Thursday, January 31, 2013

CFP: Mapping the Terrain: Communication Studies of Sport

 Communication and Sport
Special Issue

Guest Editors
Michael L. Butterworth
Bowling Green State University

Jeffrey W. Kassing
Arizona State University

Communication is a fundamental component of sport. While much research has focused on media and sport, there is a growing body of scholarship that examines sport and communication from traditions other than media studies. Because this work may be situated in one of the communication discipline’s traditional contexts (e.g., organizational, relational, health) or grow from a focus in sport studies and diverse ancillary disciplines, it ends up published widely across scholarly outlets. Showcasing this work in Communication and Sport signals the journal's commitment to the diversity and viability of communication and sport research that examines non-mediated aspects of sport by charting how the scholarly understanding of communication addresses a host of ideas and concerns related to our collective understanding of sport. As such, this issue aims to feature and extend notions of what constitutes sport and communication scholarship.

With those goals in mind, we invite manuscripts that explore topics or approaches in the following and related areas:
  • organizational communication and sport
  • relational communication and sport
  • group communication and sport
  • health communication and sport
  • family communication and sport
  • instructional communication and sport
  • communication, aging, and sport
  • communication, disability, and sport
  • communication, the environment, and sport
  • communication, culture, and sport
  • communication, race/ethnicity and sport
  • communication, gender/sexuality, and sport
  • communication, religion, and sport
  • rhetorical, critical, discourse/discursive, or narrative approaches to the study of sport

Articles featuring qualitative, quantitative, critical, historical, and other methods are equally welcome. Given that media permeates sport to a great degree, the content addressed in submissions to the special issue should aim to capture unique and distinct features of communication and sport that do not directly rely on the analysis of media content and/or processes. Submissions that consider media as a major component of the work will be recommended for submission to Communication and Sport for standard review.

Manuscripts for the Mapping the Terrain: Communication Studies of Sport special issue should be submitted by September 1, 2013 at In the submission process, authors should both note submission for the Mapping the Terrain: Communication Studies of Sport special issue in a cover letter and choose “Communication Studies Special Issue” as the “Manuscript Type.”  Manuscripts should follow the Manuscript Submission Guidelines at All manuscripts will be subject to peer review under the supervision of the Special Issue Editors and Editor-in-Chief.  Expressions of interest, abstracts for consideration, and questions may be directed to the Special Issue Editors: Michael L. Butterworth ( or Jeffrey W. Kassing (

CFP: International Network of Humanistic Doping Research Conference

Call for papers

The INHDR is now accepting abstract submissions for consideration for presentation at the 2013 INHDR Conference. The theme for the conference will be “What do we (really) know about doping?” and will be held August 15 and 16, 2013 at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark. Abstracts are welcome on any area of doping research related to the humanities or social sciences. The INHDR recognizes, values, and encourages interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies, and will give preference to those focused on the conference’s theme “What do we (really) know about doping?” and the conference’s key questions, which include:
  • How prevalent is doping and how do we determine this number?
  • What do we know about doping cultures? Are there any points of consensus?
  • Which methods are worthwhile pursuing and which are not?
  • What are the pros and cons for the methodology of the research we apply when trying to reach answers for our questions?
  • How do we determine valid answers in the different sub-disciplines where sport and doping are studied (sociology, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, history, cultural studies)?
  • Are we sufficiently aware of the number of assumptions and tacit premises that we apply when drafting research?
  • What are the key problems still in need of research?
All abstracts must conform to the submission guidelines listed below and must be submitted prior to 1st March, 2013. INHDR is an advocate of opportunities for young scholars and encourages Ph.D.-student submissions.
Abstract Submission Guidelines:
The abstract should be between 250 and 500 words, written in English (the official language of the conference), and should conform to a commonly accepted academic referencing style.
Please E-mail your abstract to conference secretary Jonas Havelund,
Keynote speakers who have already confirmed their participation:
  • Prof, Dr. Don Catlin, Anti-Doping Research, Inc, USA
  • Prof. Jay Coakley, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA
  • Prof. John Hoberman, University of Texas, USA
  • Prof. Carsten Lundby, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dr. Werner Pitsch, University of Saarbruchen, Germany
  • Prof. Verner Møller, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark

PAPER: Assessing the promise of open access journal publishing for a public sociology of sport

The Writing's on the firewall : Assessing the promise of open access journal publishing for a public sociology of sport

Hello NASSS friends and colleagues,

Below is a link to an article due for publication this summer in a Special Issue of SSJ entitled ‘Evidence, Knowledge and Research Practice’ (edited by Michael Giardina and Jason Laurendau). 

