Call for Papers | Ethnographies of Sport and Social Change. Deadline February 17, 2014

sport-social-changeDear colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention on the following cfp for a session on Ethnographies of Sport and Social Change that will be held within the 5th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference (Bergamo, Italy – June 5-7, 2014):

Ethnographies of Sport and Social Change

In this session we invite ethnographic contributions that analyse sport as a vehicle and as a mirror of social change. This might include focus on transformation of sporting activities, recent emergence and development of alternative physical activities or protest movements in sport. Drawing on the papers presented in the session, the following questions could be discussed: Do sport and physical activity have specific characteristics that make them particularly suitable as objects for ethnographic research? Which are the benefits and limits of ethnography in understanding the processes of social change (both in general and in/through sport)? How does the ethnographic approach help to investigate/unveil processes and their dynamics, ambivalences and contradictions? What contribution can be made by digital ethnographies in further exploration of these processes?

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is February 17, 2014.

Further information about submission, registration and the complete cfp of the conference can be found in this pdf document (opens in a new window).

The format of the conference is organized in sessions of 3 hours each, with a maximum of 5 paper presentations per session. The aim is to leave as much room as possible for open discussion.
The nice medieval city centre of Bergamo can be easily reached from the nearby airport “Orio al Serio” (Italian Ryanair hub) as well as from Milan’s airports.

We really hope that you will take the opportunity to present your work at the conference in Bergamo and take advantage of the collaborative and constrictive spirit that has been established during the previous years. Should you have any queries in relation to your proposal and ideas, please do not hesitate to contact us by email.

Best regards,

Davide Sterchele, Leeds Metropolitan University
Dino Numerato, Loughborough University

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