Call for Papers | Gender Discourses, Heroes, Sport Nationalisms, and Scandals: The Public Perception of Soccer in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Call ends April 15, 2017

Girls playing in 1970, a year before the effective ban in England on women playing in professional stadiums was lifted.

Modern soccer developed in 19th century Britain, but became one of the globally most popular sports in the 20th century, especially since it provided a politically and economically extraordinary impact. These positions were controversially discussed in the press, especially the last FIFA scandals, related to the World Cups in Russia (2018) and Qatar (2022).

The close links between soccer and politics, which are visible in many ideological constructions and political measures, shall be within the focus of a planned international and interdisciplinary anthology, which will analyze the perception of soccer from a global perspective. We are specially interested in a comparative analysis of the display of soccer in different media (press, television, and other popular media), the role of soccer as a university and school sport, the historical perception of the FIFA or single clubs, famous players or trainers. Consequently, an analysis of the international fan culture and the display and perception of international competitions (World Cups, Olympic Games, etc.)

The development of womens’ soccer should also not be omitted, which is why gender related aspects shall be taken into consideration as well. The symbolic constructions of gender as well as the differentation between “female“ and “male“ soccer therefore will be one focus of the volume.

Proposals (max. 300 words) and a short CV should be sent to Jörn Eiben (, Alexander Friedman ( and Frank Jacob ( until April 15, 2017. The final chapters (6,500-10,000 words, incl. footnotes) are due by July 31, 2017. If you should have any further question, please do not hesitate to contact one of the editors.

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