The Popular Culture Association and American Culture Associations are holding a series of panels at the next annual meeting of these groups to be held March 23 - 26, 2005 in San Diego, California at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina.
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 2005 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 1, 2004. 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, 2005.
Division of Humanities
Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences
Nova Southeastern University
Gary L. Kieffner
Department of History
University of Texas at El Paso
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