Call for Papers: Innovations in Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) Research
May 31-June 1, 2016
Sports, Society, and Technology Program
School of History and Sociology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA USA
Mary McDonald, Megan Chawansky, Lyndsay Hayhurst and Cathy van Ingen
Building on the success of last summer’s Girlhood, International Development and Sport
workshop at the University of Ottawa, we are pleased to invite proposals for participation in a
colloquium on Innovations in Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) Research. While
proposals do not need to consider the specific themes of gender or girlhood, we especially
welcome contributions that focus on these areas. The goal of this colloquium is to anticipate,
inspire and shape the next phase of research in, on and about SDP.
In this colloquium, we encourage scholars to address the above theme with theoretical,
empirical or creative formats and are particularly interested in attracting scholars writing on
or about SDP from interdisciplinary perspectives and the disciplines of history, sociology,
political science, international studies, gender studies and development studies. We anticipate
a range of paper topics and encourage contributors to explore new terrain and create unique
paths. This includes providing insights from theoretical points of view including, but not
limited to: critical, feminist, post-colonial or cultural studies perspectives. Some potential
questions that also might be explored include: How do ever-evolving development and
conflict situations stimulate new considerations from scholars working in the field of SDP?
Will the United Nations’ recently released Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) inspire
new ways of doing and theorizing SDP research and practice? What theoretical and
methodological insights and challenges are afforded from research partnerships between
researchers, local communities and practitioners? Have innovations in monitoring and
evaluation (M&E) practices delivered new insights for the field? What can (sport) history tell
us about the use of sport for development and peace purposes?
These questions are merely suggestive as we are open to a range of papers that address
innovative theoretical, methodological, and substantive issues and questions. Those working
in the various domains of the SDP sector are welcome to submit proposals and should note
the event’s emphasis on research. We are investigating possibilities to live stream the
workshop and thus welcome contributions from those unable to physically join us in Atlanta.
Colloquium organizers are currently investigating suitable publication outlets for the
collection of manuscripts presented in this workshop
If interested please submit a 500 word abstract and a 200 word biography to Dr. Mary
McDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 10, 2015. Those selected will
be notified by November 30, 2015 and required to provide a 5,000-7,000-word paper by
April 15, 2016. Selected participants will present a 15-20 minute version of their longer paper
at the workshop, which will also be read and commented upon by other participants.
Financial support will be provided for two nights of accommodation, and meals during the
duration of the workshop. This workshop will be held just after (May 31-June 1, 2016) the
annual meeting of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) at the Georgia
Tech hotel and Conference Center (May 27-30). Participants are strongly encouraged to
attend both events and to also present their scholarship at NASSH. Please also contact Mary
McDonald with any questions.