Tuesday, May 26, 2009

CFR: Thirdspace: call for reviews - gender, sport, olympics‏

Call For Reviews

thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture invites reviews for its forthcoming issue on gender, sport and the Olympics. We welcome reviews of books, films and other media forms that explore the key themes of the issue (see http://www.thirdspace.ca/journal/announcement/view/5).

If you are the author of a book you would like considered for review, or someone who wishes to submit a suggestion for a book to review, please contact the review editors Lizzie Seal (lizzie.seal@durham.ac.uk) and Joni Palmer (joni.palmer@colorado.edu). If you would like to contribute to this issue as a reviewer but do not have a book, film, or other media in mind, please see attached list of books, films, etc. The deadline for submission of the review is December 1, 2009.

Book reviews should range from 650 words to 850 words (about 4-5 paragraphs or 1-2 pages). Review essays (reviewing two or more books in a field) or an in-depth review of an anthology are also welcome, and should be no more than 2000 words (about 7 pages).

Reviews of films, performances, exhibitions, computer games and other media forms that concern women and/or gender issues are encouraged. Reviews of this nature should be informed by feminist thinking and demonstrate scholarly criticism. Reviews should range from 650 words to 850 words (about 4-5 paragraphs or 1-2 pages).

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplinary and geographical
perspectives. Submissions from researchers working within, or among, the
disciplines of geography, sociology, literature, area studies, cultural
studies, film/media studies, art, history, education, law, and women’
s/gender studies are particularly encouraged.

We accept the submission of work from scholars of any rank or affiliation,
and encourage submissions from emerging feminist scholars, including
graduate students.

All submissions in this category undergo an internal editorial screen and review process and must conform to our style guide.

Books Available For Review:

A complimentary copy of the book will be sent to the reviewer.

Billings, Andrew. Olympic Media: Inside the Biggest Show on Television. Routledge: 2008. http://www.amazon.com/Olympic-Media-Television-Routledge-

Dworkin, Shari and Faye Wachs. Body Panic: Gender, Health, and the Selling of Fitness. NYU Press: 2009. http://www.amazon.com/Body-Panic-Gender-Selling-Fitness/dp/0814719678/ref=sr_1_22?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242558232&sr=1-22

Equaojie, Terry. Bridging the Gender Gap in Sports Leadership. Tate Publishing: 2008.

Fields, Sarah K. Female Gladiators: Gender, Law and Contact Sport in America. University of Illinois: 2008 (Reprint edition).

Fuller, Sarah K. Sport, Rhetoric and Gender. PalgraveMacMillan: 2009. http://www.amazon.com/Sport-Rhetoric-Gender-Linda-Fuller/dp/0230619703/ref=sr_1_28?

Hogan, Jackie. Gender, Race and National Identity. Routledge: 2008.

Hogshead-Makar, Nancy and Andrew Zimbalist (eds.). Equal Play: Title IX and Social Change. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2007, 328 pp., $86.50 (cloth); $39.95 (paper) http://www.amazon.com/Equal-Play-Title-Social-Change/dp/1592133800

Lenskyj, Helen. Olympic Industry Resistance: Challenging Olympic Power and Propaganda (SUNY Series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations). State University of New York Press: 2008. http://www.amazon.com/Olympic-Industry-Resistance-Challenging-

Markula, Pirkko. Olympic Women and the Media (Global Culture and Sport Series). PalgraveMacMillan: 2009. http://www.amazon.com/Olympic-Women-Media-International-

Messner, Michael. It’s all for the kids: Gender, families and youth sports. University of California Press: 2009. http://www.amazon.com/Its-All-Kids-Gender-Families/dp/0520257103/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242557358&sr=1-1

Moore, Theresa. License to Thrive: Title IX at 35. 2008
A Film by Theresa Moore, 2008, 48 minutes, Color, DVD
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” 

In June of 1972, Congress passed a piece of legislation called Title IX of the Education Amendments, to provide educational access and opportunity for women and young girls throughout the United States. Although most closely associated with sports, no other piece of legislation since the 19th Amendment has been more crucial to opening doors and creating leadership opportunities for women in all arenas including education, science, math, finance, entertainment, the arts, business, law, and politics. 

