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Motorcycle Cultures - a conference & exhibition in London 29/05/2013

Conference: 4-7 July 2013

May ticket offer £115 for three full days of presentations!

Registration and booking here:

Exhibition free: Opening 4th July 6-8pm, continues 5th and 6th July 10am- 6pm at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London

The 3rd International Journal of Motorcycle Studies conference is coming to London 4-7 July 2013 at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London (UAL). This international conference brings together motorcycling academics and non-academics to network and share their ideas and knowledge on motorcycle studies.

An accompanying exhibition, Motorcycle Cultures: fashioning bikes, building identities, will run alongside the conference open to all and include examples of designed objects, fashion and photography, film and textiles. The exhibition will be held in the College’s Triangle Space and will open on 4th July. Bikes will be allowed on site for the opening.

Conference themes will encompass art, design, subcultures, gender, identity, fashion, sustainability, history and visual culture, science and engineering. The event itself aims to attract a mixture of delegates from different academic disciplines as well as designers, industry experts and the wider motorcycling community. Keynote speakers include:

Ellis Pitt – designer and founder of Mac Motorcycles

Lois Pryce- the UK’s best known female adventure rider and author-

Highlights from the presentations to come include:

The Paradoxes of Class and Gender Among Bicyclists and Motorcyclists by Professor Steven Alford, co-editor of IJMS

The Waffle Iron: a short history of the Iron XRTT Daytona 750 1971-
Edward Allington, Professor of Fine Art, Slade School of Art

Who put the Royal in Royal Enfield? – Christina Pierce, IJMS book review editor

Literature and Motorcycle Culture –Steve Koerner, author of ‘The Strange Death of the British Motorcycle Industry’ (Crucible Books 2012)

She’s not a fatboy, she’s my baby girl – Dr. Esperanza Miyake will be ‘examining the racialisation and engendering of machines’.

Just Ride: Lana del Rey, Authorship and the Language of Biker Culture as Metaphor - Emmanuelle Dirix, writer and lecturer, Chelsea College of Art and Design.

The Role of the Individual Stylist as Agent Provocateur in Contemporary Motorcycle Subcultures – Nick Clements, Men’s File magazine

Other topics include well-being and motorcycling, speed, flat track racing, film, biomaterials and technology.

The exhibition Motorcycle Cultures: fashioning bikes, building identities, is co-curated by Caryn Simonson and Space Station Sixty Five. It will explore both new and historical aspects of motorcycle culture and exhibits will include: Sam Christmas’ custom culture photographs; Phil Polglaze’s original documentary photographs of the Rockers’ Reunion, Mac Motorcycles’ prototype motorbike; Tom Helyar-Cardwell’s ‘Battle Jacket’ paintings and drawings; Kate Smith’s video work;  and David Simmonds’ photos exploring speed and embodiment at the TT.

The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (IJMS) is a peer-reviewed online academic journal founded by a group of international scholars.
Editors of IJMS:
Suzanne Ferriss & Steven Alford

For all media enquiries please contact:

Caryn Simonson – Conference Co-ordinator & Exhibition Curator. Contact details on the conference website: