Sunday, March 24, 2013

CFP: International Network of Humanistic Doping Research

Second Call for Papers
The INHDR is accepting abstract submissions until April 11, 2013 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 11 April, 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. Andrea Petroczi Kingston University, UK
  • 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

Friday, March 22, 2013

CONFERENCE: Bodies of Knowledge

Bodies of Knowledge Conference
May 2 & 3, 2013
Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
University of Toronto

Bodies of Knowledge is a conference run by and for graduate students, it covers inter- and multi-disciplinary body issues in sport and physical activity. Fellow graduate students and researchers interested in biomechanics, cultural studies, education and curriculum studies, exercise physiology, history, kinesiology, medicine/nursing, motor control, nutrition, physiology, public health, sexual diversity studies, sociology, somatic studies and women, and gender studies, as well as many others, are invited to submit abstracts for conference presentation. The conference is a warm, supportive environment to present in. It is typically attended by grad students from across the disciplinary spectrum from across Ontario. Presentations can be review papers, published papers, thesis proposals, dissertations, or works in progress.

This is a great opportunity for graduate students to get together and share thoughts, so please come and join us! For registration information, please refer to our conference website at

Thursday, March 21, 2013

CFP: The Sociology of Animals in Sport - SSJ

Call for Papers
The Sociology of Animals in Sport—Special Issue of Sociology of Sport Journal 
Guest Editor: Kevin Young

The sociology of sport has much to be proud of when it comes to playing a leading role in public knowledge about a broad panorama of social issues, including social issues that are sensitive, controversial and/or socially urgent and impacting. The role that animals occupy in the “sporting” cultures of the world represents one glaring exception. While this role has not been fully ignored, and while some research is available, surprisingly little of it is sociological. Almost all of the extant work on animals involved in human play, sport, leisure or entertainment comes from other disciplines, a fact that does not reflect flatteringly on our own discipline. As Arnold Arluke observed in the Editor‟s introduction to the first edition of the groundbreaking (but not sociological) journal Society and Animals almost twenty years ago, “It is ironic that so little research interest has been paid to studying the human experience of them when animals occupy such a commanding presence in our society … as concerns mount and consciousness changes … over the proper use of animals, the findings of researchers will be absolutely crucial to make what is often an emotionally charged and highly polarized debate more reasoned and informed.” In sociological circles at least, and certainly in the sociology of sport, little progress has been made. It is clear that we live in a time of growing sensitivities to how we „engage‟ animals in/as physical culture—as companions, as “game”, as food, as “athletes” to observe, support and bet on, and as sources of mass entertainment. At the center of this debate is the thorny question of how humans should treat their animal companions, and whether the techniques of neutralization that have conventionally been used to rationalize risk, pain, death, or consumption and entertainment of various kinds are as compelling as they once were in a dynamic contemporary culture apparently increasingly concerned with the use, and abuse, of animals. But the mistreatment of animals is merely one (albeit important) dimension of the humans-animals-sport nexus. Therefore, the substantive focus of papers for this special issue on animals in sport may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • How the use of animals in sport interfaces with culture, social class, religion and/or other social stratifiers;
  • Ethical dimensions of using animals for popular entertainment;
  • Definitional/conceptual ways of thinking about animals in physical and sport-related cultures;
  • Breeding, training and performance practices;
  • The role of the authorities, policy and law in animal sports cultures;
  • Sporting animals and social change;
  • Sport subcultures which feature and/or depend on animal “competitors”; and,
  • Animals, medicalization and experimentation.

Papers, from all international settings where animals feature in sport and leisure pursuits, are solicited. Authors should follow the “Submission Guidelines for Authors” used in every issue of Sociology of Sport
Journal found at The paper should be roughly 8,000 words including endnotes and reference list. Submit original manuscripts online to:

Please address questions to Dr. Kevin Young (
Due date for papers: June 30, 2013

The due date for papers has been extended to August 31st (Update: July 16th)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

CFP: Play the Game 2013

Call for Papers: Play the Game 2013
- Stepping up for democracy in sport 

Helnan Marselis Hotel, Aarhus, Denmark
28-31 October 2013

Today, more than ever before, the world looks with great concern at sport and its organisations. Cases of corruption, match-fixing, doping and other unethical practices are accumulating, putting sport’s credibility under pressure.

