Call for Papers | “Telling the Stories of Race and Sports in Canada” – A Symposium | University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, September 28-29, 2018. Call ends January 31, 2018

We are calling for contemporary and historical papers that focus on Canadian experiences that address sports, broadly defined, in the context of a racialized world. Papers may focus on individuals, teams, or deal with themes that address sports and race in relation to: community, nation, and identity; social justice; gender and class; region; sport as a manifestation of cultural practices. It may focus on local amateur, grassroots, or elite play, and cover local, regional or international activities.  Presenters from all disciplines are invited.

Keynote Speakers

  • Bob Dawson, Ottawa ON: speaker, writer, athlete (member of first all-Black line in Atlantic Interuniversity Hockey League – SMU 1970)
  • Colin Howell, Centre for the Study of Sport and Health, Saint Mary’s University
  • Janelle Joseph, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto
  • Ornella Nzindukiyimana, Doctoral Candidate, School of Kinesiology, Western University


Because the Symposium will last only two days and participation will be limited to those who can attend, we want to extend the life and research of the event through the creation of an open access website called “Telling the Stories of Race and Sports in Canada: A Digital Archive and Resource Centre.” We have a team developing a Digital Archive to share, make accessible, and preserve research and stories on race and sports in Canada. We will post shorter, accessible versions of the symposium presentations, but we also see this as a site that will evolve and incorporate other scholarly and community research in the future. We will devote part of the symposium to workshop ideas on how this site can be developed, and can be useful for a range of audiences – scholars, students, teachers, and community members.

The Organizers

We are a collaborative of University of Windsor faculty (from History, Leddy Library, Kinesiology, English) and community members (Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society, Essex County Black Historical Research Society) who are committed to making visible and accessible stories and research on race and sports in Canada.

This symposium and outreach builds on, and expands work done with the “Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred ‘Boomer’ Harding and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars” project:

Paper Proposal Submission

Note: deadline extension to January 31, 2018

We welcome proposals for individual papers (20-minute presentations) as well as poster presentations. Please send a max. 250-word abstract and a one-paragraph bio to by January 31, 2018. All presenters will be contacted by March 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Miriam Wright, Department of History, University of Windsor:

Submissions for the Digital Archive contribution will be required by November 1, 2018.

“Telling the Stories of Race and Sports in Canada” is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connections Grant, and by the University of Windsor.

Contact Info

Miriam Wright, Department of History, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario Canada
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