Friday, May 31, 2013

CFP: South African Review of Sociology


Sport in South Africa is important and is taken seriously. Large sections of the population participate in, watch and consume a range of different sports. South Africa regularly produces world class athletes and teams who dominate in a number of sports on the global stage. The country has successfully hosted various sports mega-events such as the recent 2010 FIFA World Cup. Sport in South Africa is a billion rand industry with significant private and public investment. Sport in South Africa is arguably one of the few ‘unifiers’ in a country with a long history of segregation, discrimination and social divisions. Despite the ‘unifying’ role sport plays in the country, it remains beset with divisions along the lines of ‘race’, class and gender amongst others.

We invite papers that address sport within South Africa. Colleagues may want to consider the the following themes when submitting their abstracts and papers:

1. Controversies, debates and discourses in the sociology of sport
2. Sport and gender
3. ‘Race’, identity and sport
4. Consumption, leisure and sport
5. Sport for development
6. The state, political economy and sport
7. Sport, education and coaching
8. Sporting cultures and fandom
9. Sport and social history
10. Sport, philosophy and ethics

Guest editors:
Dr Chris Bolsmann (School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom)
Prof. Cora Burnett (Department of Sport and Movement Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa)

Abstracts:          31 October 2013
Papers:              31 May 2014

Submission Guidelines
1. Authors are invited to submit a 400-500 word abstract for consideration for the special issue. Selected authors will then be asked to produce a full paper based on their abstract for potential publication subject to a review process.
2. Submissions should be sent to:
3. Articles should be 5000-8000 words in length.
4. All submissions will be anonymously/blind reviewed by two independent assessors.

CFP: Olympic Studies Reader volume 2

Olympic Studies Reader 2013 – Volume 2
An International and Multidisciplinary Research Guide
Special homage to Pierre de Coubertin’s 150th Birthday

What is the book about? 
This book is about Olympic Studies, an area of knowledge still little studied especially because of the difficulties in understanding cross-cultural sport experiences, among other pitfalls of international sport relationships. However, this status has been changing especially because of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the forthcoming 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, which are becoming landmarks for the multicultural meaning of sport. It is also important to mention that the experience of the Research Council / Selection Committee – IOC Olympic Studies, Lausanne, in recent years has frequently confirmed the key importance of both multidisciplinary and international relationships approaches to research themes related to Olympic Games, Olympism and the Olympic Movement.

In this context, the Beijing Sport University together with Universidade Gama Filho (Rio de Janeiro) and with the support of the IOC Olympic Studies Centre (Lausanne) published in 2009 the first volume of the “Olympic Studies Reader”, with the main focus on the multicultural meaning of sport as historically promoted by the Olympic Movement, which implies sharing the diversity of values from Olympic proposals and ideas. Texts with the multidisciplinary approach of Olympic Studies complete the content of that first volume, preserving so far the traditions of this area of knowledge.

The second volume of “Olympic Studies Reader” is therefore being proposed to focus on internationalism, one of the key priorities of Pierre de Coubertin during his efforts to restore the Olympic Games and to delineate the principles of Olympism at the beginning of 20th century. Simply defined, Coubertin’s internationalism was the policy or practice of cooperation among nations, especially in Olympic modern matters. Again, multidisciplinary texts will be welcome for its complementary nature in the approaches to internationalism.

Volume two of the book "Olympic Studies Reader" (main title) has basically two aims: (i) to include chapters – individually or collectively elaborated –  which sustain positions of knowledge referring to typical themes in the areas of Olympic Games, Olympism and Olympic Movement, and (ii) to address suggestions and propose guidelines to develop future research works in Olympic Studies. Thus far, the main purpose of this new publication is to provide graduate students and academic professionals (with Master’s and recent Ph.D. degrees), from different countries, who are interested in investigating ancient and new Olympic issues, with basic knowledge and insights for future research in the area.