Time is up for all stakeholders in sport to engage in open and unrestricted debates, so we can continuously develop the debate about sport and help identify solutions to the challenges that threaten it.

As an academic, journalist or sports practitioner, your participation is vital:

Academics can play a key role by bringing comprehensive data, scientific methods and analytical skills into the process.

Journalists have a special responsibility, partly because the media are an integral part of the sporting environment, and partly because the media have a strong influence on which issues are raised in public and which that are not.

Sports practitioners must balance a series of demands: Not only are they expected to provide economic growth, and increase membership and audiences, they must also guarantee ethical governance, strict anti-doping measures and social responsibility.

We invite you to share your expertise and experience with leading stakeholders by submitting an abstract/storyline with relevance to one of these main themes:

•  Match-fixing: Fair game for gangsters?
•  Sports reforms: Fact or phantom?
•  The anti-doping dilemma: Saving sport, sacrificing athletes?
•  Recreational sport: A lost cause for sports organisations?
•  Sports facilities: Who are we building for?
•  From Russia to Rio: Power games or people’s games?
•  Open forum

Selected speakers will be given a minimum 15 minute timeslot to present their papers orally in parallel sessions and some may be chosen to present in plenary sessions.

Open Forum
An Open Forum is also available to speakers:

•  who address issues not covered by the main themes
•  whose abstracts are not accepted in the peer review process
•  who offer interventions/investigations of a more personal character
•  who submit last-minute registrations

In the Open Forum, speakers are given a seven minute timeslot to present their main points.

Deadline for abstract/storyline submission is Wednesday 15 May 2013.

Abstracts/storylines will be peer reviewed by leading academics, journalists and managers from the 2013 conference Programme Committee.

Submit your abstract/storyline
The submission system is managed by Ektimo I/S (Manuscript Manager).

Please click here to submit your abstract/storyline

Notifications on approval of abstracts will be sent by e-mail no later than 1 July 2013.

Please note that the registration price for abstract submitters will be calculated as of the day of the abstract submission.

More on conference prices

International launch of research projects
If you are preparing a major research project or a campaign, why not use Play the Game 2013 to launch your project internationally?

Play the Game expects the participation of more than 100 journalists representing media across the globe and is an ideal platform for reaching a worldwide audience and building lasting working relations.

Please contact Play the Game’s international director Jens Sejer Andersen ( to discuss how coordinated action can be taken.

We thank you in advance for any help in distributing this message to friends, colleagues and others who share the goals of Play the Game: To promote democracy, transparency and freedom of expression in world sport.

Please contact Analyst Lau Tofft-Jørgensen, Danish Institute for Sport Studies/Play the Game by e-mail: or phone: +45 51 90 61 05

Sign up for Play the Game 2013 and join the unique debate on international sports politics

Registration is now open and Play the Game invites all interested stakeholders to sign up for the eighth world communication conference on sport and society, Play the Game 2013.

More than 300 international stakeholders in world sport are expected to join this unique forum for independent thinking and dialogue on sport and to debate current and essential issues in world sport.

Read more about how you sign up

JOB: Assistant Professor in Sport and Recreation Management/ Leisure Studies - Univ. of Regina


Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Sport and Recreation Management/ Leisure Studies
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Appointment Date: July 1, 2013

Ph.D. or equivalent. A doctoral degree candidate who is close to completion will be considered. Excellence in research and teaching is required, as is the potential to contribute to University and community service. A collaborative approach to research and teaching is strongly desired.

