Call for Papers | On the same page? The theory-practice divide and gendered media representations of sport | January 17, 2020, Northumbria University’s London campus | Call ends October 11, 2019

Keynote speaker: to be announced in September 2019
Keynote panel: to be announced in October 2019


Megan McNally, founder and CEO of Diana Sports TV pictured at the West Seattle Stadium on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in Seattle, WA. McNally is building a digital streaming network dedicated to women’s sports. (Photo by Sarah Hoffman/Crosscut)

The quality and influence of research produced by sports media scholars from a range of disciplines is improved by both an interdisciplinary approach and the direct, active involvement of stakeholders. As such, the aim of this one-day conference is to provide a platform for the knowledge exchange between scholars (from a range of disciplines), stakeholders, and practitioners who are united by a focus on sports media.

The event will take stock of the current position by examining notable case studies from the recent past. The event aims to foster new inter- and/or post-disciplinary trajectories and scholarship/practitioner collaborations. More specifically, the event has four objectives:

  1. To stimulate conversations between academic disciplines, as well as between fields of media policy and practice;
  2. To elaborate an historically-informed, future-focused research agenda that accounts for the needs and concerns of policy makers and practitioners;
  3. To disseminate emerging findings and insights to a wide audience of academics and non-academics;
  4. To identify and agree a series of next steps and practical actions by which to progress the Network and its concerns.


We welcome 15-minute papers, multi-media or documentary presentations which address the study of the gendered nature of sports media, including but not limited to such topics as:

    • Methodological innovation
    • Pathways to inter-disciplinary collaboration
    • Sharing research outcomes with media practitioners
    • Overcoming gender bias in sports media industries
    • Sports media representation of female non-athletes
    • Sports media, gender and race
    • Inclusive and exclusive framing of trans athletes

It is intended that the symposium will lead to a special edition collection for Routledge’s Advances in Leisure Studies series.

Submissions are due by Friday, 11 October 2019 and should:

  1. Be sent in the form of a Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx)
  2. Not exceed 300 words
  3. Include the title of the paper
  4. Include the author’s full name, title, position and institution
  5. Include a brief professional biography (not exceeding 50 words)

Submissions should be sent to: with the subject header “Abstract: Sports media & gender conference 2020″.


£15 (Lunch and refreshment provided) Confirmed keynote speaker and panelists, conference website and registration links will be forthcoming.

A small number of travel and accommodation bursaries are available for Early Career. Details on request.


Northumbria University London Campus, 110 Middlesex St, Spitalfields, London, E1 7HT


Roger Domeneghetti, Senior lecturer in Journalism, Faculty of Arts Design and Social Science, Northumbria University

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