License to Thrive: Title IX at 35 is a smart and highly-entertaining exploration of the unique history of the Title IX legislation and its critical role over the past 35 years in
creating female leaders. From the classroom to the boardroom to the courtroom to the green room to the locker room, women are making their mark via the impact of Title IX.

Friday, May 22, 2009

PhD Opportunity: The Greening of the Olympic Games‏

Applications are invited for a 3-year full-time PhD studentship on 'The Greening of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012' [RS/08/23]

Further details can be found at:


For application packs please email researchdegrees@uclan.ac.uk with the project reference number: RS/08/23

Closing Date: Monday 6th July 2009

An advertisement will also appear in The Guardian newspaper next Tuesday.

I am hoping that the successful candidate will be able to start in either October 2009 or January 2010.

Very best wishes


Dr John Horne
Professor of Sport and Sociology
School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors
Greenbank Building
University of Central Lancashire

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

CONFERENCE: Play the Game

Today, Play the Game 2009 is presenting its most extensive conference programme to date. Compared to the two latest Play the Game conferences, held in Iceland and Denmark, both with a total of 85 presentations, this year’s edition in Coventry boasts around 120 speakers hailing from 27 countries.

“Thanks to the speakers, we think we can present not only the broadest programme, but also the one of the highest quality in the 12 years we have been arranging Play the Game,” says director Jens Sejer Andersen.

“Having 120 media people, academics and sports practitioners on board leads us to believe that Play the Game will again serve as an excellent forum for multi-disciplinary networking, which is one of the most important functions of our conference.”

One of the latest international top names to confirm their presence is the three-time Tour de France winner Greg Lemond, who will speak about current challenges to anti-doping policies, drawing from his life experience as a world class elite athlete and a fitness industry entrepeneur of today. Greg Lemond was one of the first professional cyclists who openly debated doping.

A small selection of other prominent speakers can be found below.

In the updated programme a number of new sessions have been added: abuse of animals in sport, discrimination of female athletes, new methods in investigative sports journalism, fan violence among others.

Match fixing, corruption and good governance, paralympic athletes, teenagers, the impact of Beijing 2008, sport in development… vital issues for sport that will be debated across professional and geographical borders at Play the Game in Coventry.

Now, more than ever, academic research in the mechanisms and culture of sport is needed to help raise awareness and further understanding.

You can still get speaking time at Play the Game if you use our online abstract submission as soon as possible. You can find the submission link and take a look at the updated programme on our website at www.playthegame.org/2009

Play the Game 2009 in brief

Play the Game 2009, co-hosted by the Centre for the International Business of Sport at Coventry University, will run from 8 – 12 June 2009 in Coventry, UK, the first city outside the Nordic countries to host the event.

For academics, Play the Game 2009 offers unique opportunity to launch research projects and share the results of your work while the international press and some of the most interesting colleagues are watching.

Why attend?

Academics can benefit from Play the Game 2009 in the following ways:

· It is a unique opportunity to build a network of colleagues and expert sources from 40-50 different countries worldwide.

· Play the Game 2009 succeeds in making multi-disciplinary debate and the theory-practise dialogue work at the same time.

· The conference is a relevant place for launching your research in an international setting and to network with journalists from all over the world.

· Play the Game is the only international forum that currently exists for free and unrestricted sports debate.

· The invited speakers are all among the best experts in their field.

· The conference is planned by academics who have taken care in selecting speakers and information which opens up new angles and approaches to research on sport.

· Participants in earlier conferences found Play the Game to be extremely useful – you can see their reactions on our website.

