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2011 Barbara Brown Student Paper Award
Barbara A. Brown was a professor of sport sociology at the University of Western Ontario from 1983 until 1990, when she died of cancer aged forty. Dr. Brown, who was President-Elect of NASSS at the time of her death, was widely recognized for her expertise on women in sport and leisure, her political commitment to extending girls' and women's opportunities for participation in sport, and her contributions to the
development of a professional community of sport sociologists. She was also a dedicated mentor and teacher whose invaluable work with students is appropriately memorialized in the naming of this award for her.
• Papers may not exceed 30 double-spaced pages, including notes, tables, and references (which also need to be double-spaced).
• Papers should be free of any reference to the author(s) in order to ensure blind review.
• Authors should follow a consistent style (e.g., APA) throughout the paper, and should include line numbers to facilitate reviewer comments.
• Authors should include a cover page with the title of the paper, their full contact information, institutional affiliation, degree program, advisor name and contact information, and award category for submission (master’s or doctoral).
• Authors MUST be members of NASSS at time of submission. Please be sure that your membership status is updated and current.
• Papers do not need to be submitted for presentation at the NASSS conference (though most are).
• Authors must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time their paper is submitted.
• Papers that have undergone formal, peer review for publication are not eligible for the contest.
• Papers must represent student-produced inquiry only. Limited input from supervisors (e.g., general feedback on structure and content, or recommendations for editing) is acceptable, but papers on which supervisors have had substantial input (e.g., analysis of data, writing or rewriting of sections of the paper) are not eligible.
• The committee will accept one (1) submission per author.
• Papers that were previously submitted for consideration and not awarded may be resubmitted for consideration, provided the author and paper meet all other criteria.
• In the event that a co-authored paper is selected as winner, the authors will share the prize.
• When warranted, the committee will offer up to two (2) awards, one (1) for a Master’s Student and one (1) for a PhD student.
• Only papers deemed by the committee to be truly outstanding will be considered for the award, and thus there is a possibility that no awards will be given for either or both award categories (i.e. Master’s and PhD).
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION
Papers will be evaluated on the following criteria:
• Explanation of Conceptual Framework
• Analytic Clarity and Currency
• Organization and Clarity of Expression
• Discussion or Interpretation
• Contribution to Knowledge-Impact
• Relevance to NASSS/field
• Adherence to Consistent Referencing Style (e.g., APA)
The award recipient will receive up to $1000 towards their NASSS conference expenses, plus a waiver of the conference registration fee. The Student Paper Award Committee may also give up to two honorable mentions in each category. Students receiving an honorable mention will have their conference registration fees waived. In addition, all authors will receive feedback on their papers, which will hopefully benefit the authors.
The DEADLINE for submissions is August 1, 2011.
Papers and any questions should be sent via email to:
Dr. jay johnson, Student Paper Award Committee Chair
Call for Participation
SPORT LEGACIES RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE
The newly formed Sport Legacies Research Collaborative (SLRC) is calling for participation in its first Pan American Games network meeting: a two-day workshop focused on the network’s emerging research and evaluation plans for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The two-day event seeks to stimulate the formation of local, national and international research collaborations within three core substantive themes identified by the SLRC for study during the Pan American Games; namely, the relationship between major games and: I) Sport for Development; 2) Sustainable Sport, Physical Activity and Health; and, 3) Healthy High Performance Sport.
Background and Implications
SLRC was created by the Faculty of Physical Education and Health (FPEH) at the University of Toronto in 2010 with a mandate to empirically and critically analyze whether or not major events like the Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games, World Cup (FIFA) and others, make an enduring impact in the communities in which they are staged. SLRC aims to, through joint local, national and international research, empirically document and evaluate the impacts, effects and legacies of major games and sports events on physical cultures, social life and the built environment in host regions.
