Call For Papers

University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
25–28 July, 2024

IJMS in the United Kingdom, 2024!

For the fourth time the IJMS conference will be held in the United Kingdom at the University of Nottingham. IJMS will venture to the enchanted land of Robin Hood, the Sherwood forest, the oldest pub in England and academia.

Deadline Extended: 1 May, 2024

About IJMS:

The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (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. We invite contributions from all members of the motorcycling community.

About the Conference:

IJMS has been organizing an annual conference for over a decade with last year’s return to University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (USA), after several years hiatus due to Covid 19. Originally, the founding editors of the journal spear-headed panels on motorcycle culture as part of the PCA/ACA annual conference. As the discourse of motorcycle studies expanded, it was clear that a conference dedicated solely to motorcycle studies was in order. In 2010 the inaugural IJMS conference at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs brought together journal contributors, IJMS staff, academics and members of the local motorcycle community. Subsequent conferences have been held in Birmingham, Alabama; Rancho Cucamonga, California; London, England; and Forest Grove, Oregon. This year’s conference will be held in the magical realm of Nottinghamshire (University of Nottingham, UK).

About the University of Nottingham:

The University of Nottingham is a public research university in Nottingham, England. It was founded as University College Nottingham in 1881, and was granted a royal charter in 1948. Nottingham’s 330 acre main campus (University Park) with Jubilee Campus and teaching hospital (Queen’s Medical Centre) are located within the City of Nottingham, with a number of smaller campuses and sites elsewhere in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

About Nottingham: Nottingham boasts the oldest pub in England, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. The pub has survived the centuries to become a treasure of Nottingham past and present. As England’s oldest inn, the pub is nestled beneath the cliff on which Nottingham’s historic castle stands, and was once a well-known pit stop for crusader knights. It is said that King Richard the Lionheart and his men are more than likely to have gathered at this historic royal dwelling before journeying to Jerusalem in 1189AD, thus giving the pub its unusual name. Nottingham is home to world class arts and entertainment. Nottingham is where Brough Superior Motorcycles were made, and it is located just a short trip (an hour by car) to the National Motorcycle Museum in West Midlands.

We welcome you to submit a paper, presentation, or creative project and be part of this important milestone in motorcycle studies.

Suggested topics include:

  • The motorcycle and intersectional identities (race, class, ethnicity, orientation, sexuality, and or gender)
  • The motorcycle as a tool for social change
  • 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
  • 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, film, or multimedia presentations.

Please register an account and submit an abstract or presentation proposal of 150 words and a biographical statement here: by 1st May, 2024.

Information about previous IJMS conferences can be found at:

For more information about conference submissions contact Lisa Garber or Sheila Malone via contact form below.

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