Tuesday, April 29, 2008

CONFERENCE: The Olympics: Politics and Protest

The Olympics: Politics and Protest
16, 17 & 18 July at Leeds Metropolitan University
On the evening of 16 July there will be a Round Table Discussion on the
Olympics chaired by Prof. Franco Bianchini.

Keynote Speakers for the 17 & 18 July:
Prof. John Horne(University of Central Lancashire)
on The Olympics: Power, Politics, Protest and Promotion

Prof. Helen Lenskyj(University of Toronto) on
Challenging Olympic Power and Propaganda

Other speakers include:
Prof. Tony Collins (Leeds Metropolitan University),
Prof. Garry Whannel (University of Bedfordshire),
Andy Miah (University of the West of Scotland),
Ian Ritchie (Brock University, Canada),
Jason Wood (Heritage Consultant) and
Jim Parry (University of Leeds)

The Olympics, ‘Race’ and Identity
The Olympics: Communism and After
Paralympic Issues
Artists Confront the Olympics
The Olympics and the Media
Olympic Ideology
The Olympics: Tourism, Heritage and Legacy
The Olympics: Policy, Protest, Resistance

2 days £70 or 1 day £40
50% discount for students.
Accommodation available

Monday, April 28, 2008

Thursday, April 24, 2008

CFP: The Consumption and the Representation of Lifestyle sport

Call for papers: Special Issue of Sport and Society,
‘The Consumption and the Representation of Lifestyle sport’.

Guest editor Belinda Wheaton, University of Brighton

This special issue seeks to explore the changing representation and consumption of lifestyle sport in the twenty-first century.

Since their emergence in the 1960s, lifestyle sports (also termed action sport, extreme sports, adventure sports, and so on) have experienced unprecedented growth both in participation, and in their increased visibility across public and private space. In Britain, for example, the BBC draws on imagery of street-running, surfing and kite flying between programmes to ‘identify’ the station, and in the USA extreme sport has featured on a postal stamp (Rinehart & Sydor, 2003, p. 1). The allure and excitement of lifestyle sport has been appropriated to sell every kind of product imaginable, and they have been the focus of numerous ‘mainstream’ television shows and films such as Blue Crush, Stone Monkey, Kids, Jackass and Dogtown and Z-Boys that present the danger but also the vertigo inspired by the sports. Specialist magazines such as On the Edge, Boards, Carve and Wavelength fill newsagent’s shelves, and are sustained by a multi-million dollar industry selling commodities and lifestyles to ‘hard-core’ aficionados and grazers alike. Furthermore, these representations of lifestyle sports provide images of ‘adventure’ and risk, demonstrating what Beck describes as the importance of experiencing danger and ‘living life to the full’ in a ‘risk society’. Possible topics for papers in the context of representation might include:

o Representations of lifestyle sports through place and space: in film, subcultural media, television, advertising.
o The relationship between global and local representations
o Ethics and values expressed in subcultural and mainstream representations of adventure sports
o Lifestyle sports and new media technologies.
o Media Parody - extreme ironing, extreme housework.
o The meaning and representation of risk in late modernity.
o How lifestyle sports imagery reproduces neo-liberal ideologies of the body, heath and consumer-citizenship.
o What part does the media and internet play in representing these activities and their cultures?

Lifestyle Sports cultures are also enjoying a period of unprecedented growth and transformation. As outlined in Wheaton (2004) participation in many lifestyle sports continues to grow, outpacing the growth of a number of ‘big league’ traditional sports, both among the ‘traditional’ consumer markets of (white western) teenage boys, and increasingly among older men, women and girls. A vibrant and highly profitable global and local consumer industry is driving these activities, and has seen rapid expansion and diversification, with consumer products ranging from board and decks to the ever expanding ‘sport style.’ Local, national, trans-national and global networks of lifestyle sports ‘subcultures’ have traditionally been linked by travel and the specialist sub cultural media, predominantly magazines and videos/DVDs. Yet increasingly these media forms have been supported and superseded by the internet with enthusiasts, clubs and commercial organisations setting up websites and chartrooms providing information about venues, news and local activities. However, these shifts have lead to changes in the meanings, experiences and identities of lifestyle sport cultures, particularly as participants attempt to retain their subcultural identities in the face of increasing popularity and widespread commercialisation. Central questions include:

