Extended abstract deadline: Play the Game 2013 – Stepping up for democracy in sport

Helnan Marselis Hotel, Aarhus, Denmark, 28-31 October 2013
New deadline, June 15 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 our understanding of sport and help identify solutions to the challenges that threaten it.

Academics can play a crucial role by bringing comprehensive data, scientific methods and analytical skills into the process. We invite you to share your expertise and experience with internationally leading colleagues, investigative journalists, sports officials and other stakeholders in sport 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/Other themes

Play the Game aspires to continue to be cutting edge in the international sports debate. The scope of issues raised at Play the Game is traditionally very broad, but we do try to focus conference content on some major themes.

At http://www.playthegame.org/conferences/play-the-game-2013/conference-themes.htmlyou can find some keywords to help you find out what kind of papers we are calling for, and what kind of content we expect to present during Play the Game 2013.

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.

New deadline for abstract/storyline submission is Wednesday 15 June 2013.

Abstracts/storylines will be peer reviewed by leading academics, journalists and managers from the 2013 conference Programme Committee<http://www.playthegame.org/conferences/play-the-game-2013/programme-committee.html>.

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

Please click here to submit your abstract/storyline<http://www.manuscriptmanager.com/plg/>

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, so an early bird rate is guaranteed if abstract/storyline is submitted in time.

More on conference prices <http://www.playthegame.org/conferences/play-the-game-2013/prices.html>

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.

More information at www.playthegame.org/2013
Hoping to welcome you in Aarhus, Denmark, later this year,

Best regards/bedste hilsner
Jens Sejer Andersen
International director/International chef

Play the Game/Danish Institute for Sports Studies
c/o Section of Sport Science
Aarhus University
Dalgas Avenue 4
DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Office phone +45 70 27 55 77
Cell phone +45 20 71 07 01

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