Wednesday, June 29, 2011

JOB: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer/Reader in Sport Sociology

Members might be interested in the following 2 positions that have become available at St. Mary's University College, in London, England.

Lecturer in Sport Sociology - 0.4 Maternity Cover

Senior Lecturer/Reader in Sport Sociology

Good luck!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

CFP: 2011 Girls & Women in Sport and Physical Activity Conference

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota is hosting an exciting conferenceWednesday, November 2, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN, preceding the annual meeting of the North American Society of Sport Sociology.

"Girls & Women in Sport & Physical Activity: Creating Change"

This one day interactive, translational, collaborative, multidisciplinary conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, community members, movers & shakers, leaders, and advocates. In the nearly 40 years since Title IX was enacted, significant changes and positive outcomes for girls and women in physical activity contexts are evidenced, yet disparities and inequalities exist in many key areas including for example, gendered participation gaps and media coverage. The focus of this conference is on the future and how collaborative action can help generate action and change. How can we use what we know to make a difference and create change?

The Call For Papers (CFP), registration, and more information about the conference can be accessed and downloaded on our website.

The deadline for abstract submission is July 15, 2011.

We hope to see you in November!

Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, School of Kinesiology
Associate Director, The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport
Co-Founder, Minnesota Youth Sport Research Consortium

CFP: New Media Literacy and Sporting Cultures - Journal of Sport and Social Issues

Call for Papers
New Media Literacy and Sporting Cultures
Special Issue of Journal of Sport and Social Issues
David J. Leonard and CL Cole

Challenging those who blamed Twitter for the recent controversy surrounding
Rashard Mendenhall, LZ Granderson (
celebrated the possibilities of new media technologies within American
sports culture: ³Twitter empowers them to show they are more than just the
sport they play, to show they have a sense of humor, are aware of the world
around them and are not afraid to try new things, like ballet classes. In
other words, they are real people -- not product-pushing puppets or faces of
the franchise, walking around without thoughts or souls.²

Despite the humanizing possibilities, new media technology, evident in the
power of sports video games, fantasy sports, and the often-hateful online
discussions, simultaneously dehumanizes today¹s athletes. Reimagined as an
object of play, consumption, ownership, and derision, the shifting
technological tools exposes and disempowers today¹s athletes all while
enhancing agency and control. Breaking down boundaries, changing the
relationship between athletes-fans-the media, and otherwise reconstituting
the ways the sports operates; these technological-cultural-social shifts are
changing the nature of sports itself. We seek to reflect on the ways in
which new sports media technologies simultaneously humanize and dehumanize
across time and space.

This special issue works to highlight the dynamic nature of sporting
cultures and the transformative possibilities resulting from new media
technologies. It attempts to build upon the existing literature all while
engaging ongoing debates and discussions. It seeks to foster critical new
media literacy in a sporting context, all while elucidating the social,
cultural and political significance resulting from the changing sports

In an effort to expand the conversation and engage the issues of new media
and sports through alternative formats, we seek to publish editorial-styled
essays. We look for pieces that are theoretically rich, those focused on
asking questions and expanding the discussion, and those dedicated to
critical analysis. We seek pieces that offer commentary and those committed
to advancing and promoting new media literacy within a sporting context.
Authors should follow the ŒManuscript Submission¹ found at the JSSI website
>) . Essays should be roughly
4,000-5,000 words, excluding endnotes and reference list. Questions should
be sent to CL Cole ­ ­ or Dr. David J. Leonard, ­ All submissions are due by February 1, 2012 and should be
submitted in electronic format to

CFP: Intercollegiate Athletics at Metropolitan Universities: Opportunities and Challenges

Call For Proposals: Intercollegiate Athletics at Metropolitan Universities: Opportunities and Challenges

Metropolitan Universities (, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal funded by the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (, is soliciting article proposals for an upcoming issue that will examine the role of intercollegiate athletics in contributing to the educational mission of metropolitan universities. The journal is especially interested in research-based articles which address how intercollegiate athletics both add to and detract from the academic experience of commuters, part-time students, students of diverse language and cultural backgrounds, and first-generation students.

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals should be 300-500 words in length. All proposals should include submitter’s name, affiliation, 100-word bio, and email address as well as a working title for the proposed article. Final manuscripts should be 4,000-7,000 words in length.

Production Schedule:

The schedule for this issue is as follows:

7 January 2012: 300-500 word proposals due

18 February 2012: Guest editor returns proposal decisions to submitters

15 July 2012: Draft manuscripts of accepted proposals due (This gives contributors about five months to write their articles.)

15 August 2012: Guest editor returns drafts with suggestion for revision

15 October 2012: Final manuscripts due