· The conference is extremely good value for money with five days packed with useful information and knowledge exchange which can be used in research projects right away.

· The conference provide researchers, political leaders and journalists with both the inspiration and tools to explore the cultural, social, political, and economic aspects of sport.

The list of conference speakers include:

· Richard W. Pound , IOC member, former President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and newly-selected President of the Play the Game Advisory Board.

· William Gaillard , Director of Communications and Public Affairs for UEFA, and Senior Adviser to UEFA President Michel Platini

· Greg Lemond, three-time Tour de France winner, fitness entrepeneur

· David Howman , Director-General of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

· Michael Franzese, Former mob-boss and motivational speaker, USA

· Declan Hill , investigative journalist, academic and author of 'The Fix'

· Mark Davies , Managing Director of Betfair, the world's largest betting exchange.

· Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, CEO, European Professional Football Leagues

· Hai Ren, Professor, Director, Olympic Studies Center, University of Beijing, China

· Fan Hong, Director and professor, University of Cork, Ireland

· Brigid Simmonds, chair of the Central Council for Physical Recreation, United Kingdom

· Alessandro Donati, anti-doping expert, former head of research at CONI, Italy

· Andrew Jennings, Journalist, United Kingdom

· David Goldblatt, Author, ”The Ball is Round”, United Kingdom

· Lars Haue-Pedersen, Managing Director, TSE Consulting

· Stefan Szymanski, Professor, CASS Business School, London

Sponsors of Play the Game 2009

Play the Game 2009 is organised in co-operation with Coventry University and sponsored by:

* Advantage West Midlands

* CV One

* Sensport

Play the Game is financed by The Danish Ministry of Culture, Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations, Danish Association for Company Sport and the national elite sports institution Team Danmark. The conference also receives support from the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF)

Best regards/bedste hilsner
Jens Sejer Andersen
Don't miss
Play the Game 2009
Visions for sport in times of crisis
8-12 June in Coventry, UK

JOB: Loughborough University, UK

Loughborough University is advertising for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Sport Management and Policy. Details of the post can be found at: http://jobs.lboro.ac.uk/index.php?page=Details&id=642

CONFERENCE: Sport and Oral History

The highly successful Sport and Oral History Conference was held at the
University of Huddersfield in April. Organised by the University’s Centre
for Oral History Research, the event lasted two days and brought together
some of the leading sports oral historians.

For anyone interested in the event who could not attend, recordings of the
conference papers are available at


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

CFS: NASSS Conference, Ottawa, CAN -- October 2009

Call for Sessions

The 30th annual conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) will be held November 4-7, 2009 at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Hotel in Ottawa, CAN. The theme for this year’s conference is “Sport and Bodily Culture in Hard Times.” Those interested in organizing a session should submit a session proposal by June 15th, 2009 to one of the program co-chairs, Geneviève Rail and Nancy Spencer, via the Session Proposal form.

Given the economic downfall and its impact all over the planet, the Program Committee felt that we, as NASSS members, could reflect on the “Hard Times” behind and ahead of us and what they mean for sport and, more broadly, for culture. Hard times impact on the lives of people in so many negative ways. At the same time, they may push us to reinvent ourselves and to rethink the social structures that organize our worlds so that we do not end up in the same catastrophic situation. Since sport is so often appreciated for the values it instills and the leadership it creates, one has to wonder whether drastic changes should occur so that sport could help in developing leaders with different values (e.g., interdependence) who would work to transform our societies and avoid past errors. In a world where increasingly we define ourselves by what we have (e.g., a house, a car, a membership in a club, friends on Facebook, a nice body), should the social dynamics as well as the individual choices that have brought us to Hard Times be renewed? Could we define ourselves and our social worlds differently? How are sport and bodily culture linked to subjectivities and social forces, and how could they be part of an effort to think ourselves/our planet anew? Should we struggle to keep sport and bodily culture just as they are and continue to pursue “business as usual”? What role should we play, as scholars, in asking and answering such questions?

