Call for Papers | “Sport, Feminism, and the Global South” | Special issue of Sociology of Sport Journal | Ends 2017-03-01

Guest editors

  • Catherine Palmer, University of Tasmania
  • Kim Toffoletti, Deakin University

Deadline for submission of papers: 1st March 2017

Rollerderby is growing in Korea. Depicted is the first scrimmage between two rollerderby teams in Korea, in April 2012 – Seoul and Daegu, to be specific.

Feminist scholars have long been at the forefront of advancing the study of sport to address the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality and ability in framing sporting encounters and experiences. The field, however, is largely dominated by research that details the gender operations of sport across North America, Europe and the UK (what is often referred to as “the Global North”) leaving women’s everyday encounters with sport as players, audiences, workers and media subjects across “the Global South”; that is Australasia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East open to further investigation. It is timely then to re-examine feminist approaches to conceptualising sporting encounters, identities and relations in the Global South so as to widen the empirical and theoretical base of sporting feminisms and, better understand the political geography of knowledge production in sport.

This special issue of the Sociology of Sport seeks to broaden the geographical, theoretical, social, cultural and intercultural scope of writing about women, gender and sport by assembling key contributions from feminist sport research undertaken in or by scholars from the Global South. While the Global South can be understood in terms of geographical space (as above) alternatively it envisions a critique of the production of knowledges ‘from the viewpoints, perspectives and problems of metropolitan society’, which are presented as universal and applicable to all cultures and contexts (Connell, 2007, vii-viii).  This special issue is keen to include contributions that engage with social experiences of sport from the periphery, including those peripheral knowledges in colonised “Global North” countries such as Canada, the Artic and Australia and New Zealand who are geographically South of the dateline yet can be understood as part of the global metropole that decentralises its Indigenous “Others”. We seek to solicit articles on sport research undertaken in or by contributors that critically interrogate gender relations, inequalities, the production of gendered subjectivities, pleasures and knowledges through sporting encounters in the Global South in ways that advance methodological, theoretical and conceptual boundaries of feminist sport research.

Papers which address, but are not limited to, the following are particularly welcome:

  • Feminist analyses of the dualities, dichotomies and discourses of sport in the Global North and Global South;
  • Empirical or textual accounts of gendered sporting pleasures as transformative experiences;
  • Accounts of women’s participation in sport the Global South, including mainstream and alternative or “lifestyle” sports;
  • Feminist perspectives on sport and development in or from the Global South;
  • Feminist perspectives on sporting organisations, governance and sports policy from the Global South;
  • Media representations of sportswomen in or from the Global South;
  • Feminist perspectives on sporting mega-events, such as Rio 2016, in the Global South;
  • Methodological issues and innovations in exploring sport, feminism and the Global South
  • Theoretical contributions to exploring and re-defining sport, feminism and the Global South
  • Transnational, intersectional and post-colonial feminist perspectives on sport.

Authors should follow the “Submission Guidelines for Authors” used in every issue of the Sociology of Sport Journal found at

All papers should be not more than 8,000 words inclusive of endnotes and reference list. Submit original manuscripts online:

Please address any questions to one of the co-editors:

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