Thursday, March 26, 2015

CFP: Play the Game 2015

Is college sport in urgent need of reform? If yes, where should it start?

This will be one of the main questions raised by Play the Game 2015 when the ninth edition of this world conference invites academics, investigative reporters, business representatives and sports leaders to engage in open, fact-based and constructive debates on themes that are essential to the future of sport.

Play the Game 2015 runs from 25-29 October in Aarhus, Denmark, under the subtitle “Global sport: Reform or revolution?”

We hope to gather a number of leading scholars from NASSS and other academic groups in North America in order to throw light on a various of the challenges connected with college sport:
The apparent injustice of a profitable business model building on amateur athletes, academic fraud, health risks, anti-doping policies, lack of access to recreational sport etcetera.

Play the Game 2015 brings up a number of international topics relevant for North American scholars under the following headlines:

·         The revolt against global events: A perfect storm for sport?
·         Governments vs. fixers: Will the rule of law beat the law of the jungle?
·         Good governance in sport: Setting standards, raising bars
·         A new World Code against doping: Anybody willing to comply?
·         The deadly disease of inactivity: Is the world ready for a cure?
·         Transfers and trafficking: The human cost of broken dreams
·         College sport in the USA: Unprotected amateurs in a billion-dollar business
North American scholars are warmly encouraged to bring their data, experiences and analytical skills into the debates and networking on these vital issues for world sport.
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.
In the Open Forum, speakers are given a seven minute timeslot to present their main points.

Submit your abstract/storyline
The deadline for abstract/storyline submission is Wednesday 13 May 2015. Please use our online submission page here:
Academic abstracts will be peer reviewed by academics only. Notifications on approval of abstracts will be sent by e-mail no later than 1 July 2015.

You can find information about registration and prices at
Please note that the registration price for abstract submitters will be calculated as of the day of the abstract submission, so nobody will miss an early bird discount. Prices start at 550€ for a 4-day conference with full conference participation, all social and cultural activities and most meals included.
More information in our Call for Papers and on Play the Game 2015’s website

International launch of research projects
If you are preparing a major research project or a campaign, why not use Play the Game 2015 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 (details below) 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.

Questions and contact
Abstract submission: Communications officer Stine Alvad, or direct office line +45 87 48 20 22.
Programme issues: International director Jens Sejer Andersen, or cell phone +45 20 71 07 01.

Hoping to welcome you in Aarhus in October,

Best regards/Bedste hilsner

Jens Sejer Andersen
International director/international chef
Play the Game/Danish Institute for Sports Studies

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