The primary responsibility of our future colleague will be to facilitate academic leadership in the area of Sport and Recreation Management/ Leisure Studies and complement current faculty in the area. Expertise in community sport and recreation is desired, particularly looking at community development using recreation and sport, including applications to marginalized populations. The ability to contribute to teaching in both majors (Sport and Recreation Management; Therapeutic Recreation) within the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Studies would be an asset, as would the holding of the CTRS credential. Duties will include undergraduate and graduate teaching; supervision of students in the Kinesiology and Health Studies graduate program (M.Sc. and Ph.D.); conducting a major program of research; and academic/community service responsibilities. The University of Regina is committed to community engagement and we would welcome applications from scholars who engage in community-based action research.
The Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies is a young and dynamic member of the university community with administrative responsibility for both academic and co-curricular programs. The Faculty is located in the $32 million Centre for Kinesiology, Health, and Sport, which opened in September 2004. The Centre has outstanding laboratory and research facilities and also houses the Aspen Medical Centre and the Dr. Paul Schwann Applied Health and Research Centre. The University of Regina is a comprehensive institution that emphasizes excellence in teaching, research, and service. For more details about the university, visit our web site at The City of Regina is the seat of the Provincial Government and is an oasis on the Prairies, renowned for the spectacular Wascana Park, the largest urban park in North America, and for its’ vibrant arts, culture, and recreation scene. The Province of Saskatchewan is currently an economic leader in Canada, enjoying unprecedented financial growth.
Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2013 or until a suitable candidate is identified. 
Submissions must include: a letter of application with statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, and the names and contact information for three referees. We thank everyone for their interest; however, only short listed candidates who will be invited for an interview will be contacted. Application materials should be submitted online at: If you have any questions about this academic position please contact:
Dr. Craig J. Chamberlin, Dean
Tel: (306) 585-4535
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Regina is committed to achieving a representative workforce and qualified diversity group members are encouraged to self identify on their applications.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

JOB: Sport Management Media - Univ. of Michigan

Sport Management – Media / Communications, Tenure-Track Position 
University of Michigan 

How to Apply 
Interested candidates must supply curriculum vitae, a letter of interest, up to three examples of scholarship, and three reference names in PDF format. The reference letters need not be sent at this time. Please send to Marsha Lewis (
Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with a desired start in Fall 2013. For best consideration, candidates should apply immediately and before Friday April 19, 2013. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. For questions about the position, please contact Search Committee Chair: Kathy Babiak (

Job Summary 
The Sport Management Program at the University of Michigan invites applications and nominations for an Assistant Professor level tenure-track position. Candidates will be expected to maintain an active research agenda, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and have research methods and statistical expertise appropriate for the effective mentoring of student research at the master's and doctoral levels. Successful candidates will be expected to pursue extramural funding to support their research at the University of Michigan.
The Sport Management Program prides itself on research productivity and teaching excellence. The Program maintains collaborative relationships with other academic units across the University of Michigan and strives to expand the research and collaborative relationships it maintains with major professional teams, sports leagues, national and international regulatory sport organizations, media networks and organizations, and other leading corporations and organizations that define the state and future of the sport industry.

For more information on the Sport Management Program, please see

Sport Management is one of four programs within the School of Kinesiology. The School of Kinesiology
( is one of 19 degree granting academic units on the University of Michigan campus with 32 tenureline faculty and over 800 students. Undergraduate majors include Sport Management, Athletic Training, Movement Science, and Physical Education.

Desired Qualifications 
We will consider candidates whose teaching and research interests are focused in the area of media / communications (including - strategic communications, broadcasting (radio, television), print media, media culture, media production and analysis, media literacy and consumption, digital platforms ('new' - social media, computer mediated communication, mobile communications), global media industries, media and social movements, and / or the business and regulation of media). Preference will be given to candidates whose research and theoretical interests are interdisciplinary as issues in media and communications span political, sociological, psychological, legal, policy, cultural, economic, and / or managerial disciplines.
Beginning Assistant Professor candidates should have a record of publication and more advanced candidates should have outstanding publication records in leading journals in sport management, communications, media, and business.
Candidates must possess an earned doctorate in a related field before employment.

U-M EEO/AA Statement 
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are strongly urged to apply.

JOB: Assistant Professor Sport Management Univ. of West Georgia

University of West Georgia

The Department of Leadership and Instruction seeks qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Professor of Sport Management. The College of Education at the University of West Georgia is doctoral granting and NCATE accredited, and a recognized leader in preparing exemplary practitioners for a variety of roles. The College offers technological support, mentoring for new faculty, assistance seeking research funding, and opportunities to work with graduate students at all levels. The University of West Georgia, one of Georgia’s four robust-tier universities, is a rapidly growing institution located approximately 50 minutes west of Atlanta. Our 645-acre campus offers modern, state-of-the-art facilities complemented by beautiful green spaces. It ranks as one of the Southeast’s best public regional comprehensive universities.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in Sport Management or related field from a regionally 
  • accredited institution by August 1, 2013 
  • Ability to teach undergraduate courses in Sport 
  • Management in both face-to-face and online environments 
  • Established or developing research agenda
  • Established or developing record of service

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with higher education teaching experience, practical experience in the sport industry, demonstrated an innovative approach to program development and delivery.  Candidates who demonstrate the ability to deliver contemporary, online classroom experiences are perferred.  The ability to collaborate on doctoral dissertation committee work across the College of Education is desirable.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and will continue until position is filled. Electronically submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and complete contact information for three professional references to:

Dr. Leigh Ann Bussell, Search Committee Chair

Candidates recommended for the position will be required to submit official transcripts, three original letters of recommendation, and completion of a background check.
This is a nine month appointment, and start date for the position is August 1, 2013, pending availability of funding. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The University of West Georgia is committed to diversity.

