Call For Papers

Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art
26–28 July, 2018

Deadline Extended: 15 March, 2018

Chaffey College, situated in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Rancho Cucamonga, California will be hosting the 8th International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (IJMS) conference. IJMS is the only online, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to motorcycle culture. In addition to the regularly planned conference presentations, Chaffey’s Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art will open an exhibition on motorcycle culture with special programming at the conference. The exhibition will run through the Fall 2018 semester and include other public events such as artist talks and panel discussions on motorcycle culture, mobility, and gender. The academic conference will take place July 26th-28th, 2018. Chaffey College is just 37 miles east of Los Angeles, accessible via MetroLink as well as multiple freeways and airports (Ontario International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport).

Attendees and presenters may also be interested in riding the historical U.S. Route 66 which runs through Rancho Cucamonga, California, or exploring the scenic route up to Mount Baldy.

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 15 March, 2018.

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