The Sport in Africa conference at Ohio University celebrates its tenth anniversary in April 2014. Over the years, the conference has been proud to provide scholarship that situates sport (in particular, sport in Africa and the Global South) within the realms of mainstream scholarship. Equally significant is that recently the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming April 6 as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. (Also, April 6 is significant because it was the date of the first modern Olympics in Athens, Greece, in 1896.) The tenth anniversary of the Sports in Africa conference will be held on April 10-12, 2014, and it will celebrate the UN’s historic resolution. Underlying the UN resolution is the belief that sport can be a tool for social change and the promotion of development and peace.
The upcoming Sport in Africa conference aims to build on the discourse of its previous years to revisit significant questions left unanswered about the topic of development. In particular, presenters and attendees will examine, from diverse perspectives, the transformative role sport has played and continues to play in communities and societies.
Inviting Presenter Proposals
Conference organizers invite presenter proposals addressing the following themes:
- Sport, citizenship, and nation states
- Deconstruction or reconstruction of gender and sexuality in sports
- Sports in development as a “social movement”
- Health and wellness
- Sport “superstars” and social responsibility
- Modern sports culture and discrimination (race, class, gender, disabilities, and so forth)
- Mega events and community-building
- Facilities development, cities, and space
- Institutions and sport
- Sport and the environment
We also welcome presenters who address other aspects of the transformative role of sports in Africa and the Global South, as well as comparative studies. You will find the conference to be intellectually engaging, as well as a source of inspiration for future scholarly and practical endeavors. We are also hoping that these conversations will be pursued beyond this initiative.
Submission Guidelines: Only Electronic Submissions Will Be Accepted
Presenters must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Submit a cover page, including the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s), and the affiliations of the author(s), if applicable.
- Submit an abstract of the paper. The deadline for abstract submissions is February 1st, 2014. The abstract must be no longer than 350 words. The abstract should not contain the name(s) of the author(s), or reference(s) that would identify the author(s).
- Wait to find out if your abstract has been accepted.
- Submit the paper itself. Authors whose abstracts are accepted for presentation must submit their completed papers by March 23, 2014. All papers should be written to conform to Endnote style guidelines.
- Each submission should be made either online through the web form (see link below) or as an email attachment in .docx, .doc, or .rtf format.
How to Make an Online Submission
Click the following link, fill up, and submit your materials.
The deadline for abstract submissions is February 16th, 2014.
Authors whose abstracts are accepted for presentation must submit their completed papers by March 23, 2014.
IMPORTANT: Authors whose abstracts are accepted for presentation must submit the completed papers by March 23, 2014. Selected papers will be considered for publication inImpumelelo: The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports.
Gerard Akindes, Ph.D.
Department of Sports Administration