Call for Papers | Decolonising Sport History | South African Sport Historical Studies Conference, September 15–16, 2017, Stellenbosch University


You are invited to deliver a presentation at the first South African Sport Historical Studies Conference which will take place at the Department of Sport Science, Stellenbosch University on 15 and 16 September 2017 under the auspices of the Department of Sport Science. The proceedings will take place in the form of a round table discussion. We invite colleagues from all over the country who are active in the creation of sport historical texts, of a varied nature, to attend.

There is an increasing interest in the creation of sport historical texts that moves away from the performance narrative style. This is because marginalised sport communities have little evidence to produce in terms of national and international prestige due to being side lined in colonial and post-colonial contexts. Hence, the dominant discourse in sport historical texts of emphasizing medals, podiums and trophies, as a measure of success, is being challenged and deliberately disrupted at this conference.

Instead, new methodologies are being explored where the ‘life beyond sport’ is foregrounded. It is the intention to bring together public and academic sport practioners to share their work and disseminate new knowledges on themes of decolonisation in sport contexts.   We invite interested individuals to submit abstracts of not more than 250 words by 1 June 2017 on one of the following contexts in Sport History:

  • Gender
  • Publishing and writing
  • Museums
  • Public and private archives
  • Social media
  • Art
  • Activism
  • Marginalised Sports
  • Physical culture
  • Open presentations

Abstracts submitted to: Mrs M. Botha:
Registration fee: R500.00
Presenters will be informed of their abstract acceptance by 15 June 2017

Departement Sportwetenskap /  Department of Sport Science

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