Call For Papers – DEADLINE: 15 FEBRUARY, 2023

University of Colorado Colorado Springs Downtown
102 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, CO

21–23 July, 2023

The first International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (IJMS) conference was held at UCCS and it is with great excitement and a sense of community that we return to the site for the 5th time to celebrate the 10th conference and the 15-year+ history of the journal after a long two years of shut downs, sheltering in place, and COVID-19 restrictions.

About IJMS:

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 a decade with the last two years suspended 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 where it all began, at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

About University of Colorado Colorado Springs Downtown:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Downtown is where the energy and exceptional academics of one of Colorado’s fastest-growing universities intersects with the thriving culture of downtown Colorado Springs! UCCS Downtown provides a unique learning environment that promotes partnerships and community.

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 respond to Lisa Garber using the form below with a biographical statement and an abstract of 150 words by 15 February, 2023.

Information about previous IJMS conferences can be found at:

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