Call for Papers | “Racialisation, colonisation and gender in Nordic sports” | Kjønnsforskning NÅ! [Gender Research NOW], Online Conference, May 27–28, 2021. Call ends March 15, 2021

During the fall semester of 2020, the conference organizers received many thought-provoking suggestions for program activities. The plenary program will address topics such as Sámi feminism(s), queer perspectives in gender research, the organization of the gender studies research field, and publishing and teaching practices. The program will be updated regularly on the website:

We hereby extend an open invitation for participation in any of the sessions listed below. Should you wish to participate, please send a summary/abstract by e-mail to by March 15. 2021. We ask that your summary contain a title for the contribution and be a maximum of 250 words. Please remember to include the number and title of the session in the subject field of the email.

Oversikt over sesjoner / Session overview:

      1. Åpen invitasjon/ Open call
      2. Co* (Co-construction, co- production, co-design, co-creation)
      3. Idemyldring: Behov for forskning om funksjonshemmede kvinners situasjon
      4. Pasts, presents and futures of gender equality in academia
      5. Racialisation, colonisation and gender in Nordic sports
      6. Relating and Responding- Indigenous feminisms that scream out
      7. Reproduksjon og biopolitikk –– Reproduction and biopolitics

Session 5: Racialisation, colonisation and gender in Nordic sports

Session organised by Prisca Bruno  Massao  (INN), Bente  Ovedie  Skogvang  (INN) og  Mari  Haugaa  Engh (NTNU)

In the field of sport studies in the Nordic region, important contributions have pointed to the persistence of gender as a key organising principle and symbolic practice, at both the elite and grassroots levels. Similarly, emphasis has also been placed on examining the role, potential and effects of organised sports as an arena for fostering social and cultural inclusion, as well as the importance of building diverse and non-discriminatory sport teams, clubs and communities. While intersectional perspectives have contributed to an understanding of the mutual construction and co- 4 constitution of different axes of discrimination, the main focus of academic work on sport and in/exclusion has tended to focus on gender and/or ethnicity as the primary markers of difference and sameness. In this, questions of racism and coloniality have largely been overlooked, and left underexplored. However, recent contributions that utilise race critical, decolonial and indigenous perspectives, have highlighted processes and structures of racialisation and racism in Nordic sport (Massao & Fasting 2010, 2014), how Nordic colonial histories and complicities continue to shape opportunities for participation and the politics of belonging (Engh, Settler & Agergaard 2017, Agergaard & Engh 2016), and how the coloniality of sport continues to marginalise indigenous sports and physical activities (Skogvang 2020). In this call, we are hoping to further these conversations about coloniality and racism, and their intersections with sex/gender and other social categories in Nordic sports. We invite contributions with a theoretical, empirical or experiential focus.

In particular, we invite contributions that attend to the following concerns

      • Racialisation & whiteness in contemporary gender and equality regimes in Nordic sport and leisure
      • The role of social movements, such as BLM, in confronting gendered and racialized belongings and in/exclusion in Nordic sports and leisure
      • Racial and gendered regimes in narratives of diversities in Nordic sport
      • Marginalization of indigenous and Sami sports and physical activities in Nordic sports
      • The past and present of colonialism in Nordic sports and leisure

We welcome contributions in both English and Scandinavian languages!

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