Call For Papers

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
22–24 June, 2017

Deadline: 28 February, 2017

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs will be hosting the 7th International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (IJMS) conference. IJMS, the only online, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to motorcycle culture, will hold its 7th international motorcycle studies conference at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 22-24 June, 2017. The conference encourages applications on a broad range of topics. Also, attendees and presenters may be interested in attending the historical 101st Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) after the conference on Sunday, June 25th, 2017.

IJMS is dedicated to the study and discussion of motorcycling culture in all its forms—from the experience of riding and racing to the history of the machine, the riders and design to the images of motorcycling and motorcyclists in film, advertising and literature.

We welcome submissions on all areas related to the cultural phenomenon of motorcycling worldwide and in particular art, design, style, and visual culture. Suggested topics include:

  • The motorcycle or riding in film, photography, literature, art and music
  • The motorcycle as a design object or explored through art
  • Motorcycle clothing/fashion/textiles and materials
  • Advertising/marketing of motorcycles, gear and motorcycle culture
  • Media representations of motorcycling
  • Motorcycle technology/design/engineering
  • Motorcycling and sustainability
  • Motorcycling, craftsmanship, collection and customization
  • Motorcycle racing
  • Motorcycle history in relation to design and visual culture
  • The role of place/environment in motorcycling
  • Motorcycling and issues of safety and risk
  • Motorcycling and race, class, ethnicity, sexuality or gender
  • The psychology of the motorcycle, the motorcyclist and the ride
  • Motorcycle travel/tourism
  • Motorcycle rights and politics
  • The commodification of motorcycles, motorcycling and/or motorcyclists
  • Other philosophical, literary, anthropological, geographical, historical, sociological, political, economic/business or psychological perspectives of motorcycling culture

In addition to traditional academic paper presentations, we encourage submissions using alternate forms, such as photographic works, art and design objects or multimedia presentations.

Please respond to Lisa Garber using the form below with a biographical statement and an abstract of 150 words by 1 February, 2017.

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