Call for Papers | “Commemorating the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico in the Global Context” | Global Conference on Sport for Social Change, The University of Georgia, April 3–4, 2018. Call ends January 28, 2018

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic and pivotal moments in the history of sport and the Olympic Games: When sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medalists in the 200-meter dash, raised their black-gloved fists in a black power salute on the medal podium during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, they set in motion a movement of change and progress.

To commemorate the brave and powerful silent protest of the 1968 Games that ultimately sparked a global and domestic wake-up call on civil and human rights, please join us at the first annual Global Conference on Sport for Social Change (GCSSC) April 3-4, 2018 at the University of Georgia to reflect on the progress, roadblocks, and the ongoing struggle towards equity and social justice since the 1968 Games.

The conference will be held at Georgia Center and Conference Hotel, The University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia.

Following the motto “to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things,” the University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the State’s oldest, most-comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education.

GCSSC invites individuals to submit abstracts (followed up with full papers by June 1, 2018) relevant to the following areas of interest:


Day 1:

  • Globalization and sport events
  • Sport labor migration
  • Public policy in sport and politics

Day 2:

  • Sport and youth development
  • Power, social justice and inequalities in sport
  • Gender and the Olympics

Now through January 28, 2018, submissions of abstracts will be accepted, with notification of acceptance being February 15, 2018. Both completed and research-in-progress are acceptable.

For answers to questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Jepkorir-Rose Chepyator-Thomson  ( or PhD student assistant Katja Sonkeng ( And do visit the conference webpage!

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Georgia and some very inspiring conference contributions and conversations!

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