CFP: Sport and Higher Education

The University of the West Indies
Sport and Physical Education Centre
In collaboration with First Citizens Sports Foundation


June 25-28, 2013

Globally, the last 25 years has witnessed a tremendous upsurge in the study of sport and its institutionalization as part of the system of higher education. This upsurge has been attributed to several major processes that include commercialization, professionalization, scientization and globalization which have been combined with the increasing use of sport as an element of public policy to deal with problems relating to health, violence, crime and social inclusion. While the pace and extent of these changes have varied across the world, within the Commonwealth Caribbean several degree, diploma and certificate programmes in the fields of sport management, coaching, sport medicine and sport tourism have been established at tertiary level education institutions over the last 15 years. Despite these developments, there remains a significant void with respect to a body of Caribbean oriented sport research and scholarship which connects to both the development of sport and the use of sport for development. In order to help fill this void as well as rationalize existing local initiatives in higher education, the University of the West Indies in collaboration with the First Citizens Sports Foundation will host its first conference on Sport and Higher Education on June 25-28 2013. We hereby invite the submission of abstracts for consideration for presentation at this conference. Papers should be substantive and may be either qualitative or quantitative or both and should focus on one of the following areas:
 The Sociology of Sport
 Academic Sport Programmes in the Caribbean
 Sport Management (funding, marketing, sponsorship, sport law, facility management)
 Sport Tourism
 Sport policy (elite vs. mass sport, formulation, implementation, evaluation)
 Governance in sport
 Sport and Gender
 Sport for development
 Sport Psychology
 Sport Science (injury, nutrition, physiotherapy, sports medicine, biomechanics)
 Student-athletes
 Coaching
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to Ms. Nikisha Pierre at by March 31, 2013. Submissions should include the author’s name/s, affiliated institution and contact details. Authors will receive notification of acceptance by April 15, 2013.

PHD STUDENTSHIPS: University of Brighton (UK)

Power to the Girls: A Critical Feminist Examination of Strategies to Empower Girls and Young Women through Sport for Development Programmes
Based in the Faculty of Education and Sport, University of Brighton
Supervisors: Professor John Sugden, Dr Jayne Caudwell and Dr Megan Chawansky
Application deadline is 4pm, 11th April 2013

LIST: Sport films

This list of sport films was organized by Kyle Green (University of Minnesota) based on contributions of NASSS' members. We would like to thank Kyle and everyone who has contributed with suggestions.

Sport Films


Friday Night Lights

North Dallas Forty


Eight Men Out

The Fighter


Sugar - in my immigration class, though it is also a good film to use in a sport class. You can
use this to talk about sports migrants, race, and ethnicity

The Blind Side - The downside is that most students have seen it before but it worked well to
talk about the influences of race, class, and gender on sporting participation.

Bingo Long Traveling All Stars and Motor Kings

varsity blues

coach carter

hurricane season

Bend it Like Beckham

chariots of fire - discuss sport and early 20th century nationalism

The Black Power Salute - documentary on the Mexico City Olympics. It's available on Youtube.

prime time dramas such as episodes of Cold Case (CBS), Law & Order: SVU, and am even
using an episode of the Bernie Mac Show next week


Go Tigers!

A State of Mind

Jump! (Awesome jumprope documentary)

Rocks with Wings (2002) (dir: Rick Derby)

100% Woman: the Michelle Dumaresq Story (2004)

Golden Gloves (or the Real Million Dollar Babies) (2007)

A League of Their Own (the documentary film) (1993)

Training Rules (2009) - for the section on Gender and Sports. It's available on Hulu, I believe.
It concerns the scandal around former Penn State Women's Basketball Coach, Rene Portland.