o How have process of globalisation impacted the cultures, identities, and industries of lifestyle sport? Are there differences locally, nationally and trans-locally? Do lifestyle sports participants display a post-national cosmopolitan disposition? What is the relationship of lifestyle sport to (the politics of) environmentalism?
o Are these activities subcultures or are formulations such as neo-tribes more useful ways of conceptualising these sporting cultures?
o What is the relationship between the mass and micro medias, and between these different medias and the sports lived cultures?
o How are the experiences of identity and difference changing in this period of rampant commercialisation? Have they been wholly appropriated or are there new and different sites and expressions of subcultural ‘resistance’?
o How is inclusion, exclusion and the discourse of subcultural authenticity related to difference, particularly the intersections of gender, ‘race’, (hetro)sexuality, disability and age?
o Emerging lifestyle sports such as parkour, and kitesurfing and their interaction with popular culture.
o What are the experiences of those on the periphery of the subcultures, be they weekend warriors, grazers, ‘surf widow’s, spectators, or those who experience (many) lifestyle sport/s through tourism and others forms of commercial provision.

Papers on any aspect of lifestyle sport representation or consumption are welcome but we are particularly interested in papers that examine lifestyle sport outside of the global ‘core’.

Rinehart, R., & Sydor, S. (Eds.). (2003). To the Extreme: Alternative sports, inside and out. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Wheaton, B. (Ed.). (2004). Understanding lifestyle sports: Consumption, identity and difference. London: Routledge.

Guidelines for contributors

Texts should reach the guest editor by email before September 30, 2008, and should include:

1) Typescripts in .rtf or .doc format;
2) A title page with the title of the paper and the name(s) of contributor(s) and institutional affiliation for each one; acknowledgements (expression of thanks, sources of financing); mailing addresses. The first page of the typescript must not include the name(s) or coordinates of the contributor(s);
3) An abstract: one paragraph of no more than 150 words.
Tables, figures and notes must be correctly inserted within the text. Pictures and photos require original resolution of no less than 130 ppi.

Manuscripts should be between 6000-8000 words. For detail on the journal house style see http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1743-0437&linktype=44

Please send manuscripts to:

Belinda Wheaton

Senior Research Fellow
University of Brighton
Chelsea School
Trevin Towers Annexe, Gaudick Rd
Eastbourne BN20 7SP


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

AWARD: 2008 Undergraduate Student Essay in Sports Studies Competition

Research Centre for Sport in Canadian Society
University of Ottawa

2008 Undergraduate Student Essay in Sports Studies Competition


Each year, the Centre gives out two prizes of $400 each for the best undergraduate essays in Sport Studies. Normally, one award will be given for the best essay in French and one award for the best essay in English. The names of the winners are posted on the Centre’s web site and are communicated to the Listserv of several North American scientific societies. Their essays are made available on the Centre’s website.

The essays of approximately twenty to thirty pages in length, and they focus on an issue connected to sport in Canadian society. More precisely, the essays tackle social, managerial, economic, cultural, historical, ethical or philosophical sport issues.


* Promote student interest for Sport Studies;
* Promote the image of Sport Studies in Canadian universities;
* Encourage undergraduate students to enroll in graduate studies in Sport Studies, most preferably in a Canadian university.


The contest is primarily aimed at students registered in Canadian universities in programs such as Human Kinetics, Canadian Studies, Women’s Studies, as well as in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Students registered in non-Canadian universities are also eligible, as long as the essay is on a Canadian subject.

The paper needs to be the sole creation of the student, meaning a professor’s involvement cannot exceed that of reviewing the paper for a University course. A written confirmation to that effect may be requested form the student’s professor.

Deadline: Friday, May 30, 2008 (Extended June 15)

The essay should be submitted in the form of a printed copy (accompanied by an electronic version on a CD or DVD). It must be mailed on the day of the deadline at the latest, the post office stamp serving as proof.

Winners will be chosen during the course of the summer term. The choice will be made public in September 2008.

