Call for Abstracts Reminder: The 3rd annual Rockford College Sports Studies Symposium, April 2014. Deadline Jan. 24.

Defining Sport

The 3rd  Annual Rockford College Sports Studies Symposium, April 19, 2013.

“If cheerleading was easy, they’de call it football.”

The focus of this year’s symposium is “Defining Sport.” How should scholars of sport approaching defining sport? Is there a consistent definition or approach to defining sport? Is there a difference between defining a sport, the sport, sport, or sports?

We invite cross-disciplinary papers on the different discussions surrounding the term “sport” and its many iterations. We seek to explore how the concept itself, broadly construed, is being employed, understood, challenged, and used in the many different disciplines that study sport. Papers focusing on related concepts, like competition, games, or play, are welcomed as well.

There will be multiple panels. The focus of each panel will depend, in part, on the accepted abstracts. Each presenter will have 20 minutes for his or her presentation. There will also be time for Q&A.

Abstract Submission:
Abstract should be 300-500 words. Send via email (as PDF) to sklein_at_rockford_dot_edu.

Deadline: Jan. 24, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: Feb. 7, 2014

If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Klein: or Michael Perry:

Shawn Klein is well known to the readership as The Sport Ethicist.


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