When We Were Kings (1996)

Playing Unfair (2002)

Chasing October

Football Under Cover

Pink Ribbons - Samantha King

A Hero for Daisy (1999) - a documentary about Title IX and rowing

Training Rules - about the anti-lesbian policies of Rene Portland at Penn State--definitely
important for a sport and society class.

The PBS series "American Experience" has an episode on Jesse Owens that I have wanted to
watch--you can screen it online.

Ahead of the Majority – about Patsy Mink - covers her political career and has a section on
her involvement in the politics of Title IX. It was made about 3 years ago and I have used the
section on T9 for a lecture on the topic in the past

Bigger, Stronger, Faster (2008) - examples of hegemonic masculinity and how the media
influences males' self-images (not just females, as is so commonly discussed).

Hoop Dreams - I highly recommend the chapter by C.L. Cole and Samantha King, “The New
Politics of Urban Consumption: Hoop Dreams, Clockers, and America,” in Ralph C. Wilcox, ed.,
Sporting Dystopias: The Making and Meaning of Urban Sport Cultures, pp. 14, 221-246.

Viva Baseball

Unforgivable Blackness

“Two Days In April” – it’s about 90 minutes long so I use it as an outside of class viewing
(documentary following 4 college football players as they try to make it to the NFL from just
before the the Senior Bowl through the draft) – it is available on YouTube in two parts so is
easily accessible for all students. It fits well with sport and social class and discussions of the
slim chances of making it to the pros.

In Whose Honor

Not Just A Game (2010) - by Dave Zirin - provides a sociological analysis of how sport
influences our society particularly the parallels between the institution of sport and the military.

Pursuing the Perfect 10 - This was a CNN documentary that is available on YouTube in several
parts. I used it as a review after lessons on youth sports and deviance in sports (specifically to
discuss overconformity)

An Enforcer's Story - This is a documentary style video available in conjunction with a piece that
ran in the NY Times about Derek Boogaard's death. The link to the story is below, and you can
click on the video. I used this to talk about violence in sports and my students told me that they
really enjoyed it.
brawl.html )

Murderball - Usually none of the students have seen it and they really like it. In fact I just
showed it yesterday and the students couldn’t stop talking about it.
Use the ‘reading sport’ method to critically analyze the documentary Murder Ball. Be sure to
do a complete analysis, including: manifest and latent meanings, ideologies (e.g. disability,
masculinity, femininity, patriotism, family, etc.), particular context (e.g. social, political, historical,
etc.), and use of technology to tell a story (e.g. camera, recording, audio, etc.). Your analysis
should be organized by theme (I’d suggest either by manifest and latent meanings or by

Junior – very raw documentary that follows a Canadian Hockey League team from the Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League called Baie-Comeau Drakker - What this film does is offer some
insight into how players dedicate their life in chasing what is quite literally...a dream.

Head Games - related to concussion and sport. I've also heard good things about but haven't
yet watched it.

More Than a Game - A good movie on the influence of commercialization of high school
and amateur sports. Documents the early career of the heralded LeBron James' high school

Race: The Power of Illusion (2003). There are three parts. I would show episode 1 in a Sport
and Society type of class (it focuses on the science of 'race') and I show episode 2 in my sport
history class (it focuses on how race developed as an ideology historically). I haven't had an
opportunity to show episode 3 as much, but it focuses on the lasting economic impact of the
ideology of race — particularly in where we live and the value of housing.

FIT: Episodes in the History of he Body (1991). This focuses on the history of the how we
understand a 'fit' body, including analysis related to race, social class, gender, disability and

The Journey of the African American Athlete" (Parts 1 and 2)

Blood on the Flat Track – documentary on the rat city roller girls

Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team

Joe Louis – America’s Hero Betrayed

Two Days In April - follows four NFL prospects through the process of preparing for and
participating in the 2006 NFL Draft

4th and Goal – Tale of six men trying to make it to the NFL

Undefeated - Oscar-winning 2011 documentary directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin. The
film documents the struggles of a high school football team, the Manassas Tigers of Memphis,
as they attempt a winning season after years of losses.

Born and Bred – documentary following young latino boxers in LA

The Morgan Lacrosse Story (pbs) - This film tells the story of the nation's first and only college
lacrosse team at a historically black institution.

