Call for Papers | Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Sport & Discrimination Conference | Solent University, Southampton, September 4, 2019. Call ends May 31, 2019

The fourth annual interdisciplinary Sport and Discrimination Conference explores the intersectional nature of discrimination within the sporting world. This one-day event at Solent University, Southampton, investigates different forms of discrimination across a multitude of sports and a broad range of academic fields.

The conference is intended to cover a range of themes regarding the nature of discrimination in sport. These may include, but are not limited to, the exploration of:

    • The nature and extent of discrimination in contemporary sport;
    • How the existence of discrimination affects people’s experiences of sport;
    • What action can be taken to tackle discrimination in sport;
    • The barriers preventing change.

The conference welcomes and encourages submissions from academics, postgraduates and policy makers who wish to present papers making empirical, conceptual and theoretical contributions. Fitting with the theme of the keynote speakers, we especially welcome any submissions covering sexism and antisemitism.

As in previous years of Sport and Discrimination events, submissions may approach the conference from a variety of perspectives, including:

    • Empirical findings about the nature and extent of discrimination in sport;
    • Research articulating the experiences of those who have suffered discrimination in sport;
    • Research which attempts to understand the intersectional nature of discrimination within sport;
    • Contributions adding to the theoretical understanding of sport and discrimination;
    • Policy recommendations for tackling and reducing discrimination in sport.​

Proposals, for 20-minute presentations, should include title, abstract (250 words), the name and institutional affiliation of the presenter and a concise biography (100 words). The submission deadline is Friday 31stMay 2019. All submissions and enquiries should be sent to:

The conference attendance fee is £75 for academics and £25 for postgraduates and undergraduates. The registration page and link will be circulated following your notification of acceptance (if accepted) on 7 June.

Other key information

Key dates

February 2019: Call for papers
31 May 2019: Deadline for the submission of paper abstracts
7 June 2019: Notification of acceptance
4 September 2019: Sport and Discrimination Conference at Solent University, Southampton


Solent University, Southampton, The Spark Building, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0YN

Conference home page

Lunch and refreshments

A buffet lunch is included in the price of the conference registration. Upon registration, please advise if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Organising Committee

Dr Daniel Kilvington
Course Director in Media and Cultural Studies
Leeds Beckett University
Twitter: @dan_kilvington

Dr John Price
Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Sports Journalism
University of Sunderland

Dr Rory Magrath
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Football Business Management
Solent University, Southampton
Twitter: @rorymagrath

Dr Richard Elliott
Associate Professor and Head of Football Performance and Participation
Solent University, Southampton
Twitter: @solentfootball

Dr Philippa Velija
Head of Education and Sociology
Solent University, Southampton
Twitter: @pvelija

Dr Mihaly Szerovay
Lecturer in the Sociology of Football
Solent University, Southampton
Twitter: @misiszerovay

Dr Ben Powis
Lecturer and Course Leader for Sociology Foundation
Solent University, Southampton
Twitter: @drbenpowis

Dr David Webber
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for MA Football Development and Business Management
Solent University, Southampton
Twitter: @drdavewebber​

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