Sunday, August 28, 2011

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.

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