Looking Ahead 
The format guidelines for the production of the second volume of “Olympic Studies Reader” are firstly inspired by: 

  • Mainstream multidisciplinary research topics in Olympic Studies as seen, for instance, in the collective book inaugurated by Landry, Landry & Yerles (1991) and in the first volume of the Olympic Studies Reader (2009) as well;
  • Recent research topics in sport sciences emphasizing internationalism and multiculturalism as seen in regional and national books and articles connected in some way to Olympic Studies.

Furthermore, the mainstream option is concerned with the consolidation of the last two decades of Olympic Studies in worldwide perspective. The international and multicultural alternatives aim to provide opportunities of inclusion as referred to authors and topics from countries and cultures other than Western European and English-speaking countries.

This criterion of development is based on the operational experience of the Research Council / Selection Committee – IOC Olympic Studies Centre in assessing research projects since its beginning in 1998. Thus, the planned book will stand as a unique reference to prospect researchers in traditional and new Olympic Studies concerns. As such, this collective work with international contributors shall equally act as an inspiring support to renovate research in Olympic Studies from different cultural perspectives worldwide. From the Olympic Family inside standpoint, this project also aims to promote the role played by Olympic Studies, which need more exposure and clarification.

Content and Title 
For the production of the “Olympic Studies Reader - volume two” former published works can be reviewed according to a specific topic or area of knowledge. Additionally, subject-matters of research may be emphasized jointly with an overview of past, present and future choices of investigation. References to Coubertin’s will be welcome in any case of collaborations.  

In short, the prospect book should be mostly a platform of basic texts in Olympic issues instead of a simple methodological guide for researchers. A subtitle related to this preliminary choice can be added during the editorial preparation, in view of the needed connection with the promotion of research in Olympic Studies. The provisional subtitle is “A Research Guide of International Developments.”

The "Olympic Studies Reader" editorial staff will be composed by Hai Ren (Ph.D., Beijing Sport University), Lamartine DaCosta (Ph.D., Universidade Gama Filho – Rio de Janeiro), Ana Miragaya (Ph.D., Universidade Estácio de Sá - Petrópolis) for the English version, and Ms Zhao Zhuo (Beijing), for the Chinese version.

This assignment is here proposed in order to meet the following opportunities: 
(i)            As it is a project under the leadership of the Beijing Sport University, the new book will be inserted in today’s major issue of attention in Olympic area of activities, that is, the Beijing Olympic Games – 2008 as well as Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games - 2016;
(ii)          DaCosta and Miragaya have been continuously working on scientific and collective books since 1998 at the Universidade Gama Filho Publishing House. Four of these volumes were published in English, one of which with 87 authors from 36 countries of the four continents, launched by Meyer & Meyer Publishers from Germany (see reference below). This experience can be now used in the planning of the “Olympic Studies Reader.”
(iii)         The “Olympic Studies Reader” volume two book project is now envisaged to follow suit the potential Olympic new era beginning with the Beijing Games, giving a refreshment drive to the issues of multiculturalism and internationalism. The editorial staff with Chinese and Brazilian participants has been proposed as a renewed identity to Olympic Studies research needs. This proposal is likely to refer to the visual programming of the new book, which must necessarily include meaningful Chinese motifs.
(iv)         The women scholars also direct the attention to gender equality, a critical need of the Olympic Movement and of sport management in worldwide concerns.

The "Olympic Studies Reader" volume two will be published in English (main current language in Olympic Studies) and in Chinese (an important language for the future Olympic Studies texts and research) jointly in a single volume. All complete texts in English will have a long summary in Chinese (two pages) and a complete English version shall be added to all texts originally written in Chinese.

As mentioned earlier, the two female scholars/researchers will give support to the main editors and this participation in operational terms is basically related to translations of English into Chinese and vice-versa, besides the search for coherence, according to the contents of the chapters. Dr. Hai Ren will follow up the Chinese editor’s work and Dr. DaCosta will do the same with the English-speaking editor for overall coherence. Dr. Miragaya will adapt English texts to a more comprehensive understanding to readers from different cultures in accordance with authors.

