2nd Call for Papers: Soccer as the Beautiful Game – Football’s Artistry, Identity & Politics, April 2014

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 10, 11, 12, 2014
Hofstra University, Hampstead, New York


In anticipation of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Hofstra University is proud to host an international conference that explores the historical, political, economic and humanitarian impact of soccer. Over the past 20 years, the study of sport has become a well-developed subfield of many disciplines. Soccer’s meteoric rise in popularity during the 20th century continues to fascinate scholars around the world. We invite researchers to present papers on any theme relevant to understanding soccer in society.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. David Goldblatt
Bristol University, UK, and
Pitzer College
Author of The Ball Is Round:
A Global History of Football

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • History of the Game
  • The World Cup
  • Personalities
  • Television and Revenue
  • FIFA and Governance
  • Women and Soccer
  • Scandal, Corruption and Match-Fixing
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Visual and Literary Representations of the Game
  • Soccer and Politics
  • Science and Technology
  • Youth Soccer and Hooliganism
  • Fan Clubs and Identity
  • Journalists, Commentators and the Media
  • Semiotics of Soccer
  • Soccer and Religion
  • Science and Technology
  • Youth Soccer and Academies
  • Racism, Violence and Hooliganism
  • Fan Clubs and Identity
  • Journalists, Commentators and the Media
  • Semiotics of Soccer
  • Soccer and Religion
  • New York Cosmos

A one-page abstract and curriculum vitae are requested by December 15, 2013; deadline for submission of completed papers is March 1, 2014. Presentation time is limited to 15 minutes (12-14 typed, double-spaced pages, excluding notes). Previously published material should not be submitted. Selected papers will be published.

Speakers (partial list):

  • Peter Alegi, Michigan State University, author of Soccerscapes;
  • Chris Armas, USA Men’s National Team;
  • Mauricio Borrero, St. John’s University;
  • Robert Brinkmann, Hofstra University;
  • Carl Bromley,journalist and editor at Nation Books;
  • Carlos Cunha, journalist;
  • Robert Edelman, University of California, San Diego;
  • John Foot, University College London, author of Calcio: A History of ItalianSoccer;
  • Rosario Forlenza, Center for European Studies, New York University
  • Steven H. Frierman, Hofstra University;
  • Alex Galarza, Michigan State University and co-founder of Football Scholars Forum;
  • Fan Hong, University College Cork, Ireland, author of WomenSoccerSexual Liberation;
  • David Kilpatrick, Mercy College, NY Cosmos historian;
  • Simon Kuper, Financial Times and author of Soccer Against the Enemy; 
  • Greg Lalas, MLSsoccer.com;
  • Boria Majumdar, University of Oxford, executive editor, Soccer & Society (Routledge);
  • Sal Marchiano, former sports anchor, CW News at Ten, and Emmy Award recipient;
  • Shep Messing, former New York Cosmos goalie;
  • John Nauright, George Mason University;
  • Gwendolyn Oxenham, author of Finding the Game and director of Pelada;
  • Nicola Porro, University of Cassino, Italy;
  • Raanan Rein,Tel Aviv University;
  • Chris Schlosser, MLSsoccer.com;
  • Stefan Szymanski, University of Michigan, author of Soccernomics;
  • George Vecsey, The New York Times;
  • Randy Vogt, author of Preventive Officiating;
  • Gary Wadler, M.D., Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University and World Anti-Doping Agency.

Please visit the conference homepage.

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