Call for Papers | Pan-African Sports Studies: Beyond Physical Education | University of Zambia, Lusaka, March 26–28 2018. Call ends December 20, 2017

Research and scholarly work on sports in Africa has increased over the past decade taking both a local and global character. With an aim to promote and champion the African Sport Studies as a valuable interdisciplinary arena, in February 2004, the Ohio University hosted the first edition of ‘Sport in Africa’ Conference. Over the last 11 editions of this conference, a variety of themes were addressed, including Youth, Gender, Health, Communication, Development, Politics, Globalization and Global South and Subalterns, bringing together sport scholars and practitioners from African, American and European Universities.

In an effort to continue with this agenda of advancing research and knowledge on sport in Africa, the University of Zambia, through the School of Education, will host the 12th Sports Africa Conference slated for 26th to 28th March 2018. The theme for the 2018 conference will be Pan-African Sports Studies: Beyond Physical Education.

Since the beginning of the 21th century, Physical Education and Sport has received increased global attention as an important subject leading to the United Nations to declare 2005 as the International Year of Sport and Physical Education. However, there is a need for a deeper and broader engagement in sports studies beyond Physical Education to fully comprehend sports and its role in African past and contemporary societies. This will build on the important works that scholars have done on sport as a tool for Europeans’ ‘civilizing mission,’ Africans’ seeking independence, national and supranational unity, international and development politics and conversing on the performance of African states and athletes on the international stage.

Conference organizers, therefore, invite paper proposals from scholars in the following fields: anthropology, sociology, history, geography, politics, economics, African diaspora studies, policy and other multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives that speak to the theme of Pan-African Studies: Beyond Physical Education.

Please send us a 300 word abstract, along with a title, name of the author(s) and institutional affiliation, by 20th December 2017, on the following (but not limited to) sub-themes:


    • Sport education and accreditation systems.
    • Trans-national and Transcontinental Athlete Migration
    • Sports Geopolitics and Neoliberalism
    • Sports Media and Communication
    • Colonial and Postcolonial Policies in Sport Development
    • Access to Sport in Urban and Rural Africa
    • Sport Infrastructure and Stadiums
    • Sports Management and Business
    • Sport as a Contested Space
    • Para-athletes and Paralympics
    • Gendered Sites of Sport
    • Sexuality in sport
    • Fan Culture and Consumption of Sport
    • Memory and Heritage
    • (Un)Fairness and Social (In) Equalities
    • Sporting Citizenries, Citizenships and Identities
    • Sports Governance and Politics
    • Beyond Youth Sports
    • Reflexive and Auto-Ethnography
    • Sports in Art, Media, Film and Literature
    • Special Topics

For more information please go to the official website of the Conference:

The abstract submission form is available on the website:

To get in touch with the conference organising committee, please email:

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