Length of writings
Each page of paper to be previously submitted must have 3.000 characters including spaces in the text, or the equivalent in Chinese language. The full text of each contribution shall have approximately 10 pages, references included, but final size with or without photos and figures will be examined case by case.

Authors’ submissions 
Prospect authors may submit their text in Chinese or English to Dr. Hai Ren or in English to Dr. DaCosta (see e-mail addresses below). This short text must represent the study or investigation report, preferably taking into account the need of having a basis for an additional overview related to current state of knowledge, research mainstream and future advances in the chosen area.

Publishing Profile 
The "Olympic Studies Reader" is a non-commercial book for free distribution or access in e-book format. As such, authors are here advised that the book "Olympic Studies Reader" is non-profit work, with no financial relationship between institutions or individuals involved in its production and circulation. Thus, this book in its different formats does not yield copyrights, according to international conventions.

Institutional support 
The book "Olympic Studies Reader" will have as main supportive institutions the Beijing Sport University, Editora Gama Filho Publishers (Rio de Janeiro) and the IOC Olympic Studies Centre (Lausanne). There will be no financial obligations linking these organizational bodies, due to the decentralized and autonomous tasks specified to each of the partnership members. Furthermore, the planned book may be printed or displayed on demand with free and no cost accesses, eliminating the need of a joint management to be made by original partners. 

Summary Master Schedule – 2013 
July 30th, 2013  –  deadline for authors to submit their texts 
July 2013 / November 2013 – Translation of texts, visual programming and preparation of formats. 
December 2013 – Launching of the book.

Contact addresses 
Dr. Hai Ren: 
Dr. Lamartine DaCosta:

Ren, H., DaCosta, L.P., Miragaya, A. & Jing, N. (eds) Olympic Studies Reader Volume 1. Beijing: Beijing Sport University, 2009. 
DaCosta, L.P. & Miragaya, A.M. (eds) Worldwide Experiences and
Trends of Sport for All. Aachen: Meyer & Meyer Sports, 2002.

JOB: Miami University

Miami University
Department of Kinesiology & Health
Sport Leadership and Management (SLAM)
Visiting Assistant Professor/ Instructor Position in Cultural Studies of Sport
The Department of Kinesiology and Health advances the understanding of health, physical activity, and related cultural practices to improve life quality and promote healthful, active living. It is one of five departments in the School of Education, Health, and Society. The School celebrates opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration facilitated by the five departments (Educational Leadership, Educational Psychology, Family Studies and Social Work, Kinesiology and Health, and Teacher Education) that comprise it. The mission of the Sport Leadership and Management (SLAM) program is to prepare students to succeed in leadership positions in the sport industry (recreational to professional, youth to adult) by providing them with knowledge and skills to critically analyze and innovatively engage in the business and culture of sport. Within the SLAM program/major, students choose to fulfill one of four areas of concentration designed to prepare students for specific career opportunities: Sport Management, Coaching, Sport Journalism, and Sport Media. The SLAM program attempts to provide students with important managerial knowledge, but also critical psychosocial, sociocultural, and developmental knowledge about sport participation to allow them to understand and provide innovative leadership related to key issues in sport.
Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor/ Instructor in Cultural Studies of Sport
Duties: Teach courses in cultural studies of sport, sport sociology, or other related areas (e.g., social status, gender, race). Provide service to the department, division, and university. Required qualifications: Master’s degree (for appointment as Instructor), doctoral degree (for appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor) in cultural studies of sport, sport sociology or related field.
Desired qualifications: University teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate level;knowledge of or experience in working with diverse populations.
Application: Send letter of application, curriculum vita or resume, contact information for at least three references, and copy of university transcripts to Heidi Neace, email submission preferred,(, or hard copy to Department of Kinesiology & Health, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 45056.
Deadline: Screening of applications begins June 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. The starting date of the position is August 19, 2013.
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