Selection Committee

Alexandre Dumas, PhD (University of Ottawa)
Michael Robidoux, PhD (University of Ottawa)
Lucie Thibault, PhD (Brock University)

More about the competition and the RCSCS at : http://www.rcscs.uottawa.ca/award.htm

Monday, April 21, 2008

CFP: "Global Sports Marketing: Current Trends and Future Developments"

"Global Sports Marketing: Current Trends and Future Developments" Special Issue

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics

The marketing of sports has become a global industry. Different types
of sport organizations (private and public, amateur and professional)
are now focusing on their worldwide appeal. Private sport
organizations such as the LA Dodgers have recently been showcasing
their talent at baseball games throughout Asia and particularly in
China. Public sport organizations such as the International Olympic
Committee now try to market a variety of different sports such as
surfing in order to increase their market audience. Amateur sporting
clubs throughout the world try to focus on the 'glocalisation' of
sports, which occurs when a global sport is differentiated to the
local country market. For example, football in Australia having
different meanings depending on the state in which it is played. The
marketing of professional sports worldwide also differs according to
the country setting. For example, the failure of the Australian
Baseball League to generate ticket sales despite the worldwide success
of American Baseball. In this special issue we welcome papers that
focus on the global aspect of sports marketing and in particularly
papers that highlight or stress the relevance of the Asian market.
Some of the fastest growing sports marketing areas are in Asia and
particularly with the strong economic growth rates of countries such
as India and Vietnam it is important for sports marketing academics,
practitioners and public policy practitioners to focus on these
markets. The following is a list of possible topics that are welcome
in this special issue: The internationalization of college and
professional sports Global approaches to sports marketing Global
marketing innovations in sports Global marketing challenges and
opportunities in sports-related industries Regulatory issues in global
sport marketing The role of global corporate philanthropy and social
responsibility in sports-related industries The influence of social
and human capital to successful global sporting teams Global marketing
success stories in sports Global sponsorship and targeting initiatives
in sports Marketing of international sport events and sport teams TV
rights Segmenting and targeting the global sport consumer Building
global sport brands E-marketing practices of global sport brands (e.g.
teams, events, athletes) Consumption communities and their impact on
the globalization of sports The impact of global sports on other
industries (e.g. tourism)

Submission guidelines

Submission will be taken to imply that the article constitutes
original work that has not previously been published, accepted for
publication, or presently under consideration elsewhere. Prior to
submission it is expected that the APJML author guidelines have been
followed in full. Initial submissions will be reviewed by the guest
editors and if judged suitable then placed for double-blind review.
Articles should be no more than 5,000 words in length. The Guest
Editors will send an acknowledgement upon receipt - please query via
email address below if acknowledgement is not received shortly after
submission. One author should be clearly identified on jointly
authored articles as the main administrative contact for the
submission. Papers should be submitted via e-mail by October 30 2008.

Any questions about the special issue can be directed to any of the
guest editors.

Special Issue Guest Editors:

Vanessa Ratten Assistant Professor A.J. Palumbo School of Business
Administration Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, United States Email:

Rodoula Tsiotsou Assistant Professor of Marketing Department of
Commerce & Advertising School of Business & Economics Higher
Technological Education Institution of Crete, Greece Email:

Thursday, April 17, 2008

CFP: Social Responsibility, Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship in the Sports Industry

Social Responsibility, Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship in the Sports Industry

Deadline for Papers: 30th March 2009

Edited by:
Vanessa Ratten, Duquesne University
Kathy Babiak, University of Michigan

