The Popular Culture Association and American Culture Associations are holding a series of panels at the next annual meeting of these groups to be co-convened with the Southwest / Texas Popular Culture Association, April 7 - 10, 2004, in San Antonio, Texas at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. San Antonio is a perfect venue for us, providing as it does the sights, sounds, tastes and museums of the Borderlands.
Papers are requested on motorcycling and its impact on North American and other societies and cultures. Although the field described is a broad one and a multiplicity of topics and disciplinary approaches are acceptable, a primary methodological consideration is suggested: mindfulness of the need to de-colonize motorcycling culture and to prevent its colonization by interests adverse to riders or to riding as an activity.
Riders' Narratives or Descriptions of the Ride
The Motorcycle as Art, Poetry, or Agency
Rituals, Norms, Customs, or Influences in Motorcycle Culture
"The Biker" as Subaltern or as "Other"
Movies, films, or other Images of Motorcyclists
Analyses of media, corporate, or other power structures in relation to motorcycling culture or popular myth
Biographical Analyses of Noteworthy Motorcyclists and their Influence upon Myth, Culture, or Cultural Capital
Racial, Gendered, Class, or Demographic Aspects of Motorcycle Culture
Other Literary, Anthropological, Geographical, Historical, Sociological, or Psychological perspectives of Motorcycling Culture or Myth
Also, as part of the 2004 Motorcycle Myth and Culture Area, we are arranging a special exhibition session. Conference participants will be able to meet authors of motorcycle books, and tour exhibits of motorcycles in photographs, video and film. Presenters interested in contributing to the exhibition session should contact the Area Co-Chairs.
Please respond to the Area Co-chairs listed below with a biographical statement and an abstract of 150 words by November 15, 2003. Since responders may be assigned to presentations, completed papers should also be sent to the Co-Chairs, to be forwarded for review, not later than March 1, 2004.
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