Call for Papers | The Future of Cycling: Challenges and Possibilities, Cambridge, New Zealand, October 2, 2015


Join us at the ‘Home of Cycling’ in Cambridge, New Zealand for a one-day symposium to discuss the challenges and potential of cycling. The symposium will also offer a half-day pre-fix event with a tour of the Home of Cycling, ‘Have a Go’ velodrome track session, and welcome drinks.

Whether for pleasure, health, competition or transport, cycling has remained an important social and cultural activity through historical and contemporary life. Shifting trends around cycling as transport, sport, play and leisure over time and across life spans mean the place of cycling in society and culture is diverse in terms of participation, pleasures and power relations. Currently, research about participation involves issues such as performance, gender, ethnicity, transport, city planning, ageing population and climate change, as well as intersections across all of these. Hosted by The University of Waikato and the Home of Cycling, this symposium aims to bring together a range of researchers, sporting organisations, recreation administrators, and policy-makers with an interest in cycling, to consider what the state of cycling is today and where it is headed.

We welcome submission from all socio-cultural research areas related to cycling. Possible themes include:

    • Gender and cycling
    • Race, ethnicity and cycling: Bi- and multicultural issues.
    • Planning, space and infrastructure
    • Negotiating cycling spaces: community versus elite use?
    • On the road: Cycling mobility and tourism
    • Sport for life: The potential of cycling across a life span
    • Cycling and the environment
    • Cycling and national identity
    • Learning from Lance Armstrong: Drugs, celebrity and cultural impacts
    • Cycling trails and tourism/Access, community and heritage
    • Production and consumption of cycling in the mainstream and social media
    • Cycling, technology and the digital spaces

Keynote: Andrew Matheson, CEO, Cycling New Zealand

Date: 2nd October 2015 (Tour of the velodrome on Thursday 1st October)

Call for presentations: Please email abstracts of 200 words along with a short bio to by June 1st 2015. Acceptance will be confirmed by July 1st 2015.

Cost: NZ$80 (NZ$60 for students). Note: ‘Have a Go’ of the velodrome track on Thursday 1st October will be available at an additional cost.

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