INDEXED IN: Thomson ISI Science Citation Index/Social Sciences

The Journal of Management and Organization is currently seeking academic papers for this Special Issue. The purpose of which is to focus on how social responsibility, philanthropy and entrepreneurship can more generally inform our understanding of management and organizations in the sporting industry. Submitted papers for this special issue should focus on the contribution of research to management and organization studies. Many corporations are now shifting from a traditional charity perspective to a strategic corporate social responsibility perspective in which there is an attempt to integrate business operations with corporate donations (Dean, 2002; Porter & Kramer, 2006). The area of social responsibility, philanthropy and entrepreneurship in sports remains a relatively unexplored research area (McAlister & Ferrell, 2002). Corporate social responsibility occurs as "corporations possess the power to control and influence the quality of life of employees, customers, shareholders and residents of local communities in which they operate" (Pava & Krausz, 1997:337). Social responsibility and philanthropy have gained in significance for businesses worldwide but particularly for those in the sports industry. Sporting organizations are now focusing on efforts to increase their philanthropy through being better social enterprises. By utilizing entrepreneurship, businesses in the sports industry such as the National Basketball Association and Australian Football League have increased their efforts to be seen as caring organizations that help the community. In this special issue we define entrepreneurship as when an individual or organization tries to be proactive, innovative and risk taking (Holt, Rutherford & Clohessy, 2007), particularly as they relate to a sport organization's socially responsible or philanthropic endeavours. Social responsibility, philanthropy and entrepreneurship offer direction to business leaders who want to increase their company's social and economic performance (Wolcott & Lippitz, 2007). The objective of this special issue is to enhance the management and organization literature by examining issues relating to social responsibility, philanthropy and entrepreneurship in the sports industry. The aim of this special issue is to improve the understanding of social responsibility, philanthropy and entrepreneurship within a sport context. Consistent with the objectives of the Journal of Management and Organization, we seek both conceptual and empirical papers on how social responsibility, philanthropy and entrepreneurship affect the sports industry. We welcome submissions from authors internationally as well as Australia and New Zealand. Below are listed some issues that we believe would fit well with this special issue:

· The significance of social responsibility in the sports industry

· Challenges and opportunities of philanthropy in sport management

· Models of social responsibility, philanthropy and entrepreneurship that have been adapted in sport

· Efforts to create and develop social responsibility, philanthropy and entrepreneurship in sport

· Research agenda and theoretical frameworks that examine social responsibility, philanthropy and entrepreneurship in sport

· Community initiatives and investment in sports and the influence of philanthropy in developing sport management

· Community and economic development in sports and the impact this has on sports-related businesses

· Business ethics and corporate governance in the sports industry

· Environmental and sustainable development in sports and how this has impacted social responsibility

· Evaluation and measurement of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy

· Global initiatives and financial accountability in sports

Manuscript submissions should observe the author guidelines at http://www.jmanorg.com/authorguidelines/. All papers submitted for the special journal issue will undergo a double-blind peer review process. Manuscripts must not be submitted to another journal while they are under review by the Journal of Management and Organization nor should they have been previously published. The special issue will include 8-10 articles of approximately 8,000 words each and is expected to be published in Journal of Management and Organization 16(2) (2010).

Manuscripts should be submitted no later than March 30, 2009 via e-mail to either of the guest editors:

Vanessa Ratten
A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Kathy Babiak
Sport Management Department
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

SEMINAR: “Charles Atlas’ Italian Nose: Photography and Ethnicity On Trial at the Federal Trade Commission, 1936”


We are pleased to invite you to the next session of the Chicago Seminar on Sport and Culture at the Newberry Library, May 16, 2008, at 3:30 PM, co-sponsored by Northeastern Illinois University and North Central College.. The lectures are open to the public at no charge. The Newberry Library is located at 80 W. Walton, Chicago, IL.

“Charles Atlas’ Italian Nose: Photography and Ethnicity On Trial at the Federal Trade Commission, 1936”

Dr. Dominique Padurano will examine Charles Atlas' appearance in front of the Federal Trade Commission in 1936 as a "snapshot" which illuminates issues of ethnicity, masculinity, and consumption during the Great Depression. As the plaintiff in the hearing, Atlas was unprepared for the extent to which his own credibility as a businessman, bodybuilder, and American would be questioned. Central to his opponent's case were photographs of Atlas' body and his unauthorized name change from "Angelo Siciliano." Padurano will also discuss the history of bodybuilding in America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in an attempt to contextualize Atlas within a thriving community of ethnic entrepreneurs who exploited the ability of the camera to project their own definition of "manliness" to a wide American audience.

Padurano received She received her A.B. from Harvard College in 1993 with high honors and her Ph.D. from Rutgers in 2007. Her s dissertation, “Making American Men: Charles Atlas and the Business of Bodies, 1892-1945,” used the life and career of fitness icon Charles Atlas – ne Angelo Siciliano in Calabria – to explore changes in American culture, masculinity, sexuality and childhood during the first half of the twentieth century. She teaches at Horace Mann School, an independent day school in New York City.

