Call for Papers: Science, Higher Education, Business – An Interdisciplinary Approach To Sport Studies, Research And Development In The Caribbean

uwi-specThe University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, in collaboration with the First Citizens Sports Foundation, will host its first sport conference on Sport and Higher Education from January 15 to 18 2014.

This conference aims to attract academics, researchers, students, sport administrators and experts, athletes and other members of the sporting industry to discuss:

“Science, Higher Education, Business:  An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sport Studies, Research and Development in the Caribbean.”

Globally, the last 25 years have witnessed a tremendous upsurge in the study of sport and its institutionalization as part of the system of higher education. This upsurge has been attributed to several major processes that include commercialization, professionalization, scientization and globalization which have been combined with the increasing use of sport as an element of public policy to deal with problems relating to health, violence, crime and social inclusion. While the pace and extent of these changes have varied across the world, within the Commonwealth Caribbean several degree, diploma and certificate programmes in the fields of sport management, coaching, sport medicine and sport tourism have been established at tertiary level education institutions over the last 15 years. Despite these developments, there remains a significant void with respect to a body of Caribbean oriented sport research and scholarship which connects to both the development of sport and the use of sport for development. In order to help fill this void as well as rationalize existing local initiatives in higher education, the University of the West Indies, in collaboration with the First Citizens Sports Foundation, will host its first conference on Sport and Higher Education from January 15 to 18 2014. We hereby invite the submission of abstracts as well as poster sessions for consideration to be presented at this conference. Papers should be substantive and may be either qualitative or quantitative or both and should focus on one of the following areas:

  • The Sociology of Sport
  • Academic Sport Programmes in the Caribbean
  • Sport Management (funding, marketing, sponsorship, sport law, facility management)
  • Sport Tourism
  • Sport policy (elite vs. mass sport, formulation, implementation, evaluation)
  • Governance in sport
  • Sport and Gender
  • Sport for development
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport Science (injury, nutrition, physiotherapy, sports medicine, biomechanics)
  • Student-athletes
  • Coaching

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to the Conference Programme Committee at sportstudiesconference@sta.uwi.edu by September 15, 2013. Submissions should include the author’s name/s, affiliated institution and contact details. Authors will receive notification of acceptance by September 30, 2013.

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