Saturday, February 25, 2012

CONFERENCE: Sport, Gender and Media

We are delighted to invite members of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport to the Sport, Gender and Media conference on 10th March 2012 at the University of York, UK.

We are excited to announce that the Sport, Gender and Media conference schedule and poster are now available. You can view them on the conference blog: We've also included the flyer as an attachment, and the schedule can be seen below.

If you haven't already, you can register via the website above. The £15 registration fee (or £10 for the University of York students) includes lunch, refreshments and a wonderful day of presentations on sport, gender and media. We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Best regards,

Amy and Geneva

Thursday, February 09, 2012

PANEL: Student-Athlete Due Process & the UNC Football Investigation


During the 2010-2011 collegiate football season sixteen University of North Carolina (UNC) football student-athletes missed all or parts of the season due to a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) investigation. One of the student-athletes was eventually exonerated, but at least two of the student-athletes were never informed of why they were ruled ineligible. None of the student-athletes were initially represented by an attorney and none were afforded a hearing prior to being ruled ineligible.

There is not one page in the 434-page NCAA manual related to student-athletes rights.
Student-Athlete Due Process & the UNC Football Investigation panel discussion will be held in “The Great Hall” at the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at 4:30 pm. The NCCU Law School is located at 640 Nelson Street, Durham, NC 27707.

Panelists include Bomani Jones (Around the Horn), Deunta Williams (Tarheelblue Network), Robert Orr (Poyner Spruill), Noah Huffstetler (Nelson & Mullins), and Marcia Shoop (Calling Audibles).
The panel is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to

Contact The Student-Athlete’s Human Rights Project
(917) 297-8488

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

EVENT: The Knapsack Institute: Transforming Teaching and Learning

The Knapsack Institute: Transforming Teaching and Learning, June 6-9, 2012
The Knapsack Institute supports educators across the nation as they create curriculum and pedagogy to integrate race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and other forms of social inequality into their work and strive to create inclusive classrooms.
The Knapsack Institute provides educators with a framework for teaching about the matrix of privilege and oppression. Our interactive, collaborative Institute welcomes all educators ((broadly defined, including K-12, higher education, non-profit staff, private sector, diversity trainers, etc.). Alumni include faculty, teachers, and facilitators at many levels, from a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds, and organizations.
The Knapsack Institute:
  • Is a forum for sharing ideas and strategies
  • Emphasizes pedagogical approaches to teaching diversity, privilege, and intersectionality
  • Provides professional growth and development, including CEUs & academic credit
  • Provides mentoring and leadership development
  • Supports curriculum building
  • Provides hands-on activities, tools and practices that can be replicated
  • Provides strategies for dealing with resistance
  • Provides suggestions for creating institutional change in your organization
  • Provides resources and networking to support on-going change
  • Is facilitated by faculty and informed by the latest research
K-12 Track! We are partnering with a number of national organizations to offer a separate K-12 track. Breakout sessions will examine issues such as: bullying, ally building, issues of safety for students, gender identity, creating inclusive environments, and culturally responsive practices. Co-sponsored by theADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute
Evaluation Highlights: for the fourth consecutive year, on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being fully agree, participants rated the KI a 10 in the following key areas:
  • This Institute was very useful and valuable to me
  • I would recommend this Institute to colleagues
  • Speakers were knowledgeable and engaging

The Knapsack Institute is a program of The Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, the home of the national, award-winning White Privilege Conference.
Flier with further details attached. Early registration discounts available. Details and application at:

CFP: 8th Annual Sports in Africa Conference

Call for Papers

The Institute of the African Child and the Center for Sports Administration


8th Annual Sports in Africa Conference
Sports and Community Building in Africa and the Global South
April 6-7, 2012
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
The 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Brazil , and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar confirm the global reach of elite sports and the increased participation of Africa and the Global South. Does this trend denote fuller integration of the Global South into a world system of sports where each community thrives? Or does it indicate a gradual transformation of traditional approaches to community building and a changing definition of community itself? Building on a debate that started at the Sports in Africa Symposium at Ohio University in 2002, this conference seeks to understand and discuss the effects of mega-events and global marketing on local sports. To what degree are communities integrated into global sport and what kinds of loyalty do mega events generate locally? What roles do/can sports play in local communities in Africa and the Global South in the face of transnational sports economies? Can sports become a site for communities to reaffirm their own particularity, create new forms of solidarity and reinvent themselves? The 2012 conference encourages presentations on themes such as:

  • Sport and community health
  • International sponsors and the nature of local sports
  • Elite versus community sport: Which way forward?
  • Sports and education
  • Sports and wellness in local communities
  • Global sports in the workplace
  • Sport and community building
  • Globalization: How can local sports survive?
  • Sports and rural communities
  • Sports in the city: New challenges, new communities
  • Financing local sports
  • Impact of mega events on the environment
  • Mega-events, urban landscape and architecture
  • Media and Imagined Communities
  • Sport and culture

Although we encourage the submission of papers that focus on community sports, conference organizers are also open to the submission of papers that deal with other aspects of sports in Africa and the Global South, as well as comparative studies. The conference intends to be intellectually engaging and a source of inspiration and networking for future scholarly and practical endeavors.