For further information, contact Steve Riess, chair of the seminar, at 773 442 5631 or (preferred) s-riess@neiu.edu.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


NASSS 2008 Conference Call for Sessions

The 29th annual conference of La Sociedad Norteamericana para la Sociologia del Deporte /The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport/La Société nord-américaine de sociologie du sport(NASSS) will be held 5-8 November 2008 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, Colorado, USA. The theme for this year's conference is "Sport and Peace/Social (In)Justice." Those interested in organizing a session should submit a session proposal by 9 May 2008 to the program chair, Bob Rinehart, via the Session Proposals form (http://nasss.org/2008/proposals.php).

This year's theme, "Sport and Peace/Social (In)Justice," challenges us to envision sport as a vehicle for social justice and local and global peace. Sport has been used to signify patriotism, escapism, and the core values of both North American and global communities that are embedded with/in both latent and blatant issues of social injustice. In this historical moment, then, sport is implicated within "an amorphous opinion culture, characterized by strong patriotic identification mixed with feelings of practical political powerlessness" (Berlant, 1997, p. 3). As such, sport has been associated with/in such divisive or collaborative practices and rhetorics as, for example, the marginalization of LBGT communities, dispossessed peoples, ethnic and racial "minorities," people living with disabilities, and feminists. Additionally, sport has become implicated within, for example, issues concerning the environment (e.g., "sustainability" and "greening" movements); issues regarding animal rights, child labor practices, and structural privilege; issues of Native-American mascots/symbols and self-determination; issues of human rights; issues of pedagogical and praxis-oriented natures; issues embedded within ethics and ethical behaviors; and issues involving governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and individuals within the discourses and practices of conflict resolution and sporting practices.

Within the broad-based theme of Sport and Peace/Social (In)Justice, we envision a large number of sessions and topical proposals. We also see the sport/peace/social justice nexus as performative in nature. That is to say, social justice and peace issues within sporting contexts a part of a larger cultural performance which matters. We encourage our community of scholars to engage with these issues, through the thematic lens of "Sport and Peace/Social (In)Justice," but we also encourage sessions and papers outside of the theme of the conference.

For further information, please contact Program Chair Bob Rinehart or a member of the program committee:

Bob Rinehart, Program Chair
Department of Educational Leadership & Counseling Psychology
Washington State University
Campus Box 2136
Pullman, WA 99164-2136
Phone: (509) 335-7720
Email/Courriel: rerine [at] wsu.edu

Becky Beal, bbeal[at]pacific.edu
Cheryl Cooky, ccooky[at]fullerton.edu
Rich King, crking[at]wsu.edu
Nancy Spencer, nspencr[at]bgnet.bgsu.edu
Steve Walk, swalk[at]Exchange.FULLERTON.EDU
Melissa C. Wiser, wiser.13[at]osu.edu>
Gary Sailes, gsailes[at]indiana.edu
Eric Anderson, ea217[at]bath.ac.uk
George Sage, ghsage[at]comcast.net
Othello Harris, harriso[at]muohio.edu
Darcy Plymire, dplymire[at]ithaca.edu
Genevieve Rail, genrail[at]uottawa.ca
Mike Giardina , Giardina[at]uiuc.edu
Vicky Paraschak , parasch[at]uwindsor.ca
Maureen Smith, smithmm[at]csus.edu
Joanne Kay, jokay[at]videotron.ca

CFP: Leisure and North-South Relations

Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring 2009

Guest editors:

Patrick Bouchet and Jean Harvey

Today, no one can deny the transnational social, political and economic importance of leisure. We are looking at major concerns firmly anchored in the lifestyles of different societies, that impact developmental policies to multiple degrees and which cannot be reduced simply to issues of tourism. Nevertheless, today’s leisure activities do not all have the same origins, the same importance, the same derivatives, but vary by continent, country, region… These findings, perhaps trivial in themselves, obscure the fact that there is a lack of scientific work permitting a comparison of the characteristics and structural modes of leisure activities between different regions of the world, and more especially between those in the "South" (more specifically on the African and South-American land masses) and the countries of the "North" (which include the North-American, European and Asian continental areas).

