International Journal of Motorcycle Studies Conference

Calling All Literary & Design-Oriented Motorcyclists! IJMS Submissions OpenCalling all literary and design-oriented motorcyclists! A call for papers is on for the 6th International Journal of Motorcycle Studies conference.

Motorcyclists and their machines are a multi-faceted part of modern culture world-wide. The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (IJMS) is a peer-reviewed online academic journal founded by a group of international scholars, which brings together the best minds, literature, art and multimedia on motorcycles and motorcycle culture.

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, to the riders and design to the images of motorcycling and motorcyclists in film, advertising and literature.

It has held conferences on the Isle of Man and in North America at the University of Colorado Springs.  The journal is currently edited by Sheila Malone, Christian A. Pierce and  John Sumser.

The Chelsea College of Arts in the University of the Arts, London, England, will host the 6th International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (IJMS) conference in London July 14-16.

The conference has issued a call for submissions on all areas related to the cultural phenomenon of motorcycling worldwide and in particular art, design 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.

The call for presentations includes traditional academic paper presentations, as well as submissions using alternate forms, such as photographic works, art and design objects or multimedia presentations.

If you’d like to participate in this remarkable event, contact Lisa Garber (garberwwr@earthlink.net) with a 150 word bio and an abstract of about 150 words by March 28, 2016.

For more information about IJMS and the conferences, visit  www.motorcyclestudies.org . Our friends at the legendary Ace Café London shared this information with Ultimate Motorcycling. For more information, visit Ace Cafe London. Who knows, if you make it to the IJMS Conference in July, maybe you could stop in and say hello to the folks at the Ace!