Wednesday, August 31, 2011

SEMINAR: Paralympic sport and social justice


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Disability and citizenship In South Africa
A public debate and seminar series

Presented by the University of Stellenbosch and the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability.
The fifth in this series of public seminars is entitled:

‘Paralympic Sport and Social Justice: Toward a Happy Marriage or Difficult Separation?’

Speaker: Dr David Howe

Dr David Howe works at the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport at Loughborough University, United Kingdom. His research interests comprise two related strands, both of which are theoretically informed by social theories of embodiment, notably those developed by Bourdieu, Foucault and Merleau-Ponty. The first of these strands concerns the impaired sporting body, health and identity. This area of work is being developed through a life long involvement in, and commitment to, the Paralympic sporting movement. His experience as athlete and administrator and latterly journalist and coach, has facilitated access to this
rapidly changing sporting environment. His first major publication in this area came out in 2008 entitled The Cultural Politics of the Paralympic Movement: Through the Anthropological Lens. London: Routledge.

Discussant: Dr Shuaib Manjra

Dr Shuaib Manjra is a medical doctor and sports and occupational health specialist. His professional affiliations include Chair: medical commission South African sports confederation and Olympic committee (sascoc) as well as Chair of the South African Institute of Drug free sport. He was chief medical officer for the South African Paralympics team at the Athens Paralympics games , the Beijing Olympic games and the Delhi commonwealth games.

Venue: River Club, Observatory.
Date & Time: 15th September 2011; 19:00- 21:00


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

JOB: Women's Studies Director Purdue University

Position Announcement Women’s Studies Program Director
The Women’s Studies Program at Purdue University invites applications for the position of Director, effective July 1, 2012. We seek a visionary leader who will be able to move the program to the next level. Purdue University is a public, research intensive, land-grant university of about 40,000 students, located in a community of 167,000 people, midway between Chicago and Indianapolis.

The Women’s Studies Program, established in 1979, is an interdisciplinary academic program administratively housed in the College of Liberal Arts. The program’s curriculum and scholarship are rooted in feminist theory. We offer strengths in race and ethnicity, global feminisms, and sexuality studies, as well as promoting women and gender studies in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and other disciplines across the university. The program has six joint-appointed faculty, an associate director, more than 40 affiliated faculty across the university, and nine graduate teaching assistants.

The appointment is 100% in Women’s Studies with a tenure home in one of the academic departments of the College of Liberal Arts. The successful candidate must be qualified for appointment with tenure and full professor rank in one of the following: Anthropology, English, Communication, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Sociology, or Visual and Performing Arts.

Under the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the Director will offer leadership to all aspects of Women’s Studies program development and public engagement, supervise staff, teach one course per semester, and fulfill other academic duties such as mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, maintaining scholarly research, and serving on committees, including the College of Liberal Arts Council of Department Heads.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of approach to leadership and administration, and contact information for four references by December 1, 2011 to: Professor Ellen Gruenbaum, Chair, Women’s Studies Director Search Committee c/o Ms. Julie Knoeller,, or
Women’s Studies Program Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education, Room 6164 Purdue University 100 N. University St. West Lafayette, IN 47907
Application review begins December 1, 2011, but applications will be accepted until a suitable applicant is hired. A background check will be required for employment in this Position.

Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity /Equal Access /Affirmative Action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

CONFERENCE: 4th International Sport, Race and Ethnicity

The 4th International Sport,
Race and Ethnicity Conference
27 to 30 June 2012
Belfast, Northern Ireland

The conference site is one of the most intriguing destinations for the study of sport, society and identity anywhere in the world. For most of the latter part of the 20th century, Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, was an international byword for ethnic division, sectarian conflict and inter-community violence. Amid this turmoil, lasting almost three decades, sport continued to exist, albeit in abnormal circumstances. Nowadays Northern Ireland has been transformed with much of its troubled past consigned to history.

The University of Ulster is delighted to be hosting this prestigious meeting of scholars focusing on the role of sport as a vehicle for examining issues of race, ethnicity and identity. We do hope that the opportunity to visit Belfast, and possibly travel further afield, combined with a thought provoking and intellectually stimulating series of academic papers, will encourage delegates from around the world to attend what promises to be an excellent conference.
Registration (priced at GBP£215 until 29 February 2012; GBP£260 thereafter) is now available Presenters wishing to submit individual abstracts or propose a dedicated panel session should submit their proposals to Dr. Daryl Adair, Associate Professor, School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, by email to .
Delegates should refer to the conference website for further details:

CONFERENCE: Girls & Women in Sport

Dear Colleagues,
As you prepare travel plans to attend NASSS 2011 in Minneapolis, we hope you will join us and other NASSS colleagues for the Tucker Center Girls & Women in Sport Conference: Creating Change on Wednesday, November. 2. This conference will take place of the University of Minnesota campus in our new TCF Bank Stadium. We have added half day registration options in order to maximize convenience and cost effectiveness in hopes of making it easier for you to join us.

