 3, 2011.

Conference Theme

Transportation and security are themes relevant not only to hard sciences and social sciences, but also the arts and humanities; for movement, national affiliation, safety, and surveillance are all issues involving technology, management, as well as philosophical inquiry and even issues of cultural representation (stereotypes, imagery, propaganda, communications, etc.) Therefore virtually all fields of study have valuable insights. If you think your work might bear on this topic, take a chance – submit a proposal and we’ll see what happens.

Transportation of people, goods, and services around the globe has become increasingly vulnerable to threats of theft, tampering and terrorist threats. Where the nation’s airways receive much media attention and fiscal support for upgrades in security measures, highways and railways lag far behind in similar measures.

The purpose of this symposium is to promote discussion of the security of transportation pathways. The use of the term “transportation” should not be strictly held to roads and rails. Canals or waterways are also used for transportation and due to the length of their routes and close proximity to populated areas these paths also pose a unique challenge to fostering public confidence in security.

The organizers hope to encourage students to develop research that incorporates the critical insights of scholarship in their individual disciplines to the role of security in the definition, construction, and dialogue about transportation, as well as in the conduct of those entities which serve to instil public confidence in the security of the nation’s highways, railways and waterways.

It is our intent to incorporate research from a wide range of disciplines; therefore, papers which address the symposium topic from any historical, geographical, theoretical, or disciplinary perspective will be considered.

Topic Areas:

* Public perception of security in transportation;
* Minimizing the threat of underground transportation;
* Assessing the risk of transporting nuclear waste through the nation’s heartland;
* Advances in transportation technology and how it has helped or hindered security;
* GIS-T: the new wave of transportation ;
* Planning a secure transportation network, the future of ground travel;
* The theatrical aspect of transportation security games: How do we “stage” transportation crises in order to prepare for them?
* The representations and/or misrepresentations of threat by security agencies;
* How the mass media and cultural traditions influence the way people move and their expectations of protection or accommodation in transit.

Proposals are not limited to the above topics; however, they should remain in the theme of the conference.

The symposium is sponsored by the CSU Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence.

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