Call for Papers | “Teaching the Geographies of Sport” | RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018. Cardiff, August 28–31, 2018. Call ends February 2, 2018


  • Catherine Waite (University of Northampton)
  • Simon Cook (Royal Holloway, University of London/Birmingham City University)
  • Nick Wise (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Jacky Tivers (Oxford Brookes University)
  • Paul Gilchrist (University of Brighton)

Sponsored by Higher Education Research Group & Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group

It is nearly thirty years since John Bale first published his agenda setting book ‘Sports Geography’. Over this period there have been numerous geographers who have engaged with sport for the purposes of research and teaching. Engagement with the geographies of sport has arguably increased in recent years and has become more prominent in university classrooms, given the significance of sport from the standpoint of popular culture to promoting wellbeing. But how do sport and geography come together in teaching? Are the geographies of sport being taught as standalone modules, or are sports focused case studies being used to exemplify geographical theories, concepts and processes.

This session aims to bring together all those who are, in some way, teaching about geographies of sport, or are interested in doing so. We invite papers that speak to this topic to stimulate broader discussions on and beyond the themes below. To enable this discussion we are seeking short papers (ten minutes in length) to capture a range of perspectives, approaches and activities, followed by an inclusive discussion among session participants.

Possible themes might include, but are not limited to:

    • Geography and the teaching of sport
    • Curriculum design – what do we mean / what would we include in a ‘Geography of Sport’?
    • Interdisciplinarity and the teaching of the geographies of sport
    • Teaching theories and concepts of the geographies of sport
    • Case studies used in teaching the geographies of sport
    • Using sport to teach geographical theories and concepts
    • Supervising dissertations on the geographies of sport
    • Research-informed teaching and the geographies of sport
    • Personal experiences and the practicalities of teaching the geographies of sport
    • Blended learning strategies for the teaching of the geographies of sport
    • Student experiences of the teaching of the geographies of sport
    • Issues (and solutions) encountered in the teaching of the geographies of sport

Please send abstracts for consideration to: by Friday 2nd February 2018.

Simon Cook
Department of Geography | Royal Holloway, University of London

Twitter: @SimonIanCook


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