Call for Papers | “New challenges in sociology of sports and physical activity: economic depressions, migrations, pandemics” | Special Issue of Italian Sociological Review. Call ends June 30, 2020

Editors: Alessandro Porrovecchio, Nico Bortoletto, Enrico Michelini

Recent crises, from the economic and migratory to the recent covid-19 pandemic, have dramatically affected all areas of individual and collective life – and sport and physical activity is no exception.

Many aspects of sport, physical activity, health, and leisure have been affected: sport-health practice, the use of sports as a means of social inclusion for immigrants, professional sports events, their media coverage, the place of sport and physical activity in the welfare system and so on.

The main aim of this special issue is to bring scholars, researchers, educators, students, professionals and other groups interested in sports and physical activity to propose their works. The focus of this special issue lays in the new challenges that sociology of sports and physical activity have to face to understand these new complex scenarios, the main issues we had to face, the successes, the criticalities and the lessons learned.

We are interested in receiving both empirical research, theoretical and critical commentaries (35,000-40,000 characters, spaces included) on the longer term – and present – implications of these challenges.

Proposals should be sent in English to before June the 30th 2020 (250 words). Proposals should include a title and the author(s) institutional affiliation. Proposals will be evaluated by the scientific committee, and authors will receive feedback before August the 15th. They will have time to submit their full paper until November the 30th 2020.

Key dates

      • Abstract Submission Deadline: Until 30th June 2020
      • Feedback on Abstract: Before 15th August 2020
      • Full Paper Submission: Until 30th November 2020


      • Alessandro Porrovecchio, University of the Littoral Opal Coast, France
      • Nico Bortoletto, University of Teramo, Italy
      • Enrico Michelini, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

Scientific Committee

      • Lucie Forté-Gallois, University of Toulouse III, ESA RN28 Society & Sports board
      • Stacey Pope, Durham University, ESA RN28 Society & Sports board
      • Kaja Różdżyńska, University of Warsaw, ESA RN28 Society & Sports board
      • Renan Petersen-Wagner, Leeds Beckett University, former ESA RN28 Society & Sports board
      • Francesco Addesa, Leeds Beckett University, UK
      • Williams Nuytens, Artois University, France
      • Francesco Pirone, University of Naples, Italy
      • Nicola Porro, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy
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