Conference CFP: Sport and Place: Sport, Identity and Community

3rd Global Conference: Sport


Saturday 30th August – Monday 1st September 2014


Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom


Sport and Place: Sport, Identity and Community


Call for Presentations


What is the place of sport in our lives? As we watch sport events on television, as we shout as fans or strain as participants, we can see the importance of engaging with and understanding sport’s place in society. The question in the modern world is complex, and demands inter-disciplinary approaches to its solution. Sport in modernity is an everyday part of leisure lives, an aspirational physical activity or something that gives people a sense of belonging. Sport can be a vehicle for social and economic development, yet the economic and political formations of globalisation and modernity bring the spectre of contracts, deals, profits and the pursuit of glory at the expense of everything good about sport.


This conference, the third global conference on Sport held by IDN, aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines – sociology, sport development, cultural studies, philosophy, history, political studies, urban studies, management and marketing, geography, and psychology and sport science – who are interested in exploring sport’s social, political and economic places and spaces. We are interested in sport’s histories, sport in the here and now and sport’s futures. The project is for cheerleaders of sport, critics of sport, and all those in-between who would like to make a contribution to this inter-disciplinary approach to understanding sport.


We are interested in receiving all forms of research and presentations of theory on the following themes:


• Sport and social identity


• Ontology of sport


• Ethics and sport


• Sport for development


• Commercialisation and sport


• Sport and place


• Sports management and sports marketing


• History of modern sport


• Sport and communities


• Sport and popular culture


• Sport and celebrities


• The politics of sport


• Sports fandom


Presentations, performances and papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes. The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.


In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Sport and Bodily Transformations.


What to Send


300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th April 2014. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 11th July 2014. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:


a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.


E-mails should be entitled: SPORT3 Abstract Submission.


Joint Organising Chairs:


Karl Spracklen:


Rob Fisher:


The conference is part of the making Sense Of: programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.


Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.


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