The Program Committee is interested in securing sessions that promote specific or focused content related to the theme (i.e., keep the theme in mind when choosing a session title). However, we also welcome sessions that are not directly related to the conference theme but are consistent in scope. Sessions that enhance interdisciplinary conversations and encourage new ways of thinking about sport and bodily culture are particularly welcome.

For further information, please contact one of the program co-chairs:

Geneviève Rail, Program Co-Chair
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Ottawa
Email: genrail@uottawa.ca

Nancy Spencer, Program Co-Chair
School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies
Bowling Green State University
Email: nspencr@bgnet.bgsu.edu

Call for abstracts: A second call seeking paper and poster abstracts will begin once the list of sessions is complete. The final deadline for submitting paper or poster abstracts will be July 15th, 2009. Look for the “2009 Call for Paper and Poster Abstracts” as well as more details about keynote speakers and conference activities in early August on the NASSS conference website.

Conference Registration: will be available on the conference registration page when the call for papers is issued.

Program Committee Members
Geneviève Rail and Nancy Spencer (co-chairs)
Bob Rinehart (University of Waikato) rinehart@waikato.ac.nz
Rich King (Washington State University) crking@wsu.edu
Christine Dallaire (University of Ottawa) cdallair@uottawa.ca
Jean Harvey (University of Ottawa) jharvey@uottawa.ca
Sammi King (Queen's University) kingsj@post.Queensu.ca
Ted Fay (SUNY Cortland) ted.fay@cortland.edu
Dee Pearson (University of Houston) dpearson@uh.edu
Kyoung-Yim Kim (University of Toronto) ky.kim@utoronto.ca

CONFERENCE: The Visual in Sport

Colleagues, though the time limit for abstracts has passed, we have a few vacancies, thanks to the credit crunch, for anyone who just wants to attend:

The Visual in Sport
A Two-Day International Conference at Burwalls, University of Bristol
13-14 June 2009

Organized by
Mike Huggins (University of Cumbria) & Mike O’Mahony (University of Bristol)
Supported by BIRTHA (Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts)

The intersections between visual culture and the history of sport have, until recently, been largely overlooked in academia. The last few years, however, have witnessed a considerable exansion of interest in visual culture amongst sports historians and in the history of sport for scholars whose primary focus is visual culture. This conference seeks to expand further research in this area by bringing together speakers from a wide range of disciplines including sports history, social history, art history, film history, design history, and any other related fields, to present papers addressing the representation of sport in visual media (painting; sculpture; photography; cinema; and mass culture).

Speakers include:

Lynda Nead (London), Doug Booth (Otago), Patrick Clastres (Paris), Paul Dietschy (Besançon), Michel Brousse (Pessac), Sandra Budy (Hamburg), Kenneth Cohen (Delaware), John Fagg (Nottingham), Alison C. Fleming (Winston-Salem), Lorettann D Gascard (New Hampshire), Mark Haywood (Cumbria), Cathal Kilcline (Galway), Fiona Kinsey (Melbourne), Marius Kwint (Portsmouth), Jo Longhurst (London), Fred Mason (New Brunswick), Dylan Miner (Michigan), Gary Osmond (Melbourne), Pat Simpson (Hertfordshire), Rob Steen (Brighton), Jennifer Sterling (Loughborough), Elizabeth Tobey (Virginia), Bernard Vere (London), Paul Wells (Loughborough).

The conference will take place at Burwalls, an outstanding example of Victorian architecture situated in five acres of beautiful grounds and in the shadow of Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Full Conference Fee: (incl. two nights basic accomm, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and coffee):

£250 for two days
Day Rate (incl. tea, coffee and lunch):

£50 per day

FOR FULL INFORMATION AND TO DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM VISIT: http://www.bris.ac.uk/arthistory/events/visualinsport.html

Or email art-history@bristol.ac.uk