Call for Papers | “Restart” – Sport After the Covid-19 Lockdown, an edited collection from Common Ground | Call ends January 21, 2021

Following the “first wave” of the Covid-19 global pandemic, which locked down many regions of the globe and led to the cancellation of sport events and fitness facilities around the world, sport began to restart. Previously postponed events commenced under new restrictions, while training and recreational activity facilities slowly reopened under national or local restrictions around physical distancing and hygiene. Approaches varied by sport, country, and even locality. The associated challenges, costs, successes, and failures of reopening sport and fitness in the Covid-19 era are the focus of our edited collection “Restart” – Sport After the Covid-19 Lockdown in Commonground’s Covid-19 and Sport series. We invite scholars to contribute short essays, commentaries, and analyses (5,000-6,000 words) of topics including, but not limited to, the following: 

      • Athlete welfare and safety in resuming training and competition;
      • Re-organizing sport seasons and (mega)events;
      • The impact of distancing on fan interest and attendance;
      • Governmental measures and consequences for participation in sport and physical activity;
      • League and governing body approaches to distancing;
      • Economic consequences for stakeholders in sport due to the lockdown;
      • Sport media coverage of Covid-19-era sport.

We understand reopening (and re-closing) continues at varying paces across sports and locations, but we ask that all contributions focus on the point at which the sport or activity reopened for training or competition.

This volume follows the publication of the first two books on national and global sport and the Covid-19 lockdown that will be published in January 2021. As with the first volumes, we are particularly interested in work from early career researchers (including Ph.D. students and Post-Doctoral researchers), though we invite academics at any career stage to submit chapter proposals.

We aim to publish the volume in late 2021. In light of the timeliness of this topic, the following deadlines for submission apply.

      • Abstract Submission: 31 January 2021 
      • Decision on Abstract: 15 February 2021 
      • Manuscript Submission: 31 May 2021 
      • Feedback on Manuscript: 30 June 2021 (Latest) 
      • Revised Manuscript Submission: 15 August 2021 

Please send proposal abstracts for book chapters (maximum 500 words) to by January 31, 2021. Abstracts should include author(s) name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and emails, as well as indicate proposed research questions/aims, sources, and methodology.

Please see our submission guidelines here: 

Dr. Jörg Krieger (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Dr. April Henning (University of Stirling, United Kingdom)
Dr. Lindsay Parks Pieper (University of Lynchburg, USA) 

Dr. Phillip Kalantzis-Cope (Common Ground Research Networks, USA) 

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