Call for Papers | “Sport and the Politics of Identity”. 13th Annual PSA Sport & Politics Conference | Aston University, Friday, March 29, 2019. Call ends February 15, 2019

We invite you to join us for the 13th Annual Conference of the PSA’s Sport and Politics specialist group, to be hosted by Aston University’s School of Languages and Social Science. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Sport and the Politics of Identity’. We are delighted to announce that Professor Ellis Cashmore has agreed to deliver the keynote talk. Much of professor Cashmore’s work has explored the intersection between the dynamics of identity (especially race and gender), media and sport. A list of his publications can be found here. 

The date of the conference – Friday 29th March – coincides with the day the UK is set to leave the European Union. We would especially welcome papers that explore the potential impact of Brexit on sport and its role in the wider politics of identity in the UK and Europe. However, the conference is not restricted to neither Brexit nor UK sport-politics. Submissions that deal with all aspects of sport, politics and identity, from all relevant disciplines, are welcome. 

The conference will also include, for the first time, a roundtable on teaching and learning in the area of sport and politics. The aim is to provide a forum to discuss and share approaches to sport and politics as a taught discipline. We would welcome short papers, case studies, and evaluation reports that address some of the different opportunities and challenges of teaching this interdisciplinary subject area, in terms of student engagement, curriculum design, assessment methods, and so forth. 

The conference will start on Friday 29th at 10am and end at 6pm. For the evening before the conference (Thursday, March 28), we are inviting participants to an informal get-together at The Barton Arms in Aston (meeting at 7.30 pm). Accommodation can be booked on campus at Conference Aston Hotel (for approximately £90-120 bed and breakfast, including complimentary use of the gym and Birmingham’s oldest swimming pool) or at a range of hotels in nearby Birmingham city centre. 

Registration Fees: 

    • PSA Members: £50
    • Non-Members: £60 
    • Postgraduate students: £25 

Paper titles and abstracts (250 words max.) should be sent to Dr Danny Fitzpatrick by February 15 2019 at the following email address:

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