Gridiron & Steel – Western Pennsylvania and football

On the Shoulders of Giants – Story of the Harlem Rens

Bra Boys (2007): A movie about a particularly hyper-masculine group of male surfers (the
Bra Boys) in Sydney, Australia. A good example of a fratriarchal sporting group, and all the
problematic aspects associated with such groupings. I often use alongside the critique from
Clifton Evers in the Sydney Morning Herald:

Dogtown and Z Boys (2001): The development of skateboarding in Southern California, great
for revealing subcultural dynamics.

First Descent (2005): A history of snowboarding and insight into the gender and age dynamics
within core action sport groups.

This Ain't California (2012): In German with English subtitles, but offers a fascinating
perspective on the development of skateboarding (and youth counter cultures) in East Berlin
during the 1980s. Very raw with nudity and drugs, so students may need to be warned in

STRONG! - an awesome new documentary on Cheryl Hayworth, Olympic weightlifter. It deals
well with questions of athleticism, gender, and normativity.

Offside (2006) - from Iran. Interesting to look at cross-cultural understandings and expressions
of gender. It looks at how gender is used to define spaces of sport: specifically the soccer
stadium. Note that it has some swear words...and is subtitled.

The Canadian Broadcast Corporation has put out many documentaries in their "Fifth Estate"

Fearless (2012) - about Sarah Burke, top athletes who risk their life for high performance sport

The Legacy of Brendan Burke (2010) - about Brendan Burke, homosexuality, hockey.

The Code (2010) - about hockey's unwritten law of fighting and the men who live by it.

Head Games (2008) - about head injuries in professional football.

The Rise and Fall of Theo Flury - (Part 1, 2008) (Part 2, 2010), about sexual abuse,
homosexuality, masculinity in Junior A hockey (and professional hockey)

The Other Final - Made by two Dutch filmmakers who were dismayed that the Dutch national
team did not make the 2002 World Cup, they arranged to have the then two bottom-ranked (by
FIFA), Bhutan and Montserrat, to play a match.

A State of Mind - documentary on mass games in N. Korea. Good film, students often mention
this one as a favorite.

Sumo East and West - a little dated, but still useful. I've found this one good for getting
students talking about the idea of traditions in sport, and how they can be mobilized for various
The Game of Their Lives (2002) - not the disney movie of same title--the one by Daniel Gordon
on the N. Korean 1966 World Cup Team.

Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball - On high school teams competing in Japan's famous
national "Koshien" tournament. I like to pair this with parts of Go Tigers! (Massillon, OH football).
There's an earlier documentary on this as well, but the title escapes me. This one was on POV,
so there's a nice website connected to the film.

Tokyo Olympiad parts - (it's too long), great for considering how Japan sought to represent itself
during the 1964 Games.

A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler (2009)

Gaea Girls (2000) - on female wrestlers in Japan.

The Forbidden Team (2003?) - on the Tibetan soccer team. I've never been able to get a copy
of this, though it seems that parts of it are online now. Part of the other problem is that there's
not a lot of English language scholarship on Tibetan sports, so this would have to largely stand

Brighton Bandits (2007) -- first ever in-depth documentary about a gay soccer team

Justin (2008) -- about gay footballer Justin Fashanu and a campaign against homophobia

Algorithm (2012) -- gorgeous film about blind chess players in India

River of Life – a non-fiction doc about the breast cancer survivor voyageur canoe team
"Paddlers Abreast" competing in the Yukon River Quest wilderness canoe race - 740 kms/460
miles in three days.Available for purchase (about $20 or so) through the NFB of Canada and
free here:

30 for 30

I would encourage you to order the ESPN "30 for 30" series as well as HBO's "Real Sports"
series, which has several insightful documentaries.

The Two Escobars – lots of recommendations

Winning Time

Ghosts of Mississippi

Pony Excess - This is an ESPN 30 for 30 that covers the rise and fall of SMU football. I liked
it because it covers the intersection of commercialism, business, education and politics. The
students also really liked this one. It's available on youtube or on DVD.

