Motorcycling Culture and Myth

Panel presentation calling for papers

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 April 4-7, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

Papers and presentations are requested on motorcycling and its impact on American and other societies and cultures. Suggested topics include:

– 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, consumer capitalist, 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, ethnic, gendered, class, or demographic aspects of motorcycling culture
-Other literary, anthropological, geographical, historical, sociological, or psychological perspectives of motorcycling culture or myth

Please respond to the area co-chairs listed below with a biographical statement and an abstract of 150 words by November 1, 2006. Since responders may be assigned to presentations, completed papers should also be sent to the co-chairs, to be forwarded for review, no later than March 15, 2007. Basic information about the conference can be found at .

Gary L. Kieffner
Department of History
University of Texas at El Paso
Telephone: 915.532.2282, email:

Suzanne Ferriss
Division of Humanities
Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences
Nova Southeastern University
Telephone: 954.262.8219, email:

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