Submission Guidelines
Presentation Sessions (20 minutes)

Authors must submit a cover page, including the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s), and the author(s)' affiliation(s), if applicable; and an abstract of the paper. The abstract may be no longer than 350 words and should not contain the name(s) of the author(s) or reference(s) that would identify the author(s). All submissions should conform to Endnote style guidelines. Each submission should be made as a separate email attachment, using the .doc format from Microsoft Word or .txt format. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Online submission:

The deadline for presentation abstract submissions is March 4, 2012.

IMPORTANT: Selected papers will be considered for publication in Impumelelo:The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports

Gerard A. Akindes

African Studies Program - Center for Sports Administration
College of Business - Center for International Studies

Monday, February 06, 2012

JOB: Brock University

Brock University
Department of Kinesiology
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

The Department of Kinesiology at Brock University invites applications for a probationary tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor effective July 1, 2012, subject to final budgetary approval. The successful applicant must have a completed Ph.D. and an outstanding record of research productivity, including publications in quality peer-reviewed journals as well as demonstrated potential to secure external funding through national agencies. Candidates must be qualified to teach in one of the following areas: history, physical literacy, physiology, or psychology. University teaching experience would be an asset. The closing date for applications is April 15, 2012, and the review process will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must
submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees to:

Dr. Philip Sullivan, Chair
Department of Kinesiology
Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 3A1

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification Form (available at and include the completed form with their application. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. More information on Brock University can be found on the University’s website

CFP: Disability Sport: A vehicle for social change?

Disability Sport: A vehicle for social change? Conference

Call for abstracts deadline extended to Wednesday 29th February 2012
Conference for practitioners and academics to be held in Coventry Cathedral 23-25th August 2012. Accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations as well as suggestions for symposium topics.

For further details see

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

CONFERENCE: 10th Anniversary Macintosh Sociology of Sport Day Conference

Please find below and attached the agenda for the 10th Anniversary Macintosh Sociology of Sport Day Conference, which takes place on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

We are delighted to announce that the annual Donald Macintosh Memorial Lecture will be given this year by Dr. James Gillett, Chair of the Department of Health Aging and Society at McMaster University. Dr. Gillett's talk is titled, Inter-determinacy and Lines of Flight: Interspecies Relations, Sport Sociology, and the Ethics of Caring.

Kingston is accessible by VIA rail or bus. It is a two hour and 45 minute drive from downtown Toronto or downtown Montreal. It is a two-hour drive from Ottawa and a one-hour drive from Watertown, New York. Registration fees, to be paid on-site, are $30 for faculty and $20 for students.

For information or to add your name to our email list, please write to Samantha King (

10th Anniversary Macintosh Sociology of Sport Day Conference

9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:15 A Prophet? Don Macintosh, His Times, and Ours
Dr. Geoff Smith
Emeritus Professor
Queen’s University

Makeup and Muscles: Negotiating Gender Identity in Roller Derby
Jenn Bruce, Michael L. Naraine, Amanda Morrison, Bethany-Marie Tovell, Dr. Jules Woolf
University of Windsor

Mo’ Than Just a Moustache: Investigating Hockey, Masculinity and Movember
Matthew Ventresca
Queen’s University

Ethical Dimensions of Coaching in Older Youth Sport
Mark Williams
University of Western Ontario

10:45 Break

SESSION II: Donald Macintosh Memorial Lecture
Inter-determinacy and Lines of Flight: Interspecies Relations, Sport Sociology, and the Ethics of Caring
Dr. James Gillett
McMaster University

Lunch & Poster Presentations
Les Corps En Baignade: Contextualiser Les Bains Publics à Ottawa, 1924
Ornella Nzindukiyimana
Université d'Ottawa

The Great White Nope: Post-Human Identity and the NBA's Cultural Politics of Whiteness
Scott Carey and Robert Millington
Queen’s University

Understanding Tim Tebow
Matt Hawzen
Queen’s University

A Profile of Canadian Roller Derby Athletes and Their Perceptions of Risk
Katrina Krawec, Ian Flaxey, Meghan Roney, Joey Zhou, Dr. Jules Woolf
University of Windsor

Cause Marketing and a Case Study of the NFL
Christopher M. Pellerin
University of Western Ontario

The Pre-Game: Black Student-Athletes and the Pursuit of U.S. Athletic Scholarships
Desmond Miller
York University

3:10 Break

Outside Looking In: Youth Development through Recreation for and by Aboriginal Peoples
Alana Rovito
University of Ottawa

Gender, Embodiment and Self-Regulation: Exposing the Surveillance Element in Distance Running Subcultures
Christine Carey
McMaster University

Critical Theory & Canadian Sports Media: The Bell-Rogers Purchase of MLSE
Simon Robinson,
Queen’s University