Saturday, April 28, 2012

CFA: Young Masculinities: Challenges, Changes and Transitions

Young Masculinities: Challenges, Changes and Transitions

A BSA Youth Study Group One day seminar, Friday 2nd November 2012

BSA Meeting room, Imperial Wharf, London

Key note speaker: Prof Eric Anderson, University of Winchester

Since the emergence of critical masculinities studies in the late 1970s, research has started to focus on men as gendered beings. Originally, this examined the negative components of masculinity, that there exist a plurality of masculinities, and how men are stratified within society. Yet, despite this academic endeavour, debates about whether masculinity is in crisis have often taken centre stage, especially in the popular press.

In the academic sphere, Connell’s hegemonic masculinity theory and its argument of a hierarchical stratification of masculinities has largely been the theory of choice; and it has been adopted by scholars across a broad range of academic disciplines. However, recent work such as Inclusive Masculinity (2009) by Eric Anderson and The Declining Significance of Homophobia (2012) by Mark McCormack, has sought to challenge the centrality of homophobia as a key component of men’s identities in the 21st century. Diverging from hegemonic masculinity theory, they argue that we have witnessed an attenuation of homohysteria (i.e. the fear of being homosexualized). In doing so, such texts highlight a need for us to fully re-examine what it is to be a man, and to develop our understanding of how masculinities are constructed, performed and consumed after a period of significant social, cultural and economic change.

The shifting and complex nature of this gender category belies and unsettles fixed normative definitions of masculinity such as ‘having qualities appropriate to or usually associated with a man’, and requires that we explore the opening up of behaviours conducive with maintaining a heterosexual identity. This seminar aims to use the lens of youth to consider the questions that Anderson, McCormack and others have invited us to discuss, document and debate.

The scope of the day is extremely wide and we encourage empirical and accessible theoretical papers that consider the changes, challenges, and continuities to and of masculinity in relation to sexuality, social class, ethnicity, culture, education, employment, consumption, leisure, activism, violence, friendships, partnerships, parenthood or any combination of such issues.

We invite abstracts of 200 words (max), which should be sent to Steve Roberts ( AND Mark McCormack ( by 1st August 2012. Abstracts are welcomed from academics at all career stages, including doctoral researchers. It is intended that this seminar be the initial stage for the development of a proposal for a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues.

Friday, April 27, 2012


Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

Kinesiology and Sport Studies Doctoral Program

The Sport Studies emphasis (concentrations in Socio-Cultural Studies and Sport Management) has an opening for a doctoral student for the fall semester. This position includes a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. The candidate will teach Socio-Cultural focused courses in the Sport Management curriculum each semester.

Applicants should also have an interest in conducting research in the area associated with the newly established Center for Sport, Peace, and Society.

Candidates should have research interests that align with the Center. Areas include but are not limited to the following areas: 1) sport diplomacy, 2) women and sport, 3) sport as outreach, 4)

The Sport Studies emphasis in the doctoral program primarily prepares graduates for positions as faculty members in higher education. The coursework for the program is developed between the student and the faculty advisor to meet the educational goals of the student. Students have the flexibility to develop a program that allows them to focus on the area of study in which they have an interest.

Doctoral students will receive training in research design and methodology and are expected to conduct research outside the requirements of the classroom. The program consists of 15 hours within the concentration, 18 hours of research courses, nine hours within the specialization and a minimum of six hours in an outside or cognate area.

Contact Dr. Robin Hardin ( or 865-974-1281) or Dr. Joy DeSensi ( or 865-974-1281) for more information.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

JOB: University of Maryland, College Park

Lecturer in the Socio-Historical Analysis of Sport and Physical Culture - University of Maryland, College Park

Basic Description:

9 month lecturer appointment beginning August 23, 2012.

Expertise in the socio-historical analysis of sport and physical culture. This position offers an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic faculty of Kinesiology, gain teaching experience, and become part an active research group in Physical Cultural Studies (

Teach undergraduate courses in the sociology of sport, and history of sport, with the possibility of teaching courses in one or more of the following areas: sport, race, and ethnicity; gender, sport, and culture; sport and globalization; sport and international development; sport and media culture. Advise undergraduate students; participate in activities of the Physical Cultural Studies research group; and fulfill other departmental faculty responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
PhD in related domain of inquiry, and evidence of teaching experience and expertise (ABDs are welcome to apply as long as PhDs are granted by the date of the appointment: August 23, 2012).

For best consideration, please submit application materials by Friday May 4, 2012.


Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates should submit a curriculum vita, letter of application, teaching portfolio (which may include course syllabi, lecture slides, websites, teaching evaluations, and video lectures), and three reference letters.

