Call for Contributors: Game Women, Sport and its Female Fans.
Kim Toffoletti and Peter Mewett, eds.
We invite chapter proposals for an edited book on women fans of sports called Game Women: Sport and its Female Fans. The book seeks to explore why women follow sports and the significance of their contribution. We are interested in what female fandom can tell us about gender relations in sport and the changing nature of sport spectatorship. It aims to provide a comprehensive coverage of the unique aspects of being a sports supporter and being female, and pose new paradigms to approach the study of women in the sporting domain.
We are seeking contributions that explore women fans of any sports from a wide range of disciplinary and geographical perspectives. We welcome submissions that consider what it is like to be a female sports fan from a position informed by race, ethnicity, disability and sexuality. Topics may include:
• The impact of women’s support on the construction and performance of gender identity, the maintenance and/or disruption of gender categories, norms, systems and structures;
• The role of media culture – television, radio, print media and the internet – in women’s experiences of sports fandom;
• Commercialisation and consumerism as it pertains to female sport fan experience;
• How women’s support functions in the maintenance and/or disruption of masculine hegemony in sport;
• The negotiation of gendered selfhood in sport fan communities;
• Women’s support of sport as a leisure practice.
The editors are currently engaged in negotiations with a major publisher who has expressed considerable interest in the book. Please submit abstracts of 200-250 words and a brief author bio by 5 August 2009 to either or both editors (and direct any queries to the editors) at:
Dr Kim Toffoletti, Senior Lecturer in Sociology & Gender Studies
Secretary, Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
Chief co-editor, Thirdspace: A Journal of Feminist Theory and Culture
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Lord Aberdare Literary Prize 2008
Each year the British Society of Sports History awards the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for the best book in British sports history. The Society considers for the award monographs on topics in British sports history, or sports history monographs by authors based in Britain.
The judges for the prize for books published in 2008 had a large set of nominees from which to choose. What is more, the field was so strong that we felt we could announce a short list that highlighted the standout titles we considered. That short list (alphabetically) is:
Kasia Boddy Boxing: A Cultural History (Reaktion Books)
Tom Hunt Sport and Society in Victorian Ireland: the Case of Westmeath (Cork University Press)
Chick Korr & Marvin Close More Than Just a Game: Football v Apartheid (Harper Collins)
James F. Lee The Lady Footballers: Struggling to Play in Victorian England (Routledge)
Matthew Taylor The Association Game: A History of British Football (Longman)
The range of issues addressed in this selection, their ability to tell a much bigger story than a narrative of sport’s development and practice, their articulation to wider political and historiographical debates and issues, means that we are able to recommend each as important contributions not just to sports history, but to our understandings of the world around us.
Amid this strong field, however, one book stood out for each of us. This is not so much a cultural history, in the conventional senses of ideas and practices, of the quotidian bases of a sport, or of that sport's various zeitgeists, as a history of sports’ cultural representations. Kasia Boddy's grasp of the range of contexts within which boxing’s various representations were produced is impressive: although she is understandably stronger on USA contexts (her specialist area as a literature scholar), her grasp of contexts as diverse as ancient Greece and Regency England induces envy.
Boxing, like cricket, is one of the few sports that has attracted high culture, literary and artistic, representations and followers. Boddy traces and explores commonalities and differences in these from the ancient world through Georgian England to the US masculinists (Hemingway, London, and so on) and then on to more contemporary artists in film, journalism, letters, and fine arts. It is an impressive and weighty tome that deserves to be widely read, critiqued, revised, and revisited – we doubt that historians of boxing, and cultural historians of sport, as well as analysts of popular and many aspects of high culture will be able to by-pass it.
We are delighted to award the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for 2008 to Kasia Boddy for Boxing: A Cultural History.
On behalf of the 2009 judges, Jason Wood, Dil Porter, and Malcolm MacLean
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· Original articles in basic and applied research
· Case studies
· Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays
JPESM is an Open Access Journal
One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal ad thus increases the visibility and impact of published work. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. JPESM is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.
Journal of Physical Education and Sport Management (JPESM)
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new, on-line, open-access, peer reviewed journal focused on research in physical and health education, PHENex journal/Revue phenEPS (Physical and Health Education Nexus/phénix Éducation Physique et à la Santé). Published in Canada, this journal accepts submissions from researchers in physical and health education from around the globe. We invite you to visit the PHENex/phenEPS site at http://ojs.acadiau.ca/phenex/.
PHEnex/phenEPS publishes empirical, theoretical, and methodological research, and position papers, as well as reviews and critical essays by Canadian and International authors. Research methodologies may be quantitative, qualitative or mixed method and may use data gathered through historical analysis, surveys, fieldwork, action research, participant observation, content analysis, simulations or experience. Articles most appropriate for PHEnex focus on pedagogical, social, cultural, philosophical, psychological, historical, sociological or management issues in physical education, health, dance, recreation, or leisure studies.
