Wednesday, September 02, 2015

CFP: Doing Sport History in the Digital Present Workshop

Call for Papers
Doing Sport History in the Digital Present Workshop
Sports, Society, and Technology Program
School of History and Sociology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA USA
May 25 and 26, 2016
What might new approaches in the digital humanities offer for the study of sport history? What might sport history offer the digital humanities and digital history in regards to questions of diverse embodiment, most prominently seen in sport? This workshop seeks a diverse group of scholars interested in addressing these and related questions. The goal of this workshop is to generate and extend conversations about digital scholarship, especially in relationship to the historical study of sport and related realms including recreation, games, physical activity, and the moving body.
In particular we seek contributions that span relevant empirical and epistemological questions. These papers might include, but are not limited to, those which explore: theories of digital sport history; archival, methodological, and/or epistemological questions raised by doing digital sport history; antecedents and genealogies of digital sport history; technical and cultural issues and problems raised via the doing of digital sport history; what digital technologies (e.g. mining, mapping, collecting, curating, visualization, etc.) offer for sport history and historians; what sport history and sport historians can contribute to digital modes of research and inquiry; de/colonial, feminist and anti-racist approaches as well as questions of access and power (e.g. gender, race, class and sexuality), design, and infrastructure in doing digital sport history; tensions among “traditional” and digital sport histories and historians; and, critiques regarding the premises, assumptions, and practices of digital sport history.  We are also very interested in papers that employ digital technologies in documenting particular histories of sport, recreation, games, physical activity, and/or the moving body. 
If interested please submit a 500 word abstract and a 200 word biography to Dr. Mary McDonald ( by October 8, 2015.  Those selected will be notified by October 22, 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 accommodation and meals during the duration of the workshop. Successful papers will be eligible to appear in the Journal of Sport History Special Issue, “Doing Sport History in the Digital Present.” This workshop will be held just prior (May 25-26, 2016) to 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.

CFP: Mental health challenges in elite sport: balancing risk with reward

Mental health challenges in elite sport: balancing risk with reward
A growing research base suggests that the high performance environment has the potential to be a risky domain for many elite performers. This evidence has accumulated across disparate topics relating to elite sport including eating disorders among males, post-event depression, stigma towards accessing service provision in psychology and the emergence of organizational stress as a catalyst for mental health challenges in sport systems. At present, while it is challenging to quantify the precise extent and nature of the problem it is critical that stakeholders in high performance sport become aware of the current trend. This research topic addresses this problem of mental health challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective. We welcome a broad range of empirical and conceptual and review submissions including case studies, single cohort investigations, meta-analytic and narrative reviews, and commentaries. Ideally, submissions should be theoretically or conceptually driven. In addition to revisiting issues such as overtraining, burnout and dropout based on the Mental Health Model of Sport Performance, we are especially interested in highlighting the new issues that have arisen in elite sport which are not linked to training load. For example, Eating disorders and disordered eating have been linked to sub-cultures within for example aesthetic sports, and these have been shown not simply to be specific to female athletes Moreover, the Female Athlete Triad has been re-conceptualised as a challenge of relative energy deficiency syndrome. Similarly the prevalence of sport injuries including concussion and other sport related injuries are only recently coming to the fore in elite and professional sport settings. The aforementioned issues would fit aptly with our research topic. Similarly, interventions that are designed to address mental health issues in sport also fits within our remit. For instance, attempts at screening elite athletes pre-season, educating them on mental health first aid, de-briefing athletes post-championship or providing resilience training are among the array of interventions now employed. This research topic will provide a forum for investigations on the etiology, prevalence and prevention of mental health challenges in elite sport from an interdisciplinary perspective which is necessary to understand more precisely the balance between the risks and rewards of elite sport.

