Call for Papers | “‘Sport Open’: Managing Integration, Migration and Multiculturalism in Sport” | Workshop at the EASM 2017 Conference, 5–8 September, in Bern (call ends 2017-04-20)

Members of the Somali Bandy team in Borlänge, Sweden. Photograph: Ivan Ogilvie​ for the Guardian

The Scientific Committee of the 25th EASM Conference 2017 invites scholars and practitioners to submit abstracts to be considered for presentation. Besides the regular parallel sessions, there are seven workshops that are organised by members of the EASM community; emphasise relevant subthemes; and may vary in format in order to facilitate discussion and focus on outcomes.

Workshop G is organized specifically in relation to the 26th EASM Conference, to be held in Malmö, Sweden, September 5–8, 2018, arranged by Malmö University, with the overall theme “Managing Migration and Multiculturalism in Sport”.

Rationale and Aim

The workshop will highlight issues and subjects related to integration, migration and multiculturalism. In this matter, sport is expected to play a significant part in relation to migration, culture and integration. Consequently, the proposed theme of the workshop is related to the present European situation, with a considerable amount of immigrants and refuges from, e.g. Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia, but also to the general and on-going global migration, to which sport should be related and understood, as a general global phenomenon as well as a concrete tool for integration and (multi)cultural experiences. Thus, the workshop encourages the submission of texts that focus on the managing of sport due to relation of sport and integration, sport and migration as well as sport and multiculturalism.

In addition, the workshop departs from a local project; “Sport Open”, which is a collaboration project between Skåne Sports Federation (Skåneidrotten) and Malmö University (The Department of Sport Sciences and the Department of International Migration and Ethnic Relations) with the aim to develop sustainable methods for local sports clubs to promote integration and the “contact with newly arrived refugees”. Sport Open is based on the experience of a large number of integration projects implemented by sports clubs in southern Sweden during 2015 and 2016. Through interviews, evaluations, student papers and surveys the project has gathered information about on-going local integration projects, which has been related to current research on sport, migration and cultural diversity, in order to develop a web-based method/handbook, which was launched in October 2016, with the ambition to provide advices, information and perspectives relevant to all Swedish sports clubs with the ambition to carry out integration projects, in a multicultural context. A lesson learned from Sport Open is that integration projects, in general, run the risk of being “ancillary events outside the normal sports club’s actions”. A more natural inclusion occurs when clubs instead welcome newly arrived to participate in their regular club-activities. However, this is a hard question, because of the inherent logic of (competition) sport, which divides individuals due to age, gender and skills.

Still, sport is normally held – fairly uncritically – to be a beneficial tool for social development. This attitude (ideology) has, however, to be critically challenged, by empirical standards and theoretical analysis.

Notwithstanding the local departure, this workshop will have, as mentioned initially, a global/European horizon and encourages and welcomes various local or international contributions to the workshop, which will challenge and test the links of, as well as the methods and the rationality, of sport, integration and multiculturalism. The contributions of texts to the workshop might be theoretically founded as well as empirically, and guided by practical experiences of integration projects, in local context.

Regardless the fact that this special workshop has a content and rationality in itself, the workshop should also be regarded as prelude to EASM 2018, in Malmö, and as a serious mode to initiate and encourage discussions that will formalise and construct parts of that conference and the theme of the 26th EASM Conference.

EASM Conference 2018 in Malmö

In addition to the regular topics and workshops, the 26th annual EASM conference (in Malmö) will highlight issues and subjects related to migration, integration and multiculturalism, including, but not limited to, the following: Sport’s impact on integration in everyday life; Ethnicity, culture and consumption in sport; Diversity and transcultural experiences and its consequences for sport; Globalisation vs. localisation… and the “glocal”; Transcultural development and sport; Sport in the mixture of gigantism and intimacy; Migration as a problem or opportunity for sport development. By considering these subjects – in relation to governance, policy, participation as well as entrepreneurship, marketing, finances and sponsoring – the field of sport management opens up for critical discussions, in light of for example heterogeneity or homogeneity, globalisation, urbanisation and traditions and social change. In this respect, the present workshop is, in parts, a vital fundament in the progress and the development of the 26th EASM Conference, to be held in Malmö.


The workshop welcomes and encourages different categories of texts; it might be an outline for an article, a pilot study, the start of a research programme, a local handbook for integration projects, case analysis as well as theoretical reflection, with a more general concern. The text could also be a workshop proposal in this academic field, which might be a candidate for EASM Conference 2018.

Due to the mixture of possible structures of submitted texts the workshop will be divided in different and functional tracks that, by necessity, are dependent on the outcome of the submission process. A panel, mostly from Malmö, the organiser of EASM Conference 2018, will guide and organise the discussions/seminars.

Still, one track will be the presentation of “Sport Open”, which will be critically challenged and tested, in light of other experiences as well as theoretical analysis. In this respect, the convenors will also inivite a number of practioners, working with sport, integration and multiculturalism.

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Submission Requirements

Abstract submission deadline is 20 April 2017. For an abstract to be reviewed and considered to the conference, the following guidelines must be adhered to:

  • The abstract has to be in English and follow the APA formatting and style guide (6th edition).
  • Use a brief title (capitalise the first letter of each word) to clearly indicate the nature of the research/project – do not use abbreviations in the title.
  • Abstracts should include the names of all authors, their institutional/organisational/ business affiliation, and the e-mail addresses of all authors – these will be removed to guarantee the integrity of the review process.
  • The length of the abstract is maximum 750 words, excluding references (max. 5 references). Abstracts that exceed the word limit will not be considered.
  • Abstract should include text only. Images (pictures, figures, and tables) are not accepted.
  • Times New Roman, font size 12, single line spacing (for documents, i.e. short paper or final upload of abstract).

Abstracts should be structured to best illustrate the selected topic and include, without exceptions, the following sections:

  1. Aim of the research/project*
  2. Theoretical background or literature review**
  3. Methodology, research design, and data analysis***
  4. Results, discussion, and implications/conclusions****
  5. References* In this section authors of scientific abstracts should describe the aim of the research and state the research question(s); authors of professional practice abstracts should describe the main objectives of their project.
    ** In this section authors of scientific abstracts may consider submitting details of an extensive literature review and the abstract headings might differ slightly from above. As there will be no results section there needs to be a section outlining the implications of the review, insights gained, possible research propositions, etc.; authors of professional practice abstracts should describe the purpose and the background of their project.
    *** In this section authors of professional practice abstracts should describe the design and implementation of their project.
    **** In case that the results for the scientific abstracts are not yet available at the time of the abstract submission, authors have to mention this and guarantee that they have the results by the time of the conference; authors of professional practice abstracts should describe the results, evaluation, and future of their project.

Journal Publication Opportunity

The Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum, a referred peer-review journal, will in particular encourage and welcome articles in 2017-2019 that focus on sport, migration and multiculturalism.


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