Call for Papers | Case Studies in Sport and Diplomacy (Craig Esherick, Robert E. Baker, Steve Jackson and Michael Sam, eds.) | Fitness Information Technology

india-pakistan-cricketSports are used by young and old for enjoyment, exercise and character-building activities. Sports form the backbone for professional leagues, television networks, mega-events and tours in numerous countries around the world. The Premier League, the National Basketball Association, La Liga and Serie A are shown around the world on television and online networks. Sport is also used for economic development, community development and to build bridges between groups that have been in conflict. Another use for sport is as a tool in the diplomatic efforts of nations around the world. This book will focus on sport and diplomacy, with examples of this practice from countries on every continent.

You are invited to submit an abstract of a book chapter proposal for a book that will be published tentatively in the fall/winter of 2016. The publisher and editors are looking for topics directly related to sport and diplomacy, especially how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governments around the world use sport for diplomatic purposes. The book will be organized in a way that will offer a cross-section of sports and diplomatic methods covering NGOs and governments from every continent in the world (excepting Antarctica).

Abstract guidelines

    1. Times Roman and 12 point font
    2. 500 words exclusive of citations/references
    3. Abstracts must be submitted in English and book will be published in English (initially)
    4. Abstracts should be case studies of a current government (or NGO) and their use of sport and diplomacy, a critique of a nation’s (or NGO) sport diplomatic efforts over time, a historical outline and case study of a nation’s sport diplomacy efforts or a case study of a particular effort in the world of sport and diplomacy (e.g., former NBA player Denis Rodman and North Korea).
    5. The abstracts will be reviewed by the four editors and authors will be contacted with a decision by July 1, 2015. Authors selected to write chapters will be asked to write a chapter based on the abstract and submit that chapter by December 15, 2015. All chapters will be developed using the current APA (6th edition) style. Authors will be asked to sign a contributing chapter author agreement form by the publisher, Fitness Information Technology, which will be the copyright holder of the content of the book.
    6. Abstracts can have multiple authors. No author may submit more than one abstract or be included in more than one submission.
    7. Abstracts should include the name of the author(s), university affiliation of each author and contact information (email, address and phone).
    8. Abstracts should be submitted by May 1, 2015, via email to 

Possible Chapters Topics Include

    • Sport and diplomacy in Russia before the breakup
    • Sport and diplomacy in South Africa after apartheid
    • Sport diplomacy and the IOC
    • Sport, diplomacy and Nazi Germany
    • Qatar’s use of sport diplomacy to secure the 2022 World Cup
    • Sport, diplomacy and North Korea
    • Sport and diplomacy; China and the 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Brazil; sport diplomacy, Rio 2014 and Rio 2016
    • The United Nations and sport diplomacy
    • India and Pakistan; sport diplomacy and cricket
    • Sport diplomacy and the All Blacks
    • Kissinger, Nixon and Mao; Ping pong and sport diplomacy
    • Fidel Castro and sport diplomacy
    • Sport diplomatic efforts at the Olympic Games
    • Vladimir Putin: Diplomacy and the Sochi Games
    • The NBA and sport diplomacy
    • FIFA, the World Cup and sport diplomacy
    • Basketball, Lithuania and sport diplomacy

Proposed deadlines, abstract, chapter draft, review, publishing date

    • Abstract to be submitted by: May 1, 2015
    • Abstract selection: July 1, 2015
    • Chapter draft submitted by: December 15, 2015
    • Chapter review and revised by: February 15, 2016
    • Publication date: October 2016
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