The annual event is hosted by the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies. The goal is to gather up riders and artists and advance the industry.

The seventh annual conference by the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (IJMS) will be held in Colorado Springs, June 22-24, 2017. The IJMS is “the only online, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to motorcycle culture.” (Really? RideApart and several others are peer-reviewed daily. –Papa) The conference encourages applications on a broad range of topics. Attendees and presenters may want to attend the 101st Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb after the conference on Sunday, June 25th, 2017.

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.

Moto Academics Meeting in the Rockies

Submissions are welcome on all areas related to the cultural phenomenon of motorcycling worldwide and in particular art, design, style, 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

Moto Academics Meeting in the Rockies

In addition to traditional academic paper presentations, they encourage submissions using alternate forms, such as photographic works, art and design objects or multimedia presentations.

Please respond to Lisa Garber ( with a biographical statement and an abstract of 150 words by 28 February, 2017. Information about IJMS and the conferences can be found at:

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