Call for Papers | “Sport, Development, and Peace”, Special Issue of Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice | Call ends August 15, 2020

Under the guest editorship of Alex Otieno, assistant professor at Arcadia University, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice 32(4) invites essays for a special issue on: Sport, Development, and Peace. Since 2014, the world has celebrated April 6 as International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) following the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declaration in 2013. The annual celebration recognizes the power of sport to drive social change, community development, and to foster peace and understanding. The UN’s recognition of the contribution of sport in development and peace predates the declaration, and has involved collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and in spreading the acceptance of sport as a means to promote internationally agreed development goals.

This special issue of Peace Review seeks to investigate the current social, cultural, political, and scholarly discourse around sports, development, and peace in a global context. How has sport been deployed as a tool for strengthening social ties and networks, for promoting ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance, and justice? How is sport an “instrument” for peace? How does sport contribute to development? What impacts do sports have on global (and local) development and peace? How do sports impact movement of people and the interaction among them? What are possible responses to how sports have can be the source of disharmony, racism, and exclusion? What strategies or methods have been/can be used in advancing sport as a tool for development and peace?

Responding to this call, Peace Review is calling for 10 to 12 essays of 2500–3500 words for its December 2020 issue on the theme: Sport, Development, and Peace.

General themes that contributors can address in their essays include, but are not limited to, the following:

      • Conflict prevention and intergroup interaction
      • Sports, inclusion, and collaboration
      • Sports in post-conflict reconstruction and development
      • Sports for health
      • Sports for peace
      • Regional Games
      • Olympic Games
      • World Cup
      • Athletes as advocates for human rights
      • Sports and economic development
      • Gender empowerment
      • Peace activism
      • Race, ethnicity, and identity
      • Regional cooperation
      • Refugees and internally displaced persons


Submissions with quality writing are sought, free of jargon, with simple titles, without embedded footnotes and endnotes. Please refer to the submission guidelines. Deadline for submissions will be August 15, 2020, with publication expected within four to six months of that date.

Content Questions

Expression of interest and questions to the guest editor are welcome. Please direct content-based questions or concerns to the guest editor: Alex Otieno.


Essays should be sent to Peace Review no later that 5 p.m. PST August 15, 2020. Send essays to: to the attention of Robert Elias, editor in chief, and Shawn Doubiago, managing editor. Subject Line: Sports, Development, and Peace

Contact Info

Shawn Doubiago
Managing Editor, Peace Review

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