This accessible, evidence-based applied pre-conference event will be a one day, action-packed experience where we will explore females in positions of power, inclusion/exclusion, health/well being and media portrayals of female athletes. Features of this conference will include interactive technology, a poster session, physical activity "breaks", and many opportunities for dialogue, networking and information sharing.

Invited keynotes include:
  • Opening keynote by Don Sabo titled "From Exclusion to Leadership: What History and Research Tell Us about Women’s Continuing Achievements in Sports"
  • Lunch panel of individuals who lead groups or research centers focused on females in sport (NAGWS, CAAWS, SHARP, Alliance of Women Coaches, The Tucker Center, IWG)
  • Closing Keynote panel "A Great Conversation with Sport Media Scholars" with Mike Messner, Mary Jo Kane and Margaret Carlisle-Duncan, moderated by Cheryl Cooky
To see a full list of accepted papers, invited keynotes, venue information and to register visit the conference website.
(direct link We still have some room in the poster session. If you want to participate in the poster session, send a 200 word abstract to

We hope to see you in November. All conference activities will end in time for you to attend the opening NASSS reception, which is just a few convenient miles away in downtown Minneapolis.

For any questions, please contact Nicole LaVoi.

CFP: Putting it on Ice III

“Constructing the Hockey Family: Home, Community, Bureaucracy and Marketplace”

July 12-14, 2012

Saint Mary’s University
Center for the Study of Sport and Health
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The hockey family is constructed in a number of contexts: at home, in the community, and more broadly through the influence of bureaucracies, the media and marketplace. In this interdisciplinary conference we invite submissions from anyone interested in the game of hockey today and over time, its gendered dimensions, its representation in literature, film and popular culture, the personal and community identities and allegiances it generates. The role of the family in the game’s evolution – the special place of hockey Moms and Dads – and the challenges and expectations the hockey family experience will be a central concern of the conference. How functional or dysfunctional is the hockey family? How does hockey differ for boys and girls, men and women? The coach as surrogate parent, positive and abusive coaching and parenting, violence on and off the ice, head trauma and other hockey injuries, issues relating to participation in minor and recreational hockey, the selection process for competitive hockey, and questions relating to class, gender, ethnicity and race are especially welcome. On a broader level we are interested in the way in which the sport is organized, whether it be for participatory and/or competitive play, from minor hockey to intercollegiate and professional play, as well as the economic circumstances that affect the game’s development. Putting it on Ice III is the latest in a series of conferences which have led to a renaissance in hockey scholarship. Information on the conference and its history is available at Those interested in presenting papers should send abstracts of approximately 200 words to Dr. Colin Howell, Academic Director, Center for the Study of Sport and Health, Saint Mary’s University at by September 30, 2011.

CFP: Irish Sport

Call for Papers: Irish Sport
(Spring/Summer 2013)

Éire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies

welcomes submissions for a Spring/Summer 2013 special issue that will consider the theme
of Sport.

The guest editors of a special issue of Éire-Ireland invite essays on the
subject of Ireland and Sport from the medieval through the contemporary period.
We are especially interested in essays that offer interdisciplinary
perspectives from history, literature, language, geography, sociology,
cartography, archaeology, fine arts, music, photography and film studies. We
encourage submissions informed by newly available archival sources in all
disciplines, as well as essays that explore new methods and theoretical
paradigms for investigating sport as a cultural phenomenon.

Guest editors Mike Cronin and Brian O Conchubhair invite critical articles that
engage with sport and Irish/Irish-American culture and that contextualize sport
in a broader social, cultural, linguistic and historical setting. We welcome
essays that offer interdisciplinary perspectives from history, literature,
visual culture, social welfare, and social policy. We also invite submissions
informed by new sources of archival research.

The deadline for receipt of proposals (two pages) is November 1, 2011, and
completed articles (6,000–8,000 words) will be due by April 1, 2012.

