Call for Papers | Forty-Eighth Annual Convention of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) | Chicago, Ill., May 22–25, 2020. Call ends January 10, 2020

NASSH 2020 will be held from May 22-25, 2020 at the newly redesigned DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago. Located near  Michigan Avenue shopping and the sights of Navy Pier, only two blocks from the famous Magnificent Mile, the hotel is close to Chicago’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment. It is less than 45 minutes from Chicago O’Hare and Midway Airports.

Submissions will require that you register for an account using your preferred email and contact information. You will be asked to select the type of presentation you wish to give and then provide the following information:

    1. Title of Presentation, Panel or Session
    2. Name/s of Presenter/s including email addresses and institutional affiliations
    3. Abstract (250-300 words maximum)

The Program Committee encourages NASSH members and others interested in the scholarly study of sport history to submit proposals in three traditional categories:

    1. Individual Presentations: Proposals for individual twenty-minute long papers which the program committee will then group into appropriate ninety minute sessions. Please contact Murray Phillips, The University of Queensland ( with any inquiries.
    2. Panel Presentations: Panels should address a significant topic in sport history and will comprise a ninety-minute session format with a dedicated Chair or Moderator. Please note that prior to submission of a panel presentation, advance communication with the Conference Program Committee about proposed panel presentations is strongly recommended.  Please contact Sarah Fields, University of Colorado Denver ( with any inquiries.
    3. Thematic Sessions: Thematic sessions are ninety-minute long and are typically composed of three presenters at twenty minutes each, a fifteen-minute commentary, and fifteen -minute discussion. Sessions containing 4 thematically connected papers has also been a format used in the past. Please contact Murray Phillips, The University of Queensland ( with any inquiries.

The Program Committee also encourages NASSH members and others interested in the scholarly study of sport history to submit proposals in the new forms of presentation for the 2020 conference:

    • Bullet Presentations: Bullet presentations are seven-minute long presentations that are best suited to introduce new ideas, seek advice on a research problem, or entice collaboration from conference attendees. All bullet submissions will be grouped together into a single fast-paced ninety-minute session. For an example of a seven-minute presentation style see Please contact Stephen Townsend, The University of Queensland ( with any inquiries.
    • Contemporary Sport Sessions: There is the opportunity for the conference program to run ninety-minute sessions with the express intent of addressing issues/topics in contemporary sport that require critical historical analysis. Please contact Thomas Fabian, St. Francis Xavier University ( with any inquiries.
    • Poster Presentations: If your work lends itself to visual presentation – photographs, maps, material culture, or statistical evidence that can be presented graphically – think about proposing a poster. Posters will be grouped together for display with a dedicated discussion session. For suggestions see and Please contact Chad Seifried, Louisiana State University ( with any inquiries.
    • Virtual (prerecorded) Presentations: Some presenters will not able to make the conference in person to present their work and NASSH has instituted the category of virtual presentations. These individual presentations will be similar to face-to-face individual presentations (20 minutes) which the program committee will then group into appropriate sessions. Please contact Russell Field, University of Manitoba ( with any inquiries.

Please submit all proposals to the online abstract submission page at A guide to using the submission system including screenshots is available at Individuals with questions regarding Conftool and the submission process should consult the NASSH2020 submission guide posted to Additional questions can be referred to

Letters of acceptance or rejection will be sent by February 15, 2020. The Program Committee will evaluate all submissions according to their individual merit, contribution to the field, and fit within the total program. Proposals that do not provide all the information requested will be returned to the author(s). For general enquires please contact Murray Phillips (

Implicit Agreement to Attend Conference. Submission of an abstract indicates the author’s and co- authors’ intent to register for the conference at the appropriate conference fee and, for one author, to be available to present on any of the three days of the conference. Again, authors must be NASSH members in good standing – that is, membership dues must be paid by February 29, 2020, to be on the final program.

Publication of Abstracts Pre-Conference. Accepted abstracts will be posted to the NASSH website prior to the conference using a Creative Commons CC-BY attribution license. Authors will have an opportunity to edit them prior to their publication.

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