Submission Deadlines

30 October 2015Abstract
01 February 2016Manuscript

JOB: Assistant/Associate/Full Professors of Sociology at Georgia Institute of Technology

Position Announcement:
Assistant/Associate/Full Professors of Sociology

Georgia Institute of Technology.  The School of History and Sociology (HSOC) invites applications for at least two sociology faculty positions with rank open. We are especially interested in applicants with at least one of the following areas of specialization: sociology of science and/or technology, environmental sociology, sociology of gender, sociology of development, urban sociology, or sociological theory. We also seek applicants with an ability to teach graduate-level quantitative methods or social theory.  The positions will begin August 2016.  Ph.D. must be completed by the time of appointment.  Rank will be commensurated with experience and accomplishment.

HSOC is an interdisciplinary unit composed of sociologists and historians.  The successful candidates must demonstrate excellence in both research and teaching, and will be expected to contribute to the unit’s undergraduate program and Ph.D. program in History and Sociology of Technology and Science.  More can be learned about our programs at

Review of applications will begin September 15 and continue until the positions are filled.  Application materials should be sent electronically.  Please send a letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, a writing sample, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to:

Located in midtown Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a Research I institution enrolling over 21,000 students. Georgia Tech was recently voted one of the best places to work, and Atlanta is consistently ranked among the top ten places to live for young professionals. Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and requires compliance with the Immigration Control Reform Act of 1986. Members of historically excluded groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

JOB: Tenure-Track on Critical Socio-cultural Study of Sport and Development - York University

York University
School of Kinesiology and Health Science
Tenure-Track Appointment
Critical Socio-cultural Study of Sport and Development

Applications are invited for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of the Critical Socio-cultural Study of Sport and Development. Applicants should have expertise in the critical socio-cultural study of development, sport and health from a local and/or global perspective including expertise in policy analysis, development and implementation. The start date is July 1, 2016. Candidates should show excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and in scholarly research and publication. Duties include undergraduate, graduate teaching and supervision of graduate students and related research programs. The MA, MSc and PhD programs cover health-related aspects of exercise physiology, health psychology, biomechanics, fitness/epidemiology and the socio-cultural study of sport. A PhD in kinesiology with specialization in socio-cultural study of sport, sociology, history, political science, development studies or related areas, is required. A promising publication record in refereed journals is required, as well as the ability to develop a productive research program supported by external funding. Postdoctoral experience would be a definite asset. Candidates must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

All positions at York University are subject to budgetary approval. Further information about the School can be obtained at and

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a covering letter specifying the position for which they are applying and stating future research goals, three relevant reprints, and provide contact information for three referees, by November 15, 2015, to: Dr. Angelo Belcastro, Chair School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3 (e-mail:
Posting End Date: November 15, 2015

CFP: “Adhoc Group on Sociology of Sports” at the 41st All India Sociological Conference

This is a Call for Abstracts for the Adhoc Group on Sociology of Sports” at the 41st All India Sociological Conference scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, KIIT University, Bhubaneshwar, India on 27 – 29 December 2015. The details for this very important conference can be seen at
The Adhoc Group on Sociology of Sports is a new vibrant group, which aims at establishing this very important fraternity in India. While thoroughly prominent in the Western world, we seek your valuable academic support to cement this here in India. This Conference shall be the First and most efficient platform to submit your abstracts and full length papers. The theme of this Conference is “Development, Marginalization and People’s Movements” with many sub-themes as follows:
o Development, Marginalization and People’s Movements-Theoretical Perspectives.
o Development policies in the era of liberalization, privatization and globalization and their impact in rural and urban areas.
o Major trends in responses of the marginalized towards present model of development.
o Politics of Development: Agendas of political parties, election manifestos, governments and civil society.
o People’s Movements against development, displacement and marginalization. o Alternative approaches for addressing marginalization.
o Gender, development and marginalization of women.
o Development and class dynamics in rural and urban societies.
o Issues related to livelihood and development vis-à-vis marginalized groups in a globalized world.
o Conflicts between civil society and state for development of marginalized groups.
o Development, Marginalization, People’s Movements and Media
We, Sociologists of sport intend to validate our professional project through appeals to the Sociological ‘Mainstream’ and the correlative distancing from Physical Education. The unique feature about the sociological approach to sport, as distinct from psychology has been a focus about sport in its function as a component of social organization. The sociological perception of sports is based on three fundamental themes; sport is a social institution worthy of sociological examination like the more traditional institutions of politics, religion, economy, marriage/family, law, health/medicine education, and science; sport is a microcosm of the larger society and as such reflects and reinforces the foremost philosophy; and several institutional links between sport and other societal institutions make it impossible for changes in one sphere not to have deep effects in all spheres. While “Sociology of Sports” plays a pivotal role in the development process of Western part of the world, with context to India, there is almost no research work done, particularly related to the sociological measurements pertaining to growth and development of the children and youth through sports practices.
We welcome your abstracts (along with your ISS Membership Number please – those who have not paid their Membership fee, i.e. INR 400.00 for two years or INR 800.00 for Five years may also submit the same), in 200 words, the last date for submission of which is 10 October 2015. Acceptance of the abstract will be communicated by 25 October 2015.You may please register for this Conference before 15 September 2015 to avail an early bird discount. The registration fee covers the lodging, boarding and hospitality during the days of the Conference. The abstracts may be submitted at or
Please avail this enriching academic opportunity, to associate yourself with the “Sociology of Sports”, and also to visit the beautiful land of the Jagannath.