Given that the paper concerns the political economy of academic journal publishing, the promise and finitude of Open Access publishing, and the position of the Sociology of Sport therein, I thought it prudent to make this paper Open Access through my affiliated university’s institutional repository (as per Human Kinetics’ publishing agreement) and politely draw it your collective attention in advance of its formal publication. Far more than simply an opportunity to circulate the paper ‘online first,’ this is a chance to perform the (beginnings of the) politics I espouse through the manuscript and encourage productive, critical discussion around publishing as a political, professional and scholarly practice in which we are all implicated.

Here is the abstract, below it is the link to full text, and please get in touch if you have questions, suggestions, concerns or, perhaps inevitably, problems accessing the paper.


Gavin Weedon
PhD Student, University of British Columbia

The Writing's on the firewall : Assessing the promise of open access journal publishing for a public sociology of sport

The process of digitization has transformed the ways in which content is reproduced and circulated online, rupturing long held distinctions between production and consumption in the (virtual) public sphere. In accordance with these developments over the past fifteen years, proponents for open access publishing in higher education have argued that the (not yet absolute) transition from physical to digital modes of journal production opens up unprecedented opportunities for redressing the restrictive terms of ownership and access currently perpetuated within an increasingly untenable journal publishing industry. Through this article, I advocate that the sociology of sport community hastens to question, challenge and reimagine its position within this industry in anticipation of a reformed publishing landscape. The impetus for the paper is to ask not whether sociologists of sport should or should not publish open access, but rather as open access publishing inevitably comes to pass in some form, what say will the field’s associations, societies and members have in these changes, and how might they help invigorate a public sociology of sport?

Monday, January 21, 2013

CFP: Women's football: played, watched, talked about

About the conference:
The aim of the conference is to share information and knowledge about women’s football, the games and the players, the male and female fans as well as the media coverage. At the same time, the event will provide the opportunity for networking and promoting international cooperation among researchers on women’s football.
The conference will be an opportunity to present results of the project “Feminisation of Football in Europe” which is part of the FREE Project “Football Research in an Enlarged Europe” funded by the EU, 7th framework programme.
The conference will be covering the following topics and invite scholars to contribute with knowledge in relation to:
1. Women’s Football – Players, Teams and Organisations.
2. Women as Football Consumers and Fans.
3. Women’s Football in the Focus of Mass Media.
Renowned scholars will deliver keynotes and colleagues working in this field are
invited to present papers in parallel sessions. For additional information on the conference visit our website at:
Call for abstracts:
Deadline for submission of abstract: February 28, 2013. Please submit your
abstract through the conference website.
Notification of acceptance: April 2, 2013.
Abstracts may not exceed 3,000 characters (including spaces). They should contain main questions, theoretical approaches, methods and results.
There will be no conference fee, but registration is necessary. Deadline for registration is May 1, 2013.

For all further information, feel FREE to contact Rikke S. Jeppesen ( & Svenja Mintert ( FREE – Football Research in an Enlarged Europe is an FP7 project funded under Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities

CFP: The future of youth sport and youth sport policy

Dear Colleague

We are inviting you to submit your research to the forthcoming special issue on The future of youth sport and youth sport policy, to be published in International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

The development of young people and particularly their health, education and broader socialisation is a ubiquitous public policy concern. For many governments sport is an important element in youth policy whether as an element in the school curriculum, a vehicle for health education, an aspect of community/youth work or as an element in leisure provision. For a significant minority of governments the participation of young people in sport is also part of an elite sport development strategy predicated, to an extent, on the early identification of sporting talent... read more at:

Key Details

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 22nd March 2013
Abstracts should be sent to David Haycock, Editorial Assistant at:

Deadline for submission of papers: 30th November 2013
Paper length: Between 8,000 and 10,000 words including references

Submission process:
Papers should be submitted through ScholarOne -

Further guidelines can be found at:

Kind regards,
Zita Balogh
Sport, Leisure & Tourism Journals

EVENT: Football as a Reflection of American Culture

We'd like to invite you (and your students) to watch the next BagNews Salon: Unnecessary Roughness: Football as a Reflection of American Culture on Jan 27th, the Sunday before the Super Bowl. The webinar will focus on a broad range of themes, including power and violence, commercialism, patriotism, militarism and gender roles.  As usual, the discussion will revolve around a 9 picture photo edit and also deal with media and visual framing.

