Call for Papers | Being Better: What We Learned from the 2019 FIFA World Cup | Edited Volume by Molly Yanity & Danielle Sarver Coombs. Call ends March 1, 2020

More than 1 billion people across the globe tuned in to watch the FIFA World Cup international football tournament during Summer 2019. With colorful characters and riveting storylines playing out on the pitches of France, audiences swelled in record numbers while traditional behaviors and establishment policies shook. The brash victors from the USA battled their own soccer foundation for equal pay. Video assisted refereeing cost Scotland a victory. Wealthy female benefactors lifted the sides of Thailand and Jamaica. The sight of openly homosexual players – 38 of them – clashed with the laws of three participating nations as Cameroon, Jamaica, and Nigeria punish homosexuals with prison time. All of this happened while viewers consumed 2.49 billion hours of tournament coverage, nearly double the total of the 2015 World Cup (Publicis Sport & Entertainment, 2019).

The editors of the collection will provide an accessible space for interdisciplinary scholarship and narrative in order to explore and better understand the personalities, controversies, politics, and representations of the issues and people in and surrounding the 2019 World Cup in France.

The collection aims to reveal perspectives from multiple disciplines and focuses on scholars, educators, historians, and journalists who will look back at the historical, month-long tournament to see how the global sports and social landscapes have been revealed and/or changed as a result of the tournament.

The book hopes to combine academic and popular approaches to a multitude of topics to present a kaleidoscope of perspectives from across the globe on the following topics surrounding the 2019 FIFA WORLD CUP:

      •     media coverage
      •     politics
      •     imperialism
      •     equal pay
      •     feminist perspectives (marketplace feminism, etc.)
      •     race
      •     ethnicity
      •     nationalism
      •     sexuality
      •     sponsorship
      •     philanthropy

Editors seek qualitative academic approaches, as well as popular essays/narratives that employ thorough reporting methods.

Requirement for chapter contributions

      • 100-150 word author bio/s
      • 300-500 word abstract including significance of the topic, geographical and disciplinary context, focus and intersectional nature (if possible)
      • Processed in an editable Google Doc, link emailed to no later than March 1, 2020.

 Contribution details and timelines

      • Submission of chapter proposals: March 1, 2020
      • Notification of acceptance: March 20, 2020
      • Submission of full chapter: July 31, 2020
      • Chapters should be between 6,000 – 10,000 words (including references)

About the editors

Molly Yanity (@mollyyanity; is an associate professor of Journalism, as well as the director of the Sports Journalism and Journalism Master’s Degree Programs at Quinnipiac University. Yanity completed her doctorate in Communication, as well as a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at Ohio University after a 15-year career as a sports writer. Her research interests center on roles of women in sport and sport media, as well as the intersections of sport, race, sex, and politics. She has published her research in peer reviewed journals, in edited collections, and recently covered the WNBA as a freelance beat reporter for The Athletic. 
Danielle Sarver Coombs (@daniellecoombs; is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University. She is the co-author of Female Fans of the NFL (Routledge, 2016) and author of Last Man Standing: Media, Framing, and the 2012 Republican Primary (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). Coombs co-edited three anthologies for Praeger: Debates for the Digital Age (2015); We Are What We Sell (2014), and American History through American Sports (2012). She has published research on sport fans and fandom in a number of prestigious journals, including the Howard Journal of Communications, Liminalities, the Journal of Sport & Social Issues, Sport in Society, International Journal of Sport Communication, and Public Relations Research. 

Anthropology, Communication & Media Studies, Political Science, Popular Culture Studies, Race Studies, Sociology, Women’s & Gender Studies

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