CFN: 2015 NASSS Distinguished Service Award

Call for Nominations for the 2015 NASSS Distinguished Service Award
Deadline for Submission: September 30, 2015
Dear NASSS Members,
It is our distinct pleasure to open up the Call for Nominations for the 2015 NASSS Distinguished Service Award
As an academic society, the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport recognizes individuals who have made a distinguished or extraordinary contribution to the Sociology of Sport and/or service to NASSS. Criteria for what is deemed "distinguished" are necessarily somewhat open-ended but the award is made for contributions in one or more of the following categories:

1. Distinguished, long-term contribution to NASSS and/or Sociology of Sport
2. Impact upon the field of Sociology of Sport
3. Practical impact upon practitioners and scholars in the field

Specifically, service as an elected officer of NASSS, by itself, is neither a sufficient nor required criterion. The nomination should encompass a one- to two-page letter details the reasons why NASSS should recognize the recipient, and the precise nature of the nominee’s contributions. Nominations may be submitted by an individual or jointly by a group of individuals. The recipient need not be a member of NASSS.
Please submit nomination letters to Fritz Polite, the Chair of the 2015 NASSS Distinguished Service Award Selection Committee.  You can also email Fritz for further information:
The Committee, which includes two former award winners, look forward to reviewing the nominations.

The deadline for submission of nominations is September 30, 2015.


2014        R. Vivian Acosta and Linda Jean Carpenter (Professors Emerita,
                 Brooklyn College)
2013      Nancy Spencer (Bowling Green State University)
2012         Merrill Melnick (SUNY) and Peter Donnelly (University of Toronto)
2011         Gary Sailes (Indiana University)
                  Don Sabo (D'Youville College)
2010         Joe Maguire (Loughborough University)
2009         Susan Birrell (University of Iowa)
                  Harry Edwards (University of California, Berkeley)
2008         Jennifer Hargreaves (Universities of Surrey and Brighton, UK)
                  Richard Lapchick (University of Central Florida)
2007         Mike Malec (Boston College)
                  Mike Messner (University of Southern California, Los Angeles)
2006         Vicky Paraschak (University of Windsor)
2005         Nancy Theberge (University of Waterloo)
2004         Jim Frey (Universities of Nevada - Las Vegas)
2003         John Loy (Universities of Illinois at UC and Otago)
2002         Andrew Yiannakis (University of Connecticut)
                  Susan Greendorfer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
2001         George Sage (University of Northern Colorado)
                  D. Stanley Eitzen (Colorado State University)
1996         Jay Coakley (University of Colorado - Colorado Springs)
                  Gunther Lueschen (University of Alabama)
                  Lee Vander Velden (University of Maryland)

1993         Gerald Kenyon (Universities of Wisconsin and Waterloo).