Vienna, 25/26 October 2013
Football is one of the most well-loved and most widely shared expressions of popular culture. But why does football have a social role that stretches way beyond the stadium? The international conference “The Anthropology of European Football” seeks to understand football’s impact on everyday lives and identity dynamics in Europe. Thereby, the football phenomenon is not only perceived as being related to class relations and subculture, but at the same time as a symbolic domain that produces social identities at various levels.
Therefore, we would welcome proposals for papers on any of the following research strands, but by no means confined to these areas:
- How are supporter and fan identities created in the everyday practices of football fan culture?
- How do globalisation, commercialisation, and migration exert an influence on football fan culture?
- What impact do Europeanisation and the increasing mobility of both supporters and players have on the self-perception of football fans?
- How is the “Other” created among fans? How are exclusion and inclusion practices enacted, narrated and reproduced?
- What cleavages and loyalties cross-cut European football, such as East vs. West and North vs. South, class, gender or politics?
We invite papers from researchers at all stages of their career. We especially encourage applicants whose research is based on ethnographic fieldwork or those with an anthropological background.
Proposals should include an abstract of 300 words, the author’s institutional affiliation, contact details and a short biography (all on one page). The submission deadline is 10 May 2013.
Successful applicants will be notified by the end of June, with registration for the conference being opened after that date. Selected papers will be published as part of a special issue of an academic journal or an edited volume.