The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (IJMS) is an out-growth of the Motorcycle Culture and Myth program area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conferences, which has grown considerably over the past five years with participants from many countries. It is dedicated to the study and discussion of motorcycling culture in all its forms and from all over the world—including moped/scooter, street and racetrack motorcycling and off-road/dirt bikes as well as every aspect of motorcycle culture past, present and future. We hope the journal provides further opportunities to explore these issues. The inaugural issue will be published online in March, 2005.
We welcome submissions on all areas related to the cultural phenomenon of motorcycling from not only academics but all members of the motorcycling community or those interested in motorcycling.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
Riders' narratives or descriptions of the ride
The motorcycle or riding as music, art, poetry, or agency
Rituals, norms, customs, or influences in motorcycle culture
"The Rider" as subaltern or as "other"
Explorations of movies, films, or other images of motorcyclists in society
Analyses of media, corporate, advertising/marketing or other power structures in relation to motorcycling culture or popular myth
Biographical analyses of noteworthy motorcyclists or groups and their influence upon myth, culture, or cultural capital
Racial, gendered, class, or demographic aspects of motorcycle culture
Explorations of issues of safety, transportation, environment, and government.
Other literary, anthropological, geographical, historical, sociological, political, economic/business, or psychological perspectives of motorcycling culture or myth
IJMS seeks to maintain a high standard of quality as well as readability. Given the inherently interdisciplinary nature of the journal, you should present your thoughts in a way that is open to readers not involved in your field. Essays, then, should be written in clear English in a style accessible to the broadest possible audience and should be no more than 5000 words.
Submission Procedure: You must query first. Before submitting an article for IJMS, please email the managing editors a 150-word abstract of the piece in the body of your email. Include a three- to four-sentence biography in the same email including, if appropriate, relevant publications and/or professional activities.
The manuscript referred to in the query must not be previously published, nor should it be submitted for publication elsewhere while under review by the journal’s editorial board or outside readers. All essays will be subject to blind peer review.
If your query is accepted, detailed manuscript and graphic guidelines will be sent to you via e-mail.
Suzanne Ferriss, Nova Southeastern University, USA
Wendy Moon, University of Southern California, USA.
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