Call for Papers | “Football and Cultural Production” | The 4th annual Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities (CSFC) conference, April 10, 2015

The 4th annual Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities (CSFC) conference “Football and Cultural Production” will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University on Friday 10th April 2015.

World Cup Face Paint Art.
World Cup Face Paint Art.

Call for Papers

Football continually inspires creative activity and the sport acts as a mechanism for the production of culture in many different forms. These can be “high” cultural forms such as novels, artworks, plays, and poetry, or more popular forms such as films, television programmes, and magazines. Particular forms of culture have also developed around football, including fanzines and online forums. This year’s CSFC conference will examine football’s relationship with cultural production, looking at both the production and reception of football-related culture.

CSFC invites paper and PechaKucha proposals from academics and practitioners addressing the key conference theme including, but not limited to, papers that intersect and/or interconnect with the following:

  • Fan cultures and identities
  • Football communities and cultural production
  • Literature and football
  • Football as “Art”
  • Football communities and online forums
  • Football clubs as sites of cultural resistance
  • Technology and football

The morning panel sessions will consist of a mix of academic/research papers and presentations from football industry practitioners. If you are a practitioner and interested in participating in any of the sessions, we request a 15 minute presentation of your work, or an issue you are dealing with, related to the session theme.

The afternoon is dedicated to PechaKucha interactions – short 20×20 sessions: 20 images/slides, 20 seconds per slide!! This session is intended to be informal and interactive to generate both heat and light through broad ranging dialogue and discussion. We would ask therefore that with your initial expression of interest you provide a brief abstract/preview of what you intend to cover in your talk. If you need more information on PechaKucha, you can find it here:

If you would like to organise a panel discussion or present a paper on an alternative theme, or if you have any other questions regarding the conference, please email

Key Dates

Please send paper abstracts (250 words max) and PechaKucha titles (100 word max) by 5pm 13th February 2015 to

We aim to provide notification of acceptance by the 28th February 2015.

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