JOB: Assistant Professor - Sport Studies at Mississippi State University

The Department of Kinesiology at Mississippi State University is seeking applications for a nine month, tenure-track faculty position (Assistant Professor – Sport Studies) starting in August 2013. Applicants must have a research agenda in some aspect of sport studies, sport administration, and/or sport pedagogy. Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to teach courses in the economic and financial aspects of sport, but individuals with other specializations will also be considered. A doctorate in kinesiology, physical education, sport administration, or a related discipline is required. Candidates who are ABD will be considered at the instructor level with the rank upgraded to assistant professor when all degree requirements are completed (no longer than a year from date of hire). Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses within the Division of Sport Studies, which houses the sport management and sport pedagogy curricular options, and providing service to the department, university and profession. The successful applicant is expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and conduct a scholarly research agenda that entails grant writing and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Evaluation of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Send two letters of recommendation (and contact information for two additional references) to: Faculty Search Committee, Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, P.O. Box 6186, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants must apply online (search for PARF# 7256) at Applicants should have a commitment to excellence in higher education teaching and service. Mississippi State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
For questions about the position, you may contact Alan Morse or Adam Love:

Alan Morse, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology
Mississippi State University
Phone: (662) 325-2789

Adam Love, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology
Mississippi State University
Phone: (662) 325-2784

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

CFP: Sport, Leisure and Social Justice - University of Brighton

Sport, Leisure and Social Justice

A two-day conference, to be held at the University of Brighton, 19th – 20th September, 2013

2nd Call for Papers

Deadline date: Monday 1st July, 2013

This conference aims to explore and expand questions regarding the role of both sport and academics in addressing issues surrounding social justice and equity. Specifically: How have the traditions of academics & public intellectualism shifted? What is, and should be, the relationship between academics and social activism? How can universities continue to engage with concerns about equality, human rights and social justice?

Within an increasingly neoliberal, market-driven higher educational context Henry Giroux identifies that the university in contemporary times has come to resemble ‘a marketing machine essential to the production of identities in which the only obligation of citizenship is to be a consumer’ (2012, p.246).  He asks:

What role should the university play at a time when politics is being emptied out of any connection to a civic literacy, informed judgement, and critical dialogue, further deepening a culture of illiteracy, cruelty, hypermasculinity, and disposability? (ibid, emphasis added.)

Critical commentators, including Giroux, are thus promoting the potential role of education-based interventions in challenging this process. Indeed, they are emphasising not only the abilities, but also the responsibilities of academics in establishing a “politics of advocacy and possibility”, and engaging in “acts of activism” (cf. Denzin and Giardina, 2012). The potential contributions made by academics and students are seen as central because the university represents ‘a vital democratic public sphere that cultivates the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for the production of a democratic polity’ (Giroux, 2012, p. 246). More broadly, Les Back and Nirmal Puwar (2012, p. 14) argue that:

What we choose to be concerned with, or focus on and listen to, involves making judgements not only about what is valuable but also what is important. Sociology has a public responsibility to pay attention to vulnerable and precarious lives.

Specifically related to sport studies, sport practices and sport cultures, we engage with four themes:

•             Socio-cultural scholars of sport and leisure as public intellectuals
•             Sport development and peace (SDP)
•             Sporting communities and campaigns for change
•             Social Justice through media, new media, film and documentaries

The conference will be hosted by the Sport and Leisure Cultures research cluster at the University of Brighton. Priority areas of interest and expertise include: sport, politics and international relations; communities, exclusions and the cultural politics of resistance in sport; traditional and new media cultures and the sporting landscape; and ‘alternative’ lifestyle and non-mainstream sporting cultures. We also welcome input from other relevant areas.

We envisage a lively event prioritising debate and discussion. Potential contributors are encouraged to submit abstracts of 150 words for one of the following forms of presentation:

•             20-minute conference paper
•             Poster presentation
•             15-minute round table paper proposal (either individual papers or as a group of up to 4 papers)

Confirmed speakers: Alan Bairner, Megan Chawansky, Anne Coddington, Simon Darnell, John Doyle, Lou Englefield, Tess Kay, Payoshni Mitra,  Mark Perryman, Kuljit Randhawa.

