MOTORCYCLING CULTURE AND MYTH at SW/TX Regional PCA/ACa
(March 7-10, 2001 on Route 66....in Albuquerque)
The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Associations and American Culture
Associations are holding a series of panels at the next meeting of these
regional groups, February 7-10, 2000 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at
the Sheraton Oldtown Hotel. We met there last year and it was a perfect
venue for us with sights, sounds, tastes, and museums of the Southwest.
Papers are requested on motorcycling and its impact on North American and
other societies and cultures. Although the field described is a broad one, a
of approaches are suggested: views of motorcycling culture and myth from the
outside or the inside. The first covers such issues as individual and mass
perceptions, expectations, and responses to, motorcyclists as cultural symbol
including "the biker" as media subject or stereotype. The second offers
opportunities for analysis of media or other group agendas, hegemonic
discourses, or evaluation of forces that have influenced motorcycling culture
or popular myth throughout the twentieth century.
The Motorcyclist as "the Primitive"
The Motorcyclist as the "Working-Class Good Guy"
The Motorcyclist as the "Biker Chick"
The Motorcyclist as the "Criminal"
The Motorcyclist as American "Other."
The Motorcyclist as Freedom Fighter / Patriot
Who is Riding? WASP's or a Cross-Section of Society?
Racial or Class Aspects of, or Relations in, Motorcycle Culture including,
not limited to, Relations between the AMA and other, Non-Affiliated
Military or other Origins or Influences in Motorcycle Subcultures
Rituals, Norms, or Customs in Motorcycle Culture
Gendered perspectives including, but not limited to, Sex or Gender studies
within Motorcycle Subcultures, or any analyses of Women Motorcyclists
to Advancements in Women's Status in the larger, host Society
Movies, films, or any other Images of Motorcyclists in Media and Popular
Culture including, but certainly not limited to, Connections between media
Perpetuation of popular Stereotypes
Biographical Analyses of Noteworthy Motorcyclists such as Pancho Villa, Ann
Margaret, or Elvis Presley and how they, as motorcyclists, may have
Myth, Culture, or Cultural Capital
The Motorcycle as Art, Poetry, or Agency
Other Anthropological, Geographical, Historical, or Sociological studies in
Motorcycle Culture or Myth
Papers treating any aspect of the topic are welcome. Multimedia presentations
are especially encouraged. Basic information about the conference will be
on the SW/TX PCA.ACA web site:
http://www2.okstate.edu/swpca [note the three w's]
Please respond to the Area Chair with an abstract of 150 words by
November 1, 2000
Gary L. Kieffner
Northern Arizona University
Liberal Arts, Box 6023
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011
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