As part of SLRC’s research activities, a series of workshops, symposia and conferences will be hosted at the University of Toronto leading up to, during and after the 2015 Pan American Games. The Pan American Games will provide a rich and diverse urban laboratory for sport, exercise, physical culture and health researchers to analyze and report on the potential of major events providing sustained improvements in physical activity, healthy living, community development and sport for all in host environments such as the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
FPEH and the SLRC are involved in various aspects of the Games and are partnering with numerous stakeholders who are facilitating community consultations in a broader arena focusing on the desired social impacts from the games, including accessible physical activity and healthy eating opportunities in communities, as well as the improvement of quality of life through community engagement in cultural and social development opportunities, with a particular interest in engaging our diverse population (i.e., income, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and age).
More specifically, the Games are recognized by SLRC as an important opportunity for interested academics, policy-makers and non-government organizations to collate and compare multi-disciplinary (e.g., pedagogy, anthropology, physiology, psychology, epidemiology and health studies, sociology, economics, medicine and bioethics, management, history, biomechanics, human geography, arts and science) knowledge and information on how major games may alter the social organization, cultural prominence, collective impact, and personal experience of sport, exercise, play and physical activity and education in the round.
The need to establish formative research and evaluation frameworks to assess various aspects of the Games and their impact is a fundamental necessity. To this end, this collaborative research network will also be a gathering place, a bulletin board, and a clearinghouse. It will also help to inform a plan and evaluation framework for social impact indicators of the Pan American Games, a process being led by a number of community partners, effectively linking research and practice objectives.
The first two-day workshop on Pan American Games research will be hosted by the Faculty of Physical Education and Health between May 30-31, 2011 on the University of Toronto’s St. George campus. Those interested in participating in the workshop are asked to submit a 500-word (maximum] abstract describing their research (or policy) interests and backgrounds, including a statement on how their activities fit into one of SLRC’s core research areas for the Pan American Games. Abstracts establishing participant interest must be submitted by March 31, 2011. The organizing committee will review all abstracts and participants will be notified via email regarding their participation status in the workshop by no later than April 14, 2011. Please submit abstracts as early as possible since participation in the workshop is limited. Registration for and participation in this event is free of charge.
Please submit abstracts by email to:
For updates on SLRC initiatives and workshops, visit: www.sportlegacies.utoronto.ca
Play the Game has now launched the call for papers for Play the Game 2011, the seventh international conference on sport and society taking place at Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne from 3-6 October 2011.
The conference title is Bringing change to the heart of sport and the conference themes are:
Outside Threats, Inside Traps: Countering Corruption in Sport
Chasing the White Elephants: Mega-events for the Public Good
Fair Play, Fair Pay? Creating Growth in Grass-root Sport
Crime and Credibility: Advancing Anti-Doping Strategies
Little Difference, Huge Impact: The Gender Challenge to Sport
The Power of the Chip: How Technology Changes the Landscape of Sport
More information about call for papers can be found at: http://www.playthegame.org/conferences/play-the-game-2011/call-for-papers.html or at Play the Game 2011 conference homepage: http://www.playthegame.org/2011
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The IOC and the Local Organising Committee for the 14th World Conference on Sport for All are launching a “Call for Abstracts” for the Conference, which will be held in Beijing, China, from 20 to 23 September 2011.
Experts and practitioners in the field of Sport for All have the opportunity to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations, which should address one of the following Conference themes:
• Follow-up of the 2010 World Conference on Sport for All;
• Health and social benefits of physical activity;
• Programmes and policies: the practical and theoretical foundations of Sport for All;
• Development and promotion of Sport for All, in particular the roles of different stakeholders; and
• Future directions.
Practical-based and scientific submissions are encouraged. In addition, abstracts summarising case studies and examples of Sport for All initiatives are also welcome.
Contributions must be submitted via the online submission system by 15 March. The authors who are accepted will be able to present their work orally at either a parallel session or during a workshop, or prepare and showcase a poster.
Please click here to download the full information on the call for abstracts.