Also, you might consider the movie series that is coming up on ESPN this summer. Here is the
list of documentaries:

Role Tide War Eagle – ESPN documentary (Auburn Alabama rivalry)

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson


Fab Five

Other Lists

I personally like It is a lacuna of documentary-style films that can
be used in the classroom. It does not always have films related to sport, but is definitely worth
using to talk about wider social issues: globalisation, consumerism, community, media, empire,
health... etc

good old wikipedia:

A broad list of sports movies:

Thursday, March 14, 2013

CFP: Alternative Criminal Rehabilitation: Arts & Physical Engagement

Call For Abstracts for an Edited Collection

Working Title: Alternative Criminal Rehabilitation: Arts & Physical Engagement
Dr. Wesley Crichlow (Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology) & Dr. Janelle Joseph (Faculty of Education, University of Ontario Institute of Technology)

There is a crisis in the criminal justice system in North America. The recent Toronto Star Newspaper article “Unequal justice: Aboriginal and Black inmates disproportionately fill Ontario jails” (2013/03/01) highlights which youth are at the centre of the crisis. The work of Michelle Alexander on Black male imprisonment in her text The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” (2010) and the McMurty and Curling 2008 report The Roots of Youth Violence clearly explain that the current practices and policies of the criminal justice system, which focus almost exclusively on punishment, are racialized and are not only failing but also have become expensive. Alternative rehabilitation and early intervention strategies are long overdue and fundamentally necessary to reduce recidivism, especially in generating healthy individuals and safe communities. Studies on “Alternatives to Incarceration Programs” have demonstrated that these programs generate prosocial attitudes; improve mental, physical and spiritual health; and play an integral role in dispute resolution.

Our proposed Book “Alternative Criminal Rehabilitation: Arts & Physical Engagement” will bring together multiple perspectives on alternative rehabilitation as a contested and contestable space, and in doing so, highlight the complex interplay of social, creative, technical, economic and political factors that construct the landscape of alternative criminal rehabilitation today. This book will focus its attentions on the North American context and highlight the critical importance of arts, physical activity, and achievement for at-risk youth. We will detail how social media and digital technologies are essential for program development, sharing and evaluation.

We encourage abstracts that analyze multiple dimensions of (in)justice within criminal justice, therapeutic, and educational contexts within frameworks that recognize the salience of social identities, including but not limited to class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and ability. Anchored in empirical evidence, this book will provide case studies of innovative and influential rehabilitative  interventions – from dance therapy, to music therapy, to mental health treatment through physical cultures. This comprehensive text will bring together a selection of internationally-recognised scholars to provide an overview for students and practitioners working in or concerned with Youth Alterative Criminal Rehabilitation models and best practices around the globe.

This call is seeking abstract submissions for chapters from any disciplinary area related to the themes of this book.  Possible chapter topics include (but are not limited to) criminal rehabilitation and:
•  Sport, dance, arts engagement, and art therapy programs
•  Physical activity community interventions
•  Arts therapies or interventions and achievement in at-risk youth
•  Clinical art/movement therapies
•  Specific populations (e.g. Black and racialized youth, mentally ill, women, Indigenous peoples)
•  Grassroots resistance
•  Program evaluation
•  Virtual/gaming intervention projects & supervision
•  Gamification
•  The role of the state/private interests
•  Changing paradigms of education/therapy
•  Urban education, physical education, and gang prevention
•  Issues of transnational information flows related to criminal (in)justice
•  Issues of informed consent and research with at-risk populations
•  Pre-trial diversion programs
•  Ethno-culturally specific interventions & programming
• Government housing-to-prison pipeline
•  School-to-prison pipeline

Please send a title, 300-word (max) chapter proposal, a 100-word bio, and references for two recent publications to and by September 30 for consideration by Routledge Press. Complete chapters of 5000-6000 words will be due Dec 31, 2013. Please contact the editors with any questions.

Friday, March 08, 2013

CFP: Surveillance in Sport

Call for Papers. Special Edition of Surveillance and Society on Surveillance in Sport

This special edition of Surveillance and Society interrogates the complex relationships between surveillance and sport, by examining how surveillance is embedded in various methods of sports consumption, integrity management, athlete performance, patron safety and media dissemination practices. This edition seeks contributions that examine the relationship between surveillance and contemporary sport at professional, semi-professional or localised contexts.