Co-sponsored by The International Association for Communication and Sport (IACS), the Salon features 4 great sports scholars -- Mike Butterworth, Dan Grano, Marie Hardin and Tom Oates -- and two of the best photojournalists and sports shooters in the business: Ken Jarecke and Scott Strazzante. The vitals are below. We hope you can watch as well as participate via Twitter!

Date: Sunday, January 27th 

Time: at 1pm EST/10am PST for 90 minutes

Title: "Unnecessary Roughness: Football as a Reflection of American Culture in News Photos and Media Images": Held the Sunday before the Super Bowl, the webinar will focus on a broad range of themes, including power and violence, commercialism, patriotism, militarism and gender roles. 

Where:  TUNE IN TO THE LIVE BROADCAST: The BagNewsSalon will be broadcast live, via Google HangOut, on the BagNews website. Just come to this blog post at 1 pm EST.

Viewer Engagement: We'll also be encouraging viewer involvement via Twitter. @BagNewsNotes Hashtag: #BagSalon

Facebook Invite:

More info:


Michael Butterworth, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Bowling Green State University.  


Dan Grano: Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. 
Marie Hardin: Professor and Associate Dean in the College of Communications at Penn State University.  Marie is also Associate Director of the Curley Center for Sports Journalism.  

Ken Jarecke: photojournalist and author of Husker Game Day 2010.

Tom Oates: Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication and the Department of American Studies at the University of Iowa. 

Scott Strazzante: Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist for the Chicago Tribune.

Host: Michael Shaw, Publisher, BagNewsNotes. Producer: Teresa Mahoney.

Friday, January 11, 2013

CFP: World Congress of Sociology of Sport 2013

ISSA Call for Papers
2013 ISSA World Congress
Vancouver, Canada
June 12-15 2013

Contesting Sovereignties
The meaning of sovereignty has varied across time, geography, and academic discipline and has been invoked and utilized in contradictory ways. Sovereignty has been a vehicle through which hegemonic powers, including the state and supranational institutions, enforce authority and also through which subordinate groups claim jurisdictional autonomy.  Sovereignty is therefore aligned with supremacy, border inviolability, autonomy, independence, and self-determination. Sovereignties also may be contested, through challenges to existing ideologies, structures, power relations, superior positionality, and the celebration of local voices, inclusivity, empowerment enterprises and partnerships. The International Sociology of Sport Association invites papers that address the relationship of sport to the contested concept of sovereignty, advance understanding of the possibilities and limits of a sovereignty framework, and that meaningfully contribute to debates of inclusivity, equality and innovative practices that demonstrate a unique sovereignty on “local” terms. Questions that might be explored include the following:

How is sport related to the (de)construction of the sovereign self? Of sovereign embodiment?
How are gender and sexuality sovereignties enabled and constrained in sport contexts?
How has sport been implicated in the sovereignty claims of Indigenous peoples?
What is the relationship between Sport for Development and Peace, human rights movements, and/or Sport for All and the circumscription of the sovereign state?
Does the securitization of major sport events threaten or protect territorial sovereignty?
How is sport related to the contested sovereignties of markets and monetary systems?
What innovative research gives voice to the marginalised and what "glocalized" practices add to existing discourses?
Those interested in submitting an abstract should do so no later than the extended deadline of February 1, 2013.

Session Subthemes
Sport: Contesting Sovereignties
Sport and Governance
Sport, Politics and Policy
Sport and National Identities
Sport and Racial/Ethnic Identity
Social Class and Sport
Sociology of Sport: Future Challenges
Sport, Business and Management
Sport, Culture and Advertising
Sport and Media
Sport Spectatorship and Fandom
Sport Mega-Events
Sport, Health and Risk
Sport and Disability
Sport, Physical Activity and Ageing
Physical Education and School Sport
Sports and Gender
Sports and Globalization
Open Topic

ISSA policy generally limits the number of papers an individual author can present. Each participant can present 1 paper as the lead author. His or her name can appear on up to two additional papers as second or additional author, but not as presenter.

Key Dates
1 February 2013:  Abstract Submission Deadline
15 February 2013: Confirmation of Abstract Acceptance/Rejection
31 March 2013:  Early Bird Registration Deadline
12-15 June 2013: Onsite Registration at ISSA 2013 Congress

COURSE: 14th 'Sport, Commerce & Culture in the Global Marketplace' Study Abroad Program

The University of Maryland, in conjunction with the University of Memphis, is once again offering the 'Sport, Commerce & Culture in the Global Marketplace' Study Abroad program in London, England. We will be in England July 7-2, 2013. This will be the fourteenth such program that we have led.