At a time when globalization is in danger of undermining the equilibrium of the economic and professional domains, it would seem legitimate to examine the leisure activities of populations worldwide and to compare both the way they are organized and the place they occupy in the societies concerned. Such an inquiry is most relevant at an epoch where we are witnessing a steady strengthening of the idea of leisure as a developmental tool where the impact of tourism is not the only concern. What is even more interesting is that this avenue of research fits into an overall dynamic framework within which international governmental and non-governmental organizations are multiplying policy actions, and where new social movements are arguing for models other than those of current neoliberal globalization. With this in mind we might ask the following questions: Is there a tendency in Northern and Southern States to bring into alignment their leisure activities, as was somewhat the case during the colonial period? Do they preserve these historical and/or sociocultural characteristics, or do they differentiate themselves, on the basis of their territorial, ethnic, religious or other orientations? What are the world trends and local reactions that emerge from active and passive leisure activities, viewed from the perspective of North-South relationships?

This is the overall thrust of our proposal for a thematic edition of this review, which is calling for a range of papers, that may include comparisons of a specific type of leisure activity amongst States or regions with very different developmental scenarios; of specific populations in certain countries, based on their different social, territorial, ethnic, community, or religious characteristics; or of world developmental initiatives in the field of leisure activities.

Positioning of this proposal

The thrust of this thematic number is therefore the bringing together of international level research work in order to draw up an initial balance sheet of current thinking on this issue, an issue that intimately concerns a number of projects sponsored by the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie or by countries referred to as “developed.” We also wish this number to provide an opportunity to highlight the various issues, both current and future, related to active and passive leisure activities, for Northern and for Southern nations. Without pretending to an all-inclusive portrait, we would welcome different points of view, and complementary or interdependent themes that help initiate an exchange of ideas.

Recommendations to contributors

Texts should reach the guest editors by email before December 30, 2008, and should include:

1) Typescripts in .rtf or .doc format;

2) A title page with the title of the paper and the “Author’s Notes”: name(s) of contributor(s) and institutional affiliation for each one; acknowledgements (expression of thanks, sources of financing); mailing addresses. The first page of the typescript must not include the name(s) or coordinates of the contributor(s);

3) An abstract: one paragraph of no more than 150 words.

Tables, figures and notes must be correctly inserted within the text. Pictures and photos require original resolution of no less than 130 ppi.

Texts should not be longer than 60,000 characters (including spaces).

Please use APA stylebook (American Psychological Association) for bibliographical references, tables, figures, etc.

Send to:

Mr. Patrick Bouchet
Laboratoire Socio-psychologie et Management du sport
Faculté des Sciences du Sport
Université de Bourgogne
Campus Universitaire - BP 27877
21 078 Dijon Cedex
e-mail: patrick.bouchet@u-bourgogne.fr

Mr. Jean Harvey, Director
Research Centre for Sport in Canadian Society
School of Human Kinetics
University of Ottawa
125 University
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1N 6N5
e-mail: jharvey@uottawa.ca

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

REPORT: Developing Physically Active Girls: An Evidence-based Multidisciplinary Approach

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the
University of Minnesota is proud to announce the release of the 2007
Tucker Center Research Report.

The report, /Developing Physically Active Girls: An Evidence-based Multidisciplinary Approach/, summarizes the most recent research pertaining to the physical, psychological, social and cultural benefits girls derive from participation in sport and physical activity, the barriers that prevent them from reaching their full potential and the kinds of environments in which girls learn how to develop and foster the best parts of themselves both on and off the playing fields.The report features contributions from sport psychologists Diane Wiese-Bjornstal and Nicole LaVoi, sport sociologists Margaret Duncan and Mary Jo Kane, and exercise
physiologists Barbara Ainsworth, Kelley Pettee and Jeanne Nichols.

The report can be downloaded free of charge at

SCHOLARSHIP: PhD, Welsh Sporting Environments

AHRC-funded Ph.D. studentship on The Historic Sporting Environment of Wales

Swansea University, in collaboration with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

The History Department at Swansea University invites applications for an Arts and Humanities Research Council collaborative doctoral award. This scheme funds Ph.D. study to the same value as standard AHRC studentships and enables award holders to benefit from the supervision and expertise of an academic historian and a subject specialist at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Award holders will be based in the History Department at Swansea but a core period of the research will be spent at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales where there will be an opportunity to gain valuable workplace skills and experience.