All application materials should be submitted through the eTerp website:
Diversity Statement:
The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Inquiries should be directed to:

Polly Sebastian, Academic Affairs Coordinator
Department of Kinesiology
School of Public Health
University of Maryland, College Park
Room 2351, SPH Bldg
College Park, MD 20742-2611

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

CFP: SSJ Special Issue

Sociology of Sport Journal
Special Issue: Conversations between Sociology and Psychology: Applying Social Theory in Micro-Level Sport and Physical Cultural Contexts

Editors: Holly Thorpe (University of Waikato), Tatiana Ryba (Aarhus University)
and Jim Denison (University of Alberta)

This Special Issue examines the potential to combine critical psychology and sociology to
create positive change in sport and physical cultural contexts. Developing a theoretically-informed analytical approach to practical issues in sport and exercise, we seek to move
beyond the longstanding divide between the sociology and psychology of sport and physical
culture by inviting contributions that contest structure/agency, society/individual,
macro/micro, and/or theory/practice dichotomies. We encourage submissions that attempt to enhance individuals' experiences in practical sport sport and exercise contexts through research informed by a larger social critique and analysis. We are looking for articles that emphasize the interconnections between the socio-cultural and the psychological to expand our critical understanding of lived experiences, and inform our research practices and politics in
particular sport and physical cultural contexts. Ideally, contributors will draw from both
psychological and sociological literatures to go beyond individual-based modes of analysis
and intervention to critically examine the possibilities for change emanating from the
individual or micro level. We also encourage contributors to engage in theoretical analyses of
how social theory can enhance understandings of the socio-psychological dimensions of the
sporting/exercising subject-in-the-world.

The editors invite contributions that adopt a transdisciplinary dialogue that engages critical
theory to examine topics such as (but not limited to):
  • Health (e.g., sport and physical cultural health practices, trainers, medical practitioners and athletes' experiences of ruptured embodiment)
  • Moving bodies (e.g., body-image, body practices, extreme bodies, body aesthetics)
  • Identities in sport and physical culture including analyses of participants' lived experiences
  • Coaches' and instructors' practices as discursively formed
  • Youth sport (e.g., socio-cultural dimensions of athlete development, talent detection and production of careers in high performance sport, competition vs. play)
  • Performance enhancement interventions that recognize 'sporting problems' as social constructions
  • Transitions (e.g., career transitions, transnational mobilities, trans-athletes)
  • Affective and/or sensuous sporting experiences (e.g., anger, pleasure, joy, fun)
  • Risk-taking, injury and pain in sport, exercise and physical culture
Authors should follor the "Instructions of Contributors" found at and in every issue of the
Sociology of Sport Journal. Word limit is 8,000, including back matter.

Online submissions should be sent to, and questions
should be sent to Dr Holly Thorpe,, Dr Tatiana Ryba,, and/or Dr James Denison,

Due date for Papers: September 30, 2012

Monday, April 02, 2012

CFP: Physical Cultural Studies 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference

Call for Papers: Physical Cultural Studies 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference

The University of Maryland’s
Department of Kinesiology

Friday April 27, 2012
SPH Building
The University of Maryland
Department of Kinesiology

Students in the Physical Cultural Studies Program (PCS) at the University of Maryland are hosting the 5th annual PCS conference, “Bodies from Below,” on April 27, 2012. The conference, run in conjunction with the School of Public Health’s Department of Kinesiology, will feature a keynote address by PCS alum Dr. Jessica Chin (San José State University), a faculty roundtable discussion and research presentation sessions.

This is a call for papers to be presented at the conference. The submission deadline is March 19th. Please submit abstract/proposals of less than 350 words to umdpcs@gmail.comwith “PCS conference submission” in the subject. You will receive a confirmation of acceptance into the conference by March 23rd. Papers do not have to be complete pieces of research but must be ready for authors to present on the day of the conference.

This year’s theme for presentations is “Bodies from Below.” The body has become an important focus of research across many disciplines and particularly within critical studies of physical culture. This conference will provide a forum for presentations that build on this increasing interest in the body. To push this bodywork in new directions PCS encourages presenters to consider their analyses of the body from below, as:
--agentic and a site for resistive power
--the site of an assemblage of micro processes
--a grassroots formation of social or cultural bodies/groups
--any other applicable and relevant bottom-up conception of the body

The conference is interdisciplinary, and as such is a space for work that develops from within or across multiple disciplines. Therefore we are building a program of presentations from scholars at multiple institutions, silos, schools or departments and will accept a wide-ranging set of presentation proposals.

Questions? Please e-mail We look forward to seeing you at the University of Maryland, College Park campus, in April.

CFP: Sport Leadership sportif 2012

Call for Research Papers: Sport Leadership sportif 2012

Theme: Coach Education and Coaching

Invitation to Submit Abstracts: Researchers and coach education practitioners are invited to submit abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations in French or English that address issues related to coach education and coaching. Abstracts will be peer reviewed by an adjudication committee and selected participants will be invited to present in either an oral or poster format at the 2012 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference taking place in Montreal, QC from November 8-10. Simultaneous translation (English and French) will be provided for selected sessions.