The course will be of interest to graduate and undergraduate students interested in international sport business, sport management, globalization, sociology of sport, culture, and the general production and consumption of sport. In addition to formal academic lectures and readings the course features lectures from and discussions with industry executives, and 'behind the scenes' tours of the organizations that we visit. The organizations that we plan to visit this year include the FA Premier League, Octagon, Visa, BSkyB television company, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the Rugby Football Union, British Olympic Association, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club, and Lord's Cricket Ground. In addition to the program in London, there will be pre- and post-travel activities that will be conducted on-line. Once again, the program is being run jointly with the University of Memphis.  Along with myself, Michael Silk (University of Bath) and John Amis (University of Memphis) and will again be co-leading the course.

Students can earn 3 academic credits (1 course) for participating in the program.

A major reason for the success of the program in previous years has been the diversity of students that have participated from different universities across North America. These have included Arkansas State University, Clemson University, University of Denver, George Washington University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, Laurentian University, Louisiana State University, University of Michigan, Middle Tennessee State University, Mount Union College, North Carolina State University, University of Northern Colorado, Purdue University, Quinnipiac University, Rice University, University of San Francisco, University of Tennessee, University of Toronto, Towson University, and University of Windsor.

I am hoping that you would be willing to publicize the program among students that might be interested at your institution. Please have anybody that would like more information contact me directly (

Best wishes,


David L.  Andrews, Ph.D., Professor
Physical Cultural Studies Program
Department of Kinesiology
University of Maryland School of Public Health

EVENT: The Critical Bicycling Studies Tour de California

Bicicultures Roadshow: The Critical Bicycling Studies Tour de California
Call for Participants
April 16-17, 2013 in Davis, California

What is it?The Bicicultures Roadshow will be a time for activists and researchers to talk, ride, eat, and play as we discuss and experience bicycling cultures. At this two-day conference, we will grapple with the shifting role of bicycle research and activism as it crosses lines between policy, recreation, and radical organizing. The event will take place in Davis, a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community, home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, and site of the first bike lanes in the U.S. This event is made possible through support from the University of California Transportation Center.
Why Bicicultures?“Bicicultures” refers to the multiple social worlds of bicycling that co-exist, but may not overlap, in shared spaces. Rather than taking bicycling as a unitary object of analysis, we seek to investigate the construction of diverse meanings around the practice of cycling across time and space.
What will happen at the event?Rather than following a traditional conference format of breakout sessions and individual papers, this event will emphasize ongoing discussion among all participants. Events may include keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, interactive panel presentations, workshops, field trips, and bicycle rides. We anticipate vibrant discussions about how diverse communities are using and thinking about bicycling as a tool to maintain and reinvent their worlds. Specific topics and formats will be formulated based on participant interest. We anticipate conversations around topics such as race, gender, class, ability, gentrification, activism, public space, embodiment, technology, design, recreation and sport, sustainability, mobilities, and more.
How can I participate?We encourage participation from researchers and activists working in urban and transportation bicycling and in sport and recreational cycling, as well as those concerned with bicycling's social and cultural life. To participate, please submit a short piece (~500 words) explaining your interest in bicycling cultures, and what research, project, experience, or knowledge you would like to share at this event. Depending on your inclination, this may take the form of a research abstract, description of activist work, questions for discussion, workshop ideas, etc. Include your name, affiliation (if appropriate), and contact information. Group submissions welcome. Participation may be limited, so please submit by February 10th for full consideration. Submissions and inquiries can be sent to Sarah Rebolloso McCullough at and Adonia Lugo at
What makes it a roadshow? Prior to the Davis event, we will also participate in a field investigation of Los Angeles' bicycling worlds in tandem with the Association of American Geographers conference (April 9-14th). This event will include organized rides and a roundtable discussion about the history and future of the LA bike movement. Participants in the Davis event are welcome, though not expected, to participate in LA events. Those who are able to attend all events will enjoy vibrant conversations with people dedicated to the study and practice of bicycling from a multitude of perspectives—from sanctioned bicycle events to autonomous actions, from bicycling street fair to bike repair garages, from cities to countryside. Participants are encouraged to attend as much or as little of the Roadshow as desired, all nine days or just an afternoon. Contact the organizers for more information about the LA components.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