For further information please visit: http://www.swan.ac.uk/history/notices/sporting%20environment

Saturday, April 12, 2008

JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE: Sporting Traditions in Ireland and Latin America

"Irish Migration Studies in Latin America" (www.irlandeses.org/imsla0803.htm), the open-access journal of the Society for Irish Latin American Studies. This issue is dedicated to Sporting Traditions in Ireland and Latin America.
The following contents are available at:

ISSN 1661-6065
Volume 6, Number 1 (March 2008)
Guest Editor: John Kennedy
Editors: Edmundo Murray, Claire Healy, Patricia Novillo-Corvalan, Helen Kelly

TABLE OF CONTENTS - John Kennedy (Guest Editor), "Sporting Traditions in Ireland and Latin America: An Introduction"
- John Kennedy, "The Sporting Dimension to the Relationship Between Ireland and Latin America"
- Victor Raffo, "Irish Association Football in Argentina"
- Ronnie Quinn, "Catholic, Male and Working-class: The Evolution of the Hurling Club into a Wide-Ranging Irish-Argentine Institution (1920-1980)"
- Hugh FitzGerald Ryan, "The Development of Rugby in the River Plate Region: Irish Influences"
- Jimmy Burns, "Don Patricio O'Connell: An Irishman and the Politics of Spanish Football"
- John Kennedy, "'El Primer Crack' of Argentine Basketball: Oscar Furlong"
- Edmundo Murray, "Horses and Horseracing: An Irish passion in Nineteenth-Century Rio de la Plata"
- Guillermo MacLoughlin Breard, "From Shepherds to Polo Players: Irish-Argentines from the First to the Last Chukker"
- Edmundo Murray, "'Rugby gives you values: they aren't written but they are for life': Interview with Felipe Contepomi"
- John Kennedy, Alfredo Di Stefano, football player"
- Conrad O'Neill Malcolm, "Fabian O'Neill, football player"
- John Kennedy, "Santiago Phelan, rugby player and coach"
- Guillermo MacLoughlin Breard, "Pablo MacDonough, polo player"
- William H. Mulligan, Jr., "Review of Brendan O Donoghue's 'In Search of Fame and Fortune: The Leahy Family of Engineers, 1780-1888'", and Author's Reply
- Olwen Rowe, "Review of Ivan Alejandro Portela Bonachea's 'Cantos de Tir na n-Og'"

Friday, April 04, 2008

CFP: Team Performance Management in the Sports Industry

Call for Papers
Team Performance Management in the Sports Industry
Team Performance Management
Guest Editor
Vanessa Ratten, Duquesne University, USA

Sport is a global industry that places emphasis on the role of team
performance (Schnytzer and Weinberg, 2008). Most types of sport involve
team work whether it is on the field or in the workplace. The composition
of a team will influence its performance (Higgs, Plewnia and Ploch, 2005).
It is important for all types of industries to learn from teamwork (Pineda
and Lerner, 2006). As the worldwide economy becomes more competitive it is
important to understand how organizations can deliver superior value
through focusing on team-based performance (Sumanski, Kolenc and Markic,
2007). The aim of this Special Issue in Team Performance Management is to
examine in more detail what makes a good team and how both academics and
practitioners can help their teams improve. Consistent with the objectives
of the journal, this special issue is interested in how to build high
performance teams in the sports context. Professional and amateur sporting
teams and organizations are useful to analyze to see how they enhance
teamwork and performance for their members (Ross, 2008). All different
types of research paradigms including both empirical and conceptual papers
are welcome in this special issue. The special issue will focus on team
performance management in the sports industry and includes, but is not
limited to, the following topics:

• The role of innovation to team performance management
• Sports marketing and entrepreneurial best practices in team performance
• Challenges of working with global teams in sporting clubs
• The role of social networks to develop sporting teams
• Ethics and social responsibility in sporting teams
• Targeting and segmentation strategies in sports-based team management
• Positioning and competitive advantage in sports teams
• How managers of sporting organizations successfully manage their team’s
• Drivers and motivations of a successful sporting team
• Organizational work teams in sporting clubs
• How professional sporting organizations reward and compensate for good
team performance
• The role of team-based performance in sports
• The secrets of successful team building and development in sport
• Managerial examples of effective sporting teams
• Human resource development in sports teams
• The impact of team-work for sales managers in sports organizations
• The role of organizational change and managerial development for sports

