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Geography and Environmental Science

Creativity, technical competence and gender: early twentieth century women motorcyclists Seminar

Beatrice Shilling
12:30 - 13:30
8 March 2019
44/L/T B (1057)

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Dr Suzanne Reimer on (0)23 8059 8816 or email .

Event details

Geography Seminar

Woman mending a  motor bike

The paper introduces the motorcycle racing career of Beatrice Shilling and reflects upon the networks that supported Shilling through her engineering training and subsequent employment.  The paper scrutinises the types of technical knowledge and practice expected and emphasised in engineering from the early twentieth century onwards; and reflects upon the extent to which technical knowledge is seen to be acquired through ‘tinkering’.  This paper reveals some of the diverse spaces and networks through which twentieth century women motorcyclists sought to contest gendered understandings of technological competence.

Speaker information

Dr Suzanne Reimer,Suzanne Reimer is interested in aspects of design, creativity and knowledge, including the gendering of creativity and design labour; and the role of design in commodity networks. She has ongoing interests in the furniture industry, modernism and design, and moto-mobilities. Recent projects include the co-edited volume, Mobilising design (Routledge, 2017), which emphasises the role of design as a process, practice and outcome producing mobility.

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