La revue phenEPS/PHENex journal publie des recherches à caractère empirique, théorique et méthodologique, des articles d’opinion, des revues de littérature et des essais critiques. Les méthodologies de recherche peuvent être tout aussi bien quantitative que qualitative ou mixte, incluant, mais non exclusivement, des analyses historiques, des sondages, des analyses de contenu, des expérimentations, des interventions et observations en milieu de pratique. Les articles publiés dans phenEPS/PHENex abordent l’éducation physique et à la santé, la danse, le loisir, les activités physiques, sous différents angles particulièrement sous ceux de la pédagogie, de la sociologie, de la culture, de la philosophie, de la psychologie, de l’histoire ou de la gestion.
Articles may be submitted in English or in French. Abstracts will be translated to appear in both French and English.
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Ellen Singleton, Ph.D. -- English Editor
Pierre Boudreau, Ph.D. -- Éditeur francophone
Susan Markham Starr, Ph.D. -- Managing Editor
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
The third annual Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI) Conference will be held in Ottawa on November 4, 2009 in conjunction with the 2009 NASSS conference at the Marriott Hotel. The purpose of the SCRI conference is to gather together policy makers with all current sport researchers funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). The idea is to share their knowledge and expertise in view of maximizing the practical applications of sport participation research. Some specific objectives of the conference include: strengthening the link between sport research and the development of sport participation policy in Canada; initiating an effective dialogue between Canadian sport researchers, sport policy makers and sport practitioners; and encouraging graduate students to contribute to and remain in the field of sport policy. Since the inception of the SCRI, Sport Canada has funded approximately 70 research projects via SSHRC and CIHR. Researchers with final results will present in the morning plenary sessions, while those with research in progress will be invited to present posters. The afternoon sessions will be devoted to dialogue between sport researchers, policy makers and practitioners. Duly registered NASSS conference participants are invited to register and take part in this one-day SCRI conference for free.
Register for the SCRI conference at http://www.sirc.ca beginning August 1, 2009. For more information, contact Joanne Kay at joanne.kay[at]pch.gc.ca
Saturday, July 04, 2009
The Third Annual Scholarly Colloquium on Intercollegiate Athletics
In Conjunction with the NCAA Annual Convention
January 12th and 13th 2010
The third annual Scholarly Colloquium on Intercollegiate Athletics will be held on January 12th and 13th, 2010 in conjunction with the NCAA Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme for this year’s colloquium is “College Sports in Recessionary Times: Assessing Challenges & Opportunities.” The conference will consist of keynote presentations by Rodney Fort (University of Michigan), Amy Perko (Knight Commission), Richard Lapchick (University of Central Florida), and Andrew Zimbalist (Smith College) and two formal reactions to each keynote, in addition to a number of refereed free papers.
Proposals for refereed papers should deal closely with issues related to the conference theme of “College Sports in Recessionary Times.” In order for your paper to be considered for one of the free paper sessions, please submit by e-mail attachment an abstract of no more than 300 words to John Thelin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research papers can be related to sport in general (as long as there are clear implications for college sport) or intercollegiate athletics specifically, with connection to the conference theme of “College Sports in a Recessionary Time.” Your scholarship may be based in the sciences, social sciences, economics, humanities, or any number of professional fields related to intercollegiate athletics.
The deadline for proposal submission is October 1, 2009. Individuals will be notified of the results of the review process in early November 2009.
30th Annual Conference
November 4-7, 2009
The 30th annual conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) will be held November 4-7, 2009 at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel on Kent Street in Ottawa, CAN. Those interested in submitting an abstract for a paper or poster should do so by August 15th, 2009. Paper abstracts or poster abstracts should be directly submitted via the proposal form at: http://nasss.org/2009/submissions.php (Session themes can be found at http://www.nasss.org/2009/sessions.html.)
This year’s conference theme of “Sport and Bodily Culture in Hard Times” encourages us to consider how the economic downturn has produced “Hard Times” whose impact has been felt all over the planet. More specifically, we as NASSS members wish to 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?
For further information, please contact the Chair of the 2009 Program Committee. The following individuals are part of this committee:
Geneviève Rail, Chair (Simone de Beauvoir Institute) Gen.Rail[at]Concordia.ca
Nancy E. Spencer, Co-Chair (Bowling Green State University) nspencr[at]bgsu.edu
Bob Rinehart (University of Waikato) rinehart[at]waikato.ac.nz
Rich King (Washington State University) crking[at]wsu.edu
Christine Dallaire (University of Ottawa) cdallair[at]uottawa.ca
Jean Harvey (University of Ottawa) jharvey[at]uottawa.ca
Sammi King (Queen's University) kingsj[at]post.Queensu.ca
Ted Fay (SUNY Cortland) ted.fay[at]cortland.edu
Dee Pearson (University of Houston) dpearson[at]uh.edu
Kyoung-Yim Kim (University of Toronto) ky.kim[at]utoronto.ca
Robert Pitter (Acadia University) robert.pitter[at]acadiau.ca)
Karima Dorney (Queen's University) karima.dorney[at]gmail.com