Possible areas of examination may include, and are not limited to:
  • Theorising surveillance and sport
  • Historical perspectives on surveillance and sport
  • Surveillance and sports governance (including financial surveillance, surveillance and rule making, surveillance and the law etc.)
  • Surveillance deficits and integrity in contemporary sport
  • Surveillance and the body of the athlete (genetic testing, gender testing, anti-doping etc.)
  • Athletes, celebrity and privacy (intrusive reporting, new media etc.)
  • Political economy of surveillance and sport (sports brands, intellectual property etc.)
  • Surveillance, consumption and sports audiences (venue security and controls, fan violence, ticketing etc.)
  • Surveillance and sports mega-events
  • New/extreme sports and surveillance
  • Sport and self surveillance, sousveillance, anti-surveillance etc.
For further information please contact Dr Ian Warren ( and/or Dr Nils Zurawski ( and see:

CFP: Contested relations – gender, sport and power in the mass media

Call for papers

Contested relations – gender, sport and power in the mass media

For large parts of the population in Western countries media sport is the sport reality which they consume in their everyday lives. However, “media sport” has its own aims and rules, and the media do not and cannot cover the multiple realities on and around sports grounds and gym halls. The media focus on the big games and on male athletes, but omit information on politics and economies, on the organization of sport and on sport for all, e.g. the sporting activities of children and seniors.

The mass media help to shape everyday knowledge about “real sport” and how it should be played. For the media “real sport” is men’s sport, and previous research has convincingly demonstrated that male athletes get more media coverage than sportswomen and that men and women are presented in different ways. Media sport contributes to the perpetuation of the gender hierarchy in sport and beyond. Here, questions about backgrounds and reasons, as well as about consequences, emerge.
In this issue we would like to gather together articles that will take up these questions and provide an in-depth insight into the gendered narratives of sports coverage. The articles could have a focus on alternative gender images, culture and sport, specific femininities and masculinities, techniques of gender constructions or media approaches to the gender difference paradigm. Questions such as the impact of the rising popularity of female athletes, e.g. during the 2012 Olympics, could also be addressed.
In addition, inclusion and exclusion processes as well as interrelations and interdependencies between all the players in and on the field, the athletes, the journalists, the media industry and the consumers must be taken into consideration.
Specific emphasis will be placed on power relations, in particular the power of the media to create images and narratives which contribute to a confirmation or to a change of the gender order in football and beyond. . 
The papers will undergo a peer review process. Authors will be notified in the summer of 2013.
Deadline for articles: 1 May 2013. The issue will be published in early 2014

Guest editors:
Professor Susanna Hedenborg, Malmö University
Professor Gertrud Pfister, Copenhagen University
Send your manuscript to:

JOB: Program Director - University of Houston

University of Houston
Title: Program Director1         Department: Health & Human Performance
Posting Number: 001091       Visit UH Career Site
Job Duties: The Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston is seeking a sport and fitness administration specialist with graduate academic credentials and demonstrable organizational skills for a full time staff position.
Directs an ongoing university program to ensure that prescribed activities are carried out in accordance with its mission and/or specified objectives. Prepares short- and long-term goals and objectives.
Plans, develops and administers methods, strategies and procedures for meeting program objectives; directs and oversees the daily activities of staff members.
Primary Responsibilities: Develop and implement student recruiting strategies designed to attract both undergraduate and graduate students into the department’s Sports and Fitness Administration degree program. Potentially teach graduate and undergraduate courses in sport and fitness administration.
Job Duties: Prepares and monitors the annual budget and ensures that expenditures are within budget allocation.
Directs and coordinates personally, or through subordinate personnel, activities concerned with carrying out the objectives of the program.
Directs the preparation of and reviews reports and records of activities to ensure progress is being accomplished toward specified program objectives; modifies or changes methodology as required to redirect activities and attains objectives.
Analyzes trends within program areas, maintaining expert awareness of program information and change needs.
Formulates, implements, and maintains appropriate policies and procedures concerning program administration.
Manages and administers grant for program, including meetings, communication coordination, scholarships and other operations.
May prepare or participate in the preparation of proposals to obtain grants from state and federal agencies, and private foundation sponsors. Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Visit UH Career Site if you are interested in applying for this position.

Friday, March 01, 2013

CFP: 4th Commonwealth Sports Development Conference

4th Commonwealth Sports Development Conference 
Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 August 2013
The Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland

Sport and Empowering the Youth of the Commonwealth

Youth is the focus for this dynamic, two-day Conference bringing together outstanding speakers, workshops and panel debates.  It will include two key sub-programmes:  

  • Disability Sport and Young People
  • Empowering Girls and Young Women through Sport

The Conference will also input into the development of a Youth Sport Charter that aims to focus the contributions sport stakeholders can make to youth empowerment in the Commonwealth.

Programme Details and Online Booking Now Available:  

If you have any questions about the event, email: or call +44 (0) 1577 865498.