Call for Papers | “Challenging the Narrative” – Critical Thinking in Football | The Football Collective Conference 2018, Glasgow November 29–30 2018. Call ends September 7, 2018

The football collective conference theme for 2018 is challenging the narrative. We welcome papers and presentations that will challenge myths and misconceptions, common held attitudes and positions. As the gap between fans and bodies (including clubs) grows wider and financial division within the game becomes more entrenched, critical thinking about the game has never been more necessary.

The conference welcomes papers that address (but are not limited to) football and the following:

    • Grassroots through to elite
    • Mega events
    • Politics
    • Fan culture and social movements
    • Diversity
    • Women and Girls
    • Social and Community
    • Governance and Ownership
    • Labour / Migration
    • Racism
    • Conflict (Ethno-national, Ideological, Sectarian etc.)
    • Sectarianism
    • Identities
    • Class
    • Gender and Sexualities
    • Business
    • Performance
    • Other themes relevant to the Football Collective themes

The conference is designed to offer opportunities for all to present research, research ideas, potential projects, and innovative methods of data collection or public engagement. Thus it aims to discuss research that (a) has been undertaken, to share findings and gain insight and feedback on data analysis, representation, and potential outputs (b) is being proposed as a potential option for the Football Collective group to understand an existing issue or (c) has been published, to share findings and discuss future research needs. We particularly encourage submissions from PhD scholars and early career researchers.

Dates for submission

‘Please submit a Word document containing your paper title, a 250 word abstract, and author information including full name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a 50-word bio to: by 7th September 2018. A maximum of 20 minutes will be allocated to each conference paper. Panel proposals (three presenters – 60 minutes) should include a 150 word overview and 250 word individual abstracts (plus author information listed above). We also welcome proposals for workshops, film screenings, performances etc. We particularly encourage submissions from PhD scholars and early career researchers. Notifications regarding acceptance will be sent by 22nd September 2018.’

Conference organiser

We are fortunate that this years conference will be organised by Sean Huddleston and we are very pleased he has taken on the conference as custodian from 2018.

Sean is a PhD candidate in the School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland (UK). He is a graduate in modern history and his field of expertise lies in the history of national identity in Scotland and Ireland. He recently organised Scotland’s first ever conference on Football and bigotry in October 2016 (‘Football, Education and Prejudice’) and edited the collected work Football Fans, Rivalry and Cooperation (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society). He has written for Times Educational Supplement, Vice, the Glasgow Herald Newspaper and appeared on BBC Radio Scotland. You can follow Sean on twitter at @seanhuddleston2

If you have any conference questions please contact Sean on email using:


Tickets are now on sale – please follow this link to book your spot.

Venue and location

Venue, recommended hotels and conference dinner details will be announced in the near future so please make sure that you continue to monitor the Football Collective Twitter and Facebook pages as well as the weekly digests emailed to all members of the collective.


Twitter: #FBCGlasgow2018 | @FB_Collective

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