Please send electronic proposals to Professor Mike Cronin (Boston College) at and Professor Brian Ó Conchubhair (University of Notre Dame)

Below is a list of suggested (but not inclusive) areas for exploration:
Gender and sport
Nationalism and sport
Globalism and sport
Literature and sport
Minorities and sport
Discrimination and sport
Diaspora and sport
Languages and sport
Sporting organizations
Sporting controversies
Identity and sport
Animal rights and sport
Education and sport
Religion/Sectarianism and sport
Violence and Sport
1916 Sport
Irish Civil War and sport
Cinema and sport
Post-colonialism and sport

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

RESEARCH FELLOW: Queen Mary University of London

*Research Fellow (Qualitative)*
*Health & Social Legacy of 2012 Olympic Games (Ref:11198/JS)*

Healthy Environments Research Programme
School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a major NIHR-funded study to evaluate the health and social impact of the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. We are seeking a dynamic and motivated researcher with strong qualitative research skills and a background in social science research. This is an opportunity to be involved in a high profile, long-term project which aims to investigate the social, economic and health legacy of the 2012 Games.

The post is available full-time and fixed-term for 3 years, commencing on 1 January 2012. The starting salary is £30,350 to £35,674 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, final salary pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Research Fellow (Qualitative)

We are looking for an experienced social science researcher to join the Healthy Environments Research Programme, School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London. The postholder will join the ORiEL (Olympic Regeneration in East London) Study funded by the National Institute for Health Research. The post involves setting up and conducting interviews and ethnographic observation of young people in their homes and neighbourhoods with a view to building an understanding of how the London 2012 Olympics and its legacy affects those who live nearby. The postholder will also be responsible for analysis of the data and writing up findings for internal and external outputs.

The postholder will be expected to liaise with other members of the ORiEL team, build links with schools and third-sector partners, attend and make presentations to the steering group, and assist with all relevant aspects of the ORiEL project across participating departments and organisations. This will involve maintaining paperwork and helping arrange meetings within and between research teams where necessary.

Working with Professor Steven Cummins and Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, you will collaborate with a wider team of senior investigators, research fellows, postdoctoral researchers and students at Queen Mary within the School of Geography, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Centre for Psychiatry, and external senior researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of East London.

You will have a good first degree in a relevant subject (such as sociology, social policy, nursing, human geography or urban studies), plus a PhD or equivalent experience which includes a substantial qualitative research component that demonstrates relevant knowledge and skills. Good verbal and written skills, including the ability to understand and convey complex information are essential, as is a flexible working approach and well-developed interpersonal skills.

Experience of research into the lives of young people using a qualitative approach, undertaking ethnography and experience of working in a multidisciplinary team are also important. Fluency in a relevant ethnic language spoken in Newham (mainly South Asian or Francophone Africa) would be an advantage.

The School of Geography was ranked joint first among UK geography departments in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, has an international reputation for theoretically informed and empirically grounded scientific research.

The Healthy Environments Research Programme is a rapidly expanding research group focused on understanding the social and environmental determinants of health. Further information on HERP can be found here: Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Steven Cummins (email:

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required, this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration System.

Application forms and further details are available from the school website or by mail at School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, United Kingdom. Alternatively please visit

Completed applications (together with a full CV) should be sent to Dr Amy Tan, Research & Teaching Officer, by email at or at the above address. Deadline for receipt of applications is 21 September 2011. Please quote the relevant reference number in all applications. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Valuing Diversity and Committed to Equality

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

AWARD: Peace and Sport

The fourth edition of the Peace and Sport Awards will be held in the Principality of Monaco on Thursday 27 October 2011 under the high presidency of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco.
We would be delighted if you could inform any initiative who you consider relevant to the field of peace through sport to apply for the Peace and Sport Awards 2011 before September 9. We look forward to discovering the remarkable work being done to use sport as a tool for peace during 2011.
The 7 Peace and Sport Awards reward sports initiatives and people who have particularly contributed to peace and social stability in the world. Prizes will be awarded to seven categories:
· NEW in 2011: Champion for Peace of the Year
· Best Peace Project from an International Sports Federation
· Sports Event for Peace of the Year
· Non-Governmental Organization for Peace of the Year
· Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative of the Year
· Special Jury Prize

· Peace and Sport Image of the Year

If you are aware of any initiatives that match the descriptions of any of these awards I encourage you to invite them to apply.
If you have any other queries about the Peace and Sport Awards 2011, please feel free to contact:
Kind regards,
Jackie Chamoun
Awards coordinator
- Peace and Sport -
L'Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport
Peace and Sport International Forum 2011: 26-28 October