CFP: Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum

Call for Proposals -- Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum 
Dates: March 29 - 30, 2013Location: Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, KentuckyWebsite:
We are very pleased to announce the Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum to advance education, advocacy and research on the role and contribution of athletes toward and within social change, human rights and development. What does it mean for athletes to engage in social change, philanthropy and work within the community? The Forum aims to examine and provide diverse perspectives in the intersection of athletes and social change.
This Forum will focus on the following considerations:
1. The roles and responsibilities athletes have beyond the playing field.2. The ways athletes can serve as educators and advocates to address social problems within and outside of sports. 3. How the global sporting community encourages or discourages athletes working in the realm of social change.4. The roles educational institutions play in providing grounding for athletes to make the connections between athletics, academics and the community.
We would like to invite your abstract contribution for the Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum. Abstracts can be research or practitioner, should be no longer than 250 words, and are due February 8th, 2013.  The registration fee for the conference is $50.
We are very much hoping to receive a variety of national and international perspectives. Please share this with colleagues you may know who may be interested and also let us know if you have any suggested contributors we should contact. We will look forward to hearing from you.
Kindest regards, 
Marcel ParentMuhammad Ali Center

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

CONFERENCE: 11th Annual Donald Macintosh Memorial Lecture and Sociology of Sport


Saturday 19 January 2013, Queen's University,
Kingston, Ontario
9 am to 4:30 pm

The School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University would like to invite all those interested in socio-cultural studies of sport to a day conference that will be held in the memory of our colleague Dr. Don Macintosh. The conference will be held at Queen's University in Kingston on Saturday 19 January 2013, from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Registration will be available at the door. The suggested fees are $30 for faculty and $15 for students (no one will be turned away for an inability to cover the fee).

The conference program (see below) will consist of graduate student presentations, a catered lunch, and the annual Donald Macintosh Memorial Lecture, which will be given this year by Dr. Cathy van Ingen, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Brock University. Dr. van Ingen’s research utilizes various theories and methods including those drawn from cultural studies, cultural geography, and poststructuralist and feminist theories of the body. She is one of the founders of the Shape Your Life boxing program for female and trans survivors of violence in Toronto.

Dr. van Ingen has written the first biographical work on Hall of Fame boxer, “Dixie Kid” Aaron Brown, in Aycock & Scott’s (eds.) (2011) The First Black Boxing Champions: Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s. She also has written articles on women’s boxing published in The Sociology of Sport Journal, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, Feminist Media Studies and a forthcoming article in the Journal of Sport History called “Seeing What Frames Our Seeing”: Seeking Histories on Early Black Female Boxers. Dr. van Ingen will speak on "Ruptures, right hooks, and ring work: A methodology of ‘getting lost’ working with survivors of violence."

Dr. van Ingen's lecture is free and all are welcome to attend. It will be held in room 203 in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies building (28 Division St.), Queen's University at 11:15am. Free parking is available in the above-ground lot just next to the building.

If you would like further information about the conference please contact Robbie Millington,

Conference Program:

11th Annual Macintosh Conference, 19 January 2013
9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:20 Welcome and Introductions
9:30 A Critical Examination into the Lived Experiences of Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Players
                Vicky Grygar, Brock University
10:00 Pre-Service High School Physical Educators and Inclusion: An Arts-Based Exploratory Study
                  Derrick Tu, York University
10:30 Sport Behind Bars: Exploring the Social Role of Sport and Physical Activity in Canada’s Federal Prisons
                  Mark Norman, University of Toronto
11:00 Break
11:15 Macintosh Memorial Lecture by Dr. Cathy van Ingen, Brock University
                  Ruptures, Right Hooks, and Ring Work: A Methodology of “Getting Lost” Working with Survivors of Violence
12:15 Catered Lunch
1:00 Community and Hockey Reimagined
                  Sarah Barnes, Queen’s University
1:30 Gender Construction of Today’s Canadian Cowgirl
                  Desirea Weninger, University of Ottawa
2:00 “A Fast-Moving Game with Lots of Intensity” or “A Demeaning, Pathetic Spectacle”?: Newspaper Coverage of the Lingerie Football League Canada
                  Katrina Krawec, University of Windsor
2:30 Break
2:45 Playing on the Edge: Racialized Male Youth and Sports in Toronto’s Rexdale Community
                  Dan Girdler, Brock University
3:15 Canadian Discourse on Blacks’ Participation in Aquatics
                  Ornella Nzindukiyimana, University of Ottawa
3:45 Exploring the Promoting Life-Skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) Program: What Makes the Youth Leadership Component Successful for Aboriginal Communities?
                  Jared Kope, University of Ottawa
4:15 Retire to local pub