Manuscripts must be received by September 30th 2008. All manuscripts will
undergo a double-blind review process. Manuscripts submitted to the
Special Issue of Team Performance Management should not have been
previously published nor be submitted to any other journals during the
review process. As a guide, articles should be approximately 3000-6000
words in length. More information about the journal can be found on:
Please submit manuscripts by September 30th in a word-compatible format
electronically to:

Vanessa Ratten
A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh PA 15282 USA
Email: vanessaratten@gmail.com

Higgs, M., Plewnia, U. and Ploch, J. (2005) ‘Influence of team composition
and task complexity on team performance’, Team Performance Management,
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Thursday, April 03, 2008

PHD SUMMER SCHOOL: International Summer School for Young Researchers

First Announcement – Call for Applications

Body Cultures and Health Discourses
Historical, Sociological, Psychological and
Pedagogical Approaches

International Summer School for Young Researchers
Course for PhD Students

Date: August 12 – 18, 2008

Place: Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Aims and Concept

Currently, in all Western countries body cultures and health are in various ways in the centre of public attention. Physicians, politicians and scientists, parents and teachers, a considerable part of the population is either involved in the production or propagation of knowledge about the interdependencies between body, weight, health and physical activity or addressed by the messages and recipes which are everywhere, in the mass media, in the programs of municipalities or in the teaching materials of schools. In addition, health is an important issue in the current doping crisis which challenges the sport system as a whole. Moreover, health, sport and the body are increasingly used as means of social distinction and as symbolic capital. Health and appearance are no longer determined by destiny, but they are products of work and money. Various body cultures (and sub cultures) are promising certain images, are used for enactments and are part of identities. Various disciplines with different theoretical approaches, questions and methods are dealing with body cul-tures and health, and there has been conducted a considerable amount of research.

This summer school will deal with various topics connected with body cultures and health. The teaching will be based on available knowledge, but there will be room for further questions and discussions which open new perspectives. The course will provide an excellent opportunity for students and lecturers to exchange knowledge about the specific sport systems, the body cultures, the health discourses (including practices) in various scientific disciplines and in various countries. It will also lead to communication, networks and cooperation among the participants.

The summer school is addressed to PhD students and young researchers and intends to support them in their scientific work. It offers them the opportunity of acquiring knowledge about the state of the art in the area of theories and methods, of present-ing their research, of discussing problems, of obtaining advice from experts and of building up a network. It is hoped to help young researchers to become integrated into the scientific community.

The involvement of internationally renowned experts will guarantee that knowledge and advice as well as the evaluation of students’ papers will contribute decisively to research of high quality and relevance.


• Associate professor Laila Ottesen, Department of Exercise and Sport
Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
• Professor Gertrud Pfister, Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
• Professor Gerald Gems, North Central College, Naperville, USA
• Dr. Elizabeth Pike, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences,
University of Chichester, England
• Professor Andrew Sparkes, Exeter University, England
(has to be confirmed)
• Professor Annette Hofmann, University College of Education, Ludwigsburg, Germany

and others.

In keynote lectures the experts will address important questions, new approaches and results, problems and strategies of research, current trends and main issues in the area of sport, education and socialisation. The students will have the opportu-nity of asking questions and discussing with the experts. In addition, all students will give a report of their own projects. Papers with the main outlines of these pro-jects must be submitted before the summer school begins. There will be an in-depth discussion of each research project in working groups. In addition, the experts are available for individual supervision.

Selection of the students
The summer school will take place in collaboration with the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES), The International Sport Sociological Association (ISSA) and the European Association of Sport
Psychology (FEPSAC).

Participants should be young researchers (either planning a PhD, working on their PhD or post docs). Participants will be selected according to the following criteria: topic, state of research, quality of the project. The participants may work in differ-ent disciplines from pedagogy to history.

The number of participants will be between 20 and 25; it is aimed to include stu-dents from as many countries as possible.

The participation in the Summer School is free. Travel and accommodation has to be covered by the participants.There is the opportunity to sleep in a youth hostel in the centre of Copenhagen. We have applied for funding and may be able to provide free lunches.

Call for applications
Please fill out application form and forward it by e-mail to Christina Christensen: phdsummerschool@ifi.ku.dk

Deadline: May 16, 2008.

Further information
Christina Christensen

Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Copenhagen
E-mail: phdsummerschool@ifi.ku.dk