Friday, January 24, 2014

CFP: The 3rd Annual Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium

Sports Studies Symposium 2014
Call for Abstracts
The 3rd Annual Rockford University Sports Studies Symposium

Date: April 25, 2014

Rockford University
5050 E. State. St.
Rockford, IL 61108

The focus of this year’s symposium is “Defining Sport.” How should scholars of sport approaching defining sport? Is there a consistent definition or approach to defining sport? Is there a difference between defining a sport, the sport, sport, or sports?

We invite cross-disciplinary papers on the different discussions surrounding the term “sport” and its many iterations. We seek to explore how the concept itself, broadly construed, is being employed, understood, challenged, and used in the many different disciplines that study sport. Papers focusing on related concepts, like competition, games, or play, are welcomed as well.

There will be multiple panels. The focus of each panel will depend, in part, on the accepted abstracts. Each presenter will have 20 minutes for his or her presentation. There will also be time for Q&A.

Abstract Submission:
Abstract should be 300-500 words. Send via email (as PDF) to

Deadline: 1/24/2014 (and rolling after that date)
Notification of Acceptance: 2/7/2014

If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Klein: or Michael Perry:

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