Preference will be given to topics that focus on coach education and coaching. Studies relating to athletes and athlete development will be considered only if applications to coach education and coaching are drawn clearly. Critical reviews of the literature as well as data-driven research will be considered. Some examples of relevant topics include:

  • Conceptual Issues in Coach Education
  • Measuring the Impact and Effectiveness of Coach Education
  • Coach Evaluation
  • Women in Coaching
  • Coaching Athletes with a Disability
  • Recruitment and Retention of Coaches
  • Ethical Issues in Coaching
  • Teaching Methods in Coach Education
  • Technology in Coaching and Coach Education
  • Effective Coaching Practices
  • Application of Sport Science Information to Coaching Practice
  • Trends in Coaching and the Coaching Job Market
  • Preparation of Present and Future National Coaches
  • Research related to athlete preparation (e.g., physiological, biomechanical, and psychological preparation) will be considered if the paper deals specifically with the implications and specific recommendations to coaches and coach educators

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Abstracts of up to 400 words are to be submitted.
  2. Abstracts should be submitted via email as an attachment saved in Microsoft Word format. Faxed submissions will not be accepted.
  3. Identify who the presenting author(s) will be (if different from the person submitting the abstract).
  4. Include an 80-word biography of the presenting author.
  5. Submissions must be sent to the Coaching Research Committee, and received by Monday, May 14, 2012, 11:59 pm EDT.
  6. Receipt of abstracts will be acknowledged. Authors will be notified by Friday, June 15, 2012 whether or not their abstract has been accepted as an oral or poster presentation.
  7. Successful abstracts will be published and distributed electronically to delegates.

Note: Full-time, Canadian students who have an abstract accepted are eligible for one of ten $200 Cdn subsidies towards their conference registration fee. To apply, please include a letter requesting this support when submitting your abstract.

JOB: University of British Columbia

Aboriginal Health, Exercise and Physical Activity

The School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia invites applications for the following tenure track position:

Assistant or Associate Professor in Aboriginal Health, Exercise and Physical Activity
The School of Kinesiology is a leading academic unit in Canada focused on interdisciplinary
approaches to sport, physical activity and health across the lifespan. The School is committed
to encouraging collaborative, interdisciplinary research and teaching among its members
as well as with other university and community groups. The School offers a B.Kin. degree
with specializations in Kinesiology and Health Science, Physical and Health Education, and
Interdisciplinary Studies. The graduate program includes M.A., M.Sc., M.Kin. (non-thesis),
and Ph.D. degrees. Program enrolments are 920 undergraduate and 100 graduate students.
Additional information related to the School of Kinesiology is available at

The School of Kinesiology is situated in the Faculty of Education and is a member of the College of Health Disciplines. The Faculty of Education is a leader in Indigenous Education and offers an Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (NITEP), a graduate Indigenous education and research specialization (Ts`’kel), and is proposing a doctoral specialization in Indigenous Education. The College of Health Disciplines specializes in interprofessional health, education and research, and hosts the Institute for Aboriginal Health. The University of British Columbia has identified strategic priorities around Aboriginal engagement that include providing educational opportunities for Aboriginal people and widening opportunities for all students to learn about Aboriginal issues and perspectives, and Increasing engagement with Aboriginal communities in mutually supportive and productive relationships.

For further information, see the following urls:
Faculty of Education:, and
College of Health Disciplines:
Institute for Aboriginal Health:
UBC Strategic Plan:
To be considered for the position, applicants must hold an earned doctoral or medical degree
and have expertise in one or more of the following areas: 1) psychology of sport, physical activity, exercise, and health; 2) exercise physiology; 3) sport history; 4) the cultural study of sport, physical activity, exercise, and health; 5) epidemiology and statistics. Applicants who have completed all requirements for a doctoral degree except dissertation may apply, but final consideration for the position will require an earned doctoral or medical degree. In the exercise physiology area, post-doctoral experience is preferred.

The successful candidate will be an Aboriginal person with a record of accomplishments that
demonstrates excellence in research and teaching, and successful experience working with
Aboriginal communities. The appointee will contribute to the development of educational and
research initiatives in the School of Kinesiology, and will be expected to teach core Kinesiology
courses as well as courses in their cognate field relating to Aboriginal health, exercise and physical activity.

Expectations include: teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and serving as a role model and mentor to Aboriginal students; contributing to the development of Aboriginal health and education initiatives in the School; and implementing a research program that contributes to the mission of the School and the Faculty and involves Aboriginal communities, scholars, and centres of scholarship in British Columbia, Canada, and internationally.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, evidence of content expertise and teaching effectiveness, three samples of scholarly work, and the names and contact information of three referees.
The position is subject to budgetary approval. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Consideration of candidates will begin April 30, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is subject to final arrangement with the appointee, and may be July 1, 2012.

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. As permitted by Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the position is open to Aboriginal persons. Candidates for the position may be required to prove ancestry to qualify.

Please send applications to Dr. Robert Sparks, Professor and Director, UBC School of Kinesiology, 210-6081 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, Canada. Dr. Sparks can be contacted by phone (604-822-2767) or e-mail at For questions and conversation about these positions, please contact Dr. Sparks.