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Old 10-18-2007, 04:19 PM   #1
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CFP: Motorcycle Myth and Realities

CALL FOR PAPERS

Motorcycle Culture: Myths and Realities

We invite you to submit an abstract of a proposed essay or paper for a new
collection entitled "Motorcycle Culture: Myths and Realities," edited by
Gary L. Kieffner, Department of History, University of Texas at El Paso;
Susan Buck, Founding Editor of Thunder Press Eastern Edition; and Steven E.
Alford, Department of Liberal Arts, Nova Southeastern University.

We are especially looking for contributions addressing the following subjects:
  • Images and myth.
  • The motorcycle as art, poetry, or agency.
  • The street-riding machine itself.
  • Cultural descriptions or explanations.
  • Riders' experiential descriptions.
  • "The biker" as subaltern or as "other."
  • Analyses of media, corporate, or other power structures in relation to
  • motorcycling.
  • Political or hegemonic discourses.

Although a wide variety of disciplinary approaches and topics are possible,
the collective project is a practical application of Linda
Tuhiwai Smith's Decolonizing Methodologies (New York: Zed Books, 1999).
Therefore, papers must be written in such a manner as to be mindful of the
need to de-colonize riding culture, subcultures, and community and to
prevent their further colonization by interests adverse to bikers or to
motorcycling as an activity.
Guidelines

Length: Twenty-five to thirty double-spaced, manuscript pages will be
considered.

Style: Chicago style

Review: Selected papers will be peer reviewed by at least two readers. The
editors will make the final decision concerning acceptance of abstracts and
papers. The review process will take at least 6-8 weeks. Contributors
should retain a file of their papers.

Please contact the first editor if you have any questions or electronic
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Old 10-18-2007, 04:23 PM   #2
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...my first image...

...some rough looking, smokey bar.. a horde of the stereo-typical harley/hells angel's types... sitting at tables with crayons and stacks of paper.
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...my first image...

...some rough looking, smokey bar.. a horde of the stereo-typical harley/hells angel's types... sitting at tables with crayons and stacks of paper.

And definitely smoking. Maybe one or two'd have a crayon behind the ear? Maybe an old beer bottle or two with a couple of melted candles?
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interesting............but i suck at writing(see i didnt even use punctuation in this sentence)
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I USE POETRY AS A CATHAIRSIS AND HAVE WROTE SEVERAL POEMS AND ESSAY ON DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF OUR MUNDANE TRANSITORY LIFE. I, NEVERTHELESS, HAVE NEVER WRITEN ANYTHING REGARDING THE MULTIPLE TECHNICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF MOTORCYCLING.
CURRENTLY, I HAVE ENOUGH SCHOOL WORK TO ADD EVEN MORE TO THE LOAD. HOWEVER, I MIGHT USE THIS TOPIC AND WRITE ABOUT IT FOR A FUTURE ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT.

WHAT DO WE GET FROM THIS ANYWAY? SOME FORM OF AUTHOR RECOGNITION AT LEAST?
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Old 10-18-2007, 04:37 PM   #6
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interesting............but i suck at writing(see i didnt even use punctuation in this sentence)
Sure you did! You used parenthesis. Besides, punctuation is a small part of the bigger picture. Granted, it's a small part the irritates the out of English geeks.
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Old 10-18-2007, 04:41 PM   #7
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I USE POETRY AS A CATHAIRSIS AND HAVE WROTE SEVERAL POEMS AND ESSAY ON DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF OUR MUNDANE TRANSITORY LIFE. I, NEVERTHELESS, HAVE NEVER WRITEN ANYTHING REGARDING THE MULTIPLE TECHNICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF MOTORCYCLING.
CURRENTLY, I HAVE ENOUGH SCHOOL WORK TO ADD EVEN MORE TO THE LOAD. HOWEVER, I MIGHT USE THIS TOPIC AND WRITE ABOUT IT FOR A FUTURE ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT.

WHAT DO WE GET FROM THIS ANYWAY? SOME FORM OF AUTHOR RECOGNITION AT LEAST?
It's an old call for papers that I saved to a file. Someone put together a book using essays folks submitted about those topics. The writers would have recieved publication credit and, I imagine, a bit of cash--not sure how much. It always varies. I should try tracking the book down . . . it might be an interesting read.
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Points for capitalization and punctuation?


CAPS LOCK are yer friend...
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found on twtex.com. might help you out? =)

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Myth 1: Other Drivers Don't Care About Motorcyclists

It may seem hard to believe at times, but other drivers almost never actually want to hit you. Most of those near-misses come about because they don't always know you are there, even when you are right in front of them, seemingly in plain view. You can be obscured or completely hidden by glare, by other things on or along the road, by the cars roof pillars, the handicap hangtag, or by other traffic. Of course, not all drivers "think motorcycles" and make the effort to look that extra bit harder to see if there might be a motorcyclist hidden by that obscuration or in their blind spot.

Myth 8: If You Are Going to Crash, Lay It Down

I suspect this line was developed by riders to explain why they ended up flat-side-down while trying to avoid a crash. They over-braked or otherwise lost control, then tried to explain the crash away as intentional and tried to make it sound like it wasn't a crash at all. Maybe motorcycle brakes once were so bad that you could stop better off your bike while sliding or tumbling. If so, that hasn't been true for decades. You can scrub off much more speed before and there be going slower at impact with effective braking than you will sliding down the road on your . And if you are still on the bike, you might get thrown over the car you collide with, avoiding an impact with your body. If you slide into a car while you are on the ground, you either have a hard stop against it or end up wedged under it. Remember that the phrase "I laid 'er down to avoid a crash" is an oxymoron, often repeated by some other kind of moron.

Myth 12: A Skilled Rider Can Stop Better with Conventional Brakes than with Anti-Lock Brakes

Extensive testing done recently disproves this popular notion. Even on clean, dry, flat pavement, skilled, experienced riders (who did hundreds of panic stops for the testing on outrigger-equipped motorcycles) stopped in less distance with anti-lock brakes (ABS) than with conventional or linked braking systems. Though the tests didn't include samples on surfaces with slick, dirty or wet spots, ABS certainly would have performed even better under those conditions while eliminating much of the risk of crashing.

Where is LilMcKee when we need him???


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then why aint you yellin at a class full of screaming brats at 9:45 in the mornin'?
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