CFP: 3rd Annual Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium

Call for Abstracts


3rd Annual Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium:

An interdisciplinary conference on the study of Sport.

Date: April 25, 2014


Rockford University

5050 E. State. St.

Rockford, IL 61108


The focus of this year’s symposium is “Defining Sport.” How should scholars of sport approaching defining sport? Is there a consistent definition or approach to defining sport? Is there a difference between defining a sport, the sport, sport, or sports?


We invite cross-disciplinary papers on the different discussions surrounding the term “sport” and its many iterations.  We seek to explore how the concept itself, broadly construed, is being employed, understood, challenged, and used in the many different disciplines that study sport. Papers focusing on related concepts, like competition, games, or play, are welcomed as well.


There will be multiple panels. The focus of each panel will depend, in part, on the accepted abstracts. Each presenter will have 20 minutes for his or her presentation. There will also be time for Q&A.


Abstract Submission:

Abstract should be 300-500 words. Send via email (as PDF) to sklein_at_rockford_dot_edu.


Deadline: 1/24/2014

Notification of Acceptance: 2/7/2014


If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Klein: sklein_at_rockford_dot_edu or Michael Perry: mperry_at_rockford_dot_edu.