The conference is supported by: the British Sociological Association Leisure and Recreation & Sport Study Groups, the Political Studies Association Sport and Politics Group and Taylor and Francis Publishers.

Please send abstracts to and

PHD SCHOLARSHIP: University of Copenhagen

PhD scholarship
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Sciences
University of Copenhagen

Dear all

I am happy to announce that Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Sciences at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship:

Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions for Women

Please read more and apply online

Principal supervisors
Associate Professor
Anne-Marie Elbe
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports

Gertrud Pfister
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports

Monday, May 13, 2013

CFP: Ethical Leadership in Intercollegiate Sport (Journal of Intercollegiate Sport)

Call for Papers – Special Issue on Ethical Leadership in Intercollegiate Sport
Journal of Intercollegiate Sport
Guest Editors: Laura J. Burton and Jon Welty Peachey

Leadership in intercollegiate athletics has reached a tipping point. As we have witnessed innumerable scandals and inappropriate activities, we are left to wonder why leaders within intercollegiate athletic administration are failing student-athletes. Given that scholars and officials, both within and outside of sport management, have called for reform of university governance of athletic programs (see Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, 2010) and reform of enforcement processes at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), we call attention to the need for evaluation of leadership as an integral component to reform of intercollegiate athletics. In particular, there is a need for research to examine ethical leadership within intercollegiate sport.
The intent of this special issue is to provide a platform for the examination of ethical leadership within intercollegiate athletics and to foster its study and practice within the field. Conceptual, theoretical, and empirical work engaging with the issue of ethical leadership in intercollegiate athletics is welcome for this special issue.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Conceptual work examining ethical leadership in intercollegiate sport
  • Models for ethical leadership in intercollegiate sport
  • Multilevel analysis of outcomes associated with ethical leadership
  • Individual level outcomes (employee, student-athlete, university stakeholder) associated with ethical leadership
  • Organizational level outcomes (graduation rates, coach/administrator retention, winning percentage) associate with ethical leadership
  • Examination of potential moderators and mediators of the relationship between ethical leadership and organizational outcomes.
  • Antecedents to ethical leadership development
  • Development of measures to evaluate ethical leadership within an intercollegiate sport context
  • Connection between leadership styles and ethical leadership
  • Ethical leadership and responses to organizational crisis
  • Organizational change and the impact of ethical leadership
  • Fostering an ethical culture in intercollegiate athletics
  • Relationship between organizational diversity and ethical leadership in intercollegiate athletics
  • Exploring the influence of internal (e.g., student-athletes, coaches, university personnel) and external stakeholders (e.g., media, alumni, boosters) on ethical leadership behavior in intercollegiate sport
  • Examination of differences in ethical leadership between NCAA Divisions, the National Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NAIA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Manuscripts should follow the standard author guidelines for the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport and should be submitted through Manuscript Central:
Manuscripts should be submitted no later than Friday, November 1, 2013 in order to receive full consideration.
Direct any questions to Laura J. Burton ( Anticipated publication is June 2014 (Volume 7, Issue 1). 

Monday, May 06, 2013

JOB: Senior Lecturer in Sport Pedagogy (Coaching and Teaching)

Loughborough University
School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Sport Pedagogy (Coaching and Teaching)
Required to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research and enterprise activity in this world-class School.  You will have a doctorate in an appropriate social scientific field, teaching experience in higher education, and a track record of research, publication and income generation appropriate to appointment at Senior Lecturer level.
Candidates will have expertise in one or more of the following research areas as they relate to Sport Pedagogy: Education Policy; Coaching Policy and Professionalisation; Curriculum Design and Development; Coach/Teacher Education, Professional Development and Learning; Teaching and Learning in Coaching/Physical Education; Innovative Practice and Pedagogies; Media Pedagogies; Ability and Physical Literacy; Equity and Inclusion.
This post is available from 1st August 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Salary: £47,314 to £53,233 per annum

Closing Date – 12/05/2013
For a full description and further details, see: