Call for Papers | “Global Faultlines in Olympic and Paralympic Sport” – 14th International Symposium for Olympic and Paralympic Research | Western University, London, Canada, October 12-14, 2018. Call ends June 15, 2018

The 14th International Symposium for Olympic Research, will be hosted by the International Centre for Olympic Studies (ICOS) on the campus of Western University, London, Canada, on the weekend of October 12-14, 2018.

Scholars, researchers, students, and professionals interested in the socio-cultural study of the modern Olympic or Paralympic Games are invited to submit abstracts for conference presentations. Papers in the areas of history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, political science, cultural studies, and sport management, as well as other disciplines that contribute to our cultural understanding of the Games are particularly encouraged.

As in years past, ICOS will produce a peer-reviewed Collection of reviewed and edited contributions from the Symposium. ICOS no longer produces hard copies of Symposium papers; the edited collection will be provided to all registrants in electronic format on USB thumb drives. In addition, world-wide electronic open-access distribution of the Proceedings is undertaken by the LA84 Foundation. Further information on the Proceedings, and the tables of contents of past Proceedings, can be found here.

The Symposium registration fee will include an electronic copy of the edited contributions on USB thumb drive; participation in all sessions including keynote presentations; access to morning and afternoon refreshments; two lunches; one opening reception (cash bar); and a concluding evening banquet.

Western University is located on the banks of the Thames River in London, Canada. London has an international airport with regular convenient connections to both Toronto Pearson and Detroit Wayne County International Airports.

Program Committee

The program committee consists of Robert K. Barney, Michael Heine, and Laura Misener.

Abstract Submissions

The revelvant deadlines for abstract and paper submissions are listed below. Please send all abstracts to Michael HeineRobert Barney, and Laura Misener. Suggestions for themed sessions in both Olympic and Paralympic research are invited.

Paper Submissions

  1. Scholars wishing to submit their papers for inclusion in the Symposium Collection have to submit their manuscripts in accordance with the time line listed below.
  2. Maximum length for papers is 3,500 words plus endnotes.
  3. Authors must prepare manuscripts using the ICOS style guidelines. A copy can be downloaded here (pdf). Please consult the guidelines before submitting your paper. Papers that do not follow the ICOS style guidelines will be returned to authors prior to the peer review for formal corrections.

Time Line

June 15, 2018 – Abstract submission deadline
June 29, 2018 – Notification of acceptance
August 31, 2018 – Deadline for submission of full papers
Sep 14, 2018 – Review responses for full papers
Sep 21, 2018 – Deadline for submission of final papers and of final abstracts for inclusion in
the Symposium Proceedings


Symposium Registration Fees

The secure online registration site will open shortly. Please check conference homepage frequently. Contact Michael Heine with any questions and inquiries (

The registration fees for the Symposium will be communicated soon.

Payment Options

Online payment: Preferred fee payment method is the secure credit card payment option arranged through Western University. The online payment site will open shortly.

Offline payment: Off-line registration preferred? Please download the registration form (docx) and follow the instructions on the form, to fax your credit card information or to pay by cheque through the mail. Depending on your system configuration, you may have to unlock the MS-Word document. For mailing address, see below.

Symposium Services

The Symposium registration fee includes an electronic copy of the edited Proceedings on a USB thumb drive; participation in all sessions including keynote presentations; coffee breaks and lunches; scheduled transportation from the conference hotel to the conference venue; and a closing dinner. Presenters must register as ’professional’ or ’student,’ as per academic status. ’Guest’ registrants will not receive the Proceedings thumb drive.

Please check conference homepage for up-to-date hotel information as well as regional and travel information.

Questions? Inquiries? Please contact either Michael Heine  concerning all questions in connection with the Symposium.

We hope to meet in October!

Michael Heine, ph.d., Director
International Centre for Olympic Studies
335, Health Sciences Building
Western University
London, ON
N6A 5B9
fax number (School of Kinesiology):
[+ country code Canada] – 519-661-2008

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